First Build With Big Budget

This is my first time building a computer and I want your guys advice on if these parts are good enough or if you know something better. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of June or July

Budget Range: 2500 but can go up if necessary

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video rendering (youtube commentating so want to be able to render multiple vvideos at once and do other stuff also), Gaming, surfing the internet and watching vids

Parts Not Required: Already have a Cyborg RAT 7 Mouse, Logitech G110 Keyboard, and Asus VH232H Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I usually check newegg, tigerdirect, and amazon and see who has what in stock and who is cheaper.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, nvidia, and full tower case

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Believe is it is 1920 X 1080 (Asus VH232H)

Additional Comments: Just what I wrote in preferred uses but I may seem to be going big on some parts since I want to get the best of everything now and barely upgrade in the future. Also I plan to get a 2 year warranty on everything I purchase.

Here are the parts I was looking at:

Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower (actually getting from amazon since it is cheaper): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

Intel Core i7 3770 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116502

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821
ASUS Maximus VI (other motherboard interested in)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760

Zoltac nvidia GTX 680- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500238

G Skills Ripjaw 16 GB Ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429

OCZ Onyx Series 32 GB SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227510

Western Digital Caviar 2 TB- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136830

If anyone knows I should switch a part like th HDD I want or wants to recommend something better for cheaper or etc. please do. I am thinking of buying the case and the motherboard and SSD soon since I have enough money for them.
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  1. If your going to spend $300+ on a board then you might as well get one that runs dual cards @ x16 like these boards do down below. Look for a 240GB - 256GB SATA 3 SSD also.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157322 $369.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131822 $339.99
    ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  2. You need an optical drive.
  3. Why_Me said:
    If your going to spend $300+ on a board then you might as well get one that runs dual cards @ x16 like these boards do down below. Look for a 240GB - 256GB SATA 3 SSD also.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157322 $369.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131822 $339.99
    ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    +1 i have try both those mobo there solid ;)
  4. :Asus MAXIMUS IV EXTREME-Z is also solid i currently have that motherboard it's a overclocking beast!But,you have to have hope you are lucky and get a good cpu not all are the same :(
  5. I also forgot to mention that I need a Power Supply but am unsure of what to get. Is it worth it to get those fancy mobos or to stick with the cheaper one with Thermal Armor. I don't plan to overclock my first time around so something that does not need overclocking would be fine for me.

    Also I forgot to add that I need a DVD burner.
  6. HAF-X is a pretty good case, but it's getting a bit "long in the tooth". At your budget, I lean to the Thermaltake Level 10 GT and the Corsair 500R.

    Sabertooth is a superb MoBo. Save some bucks with the combos .....

    With Phanteks CPU cooler -$20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.957236

    With 3770k -$15
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.975515

    No overclocking ?????

    Forget the Zotac, this is the 680 you want.
    ASUS GTX680DCII TOP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121634
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-680-asus-directcu-ii-top-review/26

    RAM I'd buy before the GSkills (4 x 4GB)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226272
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233190
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226299

    But I'd do twin 8GB's first

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233296
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226314

    SSD - 32 GB SSD kinda useless and at $1.62 per GB its awfully expensive. You should consider 120 GB the minimum size for practical purposes......bigger if video editing. For longevity, speed and price, nothing touched the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe

    120 GB @ $0.83 per GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226318

    240 GB @ $0.81 per GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225

    HD - Again for video editing, I'd want the Barracuda XT or new Go-Flex Drives

    Quote:
    Also I plan to get a 2 year warranty on everything I purchase.


    The warrantees are what they are ..... 3rd party warrantees are not worth the paper they are written on.

    Ya will need an optical drive....this Asus one plays Blue Ray for $58
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    And a PSU .....

    Corsair HX850 $145
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    Alternate case / PSU Combo

    $120 Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    $140 Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    or
    $160 Antec 1200 V3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100
  7. santaeid said:
    I also forgot to mention that I need a Power Supply but am unsure of what to get. Is it worth it to get those fancy mobos or to stick with the cheaper one with Thermal Armor. I don't plan to overclock my first time around so something that does not need overclocking would be fine for me.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017
    XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
  8. AX850, best 850W PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015&Tpk=ax850

    Corsair Vengeance 16/32GB, those XM3 and Muskin were cheap

    You should get a normal disc drive, and a blue ray disc drive. Blue rays are much slower, so when you're using a normal disc you'll want to use the normal drive. Get an Asus 2B3ST drive, and blue ray of your choice.
  9. Why_Me said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017
    XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
    +1 to this don't get the AX850 it's 200 bucks and not needed there both made by seasonic so save yourself some money and go with Why_Me pick for PSU. ;)
  10. Thanks for the help guys but I have 2 questions.

    Anyone else recommend the Thermaltake level 10 GT over the Cooler Master HAF X. I mean there is a price diff of about 80 bucks (got haf x for 169.99) and want to make sure from people mroe knowledgebale then me if it really is worth it. I plan to most likely keep the case for a long time since I believe it is a component not needed to bought with every upgrade.

