other reason is it matches the motherboard :P
Windows 8/8.1 gives you dx12 support when it launches, which win7 doesn't and it's going to be a big deal from a gaming perspective if the changes microsoft has shown off go through. You also have what amounts to an identical interface with 8.1 to windows 7 when you get a start menu button replacement.
Changed the motherboard to something cheaper and z97 so that if you want you have broadwell to upgrade to (though I wouldn't personally)
Changed the SSD because that particular kingston one has been the subject of some pretty serious controversy due to a bait and switch. The ssd isn't that great because it uses asynchronous flash memory.
Changed the gpu because the powercolor is in fact quieter than the tri x (it has more raw heatsink area) and is cheaper.
Changed the powersupply because the only reason to go full mod is if you plan to get custom sleeved cables (not extensions), otherwise semi mod makes more sense.
Changed the monitor to an ips equivalent (better color gamut and viewing angles).
Here's a slightly different setup that keeps the same level of performance for under your 1200 budget, let me know if you'd like anything explained and good luck
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Do you intend to overclock? If not, ditch the noctua and switch to an h97 motherboard, i'd also definitely get a 290 over that 770, you get better performance and a wider bit bus.
so....why the 780ti then? For that matter why not a 290x? prejudice aside, it's a lot cheaper and gives decent performance, could probably fit 2 into your budget
AMD Build, drop 8gb of RAM, switch to a PNY XLR8 ssd, and switch the gpus to the powercolor pcs+ 290 (better performance).
If he's filthy rich and upgrades are no issue, get titan blacks. Extra vram for 4k, and same gpu config as a 780ti.
280 is more powerful without a doubt
should be fine for 4k
that would work, but i'd switch to the lepa psu, no point in paying nearly double for less wattage.
Double post sorry
That won't work very well, you still need a motherboard with a plx chip. That's why I suggested you sort by 4 way sli compatible
RAM is plenty, no need for 2400mhz. The current psu is fine.
If you could link me to a couple, I absolutely hate traversing the TH forums (used to be a regular there in the watercooling section).
You can check online there's plenty of 4k reviews. You will be able to play in 4k yes. Don't expect to have everything maxed out in every game though
If you wanted to save some cash, I'd switch out the classified for a different motherboard (just sort by z97 4 way crossfire compatible to get boards with a plx chip onboard). I'd also switch the 840 pro to a crucial mx100 (you're not going to notice the difference in performance between them)
2 290s is better than a 290x. The difference in performance between a 290 and 290x isn't very much to start with. As for which to go for, my personal favorite is the powercolor PCS+, followed by the price king right now which I think is the gigabyte windforce, then the tri-x. The vapor x is great too, but it's really expensive.
If you were to do a bit of rearranging, mainly if you don't need an optical drive for anything but installing windows, and drop down to a gaming 3 or 5 motherboard, you could get yourself 2 290s.
Thanks bud :P, things might be changing in the coming months
It's overpriced. The EVGA Classified is only worth getting if you're going for 3+ GPUs, the 850 pro is not going to show you any benefit in the real world over an 840 evo or a crucial mx100, and a 295x2 is a terrible waste of money. You can get 3 290x for the same price as one of those, and get a lot more performance out of them. The EVGA PSU is beyond overkill for this build, you don't need more than 1000w.
If you can return your card, I would certainly do so and get 290s instead, and return the ssd as that specific kingston unit has come under a lot of scrutiny for a bit of a bait and switch.
how fast is your connection? It's almost impossible that switching your network card is goign to make your internet any faster unless you have gigabit internet wherever you are.
I read no such thing, could you link me to where you read that?
Why do that though? The 290 is on par in performance with the 780 (maybe a bit better) and gives you more vram
Maybe use some of the extra 100 bucks for a case you like the looks of more
Three options for card:
Powercolor PCS+ (probably the coolest and quietest of the three, plain black)
Gigabyte Windforce (middle of the road, but cheapest)
Vapor X (probably tied with the PCS+ for coolest and quietest, custom vrms and pcb, most expensive)
don't follow you? Anyway here's my suggestion, feel free to ask whatever you want more explanation on:
why locked cpu with unlocked motherboard?
given you have a locked cpu so no overclocking there yes it is adequate.
If you can do 16 quid more:
Otherwise drop back to the 4670k and mobo but keep the gpu and psu
drop down to an 8320, if you plan to overclock the 8350 is just an overclocked 8320.
For a cooler on the low end you could get a 212 evo, on the higher end an h105.
Switch the GPU to an AMD r9 290 instead, it's about 40 bucks ish more, but you get considerably better perfomrance and more vram
For the power supply you can get a considerably cheaper unit like those from evga (the supernova g2s)
no just temperature limits and silicon lottery. though at the same time the windforce 290x iirc has a custom power delivery system with more vrm phases than reference design.
clock speeds mean nothing when comparing different architectures.
you can crossfire any 290x with any other 290x no problem. you might be limited by one or the others overclockability but that's it
a 290x was it? can't remember tbh lol but i vaguely remember something about that
one thing worth mentioning, if you take a look at hwbot (basically where all the big overclockers tend to go for validation of their scores etc), the cards that overclock the best tend to be msi, evga, and gigabyte.
yes the 770 does marginally outperform the 280x.
Well here's the problem with that:
ROG boards overclock no better than any other motherboard unless you're using LN2 cooling, which I'm going to guess both you and your friend aren't/don't :P. As for the features, they're no different from any other vendors these days so it makes absolutely no difference.
Moving on to the GPU, the features that it offers let's take a look at them:
Switchable bios: only useful if you do some HEAVY overclocking and want to keep a stock profile, even then not super useful as you can flash bios onto cards with relative ease these days via dos or widnows.
Memory defroster: only useful for ln2
VGA hotwire: basically a hardware version of using programs like afterburner but only compatible with rog motherboards, again not useful given the alternatives available
Clear Vbios switch: see #1
ROG Edition GPU Tweak: basically msi afterburner
Up a tier in the GPU dept while still being under 1100:
A few questions first:
Does she need wifi?
Does she need an optical drive for anything besides installing windows?
Any particular reason for a bluetooth mouse? I'd highly recommend against it if this is a gaming pc (which from the looks of it, this is)
Would also highly recommend against that logitech headset as it's incredibly uncomfortable (it's the same design as the g930 from the looks of things) over long periods of use.
you've already basically purchased everything...what did you want to know
Good information, but I wouldn't put a whole lot of emphasis on vrms anymore with a lot of the voltage regulation on haswell being handled on die
I feel like you could use more gpu power in this build. A 750ti is a nice card, but it's still a weak one.
From the top:
I'd get a cheaper motherboard, the deluxe (if it's the one i remember) is only useful if you're planning to get 3+gpus.
Could save money by switching to a crucial mx100 and notice just about no difference in real world performance.
Would DEFINITELY ditch the 4gb 770 in favor of a 290 which is slightly cheaper, gives you 4gb of ram with a bit bus that can handle that much memory, and better performance.
You could certainly get a considerably cheaper power supply. The xfx and evga supernova g2 are also gold full mod and at least 30 bucks cheaper if not more.
I removed the keyboard because I'm fairly certain you can find an equivalent mx blue keyboard with backlights for cheaper but I don't know the uk mech kb retailers.
so...upgrade mobo which does nothing for gaming...and downgrade gpu?
Would help if you could post a pcpp link