First pc build, investing on motherboard, budget of 1400

This is the first pc that I have build and would like to know if the parts I am looking at are compatable with each other. My goal with this pc is to have a long lasting and upgradeable motherboard. I have spent a few hours going through the parts on this list and belive that they will work together, If I am wrong I would like to be corrected and any explaination as to why would be greatly appreciated. I am a college student and my budget is limited, so I am only buying a budget video card so I can use my HDTV as a monitor and plan to upgrade in the fall, thank you!

I am taking a computer graphics and animation course this simester so I do need to make sure the latest 3dMax will work on this build, but I do not think I will be drawing any highly detailed objects in the near future.

I based my list on a modified version of the toms hardware Q4 $2000 build

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8D-8GAB

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PC Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Cooling System: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

Power Supply: Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.91 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Mother Board: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 11202-00-20G)

total price before shipping and tax $1375

Approximate Purchase Date: in 1 - 2 days

Budget Range: 1400 after shipping (if it goes 10 or 20 over thats okay)

System Usage from Most to Least : 3dMax, gaming, Internet surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: new PC

Do you need to buy OS: No, I am a student and can legally download windows 7 through dreamspark

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available

Parts Preferences: intel motherboard and processor

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not yet

Your Monitor : HDTV 1080p

sorry for the long post, any help will be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Quick look on your parts, I noticed something.

    1. I prefer still on 1055/instead of 2011, I would go with h77 board - i5 3570/3470. but its your preference, since your investing on it.
    2. You'll definitely have a gpu bottleneck. Your cpu is way too high for your gpu. I prefer getting a pretty balanced build. a 7950 gpu will do with that resolution.
    3. I prefer getting a corsair/seasonic/ or any brand on higher tier of psu listings. Check this out for better brand/series.
    4. Since you won't oc, you don't much need a cpu cooler if you go with my choice of cpu.
  2. I understand that the gpu will limit the capabilities of the build, it is only there as a temporary fix until I get the money for a much more powerful card in the summer. Is there any danger that the bottleneck will cause to the system or is this simply a question of what the system is capable of ?
  3. Okay then, just upgrade your gpu afterwards. But If it was me, and I chose a i5 3570/i7 3770, I would stick with integrated graphics first then buy a card when I have the money, This will save you money from buying the 7750. But it would come down to your choice/ preference. So Just go where you are happy.

    No it will not really harm your computer, yes will just limit its capabilities.
  4. thank you so much for the responses, if you dont mind my asking why exactly you have a preference to the i5 3570/ i7 3770 to the i7 3820 that I am looking at? I understand the value of the integrated graphics, but I need a system that I can truly unleash in the next few months as I am setting up for graphics modeling and animation

    thank you agian for the help
  5. I'd go MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $154.99 instead as you seriously DON'T need the 2011. You will not get any noticeable differences at the current system specs you have. Also I'd go with the i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $219.99 because this in Ivy over Sandy with this being unlocked vs the more limited 3820. Also the ONLY difference in i7 vs i5 is HyperThreading which gives 4 extra virtual cores in the 3820 that you will never benefit from in gaming. With these savings of $355 you can also trade in the GPU of $95 giving you $450 to spend on a nice GPU that can handle your system and prevent you from bottlenecking. I am unsure if you are a 'fan' of AMD or Nvidia but regardless I will recommend 2 card that should both please you for a great while :)

    SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit OC with Boost $389.99 This will keep you in the same brand graphics whilst immensely upgrading your GPU power and over happiness with the system.

    Now for the Nvidia route: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit $399.99 This card was rated the top GTX 670 card all around by many reputable websites and my personal choice in my gaming rig to be :)

    Now I've set you in the right direction and no matter your choice in GPU you will be saving money with both of the GPUs I've provided and will be 10x happier when you push the power button for the first time and throw in that BF3 on ultra haha. Good luck in your quest to dominating every game!
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