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Is this a good PC for the money?

Hi everyone i'm going to build a new gaming PC and was wondering if it will play games on ultra settings? It is my first build but I've been planing on building a PC for about a year. Here are the hardware specifications.

Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz base clock
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Formula
Hard Drive: x2 1TB WD Black Series 7200RPM
SSD: x1 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (OS, games, etc.)
Memory: 16GB DDR3 2400 (2x8 or 4x4?)
CD Drive: LG Black 16x Blu-Ray BDXL
Graphics Card: Geforce GTX 780 Ti
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W P2 80 Plus Platinum (Fully Modular)

The reason for the 1000W PSU is so down the road i can get another 780 Ti. But my main question is will 2x8 or 4x4 sticks of RAM be best? I won't ever get over 16GB of RAM so I won't upgrade in the future. Also any advice on a good 780 Ti? I heard EVGA has great customer service. And my last question is if one 780 Ti can run ultra settings how many fps would it give me? Any answers are greatly appreciated.

PS. I plan to do some basic overclocking.
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  1. 100% great build.

    2x8

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($699.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $699.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  2. 2x8 is better/safer. 4 sticks in dual channel is always problematic.
  3. Best answer
    For the motherboard, go for the Maximus VII Hero: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximusviihero
    It's based on the newer Z97 chipset.

    For the hard drive, you should just go for a Seagate Barracuda 2tb, or if you want a raid set-up, 2x WD Blue 1tb. The WD Blacks are expensive premium drives that are not really necessary if you have a SSD.

    For the SSD, the main advantage of the Pro over the EVO is that the Pro is better at writing. Since this is a gaming build, the only writing you'll be doing is the initial installation of the OS and programs, so you don't really need that extra feature. You can save a lot of money by going with the EVO.

    8gb of ram is plenty for games. Go for 2x4gb.

    Do you really need a blu-ray drive? If not, then ditch it for a standard, cheap optical drive.

    1000w is overkill, even if you plan to SLI the GTX 780 ti. A high quality 850w psu is enough: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-x850

    Lastly, for the graphics card, make sure that it is based on an aftermarket cooler and not a reference cooler.

    This build is really good, but mostly overkill. You can save a lot of money and keep the same performance.
  4. You don't need 2 HDD's, a single one 4TB should do the trick and it doesn't need to be WD black, it can be blue or green, your performance drive is already the SSD.

    Also go for 16GB memory and feel free to add another 16GB later.
  5. Thanks everybody for the input it was a big help. The reason I was using the two hard drives was for two operating system. Also overkill was kind of the idea.
  6. Karabiner Kurz said:
    Thanks everybody for the input it was a big help. The reason I was using the two hard drives was for two operating system. Also overkill was kind of the idea.


    Well then 2x4TB WD Black edition, but I just learned that these crackle somewhat louder than normal drives when under load, so be advised!
  7. If you don't need that much space, then I would just stick with 2x WD Blue 1tb drives.
  8. the blacks get you also 5 years warranty instead of the standard 3 years.
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