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[New Build] First build in a while.

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June 9, 2012 5:32:54 PM

I haven't done an expensive build in about 7 years so I'm not too familiar with what's good and what's not, so I need some help on this build. Maybe theirs something I don't need that can cheapen my costs without sacrificing quality? I don't know, tell me so I can get this build started.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB

Power Supply: CORSAIR AX1200

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

So that's the part I want for my build. Again, I don't know if I went overkill on some of the parts, like is a 1200 watt necessary? And do I need 16GB of RAM or will 8GB suffice? Help appreciated, thanks.

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June 9, 2012 6:31:15 PM

No, it is not needed. For 2 670s, a 750W PSU is all you will need. If you're gaming, no need for a SB-E build.
June 9, 2012 7:25:58 PM

Hard to say w/o knowing what it will be used for. If gaming only, might wanna look at this:

3770k = 54.5
3820 = 51.5

You said "expensive", so here's a $2270 build....PSU will handle two GFX cards, MoBo will do four (2 at x16, 4 at x8).

Case - $ 290 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow
Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm
PSU - $ 150 - Corsair HX850
MoBo - $ 675 - ASUS WS Revolution
CPU - Incl - Intel Core i7-3770K
Cooler - $ 90 - Phanteks PH-TC14PE
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $ 120 - (2 x 8GB) Muskin Blackine DDR3 1600 CAS 8
GFX - $ 430 - Asus GTX 670 DCII TOP
GFX - Later - Asus GTX 670 DCII TOP Same
HD - $ 210 - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 64MB
SSD - $ 230 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS

If ya don't want / need all those case features, the Corsair 500 R at $130 will do just fine saving $160

If ya don't need quad SLI capabilityy the Sabertooth / 3770k combo is $575 saving $100

Dropping to 8Gb will save ya another $65|20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

I wouldn't try and save on anything else.....

SSD has lowest cost per GB, super long life toshiba premium toggle flash and kicks butt performance wise.
HD is extremely fast
GFX has lowest cost per frame in top tier

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June 9, 2012 8:42:24 PM

It's going to be a gaming computer and for video editing purposes. For the extra 50 bucks the 3770k looks like a much better bet for me, but I like the Sabertooth Z77 for a motherboard. As for SLI, I'll probably buy another 670 after a year of usage like you said, the price will probably drop anyways.

Also, I was thinking about using one drive strictly for Windows 7, should I go for an SSD or an HD?