First build advice

about to pull the trigger on the following. any thoughts, suggestions or concerns please let me know. 2k budget for a enthusiast/gaming type build.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston Beast 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: [RAID 0] Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: [RAID 0] Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Sony 5280S-CB-PLUS DVD/CD Writer

going back and forth on the following:

cpu: i7-3770k vs i5-3570K
mobo: z77 sabertooth vs gigabyte ud5h vs ??
PSU: just looking for longevity here (aren't we all?) and one that won't have issues powering another vid for sli someday

thanks again for any suggestions w/ any of the components above!
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  1. You're going to see a bit more performance with this build:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($45.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.78 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($176.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($118.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1937.66
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    In case you do not like the selection above here is a critique of your selection.

    Raid 0 really is not worth it for the hdd anymore, it's not that much of a performance jump. The ssd will outmatch anything of the sort with ease, so you can stick with a single higher capacity hdd.

    The i7 is not really going to be used unless you are doing video editing or things of the sort, you can stick with the i5 to save some money there.

    The H100i is not all that great you should look at some air cooling solutions like the Noctua D-14 performs better than the 100i at a cheaper price point.

    The Sabertooth is not all that necessary it hardly does anything but well look rather lame. (Coming from someone who likes the look of circuitry.) That aside you can get the UD5H for less and it will perform a bit better.

    1866mhz memory is not all that needed you can save a bit and get 1600mhz ram with the same performance. Kingston ram is not always known for quality so stick to G.Skill or Corsair.

    At your price point you really should look at getting a 7970 instead of the 670 because it will perform better at a similar price. It's a great card with a lot of power and can run better at High res.

    That's all I can think of as of now.

    To anser your question about the PSU it's fine you will get a long lifetime out of that one.
  2. Does the number of memory modules (2 vs 4) matter for performance?
  3. Well, project gaming system is finished and I had a great time doing it. very fun. Everything arrived on time w/ zero defects, no rma's.

    some pic's of the build and a few test stats:

    Did my best w/ the cable management side of the case. in fact, that took me longer than building the entire system, but it was worth it.
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