Thoughts on build before I buy have about 250$ extra to spend [Gaming build]

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tCzrYJ) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tCzrYJ/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k) | $239.99 @ Amazon
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) |-
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz97hd3) | $107.24 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw) | $79.00 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ealx) | $99.75 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-04gp43774kr) | $393.99 @ Amazon
**Case** | [Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn400a1w2nb) | $56.99 @ Amazon
**Power Supply** | [EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10750xr) | $86.66 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24nsb0) |-
**Monitor** | [Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-ve248h) | $164.99 @ Amazon
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $1228.61
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  1. Well right off the bat I would never buy a 4GB 770 when you could get a much better 4GB 290 for the same price or less.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VB2DkL
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VB2DkL/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($107.24 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.75 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($86.66 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1204.61
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    If you wanted to spend an extra $250, you could upgrade to an i7 and better cpu cooler, and better motherboard(that one is good but it doesn't support SLI/xfire), or you could get a bigger/better case, or double your storage. I think I would put the $250 towards a better monitor. Something in the 1440p-1600p range.
  2. Nice issue to have.
    I can think of 4 possible upgrades:

    1. 4gb vram is not that helpful in games.
    http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Performance-2GB-vs-4GB-Memory-154/
    You could spend $100 more on a GTX780 which is stronger and will have 3gb vram.

    2. 120gb "C" drive can get filled up quickly. I might buy 240gb up front. That is $70 more.
    You can hold a fair number of games so if you are not storing large files such as video's, you could even defer on the hard drive making the switch a wash.

    3. cm hyper212 is a good value cooler. With a conservative oc, you will do fine. I might consider a noctua or Phanteks cooler with a slow turning 140mm fan. It should be a bit quieter. That will be $35 more.

    4. Since you are buying a monitor, consider buying a 27" 2560 x 1440 unit up front.
    Some can be expensive but the Korean units seem to have a good following.
    I ordered a yamakazi Sparta 301 via ebay. It got here in a week with no dead pixels.
    On newegg, this unit gets good reviews:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2RY0X59885
    You can order the same unit direct for less. That is about $150 more.
  3. I am planning to upgrade the ssd to 250gb as many people are recommending that. I will also be upgrading the cpu cooler. Would you recommend the r9 290 vs r9 290x vs evga gtx 780 sc acx. tbh I know nothing about manufactures for the amd cards.
  4. Sapphire Tri-X 290 is the one to get.
  5. What is the difference between the 290x and the 290?
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