Your Monitor Resolution: Going for a 1080p 24" in the near future
Additional Comments: I've been gaming/working on a laptop for the last 7/8 years. My last desktop was actually a P4... So now i've decided it is time to go for a new desktop. Right now i have the following components:
Motherboard: Gigabyte z77z-up7 (because of the PLX chip and the slot that bypasses it when using a single card)
The only thing stoping me for ordering already and bugging me is this :
2 way CrossX in z77 with PLX 16x/16x where pci 3.0 is natively supported by IB
2 way CrossX in x79 16x/16x where pci 3.0 is not natively supported by SB
What do you think? i read some article in anandtech but i cannot decid myself. The penalty of the PLX would justify going for the high end x79 with a 3930k?
Do you think this platform (mobo+cpu) will last me 3+ years?
i7 3770K with a normal Z77 based mobo, doesn't need to be the ultra high end you have listed
Then 7970, GTX670 or GTX680 and you should be set.
The price premium of the 3930k and X79 is only worth it if you take the 3d modeling and video editing seriously and need the added memory bandwidth, capacity and 6 cores.
The PSU situation is kind of so that as long as you have a quality one and your system works in the proper power usage range it's fine to have a bit of an overkill.
At least you know you have the best and anything you decide to do won't be blocked by lack of juice.
As long as you are running only 1080p the i7 and any of the above graphics cards should do fine for you.
For gaming and your uses you will not benefit from X79. Too expensive for not a huge payoff. You also won't benefit really from the 3770K or 1866 RAM. That 1000W PSU is overkill - even two x 7970 won't come close to using 1KW. I'm also not a fan of the Asus gigantic 3 slot card design. That motherboard is way too expensive - you don't need to pay that much for a motherboard. The Switch 810 is a good choice.
I included a less expensive motherboard and a video card that doesn't take up three slots so it will be easier to SLI that video card in the future. The difference will allow you to get a nice monitor and whatever peripherals you need.
Wont the noctua nh d14 be very big to fit along the memory dimms?
If i go with the z77x-up7 i rather get the THERMALRIGHT SILVER ARROW SB-E EXTREME because of the color scheme! My only concern is if it will fit with the memory slots so close to the socket!
I've personally found that building around a particular color scheme almost never works unless you're a magazine or Falcon Northwest looking to show off. It really limits what hardware you're able to buy and it really limits your system.