Originally Posted by Sayis
I have created the build here: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/woolley/saved/2fCt
and I have the components listed below as well.
CPU: Intel Core i5 4670k
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero
Memory: G.Skill Trident X 16GB DDR3-2400
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
Video Card: MSI GTX 780
Case: Corsair 900D
PSU: Corsair 860 80W+ Platinum
I would especially like some input on the video card, memory, and PSU. Specifically, is there a better solution out there than the GTX 780 for high-resolution gaming? Is my choice of memory/PSU overkill? Please leave any feedback you can think of, as all input is appreciated!
I'm about to do an incredibly similar build. About the only difference is I'm going for the i7 instead of the i5 and using a corsair carbide 540 air case. [the SSD was on sale from newegg this past weekend for 216 - $25 coupon on orders over $250 btw]. I'll be going for the h100i as well...
A few suggestions:
1. What are you planning on doing with the computer? You might consider a 4770k depending on what games you'll primarily play as well as what OS you plan to use. If you're looking to go for bf4, I'd suggest the extra threads of the i7;
2. Also curious about why you're going with the h110 over the h100i? I'd also suggest replacing the stock fans in either with some corsair sp or gentle typhoons and I'll also suggest running in a "pull" only config. (cleaner w/ dust and only minimal performance loss, if any);
3. The PSU is overkill for a single GPU build (depending on your OC/volts), but may not be sufficient for an OC'd SLI rig http://www.overclock.net/t/1392097/gtx-780-sli-power-requirements/10
. How long until you plan on upgrading with a second 780? Depending on the time involved, it may be cheaper to save on the PSU now (including electricity bills!) and pick up another when you get the second GPU [this is what I'm doing by using my PSU from an existing build and putting it in the new one, when I get a second 780, I'll buy another PSU];
4. If you're planning on running SLI, then you might want to consider reference cards, due to the blower design (blows hot air out the case rather than everywhere in the case). Reference cards also tend to do well on the secondary market due to compatibility with water coolers... In short, they'll be slightly louder and run slightly hotter, but will not impact your overall system as much with hot air. Realistically, you'll probably be able to OC all you need on the reference design unless you're just dying to go balls out for top benchmarks;
5. There is quite a bit of debate on ram speed and haswell overclocking... apparently the ROG white report claimed that the higher the frequency of ram, the less headroom you have to overclock... I think plenty of forum users would beg to differ and don't seem to be hamstrung by their ram speed, but just an FYI... there was a post about it here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1410769/ram-for-haswell-build-is-2400mhz-worth-it
Best of luck!