New Build - Sub $1800

As the title suggests, I am looking for advice, and I'll try to make this as easy to read as possible. Also, I'm going to have a few comments beside certain parts.

Approximate Purchase Date : Soon, I would like to actually build the computer before 2013

Budget Range : With the parts I have chosen, I can get this for about $1720 which includes shipping and taxes. So, if there are any people who know of a place where I can get these parts for less, that'd be appreciated. Rubix had told me that someone was able to spend $850 on parts excluding the case, PSU and SSD. So, ultimately, I would like it to be less.

System Usage (Most to Least Important) : Gaming, Media, School Work

Preferred Websites : Any, I know Newegg, NCIX or Amazon a lot more, but any reputable website is fine.

Country : Canada (Ontario)

Parts :

Case : Coolermaster Haf X Red (Pretty set on the case.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53776

CPU : Intel Core i7-3770k (I'm set on the i7 mostly because I have an i5 right now and find it slow, although I value everyone's opinions, that part is not up for debate.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70540&promoid=1306

CPU Cooler : Noctua NH-D14
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=47090&promoid=1268

GPU : MSI GTX 670 PE (Chose that one because of the high clock speeds, and I would like to keep the GPU Purchase on Newegg because I know they have the 2 free games.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685

RAM : Corsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz (Quantity:2)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233257

MOBO : MSI Z77A (I've heard mixed reviews about MSI Boards, but couldn't seem to find any better ones for around the same price.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130653

PSU : ZS Series 80+ Bronze PSU 750W (Went with 750w because I plan on OCing. The CPU to atleast 4.4ghz or so, I dont know if I can get away with less, but if any suggestions for the mobo support SLI then 750w may be a good idea, but I assume most suggestions wont.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=888898684

Optical Drive : LG DVD Writer
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76514&vpn=GH24NS72&manufacture=LG Electronics&promoid=1285

Storage : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM HDD
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&promoid=1306

Crucial M4 128GB SSD
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60445

Other Parts/Software : Windows 7
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=45271&promoid=1306

Rosewill Wireless Card (Honestly, that will just be much easier for me.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166020

Final Notes
Basically I would just like a review of these parts, and any suggestions of where I could save money without sacrificing preformance.
I am also curious about the mobo I selected only having two fan headers, yet the Haf X has 4. Should 2 fans per header be ok?
Thanks for any help you guys can/do give me.
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  1. first question: how much work do you do a day that requires many threads (rendering, video editing, and modeling). if you dont do more than 3hrs of that stuff, a i7 is useless

    ill configure something for you after that
  2. Aramid_4 said:
    As the title suggests, I am looking for advice, and I'll try to make this as easy to read as possible. Also, I'm going to have a few comments beside certain parts.

    Approximate Purchase Date : Soon, I would like to actually build the computer before 2013

    Budget Range : With the parts I have chosen, I can get this for about $1720 which includes shipping and taxes. So, if there are any people who know of a place where I can get these parts for less, that'd be appreciated. Rubix had told me that someone was able to spend $850 on parts excluding the case, PSU and SSD. So, ultimately, I would like it to be less.

    System Usage (Most to Least Important) : Gaming, Media, School Work

    Preferred Websites : Any, I know Newegg, NCIX or Amazon a lot more, but any reputable website is fine.

    Country : Canada (Ontario)

    Parts :

    Case : Coolermaster Haf X Red (Pretty set on the case.)
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53776

    CPU : Intel Core i7-3770k (I'm set on the i7 mostly because I have an i5 right now and find it slow, although I value everyone's opinions, that part is not up for debate.)
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70540&promoid=1306

    CPU Cooler : Noctua NH-D14
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=47090&promoid=1268

    GPU : MSI GTX 670 PE (Chose that one because of the high clock speeds, and I would like to keep the GPU Purchase on Newegg because I know they have the 2 free games.)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685

    RAM : Corsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz (Quantity:2)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233257

    MOBO : MSI Z77A (I've heard mixed reviews about MSI Boards, but couldn't seem to find any better ones for around the same price.)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130653

    PSU : ZS Series 80+ Bronze PSU 750W (Went with 750w because I plan on OCing. The CPU to atleast 4.4ghz or so, I dont know if I can get away with less, but if any suggestions for the mobo support SLI then 750w may be a good idea, but I assume most suggestions wont.)
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=888898684

