First time build from scratch

looking to see if there are any compatibility issues. It has been six years since my last build and that was just taking spare parts friends had and throwing something together. I have been following forums for a while but this is my first post so I hope I follow the newly release posting guidelines. Below is my prospective build but I am open to any advise.

Approximate Purchase Date: (1 month)

Budget Range: (1400-1800) after Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (, gaming, multi-thread applications, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (,

Country: (US)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I would like to use an Intel CPU and full tower case)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (but not yet)

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Case: HAF-942 ($170)

Processor/CPU:i7-2700k ($308)

Motherboard: Asus P8z77 v pro or asus p8z68 v pro version 3 ($209)

Cooler: Hyper 212+ ($35)

Memory: corsair vengeance low profile 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 ($98)

SSD: Crucial M4 256GB ($200)

HD: seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM 64 MMB Cache ($110)

Drive: asus blu-ray burner ($85)
Video Card: asus hd7850 ($260)

PSU: seasonic platinum 860W ($240)
Price ~$2120

GPU: asus hd 7850 ($260)

total ($1700)

Thanks again for all of your help.
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  1. Hmmm, I would change that around a bit and go for something more like this, see what you think:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1537.45
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    The i7 and the 16gb in your build are pointless, as they will provide no improvement for what you want to do. Also, I went with an Ivy Bridge processor and a not so expensive motherboard so that you can afford the most important part of your build; the GTX 670. Also a 750W PSU is enough even if you want to SLI the GTX 670's.
  2. What programs are you using? Are you sure they are actually going to utilize the cores in the i7? You should make sure considering the price.

    I would be going with the Ivy Bridge chip either way. There is absolutely no reason not too unless you are trying to OC to some crazy number, which isn't needed anyway.
  3. I will be using the full 7 cores with work programs. I was worried with the heating of ivy bridge that overclocking would be an issue on air cooling but I just saw that it is only an issue with higher then average overclocking. As for the larger power supply I was looking to be able to recycle the ps and case in future builds I did think the mb may have been over kill so thanks for confirming this. The memory was pointless but just wanted it in the event my wife uses it for photo editing rather then her laptop.
  4. In that case get an i7-3770k.
  5. is the price to performance really worth it on the GTX 670?
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    jt8935 said:
    is the price to performance really worth it on the GTX 670?

    The GTX670 is probably the all around best card on the market from a performance/$ ratio. It's worth it.

    There is nothing wrong with the mobo you selected. You may not use all the features on it, so take a look at that. You might be able to get something cheaper like the Asrock Extreme4 and still have everything you need.

    I'd be going i7 IB with a Z77 mobo if I were you.
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