1st ever build - 1600 dollar Workstation

Hello everyone,

I am taking the leap and putting together my first PC system, switching back from a Mac after many years. I have my parts picked out, and I am looking for any advice and help that any of you can give. Here are my whole specs:


Approximate Purchase Date: 3-4 weeks
Budget Range: 1400-1600 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multimedia Editing (Video, Animation), 3D, gaming, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: Whatever works the best for the money
Overclocking: No (unsure really)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 - 1600x1200
Additional Comments: I want it to be quiet, and efficient (power to output ratio)


Current Part List:

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum $ 189
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W $149.99
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s $209.99
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $96.99
CPU: Intel 2600k Quad Core Processor] $309.99
CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $26.99
GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card$299.99
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $17.99
SSD (primary HDD) Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $83.99
Second HDD Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA $99.99
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  1. http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/ $313
    Intel Ivy Bridge i7 3770K 3.5Ghz

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296 $119.99
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <----- a better look at that board

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558 $114.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600315498&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce%20GTX%20600%20series $500
    GeForce GTX 680 2GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211588 $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004RJ8EKI/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1334852863&sr=1-2 $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=pd_cp_e_2 $116.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW
  2. Why_Me said:
    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/ $313
    Intel Ivy Bridge i7 3770K 3.5Ghz

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296 $119.99
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <----- a better look at that board

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558 $114.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600315498&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce%20GTX%20600%20series $500
    GeForce GTX 680 2GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211588 $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004RJ8EKI/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1334852863&sr=1-2 $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=pd_cp_e_2 $116.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW


    Would you mind if I asked why you picked out those parts in particular. I would love to go big with everything, especially with the GPU and CPU but why those parts in particular? are they the best for what I need?
  3. +1 @ Why_me

    it is right
  4. serialkiller said:
    +1 @ Why_me

    it is right


    Ok let me rephrase my question, why the Z77 motherboard and the 680 graphics card, do i really have to put down for the biggest card on the market?
  5. no not needed but it will perform better also google for more Answer
  6. apg7080 said:
    Ok let me rephrase my question, why the Z77 motherboard and the 680 graphics card, do i really have to put down for the biggest card on the market?

    I threw that board in for the fact you stated you don' plan on going with dual vid cards in the future. That Z77 board + Ivy Bridge cpu + new generation vid card (AMD 7xxx series or Nvidia 6xx series) = PCI-E 3.0 Ivy Bridge is due to be released this April 29th.

    That psu is manufactured by Seasonic and is a beast. 44amps on that 550w. That case has a multi fan controller that allows you to control the fan speed (noise) along with a LED on off light, dust filters, 200mm side fan...larger fans run at lower RPM, make less noise with better performance. That SSD is a steal at that price and that's the reason I threw that in the build. Now that RAM I put in there is 2x8GB allowing you to add another 16GB of RAM later on if you so choose. That way you have an upgrade and all your RAM slots aren't filled up right from the beginning.

    With the vid card...Nvidia hasn't released it's gtx 670 and 660 cards yet but this card down below is a performer and is a supports PCI-E 3.0

    http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utilities-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B007JLFVNO $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_Cu_II/ <------ Review of that Asus 7870 w/benchmarks.
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