Alright, so I built my first epic system over two years ago and it finally crapped out on me, so I decided it's time to completely upgrade. If you'd be so kind as to take a look and give me your thoughts and opinions that would be great! I am running a dual monitor 1080P set up, and will use this mostly for gaming and graphic design.
I can't actually see which SSD you picked out, I think you linked your RAM choice twice on accident. I'm sure whatever it is will be fine though.
You don't need a high performance WD Black for your secondary data storage drive since you'll have all your critical apps on your SSD, save some money and power by getting a Seagate Green 1TB instead.
1000W is massive, massive overkill for this build and is both inefficient power-wise and also a waste of money. Better off getting a nice high quality Seasonic 750W at most instead, currently $110 with an instant promo code.
There are a few interesting issues here to debate
The biggest problem is that the 1000w power supply is completely unnecessary. you can run two gtx 670s and a 3570k all overclocked on a 750w power supply with 50 to 100 watts of spare room. On modern devices 750w is a highly upgradable power supply.
You would do yourself a huge favor to drop down 140w to the seasonic 860 platinum and gain better power bills through highly improved efficiency, much less risk to your components through cleaner power, and a much more trusted brand. for only $15 more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You would also do yourself a huge favor by spending $30 more and getting the best gtx 670 on the market, with a cooling solution only rivaled by the gigabyte windforce 3x, an overclock only rivaled by the asus directcu card, and unmatched overclocking capability. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ckholt83, you may be right about the cooler being expensive, but in a purely performance based comparison the h-100 will be much more powerful and allow greater overclocking potential of all components. I would concur in suggesting the nh-d14 as the most powerful air-cooler, along with the dark knight as a cheaper yet still very powerful competitor.
Great! Try to make sure you get a platinum level power supply from antec or seasonic though. Those two brands are what you want in terms of low power bills through high efficiency and incredibly clean power that contributes to anything from more precise overclocking to long component lifespans.
The H100 is crap and loud. Either get real watercooling or ditch the whole thing. 80+ Platinum is good, but the only difference you will notice is on your power bill, compared to any other 80+ Silver PSU. (and even then, wont make a significant difference.)
@kevin, really? 2400MHz? That will be underclocked due to the processor not supporting it and you will have higher timings. You will have to manually go into BIOS and set the RAM speeds back to 2400Mhz and if Intel finds out you did this, they WILL void the warranty. Difference between 2400MHz and 1600Mhz isnt noticeable anyways, unless your running an AMD CPU.
The usefulness of 80+ platinum can be heavily debated but essentially from my perspective if you leave the computer on for half of a day every day for 3 years, you'll save 52 dollars. And that is assuming an incredibly kw-hr energy cost.
They guy was throwing in a lot of higher-end parts and was looking at overclocking the cpu a lot, I thought he would want to know that it can't hurt to spend $15 and be certain that you'll never run into a memory bottleneck. Plus the memory is supported by most motherboards this generation. If you have a big enough problem, you could join the intel overclocking warranty program.
The team xtreem ram being thrown in with motherboards on newegg right now is completely adequate, but has no use 2 years down the road. 2400mhz ram will also have the advantage of being viable for reuse as part of an upgrade.
Not saying anything negative about it, just saying it would not make a SIGNIFICANT difference.
If hes going to use RAM above 2000MHz, he should just probably get 2133MHz. Just to be on the safe side. Hot temps from RAM isnt a usual sight.
@OP, noticed your doing dual monitors. 7970 GHz Edition is the card for you. The Sapphire 7970 GHz is a great card. It has more vRAM than the 670 (which is better for more monitors) and a bigger memory bus.
The biggest differences with the 7970 ghz and gtx 670 are proce and factory overclocking. Basic models of the 7970 compete at the same level as mid-range gtx 670 models. The highest end gtx 670 in my opinion, msi's power edition, currently runs both an excellent factory overclock and is only a $10 premium. The highest end 7970 ghz edition cards have little room to factory overclock over the base ghz edition, and therefore fall into direct competition with msi's card.
In the end what I'm saying is the 7970 only wins the comparison if you are buying the cheapest cards and looking at price/performance. Otherwise high-end 7970s can not best the power edition by enough margin to justify their cost.
Show me proof that the 7970 cant overclock much. Even the reference ones OC quite well, and all this is true with all the 7xxx cards.
Also, why are you considering factory overclocks in the story? Any manufacturer of 7xxx cards know they OC well and they wont overclock it much. An OCed 7970 will beat a GTX670, even if thats OCed, especially at dual or more monitors.
I'm sorry I'm waiting for data from you showing a 7970 under $425 that can overclock more than 15% past stock. And even then, for a victory it would probably need to be 20%. I saw a few running around a 17% boost in the tom's hardware article.
You already are telling me proof. You are saying you saw a 17% boost in the article from Toms. OCing doesnt have any STABLE MAX overclock. You just have to get lucky. (Like CPUs, some can OC to 5GHz some cannot.)
Nope, because every 7970 on that list except the crappy visiontek card and a cheaper sapphire model costs more than $440, and stops being price/performance competitive. None of the tweaked vendor based models even come close to being price/performance competitive with the msi gtx 670 pe.