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What do you think of my planned build.

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June 7, 2012 9:57:51 AM

This is my homebuilt, system being built from scratch. Here are all the parts:

Motherboard:
Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z68XP-UD3 Motherboard (Rev 1.0)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-SKT-1155-Z68XP-UD3-Mot...

CPU:
I7 2700K
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-i7-2700K-Processor-HyperT...

CPU cooler:
Noctua NH-D14
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Noctua-NH-D14-Processor-cooler-...

RAM:
Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C​9 XMS3 8GB Two Memory Module Kit (1666MHZ)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMX8GX3M2A1333C9-XMS3-M...

PSU:
Cooler Master RS650-ACAAE3-UK​ GX-Series 650W 80 Plus Power Supply Unit
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-RS650-ACAAE3-UK-G...

Hard drive:
Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-ST31000524AS-Barracuda-...

Optical drive:
LG GH22NS 22x SATA DVDRW Drive - Bare Black
http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-GH22NS-SATA-DVDRW-Drive/dp/B...

Case:
Antec 300
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-Three-Hundred-Midi-Case/d...

GPU:
Asus Nvidia GeForce 2GB GTX 670 DirectCU II Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Nvidia-GeForce-DirectCU-Gr...

Additional cooling:
3x Akasa AK-FN057 Apache 12cm Fans
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Akasa-AK-FN057-Apache-12cm-Fan/...

Software:

Windows 7
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended...

Microsoft office University (don't worry, I qualify for it)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Office-University-201...

Peripherals:

Monitor:
Acer V223HQVb 21.5 inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black (VGA, 1920 x 1080, 20000:1, 5ms, 200 cd/m²)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-V223HQVb-21-5-Widescreen-M...

Mouse:
Logitech B110 Optical USB Mouse
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-B110-Optical-USB-Mouse...

Keyboard:
Emprex 6310U Chiclet Desktop Keyboard
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Emprex-6310U-Chiclet-Desktop-Ke...

Speakers:
Logitech Z110 Stereo Speakers
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-980-000508-Z110-Stereo...

Headset:
Logitech OEM PC 860 Stereo Headset
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-OEM-860-Stereo-Headset...


Blimey, that was a lot of text! Good job on making it this far.

Now, I'd like to ask a few questions, but first, let me just pre-empt a few.
1. Yes, I know the I7 offers no improvement over the I5 for gaming. But I want to use it for higher working productivity as well as gaming.
2. Also, I know that the GTX 670 won't get full PCIe3. However, seeing as I'm only playing in 1920x1080, memory constraints shouldn't be a problem.
3. On a related note, I'm not interested in Ivy bridge. Sandy Bridge is better for overclocking.

So, questions:
1. How reliable is the motherboard for overclocking. Tom's hardware had problems with this board when they tried to overclock it before. Was this a one-off, or should I go for another motherboard altogether?
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/overclock-cpu-sli-ssd,rev...
2. Do these peripherals look alright? I'm getting them on the cheap, so I'd like to know whether there's massive reliability problems with any of them and I should opt for a better model.
3. Will my PSU support all my parts? Bear in mind that I'm overclocking these parts and using a lot of fans.
4. How are my system parts generally? Do they go well together? Are any of my suppliers unreliable?

Thanks for all your help. Looking forward to seeing your replies.

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June 7, 2012 11:47:18 AM

Kinda surprised at how low-budget your case is compared to the rest of your build. Also, you could save like $40 bucks and go with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 cpu heatsink. One of the top rated heatsinks out there, and amazingly one of the cheapest.
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June 7, 2012 12:00:12 PM

Asrock z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 for an alternative MoBo.

Also, CoolerMaster apparently puts fake labels in their PSU's. I wouldn't get one from them. I would suggest xfx core edition 550 W. This should be enough for a single GPU setup even with OC'ing.

CM Hyper 212 Evo is a capable CPU cooler and is significantly cheaper than that Noctua one.
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