First Gaming Build Please Review

Approximate Purchase Date: Fall 2014

Budget Range: $1,800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming build, browsing internet, watching movies. No recording or rendering etc ...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

I'd eventually like to get a 144hz monitor or something at a resolution higher than 1080p but less than 4k until those are much more mainstream.

Additional Comments: I'm primarily looking for a powerful build for gaming and browsing the internet. I'm pretty set on the i7 4770k + gtx 780. I'm not looking to overclock as it's not my style, I also do not want to do anything liquid cooled and I only want one GPU.

I'm curious if I could shave some cost off somewhere and what your general recommendations would be. I'm especially uncertain as to the power supply required. Also, I'm not sure about the fans for the air 540 case. Do I need to be concerned about the fan headers on the mobo? Is there anything special about replacing the stock fans (which I plan to do).

Appreciate your general feedback.
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  1. If you don't OC, you will not need the i7 4770k, also go for the dual channel RAM is better than single channel
  2. I would go this way seeing as the Xeon is essentially the same as the i7 but can't be OC'ed

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    and these fans will do nicely replacing the stock ones

    Also at this point in time, 144Hz monitors are really hard to find in anything over 1080p
    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.78 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($182.79 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ 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) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1598.37
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 22:00 EDT-0400)
  3. you could get a smaller SSD if you just plan on installing windows on it, I'm personally running a 64gb 1 which is doing me fine, as for the fans you need to look at the amount of air they move, as that's the cooling factor, LED's if you want a glowy case, if you want to do heavy gaming you pc will overheat (very bad!) so I'd say high intake fans X2 minimum, excluding the psu (which is fine power wise btw) 1 at the front sucking air in, and 1 at the back blowing air out, more is better, but it will get loud, especially as SSD's r silent so the slightest fan noise is noticeable where as the spinning HHD used to hide it.
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