New $2000 build looking for advice!

Approximate Purchase Date: End of this week/Early next week

Budget Range: Right around $2000, but I will go up to about $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, 3D modeling/rendering

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No real preference, I just want reliable components.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the line I'll pick up a second 670

Monitor Resolution: Currently 1920 x 1080 (I will be upgrading to a multi-monitor setup, 3 or more, down the road)

Additional Comments: I have created a parts list based off of my own personal research. I am posting up here to get some input before I make the purchase in case I have missed something (it is my first build).


Wish List

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: Intel i7-3770k

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
- I might go with EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP
simply due to stocking issues.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

SDD: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER

Optic: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Please let me know if there is any place where I am lacking or could improve my build.

Thank you for your time!
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  1. 1: get a thermalright silver arrow or a noctua nh-d14 cooler. they are better than the h100 and cool quieter. also if you are to run things at stock clocks, you can even run the 2 heatsinks passively
    2:the gigabyte z77x-ud5h has the same features for cheaper
    3:seagate has baracuda 1tb drives with 64mb of cache. they are the same speed if not faster.
    4:you will need low profile ram such as gskill ares or mushkin blackline
    5:750w will be fine for sli and overclocking
    6:get a crucial m4 128 or 256gb ssd. they are more reliable
  2. ^+1,here's my build for you-
    optical drive-Asus 24x dvd burner-
    case-nzxt phantom full tower-
    very highly rated case,receives a solid 9.4 on benchmarkreviews-
    Final Score: 9.4 out of 10

    Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

    hard drive-Samsung F4 2TB hard drive-
    for speeds you have ssd ;)
    psu-nzxt hale82 750w modular-
    it's a rebranded seasonic,here's a review showing it's awesomness (receives a GOLDEN award)-
    ram-Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB 1.5V 1600mhz ram-
    16gb is overkill for gaming but for 3d rendering and stuff,you need it.
    motherboard-Asus P8Z77-V-
    the board is a solid overclocker and has almost every possible required feature you need from SLi to UEFI BIOS.
    case fan-nzxt 200mm fan with led on/off switch-
    throw this one the top of your phantom to improve the ventilation.
    Heatsink-Cooler master Hyper 612 PWM-
    very highly rated cooler with PWM that keeps it very quiet even under's a detailed review-
    By it's excellent performance,we are giving the Coolermaster Hyper 612 PWM the Hardware Secrets Golden Award

    the heatsink is pretty big and will show benefit with another fan in push/pull configuration.i would suggest this one-
    Scythe Slipstream 120mm-
    fairly quiet and moves a lot of air.
    ssd-Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SSD-
    more than enough for OS and few games,will eat up loading times and for $190,it's a freakin steal!!!
    cpu-i7 3770k-
    you will need hyperthreading for video editing and rendering.
    graphics card-Asus DCII GTX 670 2GB-
    beats a stock 680 for less money,DCII is a solid cooler by Asus that provides great cooling and overclocking's a good review-
    receives a solid 10
    note:you still have plenty of cash left to buy another 670 in near future when you upgrade to 3 monitors.they will serve you well.
    good luck with build ;)
  3. Holy crap! Thank you very much! Now I just have to wait for the cpu and gpu to be in stock haha
  4. Go with Windows 7 Professional in case you ever want 32 GB.
  5. calamity87 said:
    Holy crap! Thank you very much! Now I just have to wait for the cpu and gpu to be in stock haha

    welcome and good luck ;)
  6. Jim_L9 said:
    Go with Windows 7 Professional in case you ever want 32 GB.

    i don't think he needs 32GB.the cpu will bottleneck so much ram,i would suggest a LGA2011 cpu for tasks that required 32GB ram.
  7. Well if I do find that I need 32gb, which is a heck of a lot, I'll just wait for the 3rd gen extreme cpu or something like that. But right now I might just swoop in and nab 2 ASUS 670s once they are in stock since one more will now fit in my budget ;)
  8. ^yeah that's good.but the good news is that your motherboard supports 32GB ram.
    good luck with finding them in stock ;)
  9. Well I have run into an issue. If I get another card I should have multiple monitors, and if I get multiple monitors I don't necessarily need a second card but it would be nice to have.

