Midrange Work / Gaming Machine - Need input

Greetings Tom's Hardware community!

I'm looking at building a ~$2000 machine that is effective for both work and gaming. Work will include 3D rendering, some audio rendering, video editing, and compiling Unity game projects. I do not plan to overclock, but I like to have it as an option. I am going Intel / Nvidia specifically for the game.

I'd also like recommendations for a case to put this in. I'd like something with good cooling and dust prevention, but system fan noise is less of a concern.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 (and I know I would need to update the firmware ASAP if BIOS is F7 or below)

PSU: Seasonic SS-660XP2

CPU: Intel i7 3820

CPU Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (it fits the tight architecture of this board while leaving ample room for memory)

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 32GB (4 x 8GB) Quad Channel

GPU: Nvidia GTX 670 (model not yet selected, probably EVGA though)

SSD: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 2.5" 120GB (tools / games / OS)

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB (for storage and back-up, might get a bigger one)

Media: LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive Model UH12NS29


Thanks in advance!
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  1. the most suitable cpu for your need is 3930K --> 3770K ---> 3570K
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($563.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($197.99 @ Best Buy)
    Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1997.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-24 04:02 EDT-0400)


    base build for 2011 platform, you might want to consider lga 1155 platform as well with 3770K :) the price should be 400-500 lower
  3. oh here it is :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1595.36
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-24 04:06 EDT-0400)
  4. Thanks for the input!

    After careful deliberation, I've decided that 3820 really doesn't add anything for me, and getting a 3770K is definitely the better solution, I'll use your build as an example to work from.
  5. Here's what I'm looking to get now. This is based on suggestions and recommendations across many sites.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Redline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($259.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($187.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($177.85 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.55 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1172.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-25 20:36 EDT-0400)

    I am going to use an old 8800GTS until the new 700-series Nvidia cards are out next month.

    Since I'm not overclocking, I'm not sure if I even need an after-market cooler.

    I still need a case, one that handles temperature well and is good at mitigating dust would be preferred. Any recommendations are welcome!
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