Well there's a bunch of things here I'd say:
Motherboard is overpriced for what you're getting out of it.
16gb of RAM is beyond what's needed for gaming, even into the foreseeable future
While I have 2 780 TI classified's (and do love them), they're not worth the money at all. The 290x offers 95% of the performance, 30% more vram and bit bus width for 30% less. You could literally fit 2 290x into your build from the get go
Unless you're dead set on the phantom 630, I'd consider going for a mid tower variant like the 410 or the (I think) phantom 520
While the RM series is a solid choice, it's also on the pricier side of psus available today.
With that in mind:
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As for your questions:
1) An 850W would be ok, but if you plan to actually make use of classified cards (given their unlocked voltage) you're probably going to want more wattage. Regardless, I'd still go for a 1000w with 2 290x over the classifieds
2) The 4820 is pointless. The 4770k/4790k is a better performer (based on haswell instead of ivy bridge the way the 4820 is). As for mobo, see suggestion in the list.
3) I use QNIX QX2710's from off ebay to be honest. They're pls panels (Samsung's equivalent of IPS) and can be overclocked up to 120hz for a smoother experience. What's more they're also relatively cheap compared to the competition. Just MAKE SURE you specifically go for the "Ultimate Perfect Pixel" models as they test for minimal backlight bleed and 0 dead/stuck pixels before they ship out.
I wouldn't touch the dcuii cooler on amd. ASUS didn't bother modifying it from their nvidia version, and as a result a few of the heatpipes don't make contact with the GPU die, making it warmer than most of the competition.
A 780TI costs over 200 bucks more than a 290x, and only offers 5% more performance ish.
The coolermaster nepton and glacier are also top performers iirc (or one of them was). More importantly, you should keep in mind temps aren't going to be your problem when you go with dual fan rads like these, it's going to be the cpu itself. You're goign to hit the voltage limits or simple overclock limit of your cpu itself before you hit the thermal limit.
Almost entirely agree with this build. I would make the following changes though:
Honestly I wouldn't call this balanced.
You're spending 100 bucks more than you should on the motherboard, money that could be better spent towards gpus.
Dom plats are easily the most overpriced ram on the market. 3000mhz? Any particular reason?
840 pro is not worth the money at all. Switch to a pny xlr8 and save like 90 bucks. You'll get basically identical real world performance, synthetics make margins that don't really exist in day to day usage seem massive.
Caviar blacks are louder, hotter, and unreasonably more expensive than their counterparts. Switch to barracudas or wd blues.
NVIDIA is not worth the money right now sadly (i own nvidia cards, but if i were purchasing now i'd go amd in a heartbeat). With the changes proposed you could EASILY get 2 290s. The 290 is a more powerful card than the 780 too.
The seasonic psu is ridiculously expensive. Yes seasonic is among the best psu manufacturer's, but the price they command is more than the quality you get vs competitors. Take a look at the evga supernova g2 or the xfx line.
I feel like you had a thread before and I said the same things.
Get a cheaper motherboard like the extreme9 by asrock, what you need is a plx board and that's it.
32gb of ram is beyond overkill unless you have a specific need for it. Gaming doesn't even need half that.
You can save over 800 bucks total by switching to 290x and only lose a few percent in performance while gaining more vram and a wider bit bus which is important at higher resolutions.
The x41 is ridiculously overpriced for what you're getting, and you don't need it to keep 780tis or 290x under control thermally at max overclocks. Even an h55 will do the job more than adequately.
if you intend to overclock you're going to want to buy vrm heatsinks no matter which cards you buy for the kraken g10. Fact is the g10s don't provide quite enough airflow to keep temps on the vrms that great (they're still within limits). With 290x gelid specifically sells vrm kits, but with the nvidia cards you'll have to measure them out and buy them in singles.
Overkill? Maybe. Misappropriated budget? Definitely.
Ditch the Thermal paste, you don't need it and at best it'll improve temps an additonal degree or 2 c at load.
Get a cheaper motherboard, if you need wifi buy a separate pci wireless card as it's much cheaper this way (you should save at least 50 bucks)
16gb of ram is really not worth getting. Stick with 8 and down the line (like several years maybe) it may become worthwhile to up it to 16, but for gaming now it's useless.
Drop the 840 pro down to a pny xlr8 and you'll save another 40 ish bucks (you won't notice a difference between them in real world performance anyway)
Drop the GPU. Yes the 780ti is a monster of a card, but the price is ridiculous vs the competition. You could pick up 2 290s for the same price and absolutely obliterate a 780ti.
Drop the PSU and get a larger 850w if you plan to go with dual 290s, there's the xfx and evga supernova g2 off the top of my head that should be cheaper and more wattage.
Switch to 8.1. Fact is you won't get support for dx12 in win7 and win8.1 is better in terms of performance.
Not complaining, simply saying that I don't lend much credence to what they say. What's more, promises of lower prices that don't happen are just as bad as naysayers :P
WCCFTech does not really have the best track record. And it kind of goes against articles like this
And the monitor change.
Can you provide a screenshot link? Were they both optimized (trim enabled and run) before the benchmarks were run? were they both on sata3 not 2?
mmm I remember working with you on this parts list :P. It looks great bud congrats
Reading newegg reviews or any other etailer review may be the single worst option for you. The fact is that much more often than not the people that will post a review are those that had a bad experience with the product or got a defective one.
