First Build- Need advice on my parts list.

I'm a brand new builder so I apologize ahead of time for any ignorance on my part. I did my research online via the forums here,, and other various articles. I tried to pick brands based on quality and reliability. I'd appreciate any feedback you could give me.

Budget Range: $2000 after shipping and rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D modeling (maya), photo manipulation (PS CS6), Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Parts Preferences: Intel Haswell CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1200

I selected most of the the brands for quality/reliability. I don't mind shelling out a little extra for the better brand. My parts list as follows:

CPU: i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz


GPU: EVGA 04G-P4-3768-KR GeForce GTX 760 FTW 4GB
I've read that the 4GB version has trouble with the motherboard sometimes. Is the 4GB version worth it over the 2GB? I do plan to eventually run two in SLI.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14


Optical 1: LG BD-R

I wanted to give my self extra room for overclocking plus anything I'd be running out of the USB ports. Let me know if 860w is still overkill in your opinion.

Case: Corsair 650D

I also plan to throw in an old DvD burner and second hard drive that I have. I'd very much appreciate any other advice or ideas you guys might have. Thanks in advance.
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  1. The heatspreaders on the RAM will get in the way of the huge Noctua NH-D14. Grab these instead, since they will actually fit:

    You definitely do not need such an expensive case. The Corsair 500R will do:

    The only main advantage of the Maximus is that it has better on-board audio. I would just get a cheaper board:

    I would upgrade the cpu to the i7-4770k. It will seriously help in photoshop and maya:

    I would upgrade the gpu to a GTX 770. A single GTX 770 will be able to max out any game on your resolution:

    Also, do you seriously need a blu-ray driver?
  2. I appreciate the reply.

    I did a little more research and after talking to some IT buddies and looking at benchmarks, it looks like Maya doesn't like hyper threading at all. As a matter of fact it looks like it will render slower with it turned on: Look here.

    According to the stats I pulled off of Newegg, the only thing aside from hyper-threading that i7 boasts over the i5 is a 0.1GHz higher clock and 2MG more cache. I wonder though, if I'm actually disabling the hyper-threading if the extra $100 is worth it.

    Also, according to sources the ripjaws do work with the massive Noctua. Look here.

    My real question at this point is if you guys feel the 850 watt power supply is overkill at this point, or about what I need.
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