    Also i was looking up and saw this case for cheaper than the HAF X and it seems better (any opinions?):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245
  11. santaeid said:
    Thanks for the help guys but I have 2 questions.

    Anyone else recommend the Thermaltake level 10 GT over the Cooler Master HAF X. I mean there is a price diff of about 80 bucks (got haf x for 169.99) and want to make sure from people mroe knowledgebale then me if it really is worth it. I plan to most likely keep the case for a long time since I believe it is a component not needed to bought with every upgrade.

    Also i was looking up and saw this case for cheaper than the HAF X and it seems better (any opinions?):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245

    This is Cooler Master's latest case and they gave it all the latest goodies. It has the HAF X beat imo and beat good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119257 $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case along with links to professional online reviews

    *** Optional side and top fan for that case.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4-LUS-07AR-GP/dp/B002LE8BJA/ref=pd_sim_pc_2 $16.46 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP (Red) 200mm LED Megaflow
  12. santaeid said:
    Thanks for the help guys but I have 2 questions.

    Anyone else recommend the Thermaltake level 10 GT over the Cooler Master HAF X. I mean there is a price diff of about 80 bucks (got haf x for 169.99) and want to make sure from people mroe knowledgebale then me if it really is worth it. I plan to most likely keep the case for a long time since I believe it is a component not needed to bought with every upgrade.

    Also i was looking up and saw this case for cheaper than the HAF X and it seems better (any opinions?):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245
    I personally would go with the Haf X or COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper over Thermaltake level 10 GT anyday
  13. I'd stick with the HAF, it's coolermaster's top case, you can't go wrong, it's a real solid, premium case.
  14. GeForce6 said:
    I'd stick with the HAF, it's coolermaster's top case, you can't go wrong, it's a real solid, premium case.

    The only advantage the HAF X has these days is it will fit EATX boards for tri SLI. Otherwise it's dated.
  15. I am leaning towards the CM storm trooper series since it is cheaper than the HAF X and has just as many features. I am now stuck with the HAF XM and the Storm trooper. Not sure which one is better although it seems they both are excellent. This s gonna be ahrd to decide
  16. Do you care if it's mid tower ?Or do you want full tower?
  17. Maybe get troopa then
  18. bigcyco1 said:
    Do you care if it's mid tower ?Or do you want full tower?


    Not sure if there is a differencec. I just assumed full tower meant it was bigger and therefore had naturally better airflow and space to put stuff but it seems that both the HAF XM and the Storm Trooper are both of the same size yet HAF XM is mid size and Storm is full.

    Also it seems that the storm is just slightly better with a wee bit more room for stuff. Would the sabertooth mobo and cpu fit in either? I believe so.
  19. santaeid said:
    Not sure if there is a differencec. I just assumed full tower meant it was bigger and therefore had naturally better airflow and space to put stuff but it seems that both the HAF XM and the Storm Trooper are both of the same size yet HAF XM is mid size and Storm is full.

    Also it seems that the storm is just slightly better with a wee bit more room for stuff. Would the sabertooth mobo and cpu fit in either? I believe so.

    It would fit both i am not sure which is better though sorry i think just pick which one you like best ;)
  20. I am getting the storm trooper because it is a full tower size for that extra room that will come in handy. I also plan to buy the mobo now also since i have the money.
  21. Cool good choices!
  22. Just bought a Steelseries 9HD mousepad (I hope Amazon does not hate me for my returns lately but I have returned a Cyborg gaming keyboard, a Razer Vespula, and a Darth maul bobblehead). I say this because I have used plastic and think it will do better. If not then I will try a cloth one and then stick to just using a bix textbook.

    Also bought the Storm Trooper Case and the Intel Core i7 Processor. It was 10 bucks more than the newegg one but my dad offered to pay for some stuff so I thought why not splurge and get it now before he changes his mind.
  23. santaeid said:
    Just bought a Steelseries 9HD mousepad (I hope Amazon does not hate me for my returns lately but I have returned a Cyborg gaming keyboard, a Razer Vespula, and a Darth maul bobblehead). I say this because I have used plastic and think it will do better. If not then I will try a cloth one and then stick to just using a bix textbook.

    Also bought the Storm Trooper Case and the Intel Core i7 Processor. It was 10 bucks more than the newegg one but my dad offered to pay for some stuff so I thought why not splurge and get it now before he changes his mind.
    :lol: cool
  24. Anyone know if I should get 32 GB ram and if taht will help with rendering multiple videos. I am defintly going to get 16 but wonderinf if more is better or not.
  25. santaeid said:
    Anyone know if I should get 32 GB ram and if taht will help with rendering multiple videos. I am defintly going to get 16 but wonderinf if more is better or not.
    16gb is more than enough. ;)
  26. Okay thanks. I got the bluray and DVD burner since I am only rendering for youtube so I do not need to burn it.
  27. So does it make a difference if I get RAM as 4 X 4 GB or 2 X 8 GB or does it not make a difference?
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