Second time builder needs advice

Hello everybody,

My name is Hazem and I have been a "lurker" around this site for a while now. I always figured if you don't have something intelligent to say, don't say anything at all :). I just joined and I really do appreciate the advice/knowledge this community has.

I have been around computers for a VERY long time, but I haven't built/upgraded one in about six years. My last "build" was a mess to say the least. I had used an OEM Compaq computer and just started upgrading pieces on it. After that I had laptops due to mobility. Recently, I was in the market for a new laptop(Asus G75vw) that can play pretty much anything on ultra and still have well over 30 fps. Since the laptop would be mostly stationary I decided to build a desktop.

I want this thing to make games, for lack of better words, its bitch. I do little video/photo editing and some graphic designs. I do also run video recordings for LOL games and WOW. In the future I do want to be able to SLI two of the GTX 670's, but for now I just need one. Once it becomes cheaper I most likely will end up doing so.

I want to make sure everything is compatible and I can get the most out of this PC. I kindly thank you for any advice. Also, should I buy warranty on anything (i.e. graphics cards. processor, motherboard)?

Approximate Purchase Date: Next two months or so.

Budget Range: $1500-$2000, I am not worried to much about shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, little graphic design, little video editing,

Are you buying a monitor: No, already have one. It is listed below and is fairly new.

Parts to Upgrade: None since it is a new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 Home premium 64bit.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or Microcenter. Mix and match is fine.

Location: Fairfax, Va

Parts Preferences: None really, I just prefer reliability.

Overclocking: Yes!!!!!(one of the reasons why I want another build)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: I believe my monitor only supports up to 1920x1080. I have linked the monitor.

Additional Comments: I like classy/simplistic. I really don't need the bells/whistles/lights/neon's...etc. I figure the fans will be a bit loud but I don't want them to sound like a jet taking off.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Refer to introduction at the top. :)


Monitor: ASUS VE248H 24-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor with Integrated Speakers

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case

Motherboard: P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor

Graphics Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP

Power Supply: ModXStream Pro 700W Modular ATX Power Supply

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133

Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Kit

Storage: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model
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  1. Nice build. Looks great.
  2. Nice build. Looks great.
  3. Thanks man. Let me know if you would change anything.
  4. I'd ditch the H100 for a Noctua D14 - and change the PSU to something like a Corsair TX750:

    Otherwise everything else looks good.
  5. Would that PSU be able to support two 670's in the future?

    Why the Noctua D14? Any particular reasons why you would chose one over the other.
  6. alphaq1888 said:
    Would that PSU be able to support two 670's in the future?

    Why the Noctua D14? Any particular reasons why you would chose one over the other.

    Closed liquid loops offer nothing that a strong air fan would provide - and the air fan is a lot safer. The H100 is like a plastic toy compared to what a real liquid radiator will get you.

    Yes that PSU will handle two 670's very easily. Alternately I'd suggest this PSU:
  7. Thanks for the input. Any ideas on buying warranty on anything?
  8. alphaq1888 said:
    Thanks for the input. Any ideas on buying warranty on anything?

    You're literally throwing money away purchasing aftermarket warranties. The manufacturers have their own and by law they have to honor them. You'll usually get far better service from the component manufacturers themselves than with a store bought warranty.
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