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~$2000 max Build, oppinions/bottlenecks etc?

Hello all, I am building a PC, now that I've gotten the obvious out of the way, max budget ~$2000 if it's $100 over I don't mind.

Usage: Gaming and Video/Audio Editing
I own two monitors, do not need another. Both 1920x1200
Overclocking: I'd like to have the option
SLI/Crossfire: Yes
Intel Based computer, I have an OS
Prefer 1 SSD for OS and Important programs and 1 HDD for Data
Newegg.com/.ca or ncix.com/.ca work for me (the build I've comprised is cheapest if I order through newegg.com)

Here are the parts I have so far:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249014

2x SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified PSU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139035

2x EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

HGST Deskstar H3IK20003272SP (0S02861) 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145369

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Four Fans
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

This all came to $2,169.69 with UPS Guaranteed 3 day Shipping

Any revisions/additions/opinions would be greatly appreciated, I plan to order within a few weeks.

SCohen
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  1. Best answer
    You will need a bigger PSU if you want to run SLI. 750W is the recommended wattage for a dual card system.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016

    That CPU heatsink is unnecessary unless you want extreme overclocks. You could easily get away with spending a third as much. Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Better brand and performance RAM kit thats also Low Profile. Looks better than the exposed circuitry of the Samsung. It also works out better per dollar as well somehow.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231545

    A GTX670 with better cooling.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423&Tpk=Gugavyte%20670

    This SSD is much cheaper. It may not be as fast, but top-end SSD's perform similarly enough that only benchmarks can really tell them apart.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148529

    An editing rig should have more than one storage HDD, for reasons I will explain. One Drive to hold raw data (1TB) and another for the final product to be rendered to (1TB), with an SSD to hold the OS and programs. This is so that you arn't reading and writing data from to the same HDD, which will slow things down a bit. I would suggest getting two of these drives.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
  2. I seem to have linked the wrong PSU... I meant to link the 850W version of that 750W. Would I be better off with the 750W than the 850W?

    Also, thanks for the prompt reply.

    SCohen
  3. You wont be better off with either PSU, as the amount of wattage doesn't matter until you run out of them. If you want to leave yourself room for big overclocks, water cooling and lots of fans/drives, consider the 850W. Getting the 750W will be a bit cheaper though.
  4. Right, okay, my last concern was about the case, I haven't owned a tower in ages and the last one I had was a dinky prebuilt from Staple... Would there be any better alternatives for my situation?
  5. scohen said:
    Hello all, I am building a PC, now that I've gotten the obvious out of the way, max budget ~$2000 if it's $100 over I don't mind.

    Usage: Gaming and Video/Audio Editing
    I own two monitors, do not need another. Both 1920x1200
    Overclocking: I'd like to have the option
    SLI/Crossfire: Yes
    Intel Based computer, I have an OS
    Prefer 1 SSD for OS and Important programs and 1 HDD for Data
    Newegg.com/.ca or ncix.com/.ca work for me (the build I've comprised is cheapest if I order through newegg.com)

    Here are the parts I have so far:
    Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

    Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249014

    2x SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified PSU
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139035

    2x EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

    HGST Deskstar H3IK20003272SP (0S02861) 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145369

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Four Fans
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    This all came to $2,169.69 with UPS Guaranteed 3 day Shipping

    Any revisions/additions/opinions would be greatly appreciated, I plan to order within a few weeks.

    SCohen


    pretty cool rig but i would suggest the following changes-
    sabretooth is a P8Z77-V PRO with plastic covers(useless),i would suggest the P8Z77 V PRO or Gigabyte Z77X-U5H.
    650w will not work with 670 SLi and overclocking,grab a 750w,i would suggest this one-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264
    highy rated on jonnyguru-
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=266
  6. Case selection is largely a personal choice, full tower cases are almost large enough to be considered furniture so you better like the look of it first.

    The HAF 932 is a great case, you wont find anything functionally wrong with it. If you don't like its looks, get a Corsair case for around the same price. They are of equal quality and Corsair cases have a more subdued aesthetic.
  7. GTX 670 SLI will only pull about 300W max (by themselves), and you could technically use the 650W. I think 750W would be just right though.

    The Seasonic is the same price
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087

    Or if you prefer the flat cables get the Corsair AX750.

    OR, save some here and get the non-modular Rosewill Capstone 750W. It's an excellent PSU but not as quiet.

