Opinion On Computer Build

Looks good mate.

RAM - Go for the G.Skill RipJaws X 1600Mhz instead of the Corsair :)
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  1. Can I get some opinions on how this build will work out? I just want to make sure about things like making sure the Zalman cooler & Asus GTX 680 can fit in the Blackhawk Mid Tower case. Also, I plan on using a Blackmagic intensity pro in one of the PCIe slots, so would that work with this build as well?

    Feel free to point out any extra things that I could change as well


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($530.25 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($162.98 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($162.98 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Razer RZ03-00390100-R3U1 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Razer RZ01-00280500-R3M1 Wired Laser Mouse ($67.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2067.10
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 02:56 EDT-0400)
  2. I'm trying to stick to the low profile ram, since the Zalman cooler would be in the way of the G.Skill RipJaws's heat spreaders. Unless I'm looking at the wrong version of their RAM.
  3. What is the usage of the machine? You have a 3770k which is mainly for video editing, number crunching tasks, then 8GB of RAM which is typical of a gaming rig. Then 2 separate HDD's which is normal for an editing machine.
  4. Usage would be gaming for the purpose of livestreaming and recording the gameplay. I plan on using a Blackmagic pro & various video editing tools such as Sony Vegas for video editing and livestreaming at a high quality is also very CPU intensive. That's also why i needed a higher end air cooler, since the IB line has overheating problems under load.
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    In that case double the RAM, editing rigs should have 16GB of RAM. Two of those kits or an equivalent 16GB kit will be fine.

    I also call BS on that Ivy Bridge load temp statement. Its only once you start messing with voltages does Ivy start kicking out more heat, and it is still manageable with a low end aftermarket cooler. My 3570k (4.2Ghz) stays at 55c under full load on a 212 EVO (dual fans).

    Get the GTX670, performs within 5% of a 680 for $100 less.
    Gigabyte GTX670. $400
    With some overclocking will beat stock 680 performance.

    Get the AsRock Z77 Extreme4, has all the features of that ASUS board for $50 less.
    AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $115

    This HDD is a bit faster than a Caviar Black and the same price as those Blue drives.
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90
  6. I actually got the idea of getting the Zalman cooler from one of the Tom's Hardware Performance Build articles:,3212.html

    I don't know much about it myself, but when i put some research into the i7-3770K, I found a lot of people on multiple sites complaining about the heating issue, haha. If you could suggest something better, then go for it.

    I wanted to go with the Asus MoBo because I've also heard some bad stories about AsRock products not having as much support as the Asus ones, and people getting the Extreme4/6 DoA issues. Also, I believe the Asus MoBo has extra PCIe ports, since the Blackmagic Intensity will be taking one of the slots away.

    I will pick up those Seagate HDDs instead of the Caviar Black ones, though.
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