Might as well pre-order a 4K monitor now: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IEZGWI2/?tag=blurbust-20&link_code=as3&creative=373489&camp=211189
$700 4K monitor should fit a $3000 build budget pretty well actually.
CPU Cooler: ~$50-100. Almost any modern AIO CLC like the H100i, H80i, CM Nepton/Seidon series. Just make sure it fits the case
Alternatively, if you want something "cool" looking, a heatpipe cooler like the Thermalright Silver Arrow, Noctua D14, or the Zalman CNPS 9900MAX are all ultra effective and very nicely made.
Almost ANY Z87 ATX board with an 8X8X slot configuration is good. You could literally tack em all on a wall and throw a dart or pick based on color scheme and come out alright. They start at $110 and go to $300 and beyond. This market simply doesn't have "room" for junk as it's no longer mainstream, this is enthusiast class and as such, pretty much any board that meets that minimum standard is built well and has good features.The sweet spot is ~$120-180 IMO. Above that things swing towards novelty "extremes" IMO.
See if this link works: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/#s=24&f=2&c=89&sort=a8&qq=1&l=2Rolling Dice
: YELLOW!... Asus Z87 Pro is my recommendation. Oh look it's a beauty!
A good 2x8GB kit is appropriate for a build in this budget. ~$150
This A-Data kit would look nice on a yellow themed Asus board like the Z87 pro, you know, if your dice happen to land that way. Comes with a 2400 speed XMP profile loaded up. Simple RAM overclocking.
This tactical kit is a lower speed, lower voltage, tight timing configuration that would be fun to overclock if you're the "tinkering" type.
2xGTX780 ~$1000, Giga Windforce or EVGA ACX IMO.
This will handle games at 4K pretty well. Just remember, you're dealing with WAY more detail from resolution here, so running "ultra-everything with AA" all the way down the settings tab shouldn't be the goal. Turn settings down to get smooth FPS. It's still going to look better on the 4K monitor than it would have with ultra settings@1080P.
Case: Sweet spot for value on a build in this budget is going to be cases ~$100. I'm going to throw out the suggestion of the Corsair C70 for $125. Cooler Master N600 ~$100, and Fractal Design Arc Midi / Define series as a few random suggestions that are nice. But there are SO many to choose from that are high quality and in this price class.
Even though you could get by with a 650W, I think I would go ahead with a 750W purely for the sake of knowing that there's an extra ~100W of never-to-be-touched overhead. Is it needed? no, but 750W Capstone is only ~$100.
240GB M500: $120
2TB overflow/backup drive: ST2000DM001 $90
Optical drive: $20
Backlit gaming keyboard ~$50
That's about $3000. Probably better stop there Edited by mdocod - 3/27/14 at 12:18pm