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February 26, 2013 5:00:56 PM

Hello all,

First time posting, long time lurker. I recently had some income resources free up and decided to up my computer system. Back in 2009 I purchased an Alienware Aurora R1 with the following specs: Intel i7 920 2.67 (factory overclocked to 3.2) - 12g 1033mhz RAM - Single GTX295 - 525 PSU - 1tb HD. I recently decided to upgrade a few things to extend the computer's life. I added a dell factory 875 watt psu, Samsung 840 512g SSD, and two Gigabyte GTX670 in SLI. I had to tear out a bunch of panels in order to get the GPUs in. The fit is so tight, it make me uncomfortable with potential overheating.

I know the motherboard/cpu is bottle-necking my newer components and decided I will give building my first PC a try. The main use for this computer will be 90% gaming (Borderlands 2, Crysis 3, etc.) (Currently running a 23' single monitor @ 1080, will upgrade to a single 27inch 1440 in the future). Will also do some blu-ray burning, photo and video editing on a non-professional level.

This is a list of components on the new build I am thinking of:
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Case: Corsair Carbide Series Black 500R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011012-WW)​
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply with Modular Cables (RS850-AMBAJ3-U​S)
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K
CPU Cooler: Noctua for Intel LGA 1155, 6 Heatpipe 2x140mm
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600​C9B
(Already Owned) GPU: Gigabyte Windforce GTX670's in SLI
(Already Owned) SSD: Samsung 840 512g
(Already Owned) HDD: 1 TB Seagate internal and 3 TB WD external.

I mulled over the I7 3930k and compatible mb for a long time but decided the 3770k will be better for my needs. I plan to do some light overclocking on the 3770k (4.5ghz max). Does anyone have any advice about the chosen components for this build and any suggestions?

Thanks,
Chris
February 26, 2013 5:38:40 PM

Since you are 90% gaming and non-professional video editing, get a 3570k but if you have the money go for i7 nothing bad. 16gb is too much for a computer of your needs. This is a beast computer you already listed out, there are specs that oyu could decrease your cost such as 750W 8gb ram, 3570k but its a top end pc.
February 26, 2013 5:53:57 PM

pete123edgar said:
Since you are 90% gaming and non-professional video editing, get a 3570k but if you have the money go for i7 nothing bad. 16gb is too much for a computer of your needs. This is a beast computer you already listed out, there are specs that oyu could decrease your cost such as 750W 8gb ram, 3570k but its a top end pc.



Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't think the 750w would be sufficient with dual gtx670 and an overclocked 3770k. I guess I am paranoid since I had to upgrade my last psu since I didn't get high enough wattage the first time. I guess it also make sense since GPUs and CPU are becoming more and more efficient these days.
February 26, 2013 5:57:51 PM

Also, are any of you guys running Windows 8 and what are your general thoughts? I am currently running windows 7 and thought I might upgrade to 8 with the new build.
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