Ivy Bridge Performance Build Advice

Hi All,

I'm a first time builder who has been waiting for ivy bridge to come out. Now that the new line of chips has been released, I've put together a build that suits my needs and I was hoping some of you experts out there could give me some feedback/make sure I haven't picked completely incompatible parts. I'm a physics graduate student, and I mostly want this to be a performance build, i.e. I expect to use Mathematica heavily, run moderate simulations, and have many processes open at once. I also would like to be able to play some games during my down time, although that's not my priority.

I want the OS to be Ubuntu/Windows 7 (I'll partition the hard drives), and Ubuntu will be for business, Windows for gaming. Here's my info:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or next
Budget Range: ~1300, but flexible
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mathematica/multiple processes/running code/gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon (prime)
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: see below
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what this is
Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: I'd like it to be quiet if possible

And here's the build I've come up with (pretax total = 1325):

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770


VisionTek Products Radeon 7850 2GB DDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card 900505


Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H


Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B


OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom


Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2


Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD10EALX


Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Quiet Mid-Tower Cases CC-9011015-WW


Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

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  1. components look fine to me. i dont see any problems.
  2. Nivag said:
    SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what this is

    PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    SLI and Crossfire refer to a dual GPU setup, with SLI being for Nvidia-based cards, Crossfire for AMD/ATI. As you're not overclocking your CPU and if you're not planning to run a second GPU, your 750W PSU is overkill and you could drop it to 600W which is still more than sufficient.

    You didn't mention an OS and may have to budget for that as well.
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