Input on new build appreciated

Hi I am Liam, first off I want to thank everyone for taking your own time to give me a hand on picking my equipment. I am in no way computer minded and am relying mostly on the knowledge of friends and my brother. I thought that I may relieve the torture of me constantly asking them questions and see what you guys thought of my parts list so far, if things would work or not etc.

I am looking to purchase all parts by early Feb at the very latest and the price of build isn't so much of an issue although please base prices generally around the parts I have picked. For some reason those are the prices I felt comfortable paying.

The machine will be mainly used for adobe photoshop, autocad, watching movies and playing games with my brother.

My suppliers will either be in New Zealand or Los Angeles as those are the two places I frequent. I have heard some less than satisfying things about newegg and their warranty dept. Could someone shed some light on that for me?

Anyhow here is the list I have so far, some have more than one listed because I have not yet decided. Sorry if I left something out on the descriptions.

CPU: Intel i7 3770k

CASE: NZXT Phantom 820 Enthusiast Full Tower Matte Black

RAM: Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance LP 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL9

BOOT: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Indilinx Everest 2 SATA3 (VTX4-25SAT3-128G)



COOLING: Corsair Hydro Series H100i


OPTICAL DISC DRIVE: Unsure, possible one dvd-RW and one Blu-ray


and what I have been struggling with the most, these two..

MOBO: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard


GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP7 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or two

GIGABYTE GV-N680SO-2GD GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or two

EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature 2

Thanks for reading.
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  1. personally i will :
    -if not overclocking, i will get instead. xeon for lga155, similar with i7 3770, low price because of no iGPU
    -if OC, get decent air cooler instead of liquid cooler (noisy and problematic)
    -pick gigabyte 680 for better windforce cooler
    -pick OCZ vertex 4 because of reliability. samsung 830 is better. 840 = no
  2. gigabyte over evga? also which 680 specifically sorry?

    also which air cooler would you recommend, sorry I understand that some of the choices might be bad but without alternatives I'm needling a haystack here..needling, that reads kinda wrong..

    but yeh, an if the price is only the difference in the cpu's I am ok with spending a little more if one day I get right into this and wish to overclock it. That was one of the reasons I was having a hard time picking motherboards
  3. cooler : the legendary 212 EVO

    better get 680 4GB version for SLI as it will provide 4GB memory for very high resolutin

    690 or dual 680 2gb only has 2GB MEMORY for SLI
  4. ok thanks for that. I will take a good look at those now
  5. was looking at a asus sabertooth instead now rather than a gigabyte? thoughts? was buying this weekend
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