As for not supporting crossfire/sli, the vast majority of games do. Some bigger titles will release without support, but it will later be added in 99% of the time.
As for stutter issues, it's a thing of the past for both nvidia and amd.
Much more performance for about the same price:
Switch out the 780TIs for 3 or 4 290x instead, you'll get more vram, and more gpu horsepower
Honestly, either or? Or whichever you prefer?
because you plan to overclock? overclocking means more power consumption.
Do you actually intend to use the blu ray drive regularly?
ditch that raidmax powersupply. 1 year warranty and just passable reviews while being on the noisy side, it also apparently didn't actually pass the efficiency rating on hardocp review
Any reason for 16gb? That money could be better spent pushing the GPU further.
Though I'd also switch to windows 8/8.1 for dx12 support.
If you prefer a mini tower, you could try something like this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-ca1a800m1nn00
no, both z97 and z87 are overclocking series. Any Z series motherboard is overclocking supported. H series (H87 H97) and B series don't support overclocking. And yes, it is not worth the money to get a z series motherboard if you have no intention of overclocking.
why z97 with a locked cpu? why a 60 dollar 360w psu?
If this was the rosewill hive, that hive series has consistently been given very positive reviews by every reviewer that's tested it
Better performance for 50 bucks less
You have a locked CPU with an unlocked motherboard. If you don't intend to overclock, go with H97/H87 instead of Z97. You also won't really need the cooler if you aren't overclocking.
I'd change the SSD to a crucial mx100 to save some money (basically same real world performance), switch the case to an NZXT Phantom 410 (same design but smaller because you honestly don't need a fulltower))
Your card is black and red, I'd pick up a Gigabyte Z97 SLI or an Asrock Fatal1ty as they're both in your price range and black and red.
290 is more powerful
only reference design (original cooler) not board partner (like MSI and XFX) ones
Yes, more than enough. and yes the msi
It will not be better than a stock 290x. Also, overclocking can be done yourself INCREDIBLY easily.
yes it would work
I've used wd greens and barracudas for 4 years now, neither has failed me.
Red are NAS drives, go with a barracuda instead.
What other online retailers do you have to choose from?
As for a dedicated sound card. I have a motherboard with one, it is better yes, but you're better off getting either a separate internal sound card or (more ideally but more costly) an external one.
The Tri X is NOWHERE near the price of a 780TI. The cheapest 780TI (Zotac) is a full $100 more than the Tri-X 290x. Meanwhile the Tri-X is 40 bucks more than the 780 you've chosen and offers around 7% more performance at 1080p, and 13% more at 1600p.
As for Linus, I personally don't lend much credence to him. I put more faith in Techpowerup, Guru3d, bit-tech, hardwarecanucks, and techreport.
In terms of overclockability, if you are looking at reference clocks for the 780/780TI then yes, NVIDIA does overclock better. But just about NO cards are sold at the reference clocks because they're so low (something like 928mhz boost). The EVGA you selected boosts to 1028 out of the box. Generally speaking they can get around 1150-1175 normally on air, some get lucky and break the 1200 barrier with non reference pcb designs (unfortunately that evga is reference design). The 290/290x on average come with boost clocks of 1ghz, and normally will hit around the same 1150-1175 normally as well. So really, NVIDIA cards don't overclock much more than AMD cards do.
I'm not sure how the only "capable" 290/290x you found was an MSI when it isn't even among the best 290/290x available (that is more the xfx double dissipation on the lower mid end, tri-x and pcs+ at the mid-high end, and the lightning/vaporx on the extreme end).
Anyway going to your build:
The MSI Gaming mobo is pretty overpriced if I'm honest. You aren't getting any better performance out of it than you will out of a $120 board, just more little features (many of which most people almost never use). I'd drop down to the gaming 3 or 5.
The 840 pro is stupidly overpriced. Yes it is the best performer, but in terms of real world performance, you'll be incredibly hard-pressed to notice the difference between it and a 240gb PNY XLR8 or Crucial MX100.
The WD Black is in the same boat. WD Blacks also tend to be noisier and hotter than non black drives. Getting a WD blue or seagate barracuda makes more sense because this isn't a primary os drive, this is for additional programs and media, and you won't really notice the difference between them in these scenarios.
For the GPU, honestly I'd get a 290. It offers slightly better performance than a 780, more vram, and a wider bit bus for less. If you're focused on silence (which I'm guessing because of that cpu cooler), the Powercolor PCS_ is probably in the top 3 for quietest and coolest on both the NVIDIA and AMD sides. It's also flat black so it doesn't mess with your color scheme.
Yes Seasonic PSUs are great, but they aren't worth the premium. You're not going to get better performance or reliability from it over say an EVGA, XFX, or Kingwin PSU. The voltage ripple may be less, but it won't have impacts on your overclocks unless you're dealing with extreme cooling scenarios like LN2. Otherwise, the VRMs on the mobo, CPU, and GPU are already well equipped to handle the ripple from any of these units.
Need a cpu cooler still tho, I'd get a 212 evo
I saw that you said you preferred the 770 over the 290, but I'm still putting a 290 lol. Watch Dogs you can buy these days from places like reddit steamgameswap and forums with people that bought nvidia cards for like 25 bucks.