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My first build, some help would be appreciated!

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October 17, 2012 9:38:18 PM

Hello, I'm 17 years old and it's about time I get a good computer. I have a $1500 budget but I can go a bit over if necessary.
I'm mainly going to use my computer for gaming, streaming, and rendering videos.
I was wondering if you guys could help me with compatibility issues, or if there are certain parts that would be better than the ones I'm currently thinking about purchasing.
So far I have this:
CPU Intel i7 3770k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU is Radeon HD Sapphire 7970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard is an Asus P8Z77: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM is Corsair Vengeance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD is OCZ Vertex 4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the Case I was thinking of getting: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All input/comments/criticism is accepted, this is my first build so I'll appreciate every reply.

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October 17, 2012 9:49:31 PM

Mostly quite good. A few points.
If you are using Adobe software, for video editing, it works best with nVidia graphics.
I would avoid CoolerMaster, for PSU. Suggest Seasonic, XFX, Antec, PC Power&Cooling, Corsair. Unless you are planning to add 2nd graphics card, would suggest PC Power&Cooling Silencer Mklll 600w modular, with HD7970. If you use nVidia GPU, you would get away with slightly less. If you want TWO HD7970's, then you should be thinking about 850w.
You don't NEED a full tower case. Decent mid-tower fine. If you like the "look" Corsair Carbide 400R or 500R (especially if thinking of two GPU's), are very good.
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October 17, 2012 10:04:02 PM

malbluff said:
Mostly quite good. A few points.
If you are using Adobe software, for video editing, it works best with nVidia graphics.
I would avoid CoolerMaster, for PSU. Suggest Seasonic, XFX, Antec, PC Power&Cooling, Corsair. Unless you are planning to add 2nd graphics card, would suggest PC Power&Cooling Silencer Mklll 600w modular, with HD7970. If you use nVidia GPU, you would get away with slightly less. If you want TWO HD7970's, then you should be thinking about 850w.
You don't NEED a full tower case. Decent mid-tower fine. If you like the "look" Corsair Carbide 400R or 500R (especially if thinking of two GPU's), are very good.


Thanks for the reply!
I'm not sure if I'm I'm going to get two GPUs in the future, so I'm considering this power supply now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would it be worth getting a GTX 670 in place of the 7970? The GTX 680 is ~$470 and goes a bit over how much I was wanting to spend.
I also checked out those cases you mentioned, and it makes more sense to get one of those I suppose, I was going for a full tower because well, I just figured it would be better or something lmao.
Thanks again though :) 
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October 17, 2012 10:37:29 PM

In general, the HD7970 outperforms the GTX 670, with a couple of exceptions. Some photographic software (not all) favours nVidia. Adobe CS6 is the most commonly used one. SOME games prefer nVidia, the most notable being BF3.
That power supply is one of the best you can get, although expensive. The XFX Pro series, is also available as modular, and is a good bit cheaper, and also very good. One fringe benefit, of using GTX670, is that two would only require 750w (I wouldn't CHOOSE on that basis, though)
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October 17, 2012 10:43:28 PM

I would say that for rendering go for the AMD lineup.
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October 17, 2012 10:57:48 PM

I would echo Malbluff's suggestions. A GTX 670 is the way to go, the 680 isn't even really worth considering. It's only a marginal improvement for a LOT more cash.

His power supply recommendations are good too, you don't need more than 600W for that rig, and you won't need to add another video card unless you suddenly decide you want to run 3 monitors for gaming. For one display, a single 670 is more than enough muscle.

Also, the motherboard you picked out has a promo going right now for 8GB of RAM free, you don't need to buy a second kit.
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