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Thread Starter 
Okay, I have a fairly decent amount of funds available to upgrade my sig rig. I could use some advice, I know a few of the things I am picking up the rest I am not sure of.

For starters I have the following in my cart on newegg

Second Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153 $180
Larger SSD(boot) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148821 $214
BD present for wife: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823100122 $200

This leaves approxamately $1100 for Mobo, proc, sli/cfire video cards option, possibly ram if budget allows

What I will be doing: Mostly gaming, however I am a software engineering major and will be looking to run a few vms while I work on some of my projects. In a perfect world I would just use my funds to build a second tower to use, I am limited to desk space, and I pay the electric so an all in one tower sounds better to me.

I have my eyes on a haswell i7(k) doesn't matter as I wouldn't do much of an oc till I can get something better than an AIO cooling solution.
or an FX83** series am3+ proc.

The mobo does not need all the bells and whistles... Min of 2 x16 PCi e slots, decent on board audio, UEFI, and the ability to hold an OC if desired.

Now I already have 8 gigs at 1866, but would like to add another 16 for the headroom in VMs.

Now I was looking at dual 970's or 2x r9 290x's...

Open to suggestion have approx. 2 weeks to decide.

Thank you in advance.
post #2 of 9
Well I can see in your sig rig that you have i3/i5/i7 Ivy Bridge CPUs.. Which one exactly do you use? Ivy Bridge is still very powerful and to be honest you don't need to waste your cash upgrading to Haswell. Just spend your money on more RAM and maybe a GTX 980 in SLI?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
i5 K with a 4.1 OC

The price to upgrade to the i7 is minimal in repsect to 1155 v.s 1150. I am looking to upgrade based on cores, AND my old cpu\mobo will go to my son.
post #4 of 9
I think you should go with a 4790K. Pay the extra for a guaranteed 4.4GHz. The Asus Z97-A or the lower end Z97-K would be perfect for your needs, as well as not breaking your budget. So on Newegg, an i7 4790K, Z97-A and 2x GTX 970 Strix will total about 1,170.96 USD. Only about $70 more. If you'd like to fit a spot for RAM, 290s and 290Xs are dirt cheap, but run much hotter and use more power resulting in a higher electricity bill. So by having the 970s you kind of save money in the long run.
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Thread Starter 
what about sli 780's over 970's, I was just reading that the performance of the single 780 is better than that of a 970
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Originally Posted by HardheadedMurphy View Post

what about sli 780's over 970's, I was just reading that the performance of the single 780 is better than that of a 970

A GTX 970 is faster than the GTX 780 even at stock. It also offers 4GB VRAM compared to the 3GB on the 780. The 970 actually beats the 780 Ti in some games. The 970 overclocks like a monster and shows huge gains. It actually gets close to 980 performance overclocked. This page shows a lot of information you need to know about the 2 cards smile.gifhttp://www.anandtech.com/show/8568/the-geforce-gtx-970-review-feat-evga/16
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Thread Starter 
power consumption not an issue. I pay the bills biggrin.gif
post #8 of 9
ok.. please let us know what the build is for? also drop that SSD man. wait a couple of weeks.. CES showed the muskin is going to release a 360$ 1TB SSD.

also what is your main monitor? why do you feel you need dual GPUs and what is the resolution you will play at
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The Black Pearl
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
intel i7 3770K Gigabyte Z77 UD3R Sapphire Radeon r9 290x Sapphire Radeon r9 290x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeance 8GB seagate barracuda 7200 RPM 1 TB PNY 120GB SSD PNY 240GB SSD 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
ek supermacy full nickel Mayhem Pastel white  Mayhem blue non stain dye ek FC r9 290x 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
ek fc r9 290x  swiftech mcp655 Koolance COV-RP450  EK-CoolStream RAD XT 240mm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingMonitor
Swiftech MCR320 360MM  Primochil ghost rigid compression fittings Primochill PETG Tubes X-star 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Nixeus moda v2 EVGA SuperNova GS850 NZXT H440 Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Asus Xonar DGX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
A LOT OF THEM Corsair H80 Windows 7 ultimate Samsung 
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Cooler Master Quickfire TK Corsair 650XT Thermale take armor revo 4 Cooler master storm xornet 
Mouse PadAudio
Steelseries CKQ Steelseries Flux luxury edition 
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post #9 of 9
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First see OP, I clearly state that I will be gaming and programming. I game at max resolutions and shoot for highest FPS possible. Again, as I stated in OP, I am a software engineering student and dual monitors comes in handy when I am coding on a vm, with source reference material on another monitor. Now, as for the SSD, I have a place holder for budgeting constraints, if a bigger drive comes along for cheaper I will replace it.
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