Advise on new build

So, I've been looking for about 2 months to compile parts of my 3d rendering/gaming build.
The budget was $1500~2000 (less the better). Within the 2 months, all I've been seeing is get THIS! get THAT!, but once i've researched about THIS & THAT there have been soo many mixed reviews, I just can't make up my mind. :fou: I just want this future build to come out flawless for what has been spent... SO I will be listing a few parts and please critique, recommend, advise, add, etc, etc... thanks in advanced! *** the i7 3770k is the only part bought so far.

CPU (bought): i7-3700K
Cooling: Corsair H50
Mobo (debating hard between the following): asus sabertooth z77, asus P8Z77-V PRO or LK, and asrock extreme6.
GPU (debating...recommendations would help): GTX670: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR or EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR
PSU: Corsair HX750
HD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1Tb
SSD: Samsung 830- 128G
RAM (could use suggestions here): CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB)
Case: nzxt phantom 410

Things I would like to add: So primarily I will be 3d rendering + adobe creative suite with mild gaming. I will SLI in the near future as well as try to custom watercool. I know I might have to upgrade the psu. As for the mobo, i just cant deicide at all. I just want a good backbone and is it worth spending the money on the sabertooth? OR will the extreme6 do the job? GPU is my other dilema... I read non reference will work just as well or better. If so shoot me some recommendations. Ram wise I believe I will upgrade to 32gb but with which pair is the question. finally, is the h50 worth the money? or should I bump it up to a noctua??
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  1. no need to spend $200 on a motherboard. get something in the $115-140 that has the features you need. i wouldn't get either video card. get a non reference card. i would guess you will not use more then 16GB of ram. there isn't much difference in ram. 1600 CL 9 1.5V. the H60 is newer and cheaper. you wont notice a difference in ssd's unless you benchmark. i would take a 180GB intel ssd over a 128GB samsung for the same price.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($323.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.49 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.68 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.13 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1350.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 23:03 EST-0500)
  2. I have the sabertooth mb. if your looking for a black on black mb and cooler then look at the sabertooth. The small fans run at 4000-5000 rmp and sound like rc plane. thank god you can turn them off in the bios and slow them down. the mb dust covers are great if you live in a dusty zone. the sabertooth cover does limit you on some coolers and ram and cases. myself if i was building a rig i use the pro or other asus mb with the same bios and usb flashback port but without the mb cover. I dont thing the intel 330 ssd is a good ssd. there been a lot of firmware issue with them. just google the model and you se some had bricking firmware and bsod issues. I would go with the 840 it about the same price as the 830 for the same size. if your going to go with 32g of ram look at the mb ram qal list it tell you what 4 8g ram kit you need to buy. some ram wont run with 4 sticks in some mb.
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