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First Time Gaming PC Build - Looking for Advice/Suggestions

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December 5, 2013 10:31:24 AM

Hello all,

I am contemplating building a gaming PC and was looking to see if anyone would be willing to provide some suggestions or critique the components I chose on PCPartPicker before I pull the trigger on all of them. I have experience upgrading older PCs that had originally come pre-assembled but this would be the first time building one myself. If you notice anything that is overkill or can be replaced by better/cheaper components, I would love to get the feedback. Any advice that I get would be welcomed.

My goal is to run a OC'd i7 4770k with 2-way SLI GTX 770 4GB cards. I have taken a look at some similar builds and thrown together the following list of components:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($137.27 @ TigerDirect)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (Purchased For $0.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($384.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($384.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2080.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-05 14:15 EST-0500)

Let me know what you think. Thanks.
December 6, 2013 9:18:54 PM

This is actually very similar to my own build. I decided to splurg just a tad more on the Mobo and RAM. Also I went with an Asus GPU this time instead of my usual EVGA GPUs. From reading reviews I also went with a different Power Supply and CPU Cooler.

Mobo: Asus Maximus VI Formula
RAM: G.Skill Trident X (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400
GPU: Asus Direct CU II Thermal Design (GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5)
PSU: Corsair AX860
CPU Cooler: Kraken x60

I also plan on OCing the i7-4770K up to around 4.5 GHz and eventually upgrade to 2x Asus DCUII GTX 780s running on up to 3 monitors. Considering all of the similarities between our builds I obviously give it a thumbs up!

As a side note, Microcenter has a CPU + Mobo deal that will knock $30-$40 off if you buy those 2 together at Microcenter.
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