    Optical Drive : LG DVD Writer
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76514&vpn=GH24NS72&manufacture=LG Electronics&promoid=1285

    Storage : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM HDD
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&promoid=1306

    Crucial M4 128GB SSD
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60445

    Other Parts/Software : Windows 7
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=45271&promoid=1306

    Rosewill Wireless Card (Honestly, that will just be much easier for me.)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166020

    Final Notes
    Basically I would just like a review of these parts, and any suggestions of where I could save money without sacrificing preformance.
    I am also curious about the mobo I selected only having two fan headers, yet the Haf X has 4. Should 2 fans per header be ok?
    Thanks for any help you guys can/do give me.
    It's a solid build i would suggest you get i5-3570k and different motherboard.Here that card in action if your interested http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnLUJxCBZUg&feature=plcp Crysis 2 Campaign MSI GTX 670 OC Test :D
  3. mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544#top

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837#top
  4. TheBigTroll said:
    first question: how much work do you do a day that requires many threads (rendering, video editing, and modeling). if you dont do more than 3hrs of that stuff, a i7 is useless

    Well I said homework, because in the future I will be going into software engineering, but I could be doing a few hours of rendering every so often, but as I said, I have basically decided upon the i7, because I feel like it is basically the best thing for me. I knew there would be recommendations for an i5 which is why I had said what I said. But, if I'm happy with the answer to my next question, I may be convinced. If I overclocked the i5 to 4.4 or 4.5ghz or so, could I expect to see roughly the same performance as a i7-3770k at .1ghz or so less?
  5. bigcyco1 said:
    It's a solid build i would suggest you get i5-3570k and different motherboard.Here that card in action if your interested http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnLUJxCBZUg&feature=plcp Crysis 2 Campaign MSI GTX 670 OC Test :D

    Do you think the MSI 670 would be fine running a game on one screen (1920x1080) and having youtube or whatever on another 1920x1080 monitor? And thanks for the quick reply, which I will also extend to TheBigTroll, but I hadnt been planning to directly reply to your message, bigcyco so I was planning to make a general thank you for you two. I also looked at those two mobos, and I'll check them out on newegg.ca for prices, and perhaps see if I can get futureshop to beat neweggs price if they have the boards too.
  6. like how far from the future. if its 3-5 years, you are better off buying a rig for that then
  7. Hmm, 2 years I suppose. So you may recommend I just upgrade it a bit then?
  8. Your welcome!Yes those boards would be a better choice also if your not planing to run SLI a reliable 550W power supply will do.
  9. Even with overclocks? And perhaps with the money I save on the CPU if I decide to go with the i5, I could put into a 680? Although, there may be a bottleneck, I dont know. And if you or TheBigTroll could answer my earlier question of whether a i5-3570k OCed to 4.4ghz (or higher if its possible to do with fairly low temps) is comparable to an i7 at 4.3ghz or so
  10. With overclock there no for sure thing if you get a good chip you should be able to overclock it to that on the NHD-14 the 680 is only 7% faster i do not think it's worth the extra cost.I have two MSI 670 PE now and i5-2500k no bottlenecks so i do not see it being a issue.
  11. I was asking if it is relatively close to the i7 with an overclock that is a bit better. And ok
  12. Oh yeah
  13. Oh yeah, I was asking that?
  14. And i answered Oh yeah, as in yes
  15. Alright, I had thought you were just acknowledging that I had asked a question.
  16. Sorry for the confusion.
  17. How would that ( http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128551 ) mobo look if I decide to go with the i5? Would it still be compatible with everything I chose?
  18. It would look awful imo lol.Nevertheless it would be compatible.
  19. Yea I was thinking to same thing. Ill try to see if I can find any pictures of a mATX in the haf x
  20. whoever puts matx in a haf x is just stupid. do it right and get a haf xm or haf xb. then putting a matx board in it doesnt look so stupid
  21. Yea I think Ill just go with an ATX board. I'd rather the Haf X so.
  22. Would you guys recommend staying away from MSI boards?
    How would this one look? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138352 -And I dont think I recieved a reply about the Haf X having 4 fans and the board only having 2 headers, should 2 fans per header be ok, or should I plug 2 into the PSU or something? Thanks
  23. as i said, get a haf xm. smaller but still 8 slots

    and i dont bother with a manufacturer who cannot put their connections in the right place

    get something like this combo deal
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=76817&vpn=BX80637I53570K%26Z77X%2DUD5H&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals&promoid=1285
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