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Looking to build a computer for 1440p gaming with potential to use 4k monitor(s) when prices drop further

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June 23, 2014 5:45:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:


Budget Range: 2k USD - 3k USD


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Not sure what this means.


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse (possibly optical drive I have a usb one)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site that is in the USA.


Country: United States of America


Parts Preferences: Intel processors


Overclocking: Possibly will overclock the cpu (will need a "K" variant for that I assume)


SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire


Monitor Resolution: 1440P


Additional Comments: I'm looking to trim the fat so to speak. This is my first attempt at a build
so part advice is needed.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-DELUXE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($275.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Tri-X Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($529.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Tri-X Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($529.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Titanium Grey) ATX Full Tower Case ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($187.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2375.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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June 23, 2014 6:20:24 PM

If you're paying that much for a system, it'd be a ridiculous waste of money not to overclock, the cooler is a waste of money otherwise. And I'm personally not a fan of the R9s - they're massive power hogs and require huge cases to run, I would get a GTX 780TI instead. You also definitely want to get a mass storage drive - even 256GB won't get you very far these days. You also don't need Windows 7 Ultimate either - get Pro or Home Premium, that will save a lot of money.

Do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($161.13 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M550 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($146.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1754.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Then add a second GTX 780TI later on.
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June 23, 2014 6:37:13 PM

This is the kind of information I was looking for. Thank you so much.
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