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Please check my $1500 build

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November 23, 2012 3:27:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this weekend (the holidays)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $2000 CAD Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Maya/rendering, photoshop, after effects, diablo 3, starcraft 2, battlefield 3, black ops 2

Are you buying a monitor: yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.ca

Location: City, State/Region, Country - canada

Parts Preferences: intel, nvidia

Overclocking: Yes (cpu only)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in the future)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'll be using dual monitor setup

$320 Intel Core i7 3770K Unlocked Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge 8MB Retail

$30 Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

$370 EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 1006MHZ 2GB 6.2GHZ GDDR5 SLI 2XDVI HDMI DP HDCP PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card

$145 ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard

$65 G.SKILL F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL Ripjaws X 16GB 2X8GB Kits 240PIN DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory

$100 Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5in SATA3 MCX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

$98 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive

$85 XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

$90 Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PSU Front 2XUSB3.0 Audio

$18 ASUS DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model

$150 ASUS VE247H 23.6IN Widescreen LED LCD 1920X1080 2MS 10M1DC HDMI DVI-D VGA Speakers

$130 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT DVD SP1 OEM

total = $1601 before taxes and rebates

I will buy another one of that Asus monitor for dual setup later as ncix limits only 1 per customer right now.

I'm worried about the RAM not fitting under the hyper EVO the most. Should I just get low profile RAM instead?
Anything else wrong with my build guys? Appreciate the help!

Sorry, my budget is $2000, NOT $1500 as said in the thread title.

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November 23, 2012 8:25:49 AM

Your build is good. Nice to see a person who already got it figured out.
And yes, go for low profile RAM, like ares.
And i would change HDD to western digital black, as they are considered more reliable.
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November 23, 2012 8:48:33 AM

Actually the G Skill works nicely on the Asrock Z77 actually, where its not tall enough to block airflow on the 212 Evo. Its still nice to go for low profile ram however :D 
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November 23, 2012 8:52:27 AM

Looks very good.I would suggest you get a better motherboard.I don't like that motherboard as i tend to find they skimp in areas or cut corners example:
The Z77 Extreme4 can be purchased for as little as $130 in U.S.Taking a look at the current availability of Intel Z77 motherboards at popular retailers confirms that this motherboard is an absolute bargain and I would say – if you are on a tight budget then give this board some consideration, you should certainly consider it.



The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.That's not really a big deal to some for me it's the principle.I don't want to pay allot of money for something like that.I rather pay more for a flawless board with some extra features maybe you would not to each his/her own it's only a suggestion.And yes, go for low profile RAM.
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November 23, 2012 9:28:34 AM

manofchalk said:
Build is good, only thing I would do is brand swap away from EVGA. Reference design cooling runs hot and loud.
Gigabyte GTX670. $350 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I suspect that's Black Friday pricing, its usually $400 with the $20 rebate.
OP is in Canada.Do they do the sale.I don't know.
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November 23, 2012 9:39:31 AM

Nice build. T___T
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