Help With Specs

Hi Guys,
I have asked a couple of questions before on this board and you have always been helpful, so here comes another!
I am looking to build a new PC for myself to replace by aging AMD X2 4800 build. It has a couple of 8800GT's but is starting to lag a bit.
I use it mainly for standard office, a bit of photo editing, some photo-raytrace rendering work and a bit of gaming. I want to build a quiet powerful system and have so far come up with the specs below. I would be interested on your thoughts please?

1. I7 3770K
2. Asus Sabretooth Z77.
3. 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
4. 2GB Gigabyte GTX 680 Windforce3X 28nm, PCIe 3.0, 6008MHz GDDR5, GPU 1071MHz,
5. OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD - Solid State Drive - VTX3-25SAT3. I have a couple of 1TB Sata 3 hard drives to add for storage.
6. Corsair H100 Hydro Series Extreme Performance CPU Cooler. Mainly because it should be quieter when running the system is running at a small overclock.
7. Corsair CP-9020003-UK Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W Modular Power Supply (PSU). Will this be enough if I wanted to get another 680 and run in SLI? Also I was thinking of using one of my 8800GT's for PhysX so I guess I could end up with three GPU cards in the PC?
8. Coolermaster HAFX V2 case
9. Win 7 Pro
10. Some kind of Lightscribe DVD burner.

This lot comes to roughly £1300 here in the UK.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to any suggestions? Oh and have I got everything I need? I have keyboard, mouse, and 24" screen already.
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  1. You only need about 500 watts for a GTX 680. I would also suggest getting a GTX 670 because it has 90% performance at 70% the price.
  2. Look decent, enjoy!
  3. 1. The CPU and Cooler are a concern in that anyone who would be considering a H100 will be seriously overclocking and the IB CPU's simply aren't very good overclockers because of their poor thermal performance. If heat is a concern w/ your OC, I'd get a 2700k......

    The H100 offers perhaps 1/4 degree advantage over the better air coolers. To my mind, the potential leak risk from introducing water inside a PC case has to give me more than 1/4 degree especially when that small advantage comes at increased noise. I'd use the Thermaltake Silver Arrow or Phanteks PH-TC14PE,14.html

    The Vertex 3 is 2 tiers below the Chronos Deluxe. The latter is not only faster but uses Toshiba premium toggle flash for extra long life.....and its the same price to boot.

    To sum it all up with a bow on top, you get amazing performance, extremely long service life and a hassle free low price point on a drive that literally has very little competition in the marketplace.


    Case / PSU - I'd recommend one of the following combos

    Corsair 500R w/ HX850
    Antec 1200 V3 or DF-85 w/ CP-850

    Both are 10.0 performance rated PSU's

    GFX - Is this the card you are considering ? If so it's a 3-slot card which will likely put a damper on your SLI plans.

    There's another Windforce version that is two slot ...... Here's how it compare with the Asus model
    Gigabyte Windforce
    Original : This sample : Overclocked
    Core Clock: 1006 MHz Core Core Clock: 1071 MHz Core Clock: 1171 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1058 MHz Boost Clock: 1123 MHz Boost Clock: ~1250 MHz
    Memory Clock: 6000 MHz Memory Clock: 6000 MHz Memory Clock: 6612 MHz
    Asus DCII TOP
    Original : This sample : Overclocked
    Core Clock: 1006 MHz Core Core Clock: 1137 MHz Core Clock: 1227 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1058 MHz Boost Clock: 1267 MHz Boost Clock: ~1367 MHz
    Memory Clock: 6000 MHz Memory Clock: 6000 MHz Memory Clock: 7200 MHz

    As you can see.....

    Core Clock on factory overclocked Asus model is 6% faster than Gigabyte model
    Boost Clock on factory overclocked Asus model is 13% faster than Gigabyte model

    Core Clock at maximum OC on the Asus model is 5% faster than Gigabyte model
    Boost Clock at maximum OC on the Asus model is 9% faster than Gigabyte model
    Memory Clock at maximum OC on the Asus model is 9% faster than Gigabyte model

    I'd grab this burner if for no other reason that if you have a problem upon assembly, and you call tech support, you can avoid the "it must be the other hardware guy's problem" excuse. It's also a very good unit :)
  4. Hi Guys,

    Thanks for your replies so far. Adgjlsfhk I had made a mistake with the GPU I actually did mean to got for this one:

    Gigabyte 2GB GeForce GTX 670 Windforce 3X NVIDIA Graphics Card

    I couldn't afford a 680 and was thinking of a 7950 originally but the 670's seem to be the new price/performance king at the higher end. The windforce seems to offers good cooling at lower noise levels.

    I'll see if I can track the Chronos down in the UK and check out the specs.

    I know that the Ivy Bridge don't seem to overclock so well as the SB but I do like the lower power envelope. My PC stays on 24/7 and has done for the last 4-5 years so I would like low-ish idle draw, which the 670 also seems to give.

    The PSU was spec'd to give me enough power to run 2 670's and possibly 1 8800GT for physX or GPGPU if my rendering software can use it. Probably I will never bother with the extra 8800 GT and so maybe a 650 watt PSU would be big enough?

    Thanks very much for your input
  5. That's such a huge upgrade over your current system. OMG. You'll be rather happy :D.
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