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Thoughts Before Building This 2500$ Gaming PC

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July 23, 2013 10:16:00 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($181.98 @ Newegg)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($28.49 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($269.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($171.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2414.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 00:55 EDT-0400)

- I'll be using it for gaming, editing and rendering.
- I will be overclocking.
- I want it to be future proof as much as possible, hence the i7 processor.
- Might add another 780 in the future

Now with those in mind, my questions are:

1) Is the power supply enough? or should I go for 1000W instead to be safe?
2) Is this liquid cooler good enough knowing that I'll be OCing? is there a better one?
3) Do I really need a Sound Card / Wired network adapter for gaming?
4) How long will the CPU last knowing that I'll be overclocking it (probably to 4.5 GHz)
5) Do I need to get specific case fans? or are the regular fans that comes with the Corsair 800D good enough?

What would you change if you want the best future proof build for less than 2500$? If you are changing something such as the motherboard please let me know the reason.

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a c 287 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 10:29:55 PM

Overall great build. I like it.
My only concern is the sound card. Unless you have some kind of high-end speakers, the quality of it will be wasted. What speakers will you be using?
Also, do you really need the 800D? Those high-end cases are usually meant for people who needs room to do their own custom water cooling loop. You can make do with a mid-tower. It will be smaller, cheaper and gets the job done,

1. 850w is enough for both overclocking and SLI.
2. The H100i is a great AoI liquid cooler for its price. If you want the best one, the Swiftech H220 is a beast.
3. I commented on the Sound Card above. You don't need a wired network adapter. The on-board motherboard one is good enough.
4. It should last a couple of years.
5. The stock fans should be enough, though I question if you'll really need such a high-end case.

July 23, 2013 10:48:58 PM

Hey, thanks for replying. I don't use speakers, I'm a headphone user.

I have the budget for the 800D and I'm actually getting a discount on it (Buying it from a shop in my city). It's such a high quality case, main reason is the great air flow as I wanna avoid overheating, and the space is great for cable management, not the mention that it looks cool. But I'm open minded so if you got something you would recommend then share with us :) 
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a c 287 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:28:52 PM

What headphones are you using?

What price are you getting the 800D for?
July 23, 2013 11:58:17 PM

Steelseries Siberia v2

around 200$ but even if I had to pay more I'd still get it, I just love that case. What mid-tower that would be as good though?
a c 287 4 Gaming
July 24, 2013 12:09:35 AM

You definitely won't need the expensive sound card. Stick with on-board sound or grab this one:

I like the Fractal Design Define R4. Extremely quiet, great airflow and it's pretty roomy. It's a good case and has the same sleek look as the 800D.
July 24, 2013 12:43:14 AM

What do I benefit from that soundcard gaming wise, or even if listening to music or watching videos compared to the on-board sound?
a c 287 4 Gaming
July 24, 2013 12:48:30 AM

Better sound quality. That's about it.
a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2013 9:39:36 AM

Dont get a "gaming" headset, better get good headphone
July 24, 2013 9:05:13 PM

The Steelseries Siberia is very comfortable, I can wear it for a whole day and it wont hurt my ears. I don't use the mic that comes with it though, so getting a headphone would be a good idea actually. I need one that is comfortable to wear, but I don't know any good headphones, any recommendations?