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November 10, 2012 6:15:44 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.:Next 3 Days

Budget Range: 1.5-2K

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Web Browsing,

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS:No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Anchorage AK

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not immediately

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 932

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 670 FTW

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2TB WD Black Caviar

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic X Series X-850

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz

CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Noctua NH-D14

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung 830 256 MB

End Price: 1794.90 after all rebates

Any advice would be welcome. Just got back from a deployment looking to treat myself a bit.

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November 10, 2012 7:50:37 AM

You really weren't looking for good deals, huh?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/n9qW

CPU Intel i5-3570K http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA http://pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-cpu-cooler-cnps10xo...
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...
Memory Crucial Ballistix sport 2x4GB DDR3-1600 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit4g3d...
Storage Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...
OCZ VTX4-25SAT3-256G Vertex 4 256GB http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-vt...
Video Card Zotac AMP! ZT-60302-10P GTX 670 2GB http://pcpartpicker.com/part/zotac-video-card-zt6030210...
Case Corsair Carbide Series 300R http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300rwindowed
Power Supply SeaSonic M12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12i...
Optical Drive Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihes...

Total: $1351.81

The i7-3770K has no worthwhile advantage over the i5-3570K for gaming performance.

The Ivy Bridge CPUs don't benefit much from great coolers. They run hot because of heat having trouble getting forom the CPU die to the IHS and that's not something that a high-end cooler can fix.

This motherboard is another high end motherboard despite its lower mid-end price.

16GB of memory has no real advantage over 8GB for a gaming and light editing computer. If you were into heavy editing, then 16GB might help, but otherwise, don't bother.

The Caviar Black 2TB is way overpriced. This Seagate 3TB is much cheaper. If you want Caviar Blacks, then you might as well get two 1TB models in RAID 0. It'd be higher performance and probably still cheaper.

Vertex 4 is a better desktop SSD than Samsung 830 and about the same price.

This GTX 670 is much better than the FTW model. It has a higher GPU frequency, higher memory frequency, and a better cooler.

This case is already more than enough, especially with the free extra fan deal it comes with right now. There's no good reason that I see to get such a high end case as you were looking at. It wouldn't really help temps at all.

There is such thing as going too high on a PSU. For such a build as this, that 850W model is dangerously overkill. It probably wouldn't cause damage, but it'd have far increased wear and tear over time on its transformers form being run far under intended power load.

I just went with the cheapest DVD burner that I could find.
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November 10, 2012 10:36:51 AM

Wouldn't necessarily disagree with any of the above, with a couple of observations.

The Zotac GTX670 is a very good performer, but at some cost in terms of noise level. This is a decent article, on Toms, comparing several versions of the GTX670 <a http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes... /a>

The OCZ Vertex 4 has slightly better performance than Samsung 830, so would go with that if prices ARE close. There are some decent deals around, on the Samsung, I wouldn't pay 10%+ extra, for the Vertex 4.

850w is more than necessary, for TWO average GTX670s (not so sure with the Zotac). 600w is more than enough for ONE GPU, but if OP seriously intends adding a 2nd, higher PSU rating would be reasonable.

Same thing applies with case. 300R nice case, and certainly adequate with single GPU.

If OP has SSD, for stuff requiring fast access, HDD speed isn't critical, plus is 2TB+ necessary. I might be inclined to think of Caviar Blue, for reliability, if speed not a priority.
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November 10, 2012 10:54:33 AM

malbluff said:
Wouldn't necessarily disagree with any of the above, with a couple of observations.

The Zotac GTX670 is a very good performer, but at some cost in terms of noise level. This is a decent article, on Toms, comparing several versions of the GTX670 <a http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes... /a>

The OCZ Vertex 4 has slightly better performance than Samsung 830, so would go with that if prices ARE close. There are some decent deals around, on the Samsung, I wouldn't pay 10%+ extra, for the Vertex 4.

850w is more than necessary, for TWO average GTX670s (not so sure with the Zotac). 600w is more than enough for ONE GPU, but if OP seriously intends adding a 2nd, higher PSU rating would be reasonable.

Same thing applies with case. 300R nice case, and certainly adequate with single GPU.

If OP has SSD, for stuff requiring fast access, HDD speed isn't critical, plus is 2TB+ necessary. I might be inclined to think of Caviar Blue, for reliability, if speed not a priority.


The AMP! also has an overly aggressive fan. Use a less aggressive than stock profile and the noise issue is gone.

The Vertex 4 was the same price. I agree, I wouldn't pay much more or it either.

The case that I picked out is plenty for two AMP! 670s thanks to its free fan deal. Just put that free fan on as a side fan for the graphics and it's set to go with even two 670s.

I too was thinking Caviar Blue at first, but this Black is only $5 more expensive than the 1TB Blue. There is no Blue 2TB and higher.

I agree on the PSU. For two 670s, I'd go for more than the PSU that I picked out. I just went for the lower wattage unit because OP didn't say anything about SLI right now. A higher wattage model such as this would be better if SLI is planned on:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-tp750
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