Have a few questions on my new build

So I am building my own computer but I need some of you to look over all the pieces and check and see if they are all compatible. And also if you think I should trade a part with a better one don't hesitate to say so.
Here is the build:

CPU = Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor

Mother board = Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard

CPU cooler = Zalman CNPS11X Performa CPU Cooler

RAM = G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory F3-12800CL8Q-16GBZH

Storage = A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Graphics card = PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card

Case = NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case

Power = Corsair Professional Gold 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply


Optical drive = Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Operating system = Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Thanks everyone for answering!!
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  1. What's the build for?
  2. ksham said:
    What's the build for?


    Sorry I forgot to add this :(
    I will be using this computer for gaming, photo/movie editing, internet surfing with multiple windows and watching movies (with either a 2560x1600 or 1920 x 1080 monitor).
  3. 1. Drop the i7-3820 for an i5-3350P or i5-3470 (non-OC) or i5-3570K (OC). Then drop the motherboard for an ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP (non-OC) or ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (OC).
    2. If no OC, drop the cooler. If so, replace it with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
    3. 2x 8GB > 4x 4GB RAM
    4. With the money saved in step #1, upgrade your GPU. Aim for either a GTX 670 (if you're an nvidia fan) or HD 7970. The 7970 is the better of the two.
  4. ksham said:
    1. Drop the i7-3820 for an i5-3350P or i5-3470 (non-OC) or i5-3570K (OC). Then drop the motherboard for an ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP (non-OC) or ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (OC).
    2. If no OC, drop the cooler. If so, replace it with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
    3. 2x 8GB > 4x 4GB RAM
    4. With the money saved in step #1, upgrade your GPU. Aim for either a GTX 670 (if you're an nvidia fan) or HD 7970. The 7970 is the better of the two.


    I really like the mother board and the G card what is the reason to change this?
    I looked at the cooler you pointed out but it is the same price in pcpartpicker and it has a louder operating sound. Maybe I am looking at the wrong spot though. And for the ram I was told to use the quad channel since I have it.
    Thanks
  5. 1. The i7-3820 uses a LGA2011 socket. It was expensive and you get no advantage getting it. So if I dropped it to an i5-3470 or an i5-3350P which uses a LGA1155 socket, then I'll of course have to change the motherboard.

    2. The cooler that I recommended is better than the one you had and it is not loud.

    3. I was referring to my changes in step #1. The motherboards that I recommended is dual channel.

    But if you like your setup, stick with it. I'm only offering suggestions.
  6. ksham said:
    1. The i7-3820 uses a LGA2011 socket. It was expensive and you get no advantage getting it. So if I dropped it to an i5-3470 or an i5-3350P which uses a LGA1155 socket, then I'll of course have to change the motherboard.

    2. The cooler that I recommended is better than the one you had and it is not loud.

    3. I was referring to my changes in step #1. The motherboards that I recommended is dual channel.

    But if you like your setup, stick with it. I'm only offering suggestions.


    Ok, I will switch over to the cooler master. And thanks for your help!
  7. You're welcome. Feel free to let us know if you need anything else. And best of luck with your build. :)
  8. ksham said:
    You're welcome. Feel free to let us know if you need anything else. And best of luck with your build. :)


    Thank you :)
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