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$2000 - $2500 Workstation/Gaming build, need input.

Hey everyone, planning on building a workstation/gaming build. This build will be primarily for gaming but will also be used for video editing and occasional 3D work. I would like to run most of the modern games such as BF3, skyrim etc on very high - ultra with decent FPS. Gaming resolution will be 1920 x 1080

My budget is 2000-2500 but am willing to go that extra stretch if it's worth it.

NZXT Phantom 630 Case White with Window
$185.00

-is this case efficient?


ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II OC 2GB
$409.00

-May SLI in the future, should I swap it out for a 4GB or is 2GB adequate?

Samsung 840 EVO Series 120GB SSD
$99.00

Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
$99.00

Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
$279.00

Intel Core i7 4790
$339.00

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ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark1 Motherboard
$305.00
OR

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Motherboard

$275.00

-Do not plan on overclocking what so ever.
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Corsair AX760 Platinum Power Supply
$249.00

-is this adequate power?

-How much would I need if I SLI'd 770's.

Total Cost = approximately $2000
-IIxSubmarinex
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  1. You can save a lot of money going with a Xeon E3 1230 or 1231. Its basically the i7 without built in graphics, and will do just fine for the 3d work with 8 threads. Plus you mention NO overclocking, so you dont a "Z" motherboard. This is also another reason to consider the Xeon (they are cheaper because they CANT be overclocked and have NO built in graphics; but you have a GPU and dont want to overclock so its something to consider). While the boards seem expensive a lot of boards unofficially support the Xeon or do now with updates (on many 1155 boards)

    for the Sli you will want at least 850W but 1000W will leave you a lot of headroom at load.
  2. I would get a GTX780 instead and not SLI. Single card is still better then a dual card configuration. The PSU is enough for a single GTX780.

    If you stay with the GTX770 and you do want to put another one in later on you need atleast 850w. 1000w is overkill unless you are running a power hungry RAID setup in it aswell.
  3. Best answer
    What do you want to include in that build? Only the parts for the PC, or the peripherals and monitor?

    This is just a quick example of what you can get for not nearly as much.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($247.94 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($107.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($142.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($599.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($97.33 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1609.33
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 10:10 EDT-0400
  4. Ytyoussef said:
    What do you want to include in that build? Only the parts for the PC, or the peripherals and monitor?

    This is just a quick example of what you can get for not nearly as much.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($247.94 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($107.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($142.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($599.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($97.33 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1609.33
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-03 10:10 EDT-0400
    Thankyou for that, I will definitely be using this template as a guideline. I have one question though, if I was going to possibly be overclocking the GPU alone, would that Motherboard still be efficient, or would using one of the two I mentioned above be recommended?
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