Need Compatibility Check/Advice on Parts - $2.5k Rig


Oct 17, 2007
Looking for advice on any known compatibility issues with this parts list. This is my 10th build in about 15 years and this forum has saved me a lot of potential headaches in the past. However, as I get older free time has become much more scarce (roughly less than 1 hour a day) so I am more interested on any compatibility issues between the parts to ensure a smooth build than I am saving $100+/-. That being said, I don't want to cave in yet to a pre-built!! Any advice is appreciated--

Approximate Purchase Date: 3-10 days

Budget Range: not an issue - my time is worth far more than saving a few bucks (but I still want to build it myself)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video editing, work/documents

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All indicated below (using existing ASUS PA246Q monitor, Logitech G11 keyboard, Acoustic Authority 5.1 speakers)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (old CPU/system going to kid)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, tigerdirect

Location: Tampa, Florida

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Asus MB, ATI Video

Overclocking: Yes - but probably only auto setting

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - but not an absolute must

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments:

(1) most of my gaming sound is via a headset (steel series v2) so I may ditch the sound card. I do have a PCI SB x-fi extreme music but I don't think I am going to have PCI slot to use it (research to-do item for me). Onboard audio may be fine.

(2) not wed to particular motherboard, but have had nothing but good luck with ASUS ROG boards and stability is very important (especially since I don't hardcore overclock).

(3) Still need to research fan needs, but appears that I need to purchase at least a few additional ones that do not come with the case. Any pointers for case/build accessories I need to buy now from those that have used this case would be appreciated.

(4) CPU Cooler may be overkill, also looking at Hyper 212 EVO.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I upgrade computers every 3-4 years and pass them down through my family/kids. We currently have 5 desktops that I built still operating (oldest is a 2000 build) and it makes for great family LAN gaming and learning tools for my kids. For this very reason, I have been well served by making my builds slightly overkill based on the "then" current thinking.

Current Parts List:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($473.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($473.00 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 600T (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($123.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($68.95 @ B&H)
Total: $2616.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 21:52 EST-0500)
dont noob out with auto overclocks. the last time i tried it, it pumped 1.4v into my CPU when i only needed 1.2v

-sabertooth is a gimmick
-the v-pro is the same as the sabertooth, minus scam plastic shell
-i use seagates. no problem whatsoever. they are also half the price of a caviar black
-creative makes crappy sound cards
-you dont need a gold power supply or full modularity
-2 dvd drives?
-cheaper 7970s
-cheaper and better case if you ask me

id get this. for this build, im assuming you are getting at least 4.2ghz (anything under wont benefit you)on the CPU and a decent overclock on the GPU

if you are not going to overclock your GPUs, id get this. just has a slightly smaller power supply

crossfire is not a hassle when it clearly performs better than a dual 680 or 690 configuration while being 200 bucks cheaper at the least