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Need Advice, First build, $4000 Budget

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May 7, 2012 6:04:40 PM

This is going to be my first build. I've been saving up for awhile (2 years almost). I've done my best to research in that time and this is what I want my system to look like.

Please be gentle.

Budget: $4000
Already Have: Keyboard, mouse, monitor
Usage: Gaming (1080p, eventual upgrade to 2560 x 1600), Video Transcoding, NAS
Overclocking: Yes, but down the road, 2-3 years later after the system starts to feel sluggish

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K ~350
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 ~240
Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 4x4GB DDR3 1600 ~97
GPU: 2xEVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB ~1000
PSU: SeaSonic Platinum 860W ~220
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB ~650
HDD: 2xSeagate Barracuda 1TB ~200
Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO ~34
Heatsink Fans: 2xCOUGAR CF-V12HB 120mm ~28
BD-R: ASUS Black 12X BD-R ~90
Wireless Adapter: ASUS PCE-N15 ~28
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM ~100
Total Cost (before shipping and tax): $3450

Preferred shopping places: Newegg (no tax), TigerDirect (no tax), Amazon, Microcenter, Ebay (in that order)

Preferred Brands: Asus for MB, EVGA for GPU, SeaSonic for PSU, Samsung/Intel/OCZ for SSD/HDD

The SSD is so large because I have a ton of games and I don't want to have to constantly uninstall and reinstall (I'm very fickle). I like the Cosmos case because it has a cover for the power button which my children like to press so I kind of need that feature. I would get an AMD card, however the extra heat, noise, and power draw for the performance they don't have seems like a waste of money. I need the wireless card because the computer is far from the router. I would like to have it by Mid-June to Mid-July time frame.

Couple of questions:
Should I wait for the Formula V Z77 board from Asus or EVGA's Z77 FTW board?
Should I wait for the GTX 680 4GB or the August GTX 685 (rumored next-gen Gk110)?
Should I spring for SeaSonic's Platinum 1000W?
Since the parts are hard to come across (GPUs, mainly) should I just pay the price premium to a system builder like CyberPowerPC or iBuyPower?

Any Advice is appreciated.

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May 7, 2012 6:07:08 PM

I'm also not interested in a X79 build, cost is too high for a minimal performance increase and I'm not planning on doing a Quad-SLI.
May 9, 2012 4:39:12 AM