The 980 supposedly is going to cost 600 and be somewhere around 780ti performance, and the 970 somewhere around the 780 at 400 bucks. Either way it would make sense to wait and see. I'd also consider picking up a 290 from AMD instead if I were in your position.
Supposedly 500 bucks and should be out in the next week or two for purchase
Honestly unless you don't like it, keep it.
I've used both, and if I had to pick between them I'd go browns. MX Reds are too light for me personally.
I'd ditch the thermal paste and switch the GPU to an r9 290. Would also look into different power supplies, the price for that 650w is borderline criminal.
The 290 does not run hot. The original design with the reference cooler was inadequate to handle the heat it generated. Non reference coolers run absolutely fine. In fact the powercolor pcs+ 290 is cooler and quieter than any equivalent nvidia gpu on the market in the US.
Don't bother with a 780 or 780 TI. As it is the new nvidia cards are going to be announced in a few weeks. If anything plan to get a 980, otherwise get yourself an AMD 290 as you get slightly better performance than a 780 for around the price of a 770.
I agree with mdhol on the CPU (keep it if you want though), motherboard (it's a damn expensive motherboard), RAM, and SSD (but not hdd).
I'd take it a step further and say the power supply I'd get something different. 150 bucks for a 750W psu is wayyyy too much.
seagate doesn't have reliability issues. If this is related to the backblaze article you should do some more reading, you'll see that the article was mostly useless and not informative for normal users.
Agree with p.much everything else though.
The Tri-X is a better card than the DCUII.
The 290 is a much more powerful card in every measurable way.
Here's a review of the 290x version http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/65702-powercolor-r9-290x-pcs-4gb-review.html
And here is the same review done for the sapphire tri-x 290:
This comparison is actually in favor of the sapphire as it's being done on a 290 instead of 290x with the powercolor, but as you see the powercolor still runs cooler and quieter.
Actually the PCS+ handily beats the Tri-X, and trades blows with the vapor-x
I like xoxide for a site, and logisys for cathodes.
The ASUS 290 you linked
Yes, but not to the Asus version. The DCUII is a pretty bad cooler on AMD because they didn't bother optimizing it from their nvidia version. The powercolor pcs+ is on sale now and is a damn good card.
I'd ditch the 770 for a 290, ditch the asus motherboard (wayyy overpriced) for another red and black board that's cheaper (there's several gigabyte and msi ones), switch the evo for a pny xlr8 (won't notice a performance difference but will save 30 bucks ish), and switch the powersupply for this to save some extra scratch without losing out on quality.
The 980 is RUMORED to perform around the same level as a 780TI for 500 USD, the 970 is supposedly priced at 400 usd. I'd wait for the 980 to launch and see how AMD reacts with the pricing of the 290. As it currently stands, I'd pick a 290 though as you can get a powercolor pcs+ for 348 and it will run cooler and quieter than most cards on the market.
For the money right now, you can get a powercolor pcs+ 290 for less than that 770, and it will outperform it and run cooler/quieter to boot.
Also i'm not familiar with that power supply, it may be worth it to check and see if reviews are available to find out whether or not it's a decent unit.
Why 2 separate 1tb drives? Makes much more sense to get a single 2tb drive and partition it if you need to.
Ditch the thermal paste because it's only going to offer a few deg c improvement at best.
I'd ditch the 770 for a 290 in a heartbeat, you spend a little more but you get a considerable amount more performance (a bit better than a 780).
Neither of those is the case with non reference design coolers. The Powercolor PCS+ 290 is quieter and cooler than any 780 on the market, you can look into reviews for yourself
I would honestly go the route of dual 290s. They perform better than 780s at 1440p, give you more vram, and are cheaper to boot.
The fans running is likely a bios feature. I forget what it's called, but the logic is that it runs the fans for a few minutes after shutdown to disperse the remaining heat to preserve the longevity of components.
Honestly 290x are better than 780TIs for 4k. VRAM usage and speeds plays a bigger role at higher resolutions and NVIDIA is lacking there compared to AMD.
The PCS+ is a much cooler/quieter card than the turboduo.
If the benchmarks and rumors are to be believed, the new nvidia 980 will perform around the same as a 780ti for 500 bucks. Whether or not that is worth it is up to you.
Yes haswell E is a pricey platform. I didn't make any changes though because given his budget it wasn't like switching funds around would yield some massive performance improvement over what I suggested. If he wanted to save money he could switch to a 4790k and some mobo/ram.
Which is quieter depends entirely on which card you choose in the lineup. For example, the powercolor pcs+ 290 is quieter and cooler than any 780 on the US market.
The 290 is SLIGHTLY faster (not enough to call it much better), but it's also considerably cheaper. I'd definitely go with a 290, though not the ASUS DCUII. That card has heat issues because ASUS was lazy when adapting the DCUII cooler from their nvidia lineup.
Honestly the big thing I'd say here is it makes a lot more sense to switch the card out for 2 290s or 290x. At 4k, they tend to perform better than 780TIs because of the extra vram/wider bus. You'd get a lot more performance out of it while adding little to nothing to the overall price. Also the samsung ssd while decent, is kind of pricey.
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The XFX psu I linked you is in fact a Seasonic unit. It's a seasonic rebranded as xfx, very common practice in the industry. As for WD your call but I'd get a single 2tb drive regardless. As for the GPU, AMD is giving you much more bang for buck. You get a more powerful card, more vram, and 3 games to choose as well.
