I hate to be that guy... But compatibility check / opinions?

Ok guys, so this will be my first custom built computer although I have been gaming for years, have owned many computers, and work Intel in the military. I am going to spend a bit of money (nothing crazy) so I would like to ask around before I fork it out.
Here it is:



Intel Core i7-3770K

CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Video Card:
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB

Power Supply:
OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

Solid State:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G

Optical Drive:
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA

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

Totaling: $1797.89

So... Opinions?
Also, I would feel like a derp, but if I happen to be missing anything I would appreciate someone telling me.
Thanks for looking :)
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  1. No need for an i7 or 16GB of RAM. Neither HT or 16GB of RAM will be utilized for a long time. That motherboard is overkill for Gaming.

    Cut back to the Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD3H or the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Gen3.

    Get the Vertex 4. It is faster and more reliable. Everything else looks good, although I am not a fan of Full Tower cases.
  2. Thanks for the opinion! I will update the SSD for sure, I am looking into the future with the i7 and 16GB, although if the opinion is overwhelming I will most likely step down. Also just for clarification, the reason I have a 1000W power supply on there is because I plan to eventually get another 670 and run SLI.
  3. Oops, I forgot. The 1000W PSU is not needed for even 2 670s. It was needed last gen with SLIng the GTX 580, but 2 670s will run on a 750W PSU. Future-proofing is impossible with technology. It won't be for a good decade before HT is needed for gaming.
  4. Try this...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1349.65
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 02:05 EDT-0400)

    If all you're doing is gaming, your original build is overkill. As azeem stated, no need for "future proofing" it's pointless. Just get what gets the job done now, then upgrade as time goes on and your needs increase.

    Use this as a base build, grab some awesome peripherals, if needed. Then use the rest to treat yourself and a pretty lady to an ice cream. :)

    If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
  5. If its just gaming your after, the i7 is overkill. an i5 is all you need for a gaming rig.
    Intel i5 3570k. $230

    You want the 212 EVO, not 212+. The EVO has a better baseplate with wider direct contact heatpipes, primarily leads to better idle temps.
    CM Hyper 212 EVO. $35

    Nothing wrong with EVGA's quality or anything, but I avoid recommending them because they use reference heatsinks, which are louder and run hotter than custom. Get a card from ASUS or Gigabyte, they have the best cooling on the market.
    Gigabyte GTX670. $400

    No need for a 1000W supply, 750W will happily run dual cards with overclocks on everything. OCZ isnt the brand to get PSU's from either, you want Corsair, Seasonic, XFX or Silverstone.

    The RAM kit is good, just half it.
    Same kit, just 8GB. $46

    If you are sticking with 16GB though, I would suggest getting a low profile kit like the G.Skill Ares or Corsair Low Profile. Otherwise there may be issues between the RAM and the 212 EVO.
    G.Skill Ares 16GB (4x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $89

    Samsung isnt a great brand when it comes to HDD's, I personally recommend Seagate (Western Digitals are too expensive). This drive will also perform a bit better with a wider bandwidth (SATAIII) and twice the cache size. Same price.
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90

    Agree with Azeem, the Vertex 4 is a faster drive and will serve you better than than the mid-range agilitys.
    OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $115

    Unless burning discs is a big part of the machines job or you use BLU-Ray, any $20 drive will do.
  6. SATA III and SATA II do not make any difference on a hard drive. Barely SATA II is saturated. Everything else manofchalk said it 100% correct.
  7. In reference to the EVGA cooling claim:

    Read footman's take on the gtx 670s. He has many valid points and offers a much better explanation than what I can...

    Link to thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/354974-33-asus-directcu-evga-gigabyte-windforce
  8. I didnt think HDD's (with maybe the exception of Raptor's) even saturate SATA II.
    But anyway, the Barracuda's do perform better than the Spinpoint.

    The 1TB Barracuda got a score of 514, while the 1TB Spinpoint got 405.
  9. Thanks very much for opinions, I have decided to half the ram, drop the PSU to a 750W Corsair, swapped the SSD for the Vertex 4, got the other CPU cooler, went with a DVD burner and swapped the HDD. I have decided to stay with the 3770k, the EVGA FTW 670, and the Sabertooth MB. I'm not sure why, but I feel an attachment to these pieces and if I downgrade I feel like i'll always be wanting to upgrade. This rig is also well within my budget so I've got no problem with it. I appreciate all of the help!
  10. No problem; good luck!
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