New Build, Looking for advice

Wonder what are your thoughts and comments of my build.
Parts
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

Memory: (Start off with one then I want to pick up the other set later) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231568

GPU: (One at first but going to upgrade to 2 SLI) EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844

PSU: OCZ ZX Series 1250W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341046

Only purchased the CPU so nothing else is set in stone yet.
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  1. Do you realize that SLIng two 480s is not much better than two 7850s, and that two 7850s can be OCed really high and still be well below the power and heat consumption of the 480s AT STOCK while being similar in performance? If not, I recommend you switch right away.
  2. azeem40 said:
    Do you realize that SLIng two 480s is not much better than two 7850s, and that two 7850s can be OCed really high and still be well below the power and heat consumption of the 480s AT STOCK while being similar in performance? If not, I recommend you switch right away.


    I agree with this - the 480 is a massive power hog and generates tons of heat. You could move to a single GTX 670 for the same price or two 7850s, and you could get by with about 1/2 the PSU. 1250W is overkill on any build.

    And what's the primary use? If it's gaming then that much RAM will be completely useless.
  3. Ill look into the GPU. this is actually my first build so i honestly don't know much about anything really. the 480 was just one i found to be not to expensive and have some good reviews.
    As for the use of the computer, it is going to be for gaming and for school. Starting fall i'm going to be going to school for computer animation and would like to be able to run 3d programs.
  4. CUDA helps a ton for 3d programs, so you could change the GPU to a GTX 570.
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