Couple suggestions to bulk up the gpu/fit in a better cooler:
You're overpaying on some components such as the motherboard, gpu, ssd, case, power supply, and wireless card. By readjusting them you could push the graphics further.
You don't really need much more than an h55 to cool a 290 enough to get the most performance out of it without going ln2. Most people I've looked through on OCN with a 290 and h55 report load temps in the mid 60s, which is plenty low enough to allow you to push overclocks. As for the vrms you would want to get heatsinks. Gelid makes a vrm kit specifically for the 290/290x that you can use with the kraken g10 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426042).
In a nutshell yes. You're not going to get any performance benefits by doing so.
It will make a minor difference in temperatures. A few degrees celsius normally tops.
Don't pay attention to manufacturer rated specs when it comes to fans. The truth is there is no standardized method for testing static pressure, noise, and airflow employed by manufacturers. Everyone does it differently, so their numbers are almost never directly comparable. Instead you'd be better off reading fan roundups or reviews from sites that use the same method for testing each fan to actually get comparisons.
Even with good static pressure fans the h440 is a toasty case. I'm using noiseblocker eloops as my front intakes (comparable to gentle typhoons) and I still see around 5-7C temp difference between my front panel on and off.
Problem is your case.
The h440 is really restrictive for the front intakes, making CPU temperatures particularly warm I've noticed in my own usage. That being said, I'd still get the h100i. Fact is you're going to get the overclocks you want within temp limits with any of those coolers, so why pay extra?
One suggestion I'd make is to switch your rear exhaust fan to being an intake. In the testing I've done with my own using an H100i, Kraken x61, and H105 it drops temperatures by at least 3 or 4C because of the front intake restriction.
EDIT: seeing as how the h105 is only 10 bucks more, I'd probably get either of those two. The h105 will run cooler but you'll need to run the fans off your motherboard and control using the mobo software, the h100i will run a little warmer but you'll be able to control fan speeds via link and you can change the led color.
Refund and get a 290x/290 instead. Slightly less performance, but a lot of money saved.
Rumor has it the new 980 will be priced at 680 levels, so 500 bucks and the 970 at 400 bucks.
It isn't so much looking at the brands, but trying the switches personally. I personally suggest trying the coolermaster keyswitch sampler LINK because it comes with a lot of different switches to mess with to help you decide what you like most.
You could switch to an asrock h97 performance board for 80 bucks, saving you 40 bucks that could be used elsewhere. I wouldn't call that a small amount considering you could use that along with downsizing the case to up the GPU to a 290 for instance
Why a locked CPU paired with a cpu cooler (useless unless noise is really that big an issue) and an unlocked motherboard? Doesn't make sense
From the top:
You have a locked CPU with an unlocked motherboard. If you want to overclock the CPU change to a 4670k/4690k, otherwise drop the z87 motherboard for something that's h87/h97.
Dom plats are ridiculously overpriced for what you're getting, I'd suggest rethinking your ram choice as that money could be much better spent in other areas, such as a better GPU.
You can get a cheaper SSD like the PNY XLR8 with no noticeable performance hit to save some cash
Why two separate hard drives? Makes more sense to get a single 1 2tb unless there's a specific reason you need two.
That GPU is old, and not worth the money at all. Would make a lot more sense to rework the system like I suggested in my earlier points to upgrade the GPU.
You don't need a full tower case for future upgrades unless you're thinking of getting 4 GPUs in the future for some reason
Unless you have a program that DOESNT run on win8/win8.1, you should upgrade to windows 8.1. It runs better, gives you directx12 support, and with a start menu button replacement is almost exactly the same UI as win7.
Unless you regularly use optical media (CDs etc), drop the optical drive. You can easily install windows using a usb thumb drive and there's plenty of guides online showing how to do it.
With all that in mind this would be my suggestion:
The 290 is definitely the better option. As for black screens, no. Some people may get a dud (something that happens with both amd and nvidia).
Wouldn't bother with the 780TIs. Fact is a refresh is right around the corner it makes more sense to wait if you're insistent on going with nvidia. Otherwise, I'd go for 290s or 290xs instead. You get 90-95% of the performance for 30% ish cheaper and more vram.
Either way with overclocking in mind you would probably want to consider bumping up to a 1000w psu.
Honestly who cares if it's only 4 slots. He still has two slots available to give him 32gb of ram which is beyond plenty. Dual chan vs quad chan doesn't exactly result in a huge performance difference either.
I wouldn't bother with 780TIs. At the most I'd pick up 290s. Fact is we're right around the corner from an NVIDIA GPU refresh and rumor has it they'll be lowering prices. Either way the 290 is much better for value.
That's well over budget considering he's also got two monitors to buy. He'd be spending 1200 ish on GPUs alone.
All current GPUs from both manufacturers should receive DX12 support:
Drives, RAM, clcs, and everything else are very low power consumption. You could fit the drive in his build, the ram, the motherboard, the wireless card, and ANY clc of his choosing and you're not going to consume 150 watts total for them. The SSD is a couple watts, RAM is also very low, fans for a dual rad clc would take up another 30 ish plus another 20 TOPS for the pump unit, add another 50 for the motherboard and you're still well under.