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Please critique my system build

Hello, Im havent built a system since P3 was the new thing lol. So Im gonna need to rely on a bit of advice here. I mostly play BF3 and a few other non demanding games. I do a fair amount of light video editing. I also will be doing some heavy programming within the next year. I think I may have gone a little bit overboard on the set up but its still within my budget. I dont upgrade computers much (once every 4 or 5 years so I do try to ensure the system stays relevant). This is what I have come up with so far:
CPU Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
$289.98 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing
$23.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155
$102.55 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
$33.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
$69.99 @ Newegg
Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD
$109.59 @ B&H
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB
$413.78 @ NCIX US
Case Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower
$64.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Cooler Master 700W ATX12V
$79.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
$15.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
$91.99 @ Amazon
Total: $1296.82

Would appreciate the input here.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1238.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    The 2600k is last-gen, and the i5 will work just as well when gaming. Slightly worse with video editing but if it's only very light the extra $100 isn't worth it. The i5 is still a very powerful chip, especially when OCed.

    The PSU will handle a second 7970 should you choose to add one.

    Newegg will give you 8GB RAM free with the Extreme4.

    The Gigabyte 7970 GHz is out of stock at NCIX, you'll need to get it at Newegg.
  2. Someone Somewhere said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1238.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    The 2600k is last-gen, and the i5 will work just as well when gaming. Slightly worse with video editing but if it's only very light the extra $100 isn't worth it. The i5 is still a very powerful chip, especially when OCed.


    The PSU will handle a second 7970 should you choose to add one.

    Newegg will give you 8GB RAM free with the Extreme4.

    The Gigabyte 7970 GHz is out of stock at NCIX, you'll need to get it at Newegg.


    i agree with everything here except the psu 700w would be fine even with crossfire, without 600w make sure you stick to decent brands though btw coolermaster psu's are crap
  3. 700w is too small for 2x 7970GHz though, while it is enough for a pair of 7950s.

    And yes, CM PSUs are rubbish
  4. And what size would be guaranteed to cover my overclocked power need running two 7970s? (if i decide to do that later in the future)
  5. Best answer
    Probably the one In the above build :)

    You could get one of these: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-supply-ppcmk2s750

    It wouldn't handle 2x 7970 GHz Edition, but 2x 7970 should be ok. Just. I'd get the 850W if majorly OCing.
  6. What would handle two 7970 ghz edition since thats the one im getting?
  7. I would say 800w minimum. The XFX one in my build above should be good.

    I wouldn't trust a 750W with 2x 7970GHz OCed.
  8. Seeing how ram is cheap and you will Programming, I'd go for at least 16G in case you decide to grab a game for a break from programming. Also, you don't want any paging going in into your SSD so you need gobs of ram.
  9. Youre right.
  10. Best answer selected by Lowlyffe.
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