Need advice for a new gaming rig... I'm torn

Greetings everyone. I'm new to the forum, but have been using TH.com for years, so thank you in advance.

I have always built my systems for as long as I can remember, but it has been quite some time since my last build (about 8 years), so I have been out of the loop as far as the newer chipsets are concerned.

I want to build a future-proof gaming rig that will be able to run games at 4k resolutions on a triple monitor setup. I am torn between an x79 build and a z97 build. I have been doing so much research on motherboards and cpus recently, but really have a hard time making a decision. My stretched budget is about $5000 USD. I'd like to, however, save money now and have options to add on more graphics cards and monitors later. Which would be the best route to go for the most epic gaming at 4k (at least on one monitor, and then expanding to three monitors within the next 6 months or so) at 60fps? I will be overclocking, and I also use my rig for music production as well. If I can get off with spending about $3000 USD, and then expanding my build once a month until I can run 3 monitors at 4k, that would be ideal. I am stuck on Corsair Dominator platinum 2400 mhz... I know they are expensive, but are they really worth the extra cash? I have always used corsair products and they have never let me down... is it time to stop being a fanboy for quality? Also, the Noctua cpu coolers... for OC to about 4.5-4.6, how do they compare to the corsair h100i?

I'm so lost... but I really want a final push in one directgion so I can start ordering my stuff this weekend. Thanks in advance, guys!

Russ
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/WbLpzy
    This to start out. 4K on a single. Then add a second monitor and GPU. Then add the 3rd monitor and GPU. . Add 4th if needed for stability. Matching cards and monitors at each step.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIdXXwvA0xc
    Over budget, but at least we know it works.

    Edited to include Asus monitors.
  2. Thanks for the reply... A couple questions. Is the price worth it in comparison to having 4 gx 780 ti's? Would it be worth it to max out the memory to 32 gb? Also, you like the samsung 4k over the asus?
  3. rustafarii said:
    Thanks for the reply... A couple questions. Is the price worth it in comparison to having 4 gx 780 ti's? Would it be worth it to max out the memory to 32 gb? Also, you like the samsung 4k over the asus?


    I was trying to keep price down. The Asus 28" is only 40$ more per. I wonder if those come with the vertical mount? 16g should be enough. Easy enough to add a second set if needed down the road.
    edit: The Asus do go vertical.
  4. and with regard to the video cards?
  5. Waiting till the 800 series gtx cards come out might be an option. Just get a single 780ti and 1 monitor and wait till the 800s drop. They are supposed to have higher Vram. Titans are just so damn pricey.
  6. yea they are... I could rock 4 gtx 780ti and upgrade through evga... I heard the 800 series will be cheaper and better performing too... any word on the release date?
  7. If you wait till the 800s come out, the r9 290x are cheaper and will run the 4k monitor with no issues.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vz62WZ
    Crazy, a 290x + 4K monitor= 1 titan.

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/10/23/amd_radeon_r9_290x_video_card_review/14#.U8b6VbFiI4I
  8. rustafarii said:
    yea they are... I could rock 4 titan 780ti and upgrade through evga... I heard the 800 series will be cheaper and better performing too... any word on the release date?


    Mid '2015 last i heard.
  9. ok... how about swapping the radeon with 2 780ti superclocked cards and the case with the corsair 760 graphite and the DVD burner for a blu ray... that should be it...
  10. I like the changes.
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