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Help Building Light gaming / Photo editing PC ~$2000 with a few questions

Hey guys. I just did another build for my brother and got some super helpful responses on here so now I'm ready to do my PC. This will be a PC for general work, light gaming, Photo editing. I'm undecided between the i7-4770k and i7-4930k. Is the boost I'm going to get worth the $300 in PC and few hundred to upgrade mobo? Games will mostly be MMO/wildstar/League of legends type stuff. Will the dell U2412M 8ms be able to handle this? Was thinking of going with two of them. Photo editing will be either PS or LR, It's been a while since I've done much of it. Also, the 3tb seagate drive seemed to be the cheapest $/GB, anything wrong with it? Don't see many 3gb drives. Also, possibility of SLI down the road, does everything look okay if i decide to do that? May add a scratch drive and/or Raid for the storage drive down the line. Any suggestions or thoughts? Thanks much. (updated with a couple of suggestions from DeadGraphics)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($252.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1846.56
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rR7nyc
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rR7nyc/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1816.62
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Just A few changes to your build. Better PSU, CPU and monitor, the motherboard is the best reviewed so far and I trust asus because I own a graphics card manufactured by them
  2. DeadGraphics said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rR7nyc
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rR7nyc/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1816.62
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Just A few changes to your build. Better PSU, CPU and monitor, the motherboard is the best reviewed so far and I trust asus because I own a graphics card manufactured by them


    Thanks. The reason for the dell monitor was that it's an IPS panel which are highly recommended for the photo editing side of things.
  3. itsbranden said:
    DeadGraphics said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rR7nyc
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rR7nyc/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($249.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1816.62
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Just A few changes to your build. Better PSU, CPU and monitor, the motherboard is the best reviewed so far and I trust asus because I own a graphics card manufactured by them


    Thanks. The reason for the dell monitor was that it's an IPS panel which are highly recommended for the photo editing side of things.



    Sorry, I thought I saw the Asus monitor as IPS but apparently not.
  4. Bump, any other suggestions?
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($148.50 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($212.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($252.00 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1994.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    Upgraded CPU Cooler.
    Cheaper RAM. You can overclock it.
    Upgraded to 512gb SSD.
    Upgraded to R9 290 (performs as well as GTX 780).
    Upgraded case to Phanteks Enthoo Pro.

    It's still under $2000.
  6. marooner said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($148.50 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($212.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($252.00 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1994.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    Upgraded CPU Cooler.
    Cheaper RAM. You can overclock it.
    Upgraded to 512gb SSD.
    Upgraded to R9 290 (performs as well as GTX 780).
    Upgraded case to Phanteks Enthoo Pro.

    It's still under $2000.


    Thanks for the help! Almost ready to pull the trigger. Anyone have anything else to suggest before I buy?
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