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What can i do to improve this pc im about to build?

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December 17, 2012 12:32:06 AM

Hi im building a new gaming/video production rig and it needs to play games at at least 30 fps while recording. This rig should be able to do that but i want to know where i can trim some fat or improve this rig. Now as for extra stuff (ssd, monitors, etc) I will buy after i get the main parts. Try not to recommend stuff that is really high in price thanks!
Part list
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
Rosewill 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

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December 17, 2012 12:52:02 AM

1000W PSU is not necessary. A 750W gold certified is MUCH better!
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December 17, 2012 12:59:21 AM

if you're not an enthusiast overclocker, consider scrapping that motherboard and cooler for something more reasonable, like Asrock's Z77 extreme3/extreme4 or one of Asus' P8Z77 series around the same price along with a CM Hyper 212 EVO. as long as you're not unlucky enough to end up with a sub-par CPU, you should be able to OC it up to 4.2-4.3ghz.

if you've got no plans to setup a tri-7950 crossfire, 700-850w is plenty for a dual 7950 CF, or 550-650w for a single 7950, preferably from Antec, Corsair or Seasonic, for some assurance in quality.

you should have saved up a bit there to grab an SSD, a WD Velociraptor, or 2-4 7200rpm drives in RAID 0, as a dedicated fraps drive. not into game recording but i do keep hearing that a faster drive helps to keep fps up in gaming while using fraps.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/256663-32-raid-fraps
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December 21, 2012 12:23:13 AM

Hazle said:
if you're not an enthusiast overclocker, consider scrapping that motherboard and cooler for something more reasonable, like Asrock's Z77 extreme3/extreme4 or one of Asus' P8Z77 series around the same price along with a CM Hyper 212 EVO. as long as you're not unlucky enough to end up with a sub-par CPU, you should be able to OC it up to 4.2-4.3ghz.

Well im going to overclock it because i need as much power as possible for what im using this pc for. So are my parts ok or are there better options? Also later on i will do crossfire but thats it.
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December 21, 2012 12:49:23 AM

if you're going to crossfire, an mATX board is going to be a tight fit. possible, but tight.

if you're going to OC this beyond the recommended 4.2-4.3ghz threshold, then prepare to see some high temps even with an H100. you'll need all the luck you have if you plan to get a 3770K that can OC up to 4.4-4.5 without the need to raise the voltage, and in turn the massive heat produced.
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