    Any recommendations on this or on good monitors for a triple display setup?
  10. 3 monitors+ 670 SLi=FTW!
    take a look-
    for monitors,i would suggest a 23-24" TN panel with good response time.something like this-
  11. Stick with the Corsair H100, whoever said the nocture DH14 or Silverarrow to have better cooling performance than the Corsair H100 clearly doesn't know what hes talking about. H100 beats both of those gigantic air coolers with just 2 stock fans. Replace those 2 stock fans with cougar fans and do push pull configuration and the H100 totally dominate those aircoolers without a sweat.
  12. jacknhut, read this

    there is a 1 degree difference between the h100 and the nh-d14 at full load. givne that the nh-d14 is cheaper, there isnt a point of getting a h100. if you put 2 more fans, the whole water cooling system will cost around 150$. factor in that the fans on the h100 are like jet engines, it makes much more sense to go silver arrow or nh-d14
  13. This review shows the h100 on low with only 2 stock fans beats the nocture NH D14 on high for an overclocked Sandy E at 4.5 Ghz. H100 stock fans on low settings has the same noise as the Nocture. If you worry about noise and still want more performance, replace it with Cougar Fans and change it to high and its still as quiet as stock fans at low. Or do 2 stock fans at low and add 2 cougar fans at low to do push pull to further increase performance without adding noise.
  14. yes 1 degrees will be worth the extra 20 bucks + aftermarket fans that are good?
  15. Its actually 6 degrees if you use high settings with aftermarket fans to reduce noise. But for 20 bucks, it depends on the person. For me, its worth it because it looks a lot cleaner, higher performance and much easier to do maintenance especially when I need the temps down for high overclocking. If its moderate overclocking, both are unnecessary since Hyper 212 Evo is 1/4 the price and does the job just fine. Anyway its just my 2 cents.

    Ignoring the rest of the components in the case and just focus on the cooler, do you want your high end computer to look like this? (Nocture NH D14)

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    or this? Corsair H100

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  16. personally im a noise freak and i want minimum noise in my case. if i was to outfit the h100 with some good fans such as gentle typhoons or noctua nf-f12s, it will cost me around 20-40 bucks. this doesnt make much sense when you could get a cooler that performs about as well as the h100 for 50 bucks cheaper.

    well some people need the h100 as they have those hair-comb vengeance ram kits
  17. Wow that 2nd picture...that's very nice build you got there jack, is that your computer ?

    I actually like the look of the H100 much better than the Nocture NH D14. Besides, I agree with jack that the Corsair H100 is only 10-15 bucks more expensive than the Nocture for a much cleaner look and perform slighly better as well with its 2 stock fans.

    If you replace the 2 stock fans with aftermarket fans, then the price will jump another 20 bucks but then the cooling performance would also increase further and in this case a push/pull set up with aftermarket fans will push the H100 much further apart from the Nocture NH D14.

    Your choice is either get the H100 with stock fans for 10-15 bucks more than Nocture NH D14 and have a slightly higher cooling performance, cleaner look or spend another 20-30 bucks to get aftermarket coolers and do push/pull with H100 to get even more cooling performance and set itselft apart further from the Nocture NH D14.

    Of course if you dont do much overclocking, then get the cheap Hyper 212 Evo or Hyper 612 and call it a day, those coolers are excellent for low/moderate overclocking.

    To say spending 20-30 bucks for aftermarket fans and get almost the same performance of NH D14 is not accurate, when you spend that extra 20-30 bucks, the aftermarket fans enable you to do push/pull at much higher performance than the NH D14 can ever achieved.
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