    I think you would be better off leaving room for expansion and getting a two stick kit. Crucial has a reasonable CAS 9 1600Mhz 1.5V kit
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148545
    I haven't recommended Crucial in years... they blew it back in the Core 2 Duo era. But, I hear they are doing better these days.
  8. hellfire24 said:
    pretty cool rig but i would suggest the following changes-
    sabretooth is a P8Z77-V PRO with plastic covers(useless),i would suggest the P8Z77 V PRO or Gigabyte Z77X-U5H.
    650w will not work with 670 SLi and overclocking,grab a 750w,i would suggest this one-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264
    highy rated on jonnyguru-
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=266

    That PSU is more or less like the Corsair one right? I've gone for the 850W since its the same spec wise but with an extra 100W availability for only an extra $10

    manofchalk said:
    Case selection is largely a personal choice, full tower cases are almost large enough to be considered furniture so you better like the look of it first.

    The HAF 932 is a great case, you wont find anything functionally wrong with it. If you don't like its looks, get a Corsair case for around the same price. They are of equal quality and Corsair cases have a more subdued aesthetic.

    The aesthetics of the case aren't a big deal for me, more performance.

    Almost forgot, Optical drives. I would like the option of burning my media to disks etc. I'd probably use it instead of a DvD player as well (going into a dorm room) Will any optical drive do, or should I look for a more specialized drive?

    SCohen
  9. check these cases out there is other good ones but these are a few of the best IMO Case:Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133191#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245#top

    Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146095#top

    Case:NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225#top

    Case:Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087#top
  10. scohen said:
    That PSU is more or less like the Corsair one right? I've gone for the 850W since its the same spec wise but with an extra 100W availability for only an extra $10


    The aesthetics of the case aren't a big deal for me, more performance.

    Almost forgot, Optical drives. I would like the option of burning my media to disks etc. I'd probably use it instead of a DvD player as well (going into a dorm room) Will any optical drive do, or should I look for a more specialized drive?

    SCohen


    but i am sure it's not the professional series(but don't worry it's not required,)HX850 will do fine.
    haf 932 is one of the highest performing case out there.
    a $20 dvd burner will do fine.
  11. hellfire24 said:

    650w will not work with 670 SLi and overclocking,

    yes it will:GeForce GTX 670 review
    Quote:
    Our test system is based on a power hungry Core i7 965 / X58 system. This setup is overclocked to 3.75 GHz. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). On average we are using roughly 50 to 100 Watts more than a standard PC due to higher CPU clock settings, water-cooling, additional cold cathode lights etc.
    Measured power consumption

    System in IDLE = 140 W
    System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 279 W
    Difference (GPU load) = 139 W
    Add average IDLE wattage ~10 W
    Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 149 Watts

    rounding up, add 150 watts to 280 for 430 watts put it on the 12 volt rail (even though it isn't all there) 430/12= 35.8amps
    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W +12V@54A
    PCI-Express Connector 4 x 6+2-Pin

    that will work.

    Quote:
    GTX 670 SLI will only pull about 300W max (by themselves), and you could technically use the 650W. I think 750W would be just right though.


    well said.
  12. bigcyco1 said:

    CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225#top


    Silly Bigcyco, thats not a CPU cooler! :lol:
  13. bigcyco1 said:
    check these cases out there is other good ones but these are a few of the best IMO Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245#top

    Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146095#top

    Case:NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068#top

    CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225#top

    Case:Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087#top


    haf 932> all of the above,the reason is that all of them are more expensive and perform similar/worse and phantom is cheaper but can't touch haf 932 in terms of aircooling.
  14. The Rosewill Capstone series is made by Superflower and produces power that actually competes with the Seasonic PSUs (including Corsair) in terms of quality. The internals are of a high quality also. That's not to say that all things are equal, because you get a quiet fan profile with the Seasonic made PSUs and a bit longer warranty.
  15. I prefer the mid tower HAF XM. :)
  16. Anonymous said:
    yes it will:GeForce GTX 670 review
    Quote:
    Our test system is based on a power hungry Core i7 965 / X58 system. This setup is overclocked to 3.75 GHz. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). On average we are using roughly 50 to 100 Watts more than a standard PC due to higher CPU clock settings, water-cooling, additional cold cathode lights etc.
    Measured power consumption

    System in IDLE = 140 W
    System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 279 W
    Difference (GPU load) = 139 W
    Add average IDLE wattage ~10 W
    Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 149 Watts

    rounding up, add 150 watts to 280 for 430 watts put it on the 12 volt rail (even though it isn't all there) 430/12= 35.8amps
    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W +12V@54A
    PCI-Express Connector 4 x 6+2-Pin

    that will work.

