First Rig for Gaming and Video Rendering

Hi all,

I need some advise with my new build around i7.

The specs i am thinking of are

CPU: i7 3770k

Ram: or


HDD: currently own samsung ssd 128gb and getting 1 TB WD black


still open to the cpu cooler and motherboard and open to any other suggestions

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably in the next month or so.

Budget Range: around $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing (currently using PS CS4, plan to upgrade to CS5 or CS6. Plan on LR4 as well), some light video editing (cutting home videos of the kids), web, MS office, etc. Some gaming.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, other than just sticking with reputable dealers

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: probably depending on the recommendations

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024. will upgrade though
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    much better build. this thing will max out games at 2560x1440. if you do not use the drives, i would then recommend getting a p8x79 deluxe and a i7 3930k and mushkin redline quad channel ram
  2. Thanks for putting everything together for me. Just a quick question do you have any more suggestions as far as motherboard goes.
  3. Agree with TheBigTroll and his list. Once caveat though. If you want the HAF-X, definitely get it as you'v got heaps of room in your budget for it and it is worth the $200. Maybe even replace the stock fans with LED Megaflows and some LED strips if you have more cash and a desire to make it look awesome.
    Huh, Newegg doesn't have Bitfenix Alchemy LED strips, go figure.

    As for more motherboard choices, something like this.
    Maximus IV Z68 Extreme-Z
    (with this motherboard youl need the HAF-X. A mid tower just wont support an Extended ATX board.

    Or this Asrock Z77 Extreme9

    I would recommend the AsRock over the Maximus as it is a z77 board and therefore can use the full potential of your Ivy Bridge CPU.
  4. if you got 2500, definity invest in x79.
  5. Best answer selected by hummer5.
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