New $2500 Rig Need your Input

Well these are all the parts I want for my new rig. My existing monitor is an LG W2361V. Plus I have 3 more WD hdds that I will throw in there at some point.
I havent built a rig for myself in @ 7 years.
I will never sli or raid. I will overclock both the cpu and gpu but only moderately for totally stable 24/7 use.
I have three concerns.

Screwing something up that I can't "unscrew" later. (proper initial setup of ssd, trim, win7 )

Testing all the bits as I installl them.

Best use of ssds and hdds. and Most important is best system/method/software for being able to easily and quickly restore the boot drive (or should it be a partition) on the 256 gb ssd.

My thought was to partition the 256 gb ssd and use the 64 gb ssd with the "xdock" to keep pristine backup of boot partiton and stick it in the storm trooper storage drawer and maybe another copy on one of the hdds. The 1TB Velociraptor is for my 600 gb and growing of Steam games.
I have have been through the hell of a format and reinstall of everything many times for myself and others. I know it will happen again. I want to be able to just slam in a disk and or a drive, go have a beer and return to my rig as if nothing had ever happened !
Any thoughts tips or rants apppreciated. : )

Cooler Master Storm trooper
case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245

Asus P8z77-v Deluxe
mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131818

MSI GTX 670
gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675

Corsair HX850
psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

Intel 3770k
cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

Samsung 830 64gb
ssd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147133

Samsung 830 256 gb
ssd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147135

16 gb Mushkin DDR 3 1600
ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226295

Western Digital 1 TB Velociraptor
hdd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236243

Corsair K60
keyb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823816001

Corsair M60
mouse http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826816006

LiteOn
dvd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106450

Win 7 64 bit home premium
os http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Corsiar H100
cool http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017
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  1. What are your intentions for the build? If it's gaming alone, don't waste the money on an i7 with 16gb of RAM. Go to an i5 with 8gb.

    For a mild OC, you are wasting your money on an H100 as well. Step down to a Hyper 212 EVO. It's all you need and it's $30.

    Try this PSU as well:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027

    More than you need and way cheaper.

    It almost seems like you are spending more money than you need just because you set your budget so high, assuming of course, that it's a gaming rig.
  2. FILL OUT THE NEW BUILD FROM IN THE NEW BUILD SECTION....I FEEL LIKE A BROKEN RECORD.
  3. Yes its primarily gaming. Secondary use is thousands of family photos to sort, edit, retouch etc.
    You are probably right that I am building more than I need .

    But I dont care about the $. My current rig is an asus P4C800 E Deluxe mobo with an intel northwood 3.4 ghz cpu o'locked to @3.8 ghz with 3 gigs of ram and an Radeon x1950 pro gpu (AGP :) ) using 7200 rpm wd hdds. At the time everyone said the same thing. "its more than you need" . Well a couple of years passed and it was still enough to play my games and kick nearly everyones **s while a lot of others who bought the "minimum" and then cranked the sh** out of it had to upgrade.

    However Im at the point now where I have to play with graphics and goodies at the low settings and it sucks more than I can stand.

    Plus I've always found that buying the best stuff available always paid off, whether it was cars , clothes, tools or fishing and hunting stuff.

    Besides all of that my birthday is coming up at months end. Im gonna be 60. I just quit smoking. I deserve a treat. I need to continue kicking **s in all the games I play. I love joining a game and hearing comments like "Yeah ! now we can win " or "oh sh** NOW were ****ed " : )
  4. oops sorry . forgot about the form stuff. Hate forms though : ) (makes me feel like I'm dealing with some gov. office)
  5. Try something like the Coolermaster TPC-812. Just came out and it's a good air cooler.


    If you just don't care about the money, then go with what you want. What you selected will make a great build. I know what it's like coming from a real old computer. My last one was right on par with what you describe and believe me the difference is unbelievable.

    For gaming the most important thing is the GPU and you already are getting a GTX670, so you are good to go.
  6. Hey thanks cranked.

    Thats a real nice rig you built for yourself. My Biggest concern is EASY and SIMPLE
    backup and restore.

    That is a nice air cooler. Ive looked at every cooler on the planet I think. I just have come to hate those giant finned monsters that I wouldn't want anyone to hit me with. : )

    Their huge bulk parked in the center of EVERYTHING irritates me and make cleaning harder. : )
  7. tomfool said:
    Hey thanks cranked.

    Thats a real nice rig you built for yourself. My Biggest concern is EASY and SIMPLE
    backup and restore.

    That is a nice air cooler. Ive looked at every cooler on the planet I think. I just have come to hate those giant finned monsters that I wouldn't want anyone to hit me with. : )

    Their huge bulk parked in the center of EVERYTHING irritates me and make cleaning harder. : )



    Fair enough. It's all about what YOU want. Treat yourself to something nice like you said and enjoy your really nice rig.

    If you need any additional help just ask.

    What games do you play at the moment?
  8. cranked said:
    What are your intentions for the build? If it's gaming alone, don't waste the money on an i7 with 16gb of RAM. Go to an i5 with 8gb.

    For a mild OC, you are wasting your money on an H100 as well. Step down to a Hyper 212 EVO. It's all you need and it's $30.

    Try this PSU as well:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027

    More than you need and way cheaper.

    It almost seems like you are spending more money than you need just because you set your budget so high, assuming of course, that it's a gaming rig.


    Dude, You shouldn't suggest a cheap low quality PSU because you need it to last for a VERY long time and have a long warranty. The Corsair psu is good enough
  9. Xlerator said:
    Dude, You shouldn't suggest a cheap low quality PSU because you need it to last for a VERY long time and have a long warranty. The Corsair psu is good enough


    What are you talking about cheap low quality PSU?

    That PSU I suggested is very nice and it was only to try and save him some money. Cost isn't a high priority for him so sticking with the Corsair is fine like I said. I never said there was anything wrong with that Corsair he picked.
  10. You don't need the Deluxe version of P8V77-V

    The Pro is good enough. You save ~$79.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819

    You should get the Crucial M4 instead because its alot faster
    M4 256GB ONLY $199 You save $68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443
    Like Cranked said you should get the Hyper 212
    Stick with Corsair PSU
    Don't buy the psu cranked recommended, you are sacrificing quality & efficiency for price.
  11. Xlerator, you were right. I just re-clicked the link and realized I posted the wrong link during copy and paste. Stick with the Corsair.
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    ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.957013 $257.98 save: $15.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
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