    Quote:
    GTX 670 SLI will only pull about 300W max (by themselves), and you could technically use the 650W. I think 750W would be just right though.


    well said.


    oh thanks,i forgot that they use x58 system that consumes way more power than 1155.but still $2k rig deserves a 750w :bounce:
  17. manofchalk said:
    Silly Bigcyco, thats not a CPU cooler! :lol:
    :sarcastic: i know that was a typo it's fixed i was doing a build for somebody else at same time lol
  18. azeem40 said:
    I prefer the mid tower HAF XM. :)
    +1
  19. hellfire24 said:
    haf 932> all of the above,the reason is that all of them are more expensive and perform similar/worse and phantom is cheaper but can't touch haf 932 in terms of aircooling.
    Thanks for info i didn't know that
  20. Proximon said:

    I think you would be better off leaving room for expansion and getting a two stick kit. Crucial has a reasonable CAS 9 1600Mhz 1.5V kit
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148545
    I haven't recommended Crucial in years... they blew it back in the Core 2 Duo era. But, I hear they are doing better these days.

    Can anyone second this? I do like the idea though, but my knowledge of RAM isn't exemplary.

    bigcyco1 said:
    check these cases out there is other good ones but these are a few of the best IMO Case:Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133191#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245#top

    Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146095#top

    Case:NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225#top

    Case:Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087#top

    Almost forgot, I would like a case with a side panel window.

    Solid list, would those be as good performance wise as the
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior, Four Fans? ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 )

    hellfire24 said:
    but i am sure it's not the professional series(but don't worry it's not required,)HX850 will do fine.
    haf 932 is one of the highest performing case out there.
    a $20 dvd burner will do fine.

    Oh but it is,
    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015


    SCohen
  21. scohen said:

    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015

    SCohen


    big overkill if you ask me,stick with 750 version,it's more than enough.
  22. scohen said:
    Can anyone second this? I do like the idea though, but my knowledge of RAM isn't exemplary.


    Almost forgot, I would like a case with a side panel window.

    Solid list, would those be as good performance wise as the
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior, Four Fans? ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 )


    Oh but it is,
    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015


    SCohen
    Nah i would stick with HAF 932 i didn't read your list until now sorry :lol: i like the HAF X better myself though looks wise
  23. hellfire24 said:
    oh thanks,i forgot that they use x58 system that consumes way more power than 1155.but still $2k rig deserves a 750w :bounce:

    [:wr2]
  24. ^wr2 looks cool!
  25. ^ LOL! I run like a Cheetah with thoughts of an Assassin good one
  26. As for case performance, it can only go to a certain point, and the diffrence between the high end cases temp wise will be minimal. The bigger decider in case temps this high up the chain will be room temperature.

    You want to be looking for features like hot swap-able bays, front panel I/O and other things like Cable Management.
  27. bigcyco1 said:
    ^ LOL! I run like a Cheetah with thoughts of an Assassin good one


    guess from where it is?
  28. I thought the COOLER MASTER HAF X and COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper were better cases than HAF 932 Advanced but if Hellfire24 says they are not i would believe him he knows what's hes talking about so i would just stick with HAF 932
  29. manofchalk said:
    As for case performance, it can only go to a certain point, and the diffrence between the high end cases temp wise will be minimal. The bigger decider in case temps this high up the chain will be room temperature.

    You want to be looking for features like hot swap-able bays, front panel I/O and other things like Cable Management.


    Yeah it seems the HAF 932 has all I want, a big thank you to everyone who helped out. Not sure how long these posts last, but I'll post a finished picture of the rig after I'm finished.

    SCohen
  30. hellfire24 said:
    guess from where it is?
    no idea ?
  31. Best answer selected by SCohen.
  32. scohen said:
    Yeah it seems the HAF 932 has all I want, a big thank you to everyone who helped out. Not sure how long these posts last, but I'll post a finished picture of the rig after I'm finished.

    SCohen
    sounds good look forward to it :)
  33. I think we should take this to PM so we don't get in trouble. :P
  34. Sorry guys, you can't derail a thread like that.
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