There are literally at least half a dozen reviews on the PCS+ cooler, calling it the best, if not one of the best coolers on the AMD side. Techpowerup, Guru3d, HardwareCanucks off the top of my head have reviewed that cooler on the 290/290x.
If you wanted, you could drop back down, but you never know what game comes out that you get interested in that might need more horsepower outta your system, plus it's still the same price as your original list. But if you'd rather save money by all means go for a 280x.
Black don't run "better" than blues. They run slightly faster, and have a longer warranty. They also consume more power, run hotter, and louder than blues.
For the motherboard people don't tell you the reality is they all perform equally well and almost all have the same warranty backing. They're all assembled by the same company (FoxConn) and very little really differentiates them in real world terms. The difference in performance caused by motherboard choice is less than 2%, if that much. Any of the ones I suggested earlier are perfectly good and will perform just as well.
As for the HDD I've used most of the big players drives in the 2TB+ capacity and all I have to say is they've all performed equally well and no company stood out as being less reliable than another in my years of building.
The 290x does not perform as well as a 780TI, much less better. But it is definitely better value, but I'd get a 290 given the difference between it and a 290x are marginal for the extra $100 premium.
Since it doesn't appear that you're overclocking and you want a red and black theme this gives you considerably more gpu power for about the same price as well as double the SSD storage
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Why z97 if he isn't getting an overclockable cpu? H97 makes more sense.
A 290 would give you much better performance for around 40 bucks less and double the VRAM. Actually I think I remember this build and giving you feedback about the gpu, motherboard, and case.
Couple things here I'd like to point out to you:
The Maximus Hero is incredibly overpriced for what you're getting. You can get a board that offers the same features for the most part for considerably less while not sacrificing any performance. From Gigabyte there's the Gaming 5 and the G1 sniper, MSI there's the G45 Gaming and the Gaming 5, and the EVGA FTW all offer equivalent features, and the same color scheme for at least 60 bucks less. Those 60 bucks could go towards a better clc like an h80i or h100i.
The WD 1tb black is kind of a waste of money as it's not a primary drive and as storage or secondary applications a WD Black will not give you any major benefits over a Blue or Barracuda, which you could easily get a 2tb version of.
The 780 is really not worth the money. A 290 outperforms a 780 and is around 100 bucks cheaper with an extra gb of vram.
It wasn't meant to be a mean thing to say. Sorry if it came off that way, but people who rely on other user reviews are relying on amateurs for product purchasing decisions. Literally EVERY reviewer that has tested this card has said it is one of the best on the market (if not the best). Here's a bunch that basically say exactly that:
Also if it's a friendly exchange, I don't see why you downvoted my posts :P
Try reading reviews. See what reviewers have said about the card. People will get a dud from time to time and then claim the company is garbage or the product is garbage because they got one that wasn't up to snuff, even if afterwards they got a replacement free of charge that works absolutely fine. Buyer reviews, like I said earlier, are useless. Unless you see something like 100 negative reviews about a product and only 2 positive reviews then it would warrant looking into it further.
Those ssds are pretty trashy. Kingston switched the memory type out for asynchronous memory and as a result the performance is pretty garbage now. Go for PNY XLR8's instead.
I wouldn't buy an ROG board if I'm honest with you. They throw a bunch of features at you no one uses and mark them up pretty harshly. A Gigabyte Gaming 3, Gigabyte SLI, or MSI Gaming 3 will give you the exact same overclock potential and all the same features you'd want to use at considerably less while keeping your red color scheme.
SLI is not more stable than crossfire. That's an old belief that held true with the 7xxx series of AMD gpus, not the newer gen. 780TIs are grossly overpriced to the performance they offer (something like 5-7% more performance than a 290x for 200ish more). 780TIs also don't run any cooler. This misconception comes from the absolute garbage cooler than the 290/290x came with. The powercolor PCS+ for instance on AMD's side is cooler than any 780/780TI on the market in the US.
Reviews by buyers are about as useless as they get, instead go read reviews by people that know what to test and look for. The monitor's quality is exactly the same panel as that of the ASUS you chose.
Whatever is cheap and has colors you like. Motherboards only impact performance by 2% ish MAX. They'll all get the same overclocks as well (though some may require MARGINALLY more voltage to maintain stability).
Then I'd certainly buy 2 290x or 2 290 over 2 780TIs. A 1000w psu would be fine for any of those options in dual card.
if you aren't overclocking, don't bother buying a custom cooler.
If you go back to a single gpu, i still suggest a 290 or 290x for the money. The 780ti is way beyond being worth the money, and a 290 costs less than a 780 and gives better performance (not a huge amount, but still better).
yes there is a difference. Windows 8.1 has directx12 support, and windows 7 does not.
5 bucks less and better performance:
Little bit pricier, MUCH better performance. Otherwise you could drop one of the gpus and switch back to your original psu and be getting about 90-95% of the performance of your original build at over 300 bucks less.
Honestly I'd get a 280. It performs better for about the same price (about 15 bucks cheaper) and you get more vram to boot
The 290x is more powerful than a 780, especially when looking at a non reference unit (reference blowers experienced a good deal of thermal throttling)
Feel free to ask any questions about this setup
If I'm being honest about it here's my thoughts:
Would not have chosen that motherboard, you could have gotten an equally good motherboard for cheaper and bought a separate wifi card if you needed it.
2400mhz memory and 16gb? Are you running a lot of vms? Otherwise kinda excessive
Would not have gone with a 780TI personally. You could have got nearly 2 290s for that budget that would handily outperform the 780TI.
Besides that it looks pretty gravy to me.
3dmark, unigine valley/heaven, catzilla
300 bucks cheaper and more powerful
do you plan to overclock?
official spec is 1.5v +/- 10%
I had that mouse, it's a great choice
Upgrade the videocard to what? A 780 is slightly weaker than a 290 and a 290x is only 5% more performance for like 100 more. I would keep it as is or drop to an i5 and get an ssd.
Improved performance for 300 bucks less
Though I'd also highly suggest you get windows 8/8.1 for directx12 support.
if you want that higher speed i guess :P
this and ditch the 840 evo, fact is you aren't overclocking, so you don't need a custom cooler.
the B-12P is a higher rpm version up to 1900 rpms, problem with eloops though is that beyond about 1700ish rpms the noise quality suffers.
290 is a better performer, and has a wider memory bit bus to actually make use of the 4gb of vram onboard (512bit vs the 770's 256bit). You can see HERE that the 290 outperforms the 770 at every resolution, even the reference design model (R9 290 in the charts).
just normal windows 8.1, switch the 770 to a 290 for better performance, no need for a sound card.
whatever you like the looks of i guess. If you want to go with the cheaper side a corsair spec 02 maybe?
*optician and yes, maybe i should
Change the GPU to a non dcuii version. The DCUII cooler on AMD wasn't modified from the nvidia version, and as a result several heatpipes don't come into contact with the gpu die, making it warmer than the competition.
Pick up a motherboard without wireless and get a wireless card separately.
A 770 is not a better gpu than a 290.
An r9 290 would be a much better option than a 770 in all honesty, also i'd consider windows 8.1 over 7 for the dx12 support.