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~2k budget build suggestions, SLI in future to run 2560x1440 gaming

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June 24, 2014 12:34:15 PM

This is what I came up with so far after reading reviews and watching some videos. I want to overclock and to keep a black/red color scheme while keeping an open view case to show off to guests. I plan on running SLI in the future and I saw in benchmarks ASUS has excellent cooling and overclocking ability. So far my concerns are just the airflow in the case, especially when I run SLI. I do like the look of the case so maybe mod the glass side panel to fit another fan? Thoughts on the build overall?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ghwvqs

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a b K Overclocking
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June 24, 2014 1:27:31 PM

$2K rig you should definitely be going SLI and cutting down in a few areas - you're throwing money away with the thermal compound and the case fan.

I would do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.98 @ Newegg)
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 ($156.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($499.99 @ Amazon)
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)
Total: $2011.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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a b K Overclocking
June 24, 2014 1:37:34 PM

The H110 is an excellent cooler, but it uses 2 x 140mm fans. Your case looks like it will fit, but make sure you can nmount 2 x 140 mm fans next to each other on the top.

The H110 also comes with excellent stock thermal paste. The TX2 will not perform any better, and may even be a downgrade.

I do not see side vents on the window/panel. These are a good idea with high end GPUs, especially if you go crossfire or SLI. I would suggest looking for a case that has a nice window AND side vents if at all possible.

Other than that this looks nice and I think you will be very happy.
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