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My first pc build, is it good? Will it work?

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May 18, 2013 8:33:10 PM

Hello there!

So, after years of using Macs I've finally decided to switch over and try building a pc. I've set my budget at around $2500ish, including monitor.

So, here i go:

-Intel CPU Intel Core i7-3820 10MB Cache (up to 3.80GHz) LGA 2011 BX80619I73820 Quad-Core Processor $313

-Liquid Cooling Enermax Liquid CPU Cooler - EN-ELC120-TA $99.00

-Intel Motherboards Asus P8Z77-V Intel Mainboard - LGA 1155 $193.00

-Internal Desktop Drives Seagate Barracuda 3TB $135.00

-Solid State Drives (SSD) Corsair Force GS 128GB (CSSD-F128GBGS-BK) 2.5" SSD $139.00

-Internal Drives Pioneer DVD/CD Burner (DVR-220LBKS)

-Desktop Memory Corsair 32GB (4x8GB) 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 Vengeance Performance (CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10R) $269.00

-Cases (no PSU included) Antec Nine Hundred Two v3 $139.00

-Power Supplies Antec High Current Gamer 520w $83.00

-Graphics Cards EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 680 2GB (02G-P4-2680-KR) $558.00

-Monitors LG 27" IPS277L BLACK IPS (IPS277L) 5MS / 1920x1080 / VGA / HDMI $395.00

-Keyboards Corsair Vengeance K60 Performance FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000004-NA) $125.00

-Mice & Input Devices Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Dual-chassis Gaming Mouse $89.00



So, do you think this build is good for what i'd be paying?
Total(GST Inc): $2567.98, I'm in Australia btw.
Also, is there anyway to lower the price without losing any performance? Or keeping the same price but choosing more appropriate parts?
Thanks for this!

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May 18, 2013 8:39:56 PM

What are you using it for?

You've chosen a non-overclock CPU, and an overclock motherboard. Are you planning of OCing? If not, then you don't need the hydro cooler. Probably don't need it anyway. A good air cooler is mostly just as good, and much cheaper
32GB RAM - Why?
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May 18, 2013 8:44:50 PM

USAFRet said:
What are you using it for?

You've chosen a non-overclock CPU, and an overclock motherboard. Are you planning of OCing? If not, then you don't need the hydro cooler. Probably don't need it anyway. A good air cooler is mostly just as good, and much cheaper
32GB RAM - Why?


I should have mentioned that ill be using it for video editing, photoshop and gaming. I didn't even realise i chose a over clock version cpu and an over clock motherboard :/ . I doubt ill even over clock anyways. And ill probably change the cooler to an air cooler or something now.
And the 32gb of ram seemed like a good idea at the time and that way it'll be sorta future proofed.
Thanks for the info anyway!
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May 18, 2013 8:48:07 PM

video editing, photoshop and gaming.

16GB should do fine.
I do a lot of the same, as well as running multiple VM's, all well within 16GB. You can always add another 16 later if you find it necessary.
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May 18, 2013 9:17:32 PM

the i7-3820 is a lga 2011 socket that asus mobo you listed is a lga 1155 it will not work you need a x79 mobo
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May 18, 2013 9:29:27 PM

Well for starters the first thing that should be pointed out is that the i7 3820 is LGA2011 socket and X79 chipset compatible, which means it will only be compatible with LGA2011 socket X79 chipset motherboards. Furthermore, it is NOT 'a non-overclock CPU by any means, it just has a partially locked multiplier.

Other stuff I would swap out: The case - Antec 900 is nothing to write home about, at that price point you'd be much better off with something like Fractal Define R4

The PSU will be fine with an LGA1155 CPU, if you want LGA2011, get at least 550W

GTX 680 will do just fine, but personally I'd get the 670; It's smaller, puts out considerably less heat and noise and performs very close to 680 at much lower price. I would also not get an EVGA card because they are loud.

Also you probably have a bit too much RAM.
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May 18, 2013 9:52:48 PM

Only Tony Stark could make this build turn on! :pt1cable: 

As pointed out, LGA 2011 and LGA 1155 are not compatible.

For optimizing the build:
If you aren't going to overclock, as you stated, drop the water cooling.

32 GB of RAM is overkill, and not much of "future proof", as the timings will get faster when we need more memory in our builds. 16 GB is quite a lot, too.

The PSU scares me a bit. Since you are going to shave off of the $269 on RAM, put some of that into a better PSU.
$400 for a 1080p IPS, or $400 for a 1440p IPS? Give that 680 a workout!
Auria Consider the Yamakasi Catleap, too. Best monitor I've ever owned. Yamakasi

Edit: Making post prettier

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May 19, 2013 12:20:18 AM

Thanks everyone for all your input! I think ill take this build back to the drawing board and change quite a lot ;) 

Thanks
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