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
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.
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.
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).
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.