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August 15, 2012 8:33:57 PM

Hello,
I’m looking to take a leap and build my own computer for the first time using top components. Any advice, tips, criticisms would be appreciated.
I need to know if the list below will work together. Am I missing anything? Have I chosen something that is really not needed?
I am a photographer and deal with mass amounts of photos, videos, music etc. I also want to play games occasionally, or watch a DVD.
I haven't decided on what kind of monitor yet or a mouse or keyboard. For a monitor I will need one that accurate reflects photographs for editing. I am pretty close to budget. I'll spend around 2400 or so. I am starting from scratch, bringing no parts from other places. All new.

How does the following combination stack up? Thank you in advance for any help to the above questions and your time.
CASE- Rosewill THOR V2-White Edition, THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans
PROCESSOR – Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz(3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77 W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
MOBO – ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
SSD - Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
HDD - SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
MEMORY - G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-32GTX
GRAPHICS - EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card\
POWER - COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
OPTICAL - LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48x CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Model ihes112-04 - OEm
COOLER - Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro Closed-Loop All In One Liquid CPU Cooler Dual 120mm PWM Fans 120x49mm Radiator CLW0216

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August 15, 2012 9:39:41 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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August 15, 2012 9:41:32 PM

No need for water cooling, closed loop's are horrible anyways just get a notuca
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August 16, 2012 12:17:08 AM

You don't need RAM that fast or that much of it. 16GB at 1600mhz would be more than enough.
How many graphics cards are you getting? 'Cause the power supply is INSANE.
I'll write more if you post neweeg links :) 
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August 16, 2012 2:27:48 AM

Thank you for any input, here is an updated list:


CASE $139.99
ROSEWILL THOR V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CABLE $3.49
ROSEWILL RC-6-HDM-MM-BK 6FT HIGH SPEED HDMI CABLE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD $279.99
ASUS P8Z77 – V PRO THUNDERBOLT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GRAPHICS CARD $319.99
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GEFORCE GTX 680 2GB 256 BIT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER $239.99
CORSAIR HX SERIES
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PROCESSOR $ 339.99
INTEL CORE i73770K IVY BRIDGE 3.5GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD $ 224.99
INTEL 520 240GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY $ 399.99
GSKILL TRIDENT 16GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD $119.99
SEAGATE BARRACUDA GREEN
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL DRIVE $ 49.99
LG BLACK BLU RAY BURNER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER $85.99
NOCTUA CPU COOLER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 16, 2012 2:38:16 AM

Here, try this..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($76.99 @ Newegg)
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)
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 ($96.98 @ PC Mall)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1563.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 22:39 EDT-0400)

The gtx 670 is just as powerful as the gtx 680...especially the Asus version.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
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August 16, 2012 2:58:44 AM

DeusAres~ Thank you for taking the time to look over my build and suggest one as well. That was kind of you.
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August 16, 2012 4:30:45 AM

With a 2TB HDD, would a 240GB SSD really be necessary? An SSD half the size would surely be enough to hold all of your most commonly used programs.
If you like the Corsair 500r, it also comes in white (looks very similar to the case you chose).

DeusAres, what good would 750W PSU do in this build? No, seriously, I'm wondering for the sake of learning.
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August 16, 2012 5:02:23 AM

Mr_____ said:
With a 2TB HDD, would a 240GB SSD really be necessary? An SSD half the size would surely be enough to hold all of your most commonly used programs.
If you like the Corsair 500r, it also comes in white (looks very similar to the case you chose).

DeusAres, what good would 750W PSU do in this build? No, seriously, I'm wondering for the sake of learning.


A 240gb SSD would be necessary for people who have lots of games (particularly single player games that require loading lots of data) and what not that they need loaded quickly. It's not necessary, but if he can afford it, why not get it?

The 750w PSU gives the builder the option to do an SLI configuration in the future if he so desires. No, 750w isn't necessary for SLI; an efficient 650w would get the job done. However, I like to have a little head room for safety. It will also allow you to add other upgrades without any problem (more storage, RAM, LEDs, etc. etc.) Not only that, but the 750w PSU I recommended has a great deal going for it at NCIX. You get a Corsair HX750 for $105 w/ MIR. That's a 80+ silver certified and fully modular PSU for the same price of a non modular 650w PSU. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
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August 17, 2012 3:29:39 AM

Do you think New Egg is going to have a good Labor Day sale?
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August 18, 2012 11:25:09 PM

I'm honestly not sure. I don't particularly claim loyalty to any one vendor. I usually just go with whomever sells for less. However, considering Newegg is fairly generous with sales and what not, I'd imagine they'd have some sort of deals going. If you sign up with your email, they typically send you a notice of pretty awesome weekend deals.

In short, I'm fairly certain they'll have some sales. Just keep a lookout.
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