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Any issues with this Micro ATX build?

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December 3, 2012 10:39:08 PM

Hello tomshardware warriors! Long time reader, first time poster here looking for some comments about my planned build (first pc build but I've repaired many RROD XBOX 360's).

I will not be doing any significant gaming maybe just a bit of ACIII. My main use for this build will be video editing and compositing, photo editing, and other general work within the Adobe Creative Suite. This will be my main workhorse, but as I am merely an advanced hobbyist at this point, I am not looking to spend thousands of dollars on this build (I'd like to keep the total cost at or around $1200).

I am aiming for a compact-ish microATX build. This is what I have planned:

Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
Asus P8Z77-M Micro ATX LGA1155
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" SSD
Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Thanks for the help!

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December 3, 2012 10:48:15 PM

No overclocking. Is my psu too powerful? I will probably add a RAID array in the future. I picked a 750w one because of the recommendation that the system run at 30-70% of the psu's peak output.

Edit: I guess I should've included this form:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks.

Budget Range: I'm looking to spend around $1200-1300 (preferably closer to $1200)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing, photo editing, compositing, general Adobe CS use.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I would prefer Amazon and Newegg.

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not likely

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200, upgrading to 2560 x 1600 in future
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December 3, 2012 11:16:53 PM

Thanks for your help! One question, with that xeon cpu what are my limitations as far as mobo selection is concerned?
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December 3, 2012 11:18:31 PM

no limitations. xeons work on consumer boards and vise versa. just that consumer chips cant be run in a configuration of more than one
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December 3, 2012 11:27:53 PM

One problem with these micro ATX cases and motherboards is that sometimes you can't fit the DVD drive, or only one drive due to capacitors on the motherboard. Some DVD drives are shorter than others so check this.
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December 3, 2012 11:31:31 PM

not the case here. the define mini is pretty spacious
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December 4, 2012 12:23:53 AM

Thanks for the help guys! Saved me a couple hundred bucks
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