780Ti Build and Question about CPU Cooling

Hello everyone,

I am in the process of building my first desktop, both for gaming and general use. I was wondering if my current build will accomplish my goals for this build.

My goal is to run most games at 2560 x 1440 at high/max settings using two GPUs (or if possible, with one)

Right now, I'll be buying one GPU. When I can raise enough money, I'll buy another for 2-way SLI.

I very much prefer minimalistic design over the flashy, LED lighting stuff you see going around.

My budget is hovering around $2500-$2600. Here's a list:

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14CS_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Fury Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.69 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($136.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($479.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2378.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Other peripherals bring the total to about $2550.

My question is whether I actually need to buy a second 780ti to accomplish this goal. I'm going to overclock my CPU, for sure, but won't air cooling be enough? I'm sticking only with this one monitor for a long, long time.

Also, would you guys recommend a regular CPU cooler or a radiator?

Thanks for reading!
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  1. First on the topic of the card.
    Try one card at first, it should do what you want, and if you want more performance you can always add a second one.

    As for the cooler, that is a top of the line Big air cooler, it performs as well if not better than closed loop water coolers.

    The only thing I would change on that build is your HDD. 5400 RPM HDDs will decrease performance, get one that has 7200 RPM speeds, such as a WD blue/black drive.
  2. I agree with ^^ Gam3r01 about the single card setup; it should be plenty for single monitor. Adding a 2nd will mean higher temps with the cards being in close proximity to one another.

    CPU Cooler: Whichever route you choose (Air/Liquid), just plan out your Airflow system ahead of time. Which type will fit in your case the best, and allow for the best overall airflow? Sorry I do not have specific answers here, I recently built my 1st PC as well. Search pcpartpicker for builds that use your case - and see what others have done.

    Everything looks pretty good to me, hope you have fun building!
  3. Thanks for the responses, guys. I'll go ahead and just stick with the one card for now. You are definitely right that I can always expand if need be.

    Also (rookie question), how many fans will my setup support? How am I supposed to go about figuring this out?
  4. Best answer
    It looks like it comes with two 120mm front fans (intake) and one rear (exhaust) fan that's either 140mm or 120mm. And this should be fine once you add your CPU cooler (with fans on it), or your liquid CPU cooler with radiator+fans

    check out some of these builds to get an idea what people are doing with the airflow in this case:
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