Gaming, simulation and graphics editing system

I'm coming to USA soon and I'm looking to build a "joker" system. I'll be focusing on gaming. Here's my list.
-- i5-4670k/i7-4770k (depending on price)
-- MSI R9-290x (so I can take advantage of Mantle and OpenCL because I plan to do GPGPU Computing)
-- 2 x 1TB HDD. (probably in RAID 1)
-- 1 x 32GB SSD or MSATA card for OS
-- 32GB or 64 GB of RAM (because of my University Research I need to have lots of RAM, so I can multitask while running simulations)
-- Maybe a Corsair CX600 power supply (I think its 80+Bronze)

I'm having doubts about the motherboard that I should choose. I'm tending to something like a Z87 Asus or MSI, but I don't know which. Also this is my first "stand alone" build. Am I in the right direction?

Thank you!

PS: I'm on a 1500$ budget.
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  1. That looks solid to me! I think the Asus is a little better and I like the Z87! Doing editing, get the 4770k it will be worth it!!! Do you plan to use on board graphics, or did you just forget the GPU? I would get a GTX 760 or 770. If I helped, a best solution would be great! :D I hope this helps you with your first build!
  2. GetOwnedGaming said:
    That looks solid to me! I think the Asus is a little better and I like the Z87! Doing editing, get the 4770k it will be worth it!!! Do you plan to use on board graphics, or did you just forget the GPU? I would get a GTX 760 or 770. If I helped, a best solution would be great! :D I hope this helps you with your first build!



    Sorry I took long to respond. The GPU is a MSI R9 290x. Its great for general purpose GPU Computing, which I'm going to be doing too.
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