Final tips before buying - gaming build

Okay, so I've come to a pretty satisfying new gaming build, and would like some final tips(if there are any) before going ahead and buying it.
The build is:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.98 @ NCIX US) + 1.5TB of HDD storage space I already have.
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($192.55 @ Newegg) - Will be crossfired with the HD6950 I already have.
Case: Cooler Master Storm Sniper ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Enermax 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($110.57 @ NCIX US)
Total: $979.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-24 09:27 EDT-0400)

So, guys, what do you think?
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  1. this is what i would get instead
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iosi

    1: i dont recommend a d14 at a 1000 dollar build
    2: id suggest getting the ud3h as it has SLI
    3: vertex 4 is faster and more reliable than the vertex 3
    4: i dont see the point of spending a 100 dollars on a case when you can use that for the video card
    5: the xfx is a cheaper and does the same job just as well if not better
  2. 1. What is the problem with the d14?
    2. It says here that D3H supports SLI as well: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4325#sp
  3. 1: nothing is wrong. i have one myself and my friend has a hyper 212. the hyper 212 is more apporpriate for your price range. if you want to spend the extra, you are welcome to do so
    2:ok then. never mind what i said but please be sure and read through the specs and compare them
  4. Oh, and about the SDD. How does Intel's 520 series compare with the OCZ Vertex 4?
  5. the vertex 4 easily beats the intel drive in most things
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/529?vs=560
  6. Okay, thank you so much for your help.
  7. My thoughts (Ima noob, so take this with a grain/block of salt):

    1. CM 212 evo cooler. Cheaper and very good
    2. SSD: IMO as a varsity noob I'd choose Samsung 830 (840 pro just came out and has a great review on Tom's), Crucial M4, or Intel. OCZ SSD's just don't have that great of reviews on NEWEGG as compared to the 3 brands mentioned.
    3. I like the ENERMAX brand myself. Almost bought one - however - you can usually get a very good one (Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling ) for cheaper. I did not say better, just very good and cheaper.

    Good luck!
  8. Let me just say that everything in your build are solid, well approved choices. Nice planning build!

    Let me also say that unless you're doing extreme overclocking, then the air cooler is way overkill and you can save dollars by using a Hyper 212 cooler. I use them in all my builds and I still do moderate overclocking easily!

    After having messed with SLI and Crossfire in several different builds, let me just say that it's mostly not worth it. If you really want to upgrade your graphics, then I would suggest selling the card you have and upgrading to a better single card. I've had repeated, multiple issues using dual card solutions. Everything from games *supporting* them, but not very well (Bethesda Titles), to games that simply won't play at all with SLI/Crossfire (World of Tanks).

    Lastly, OCZ is hit and miss. If you get a working SSD from them, then life is good. If you get a bad one, like my first one, then it's hellish trying to get it replaced. They will literally blame every other component in your build down to the mouse not being compatible before they will admit that their drive is bad and accept an exchange. Samsung and Crucial, on the other hand, have had very solid customer support. Especially Samsung. Intel is very good, but way overpriced like all Intel products.
  9. their vertex 4 is based off of marvel stuff just like crucial so i dont see a problem of them not being reliable
  10. Based on you advices, odiervr and H0urg1ass, I thought about getting the following SDD:
    Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
    How is it?
  11. the vertex 4 is faster. much much faster and based off of the same silicon
  12. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Crucial M4 for $110. Great reviews: of 611 writeups, 83% were 5 egg. Not very scientfic, but there's something to be said for volume ....
  13. odiervr said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Crucial M4 for $110. Great reviews: of 611 writeups, 83% were 5 egg. Not very scientfic, but there's something to be said for volume ....


    of course. the crucial is much older than the vertex 4 or any other good sata 6gbps dive
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/560?vs=355
  14. The vertex 4 seems to perform better than the others, so I decided to stick with it.
    Plus, the majority of the Vertex4 reviews are great as well.
  15. It seemed better to me to use this thread, instead of opening a new one, since it's the same build.

    So, I decided to ditch the 6950 that I already had, and instead of cross-firing, I would prefer to get a single card which will perform best, since I will be gaming in 1080p and one monitor. So no need to crossfire to achieve higher resolutions.

    So, this is the final build without a GPU: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kj5Y

    I've been looking at the Gigabye GTX 670: http://www.gigabyte.eu/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4211#sp

    Any recommendations on whether I should get a GTX 680 or a different GTX 670 model?
  16. Please, anyone?
  17. The GTX 670 is 95% of the 680's performance but $100 cheaper.
  18. And which GTX 670 brand should I get? Is the Gigabyte one ok?
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