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Is this build good or is it way to over board? Advice would be nice for first time pc build.

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March 12, 2014 8:31:53 PM

I want something that will last me a long time to where I don't have to upgrade it for awhile and I also want to play on 1440P 60fps but would love to get as close to 120 FPS as possible. I plan on playing BF4 max settings and games like league of legends and final fantasy 14. If I went over board with the things I want please let me no on what would be a better option as this is my first build. Thanks for the input. this is a 2600 build plus I need a 1440P monitor(was looking at the Korean monitor) and I need a gaming keyboard so it comes out to about 3200 build. I also plan on OCing the cpu to about 4.0- 4.5 and same with the GPU's so any help with water cooling would be appreciated to.


CPU

Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $319.99

CPU Cooler

NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.99

Motherboard

Gigabyte G1.SNIPER 5 EATX LGA1150 Motherboard $389.99

Memory

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $78.99

Storage

OCZ Vertex 2 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $210.60

Hitachi 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.95

Video Card

Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $509.99

Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $509.99

Case

Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case $139.99

Power Supply

SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $175.99

Optical Drive

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $19.98

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $97.26

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March 12, 2014 8:38:31 PM

There's really no such thing as "future-proofing a pc", so the amount of money you spend right now doesnt directly augment the amount you spend later. That said,

I'd drop down to an i5 4670k, seeing as your pc is only going to be used for gaming.
There are definitely cheaper mobo options out there, like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung evo 840 ssds have great reliability at a very low price http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W0...
As for your video cards, 780s are beasts, especially in sli. But you should purchase one card first, then buy the second one later. Chances are you might want to upgrade to a newer card, or one 780 might be enough for you. Either way, start out with one card and buy another if you really want to.
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March 12, 2014 8:39:09 PM

everything looks good make sure the memory is 1.5v and a cl of 9 if you can find it lower the better
if you plan on overclocking i would opt for the 1000w because the power draw of those 2 780s is around 350w max load and 1440p will push them to max load. here is their power consumption
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/08/14/galaxy_geforc...
other than that looks good.
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March 12, 2014 8:41:45 PM

That SSD is a very bad idea the vertex 2 is not only old but had a very high failure rate. You can get a 250gb Samsung evo for $150, and it's faster and more reliable. You should also be getting 2 sticks of dual channel ram instead of just a single stick.
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March 12, 2014 8:46:45 PM

You can get a cheaper tower for 109 bucks on newegg. Get the Raidmax agusta. Looks better than the corsair, larger and cheaper. You can also get a terabyte of HDD on amazon for 60 bucks by WD Blue. Not much saving so far but I mean hey, it's something. I'm sure you can also get a good motherboard for atleast $100 less. I like the MSI 787 but it's my own personal opinion. Please do not take my word on the motherboard as I'm not an expert but I know it's a good one that runs PCI-E 3.0 and SLI ready. I think it can run the CPU you have but honestly I'm not sure about that CPU. For that price it's obviously going to be good but I think you're being cheated. You will eventually want to buy a new heatsink because all Intel heatsinks are garbage. I'd also invest in thermal paste. So far I think there are odds and ends you can save a few bucks on different sites but not to much.
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March 12, 2014 9:26:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 PROFESSIONAL ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($160.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2659.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 00:09 EDT-0400)

well over 10 years since HT's been introduced, and still games rarely benefit from it. may as well save some and get an i5.

how high you OC the CPU depends on the chip. not all chips of the same model are created equal. unless you lucked out, 4.2-4.3ghz is a common OC seen here and there.

for your budget, get a better, reliable SSD like Samsung's 840 EVO series.

you should be able to afford a 2x4GB memory kit, rather than a single kit. may as well use that dual channel memory feature off the bat.

little to no need to get an EATX board at twice the price. by the time that GPU performance starts falling behind and you're looking for an upgrade, you're more likely to get two brand new higher end card in SLI/CF that'll blow 4x780's in SLI out of the water, if not offering a far much better performance/price than what 2x780's offer now.

you can cheap out on an 80+ Bronze 850W PSU if this PC isn't going to run 24/7. there's an Antec HCG-850M for less than a $100.
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