Originally Posted by TwoCables
Why get a 4 GB 770 when you can get an R9 290 for the same price now?
Also, I looked at the list and I see all of the prices clearly. But I am still confused as to how all of this was $1800. This is a bit better than mine and including the monitor and the gaming keyboard mine was around $1200. And the funny thing is that you don't have unnecessary parts. You have a normal amount of RAM, a nice case that is convenient (because first and foremost a case is about convenience. Anything with holes can have good airflow so that is a non issue most of the time). Your graphics card is the most expensive part but that is expected, and it's a 770. It's not like you are getting the R9 295X or something. You could get a smaller monitor but this thing is 27" and less than $200. You guys up there are making nice arguments for and against the monitor, but my 20" monitor was $190 last year so I would jump on this deal. The PSU is good. I don't worry about wattage as much as I do about the gold rating and the fact that EVGA has been making nice PSUs for a while now (even though they don't actually make them, yes I know TwoCables). Any size greater than 650W is fine for a single graphics card setup. But this 750W is only about $20 more than a 650W so go ahead and get it since you might want to do more to your PC later. With the keyboard. Stay away from Logitech because I have their 710+ brown switch keyboard and 4 of the keycaps are broken in the same place. Corsair is supposed to be top notch. But make sure that it has the "clickyness" that you like. I like brown switches because they don't make as much noise but they also have a little resistance so you know when it actually registers the click.
I was thinking of some stuff to shave off to maybe bring the price down. The SSD is $150 and you can save about $40 or $50 getting a smaller size, but that doesn't seem to be worth it IMO. As for the motherboard, you could probably do with one a bit less expensive. The reason why some motherboards are more expensive is usually because of voltage options that allow for better overclocking, but that CPU will run games just fine if that is what you are going to be using the PC for. You don't need to overclock it by a lot to run games like some older CPUs. Actually you don't need to overclock it at all, but hey more power never hurt anyone. Well actually it has sometimes and people have lost $300+ parts, but whatever. I wouldn't get Windows 8.1 but that is just me. I like Windows 7 better.
One question, why do you need a $50 heatsink? If you are going to be doing light overclocking then you can save $20 and get this. This is the Cooler Master Hyper 212. It's the older version which is nice because it's $5 cheaper than the same exact version with a new name.
Originally Posted by Shiftstealth
1 R9 290 is close to 2 x 770's i would think.
Also he could buy one second hand on ebay for 320 with an aftermarket cooler for 270 with a reference.
If you do what he said just MAKE SURE that it was not heavily used. People have been using the R9 series cards for bitcoin mining and some people will run their cards at 100% for weeks at a time which might be bad but might not be, but if I had to choose, I would not get one like that. On the other hand, many people used them lightly for about a month or so and they need to get rid of them. I bought an R9 280X that was for $200 a few days ago on eBay.Edited by Thready - 5/16/14 at 1:38pm