Beast for roughly $2500

Hi everyone,


I recently stumbled on this site and the youtube page, and I've gotten the itch to build my first PC. I took the build here: and updated it slightly. 


Budget: Up to $2500

Uses: Running highest end games in at least 60fps at 1080p with heavy video editing. Connecting mulitple USB 3.0 (2 LaCie Minumus 2TB, 1 LaCie Minumus 3TB, 1 Seagate GoFlex Desk 2TB) watching .MKV and .TS videos in 1080p at 60fps on VLC on Windows 7.

Current Set Up:

1st Generation HP Envy 17" Laptop 

i7 720Q 1.6ghz Quad Core 

8gb RAM

ATI Raedeon 5850 

Intel 520 240gb SSD (Added myself) 

Connected to 40" Sony KDL-40EX500 LCD TV via HDMI

Sitting on top of Coolermaster Strikeforce Cooling Pad with 2 140" fans (If not used laptop shuts down from extreme heat within 5 minutes) 

Lately I'm getting a lot of random shutdowns whenever I have several tabs open in Chrome, starting up goes to the black screen with the automatic countdown to start windows normally. Watching 720p .MKV and .TS files end up skipping and slowing down, scrubbing back or forward takes a long time. 

(Please forgive me for not using Part Picker, a number of items weren't on there yet, like the mobo, graphics card, processor, 

Planned Build:

i7 4770k 3.5ghz

EVGA GTX 770 Classified 4gb DDR5 & ATX Cooling

Kingston Hyper X Beast 16gb (8gb x2) 2400mhz RAM

 Asus Z87 Deluxe/Dual LGA 1150 w/ 2 Thunderbolt Ports (Really want)

 NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid Cooler

Samsung 840 Pro 256gb SSD

NZXT HALE90 850W 80 Gold Plus Power Supply

NZXT Phanton 820 Case

Asus BW-121ST Blu Ray Burner



Good budget. Although I would really look at getting a big, high res monitor or at least 2x 27" screens to make use of the pc's grunt. Once you use a high res IPS screen you'll never look back.

Quick build via amazon.

Depending on what you use for your video editing it may be worthwhile grabbing a nice 7970 (or 2  :p ) instead of nvidia for the OpenCL performance.

Pretty much 2 titans

Thanks for the quick reply!

I noticed you switched out the Kraken X60 for the H100i and the NZXT HALE90 power supply for a Cosair Pro 750W. Were these because of personal experience or their reputation? 

I would go with less expensive ram (1600 or 1866) a more apropreate psu wattage and a gtx 780. Then I would probably get a case that was about 100 less and get a 1440p monitor so that all that power can be put to use.

Thanks for the input! What would be the appropriate wattage for a GTX 780, 4770k and Asus Deluxe/Dual mobo? 

As long as its a strong psu with at least 42amps on the 12v rail then its good to go. Leave some headroom so its not under too much strain all the time and it will last longer. Go with a good brand. Wattage is entirely up to you, if you have plans on adding more gpu's etc then obviously go for a higher wattage psu. I personally wouldnt go any less than 700w.

2500 dollar build ayoung sli set up, like maybe two 780s. Here i saved you some money for Gaming Keyboard/Mouse.