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#1 thinkharris


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:30 PM

Iím looking to take a leap and build my own computer for the first time using top components. Any advice, tips, criticisms would be appreciated.
I need to know if the list below will work together. Am I missing anything? Have I chosen something that is really not needed?
I am a photographer and deal with mass amounts of photos, videos, music etc. I also want to play games occasionally, or watch a DVD.
I am starting from scratch, bringing no parts from other places. All new.
How does the following combination stack up? Thank you in advance for any help to the above questions and your time.

First Computer Build
CASE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133195
Thermaltake Level 10 GT UGK Combat Snow Edition (VN10006W2N-B) Ultimate Gaming Kit White and Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Tt eSPORTS MEGA G1 Keyboard, Black Gaming Mouse and Shock Gaming Headset

MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131818
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PROCESSOR - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

GRAPHICS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

MEMORY - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233299
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9

COOLER - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118054
ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise CPU Cooler

HDD X (2)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167086
Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OPTICAL Ė http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136249
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back - BH14NS40

MONITOR - www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047
Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24" 8ms Pivot, Swivel & Height Adjustable LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 2,000,000:1 (1000:1)

CABLE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119253
Rosewill Model RC-6-HDM-MM-BK 6 ft. High Speed HDMI Cable

OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116717
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

SOFTWARE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116858
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:54 PM

Your build looks really sweet and it is all compatible with each other. If your looking to cut down in cost, you could go with the non-K i7 if your not gonna overclock.

System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:26 PM

I see that your installing 2 HDD and one SSD (most likely for the OS). If it were my build Id throw an extra 1TB HDD in and setup a raid 5 spanning data across the three. In a case where one HDD goes bad or begins to curupt you can just put in a new HDD and data will be recreated automatically.

This is just something i find very useful because i am always worried about losing data. I use the 3 2 1 backup system. 3 copies (the original and 2 duplicates) across 2 different types of media (External Drives + Cloud) and 1 offsite incase of fire or flood (cloud)

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:44 AM

Backup. Backup. Backup.

Always keep a local and offsite backup. Note that Windows 8 will have storage spaces which can mirror your data across multiple drives. Whether or not you choose to go through the hassle of RAID 5 is a personal choice.



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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:11 PM

I agree with DJBPace07 Backup. Backup. Backup.

I'm trying to recover data from a bad hard drive right now. It is slow going and no way to know if it will be successful. I hate hearing My Life is on there and there are no backups. It may work, right now it is recovering a bunch of George Michale MP3s.

A Backup would have eliminated her stressful situation.

I like the Intel I7 and the only SSDs I'm using daily are Intel. I have Samsung, Kingston and OCZ in smaller sizes. I wish I'd bought bigger for them. Right now they are just holding cloned images of my other boot disks.

240Gb is a good size for a SSD.

Also, that is good idea using one vendor for all parts. That way if for some reason you do have a problem they can't blame the other vendors parts.

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