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First Build, ~$1400-1700 high performance. Need help

First Build, looking to for under $1700 for a video editing/gaming pc. This would be my first build, so I also want to make sure the parts I have are compatible.

Plan to purchase: Early-mid March. I am hoping Ivy Bridge comes out and lowers prices...

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Reasons to buy: 1) I do a lot of programming with 1080 HD videos in matlab. I hope to leave my desktop at home and remotely access it everyday from my research lab.
2) gaming (skyrim)

Preferred Website(s): newegg, open to others.
Location: US

Overclocking: Yes, but not extreme overclocking.

SLI: Possibly in the long future,

Preferred Parts: Intel 2600k or 2700k, I will not be able to run an Ethernet from my router to desktop so I need a nice network adapter

Proposed Parts:

Case: $60 COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: $370 Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K

Mobo: $204 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAM: $90 G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL

GPU: $360 EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

PSU: $150 CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...

SSD: $175 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HHD: $150 Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Additional parts:
CPU cooler: $35 ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler

Network Adapter: $60 D-Link DWA-556 PCI Express Xtreme Desktop Adapter

CD/DVD: $25 SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

Total: $1,681

Thanks for your time!
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    That looks pretty good but drop the 2700K to the 2600K and invest the difference in getting a better case. The HAF 912 is good - I have one and really like it, but on a $1600 build, you shouldn't house in such an inexpensive case.

    Maybe upgrade that to a Corsair Carbide 400R, NZXT Phantom, or Fractal Design Arc MIDI. All three are around the $100 - $150 range.

    Fractal Design Arc MIDI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007
    Carbide 400R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
    NZXT Phantom: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068

    Also the Arctic Cooling fan isn't the best out there for the price. Go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or EVGA's Super Cooler M020.

    Hyper 212 Evo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    EVGA M020: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835288001

    And $150 for a 500GB HD? No, - that is a huge ripoff even with the shortages right now. You can get a 1 - 2TB easily with that money. Try one of these:

    - Samsung Ecogreen F4 2TB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245
    - Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136513


    Otherwise everything looks good.
  2. Thank you,

    I now switched the cpu cooler to the Hyper 212 Evo.

    My HHD to a Seagate 1 TB Barracuda 7200 rpm for $130

    And I really like the NZXT Phantom case.
  3. get the evo cooler get the nzxt if u really like it drop to a 2600k cpu other than that id say ur fine
  4. jord2438 said:
    Thank you,

    I now switched the cpu cooler to the Hyper 212 Evo.

    My HHD to a Seagate 1 TB Barracuda 7200 rpm for $130

    And I really like the NZXT Phantom case.


    The Phantom is an excellent choice - when I upgraded my case last year I was having an impossible time deciding between the Phantom and the Graphite 600T. Ultimately the Graphite won after I gave up and flipped a coin. :lol:
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