For the last year I've been looking at building a new computer. This will be the my 3rd time building a computer. The previous builds I had help from experienced family members, this 3rd time I am solely relying on myself and am seeking advice on my selected build. It is now 2013 and I am looking at bulding a new PC that will last until 2020 or longer. I went with AMD for my last build so now I will be taking a look at system that is largely Intel based.
My budget is between $2800 and $3500.
I will be buying within the next 6 months.
I will be using my new computer for high resource demanding applications such as Adobe Creative Suite as well as everyday and extended use. Internet, e-mail, pictures, movies, games, at home projects. Everything just needs to work fast, efficiently, and reliably without fail.
I will be using Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit.
I have no need for new a new keyboard or monitor.
I need an excellent power strip. Preferrably with a surge protector. I will only need 2 or 3 slots, right? .... Tower, Monitor.
Will I need a second power strip for my speakers to protect them and my motherboard from potential damage?
What I am looking for in a PC:
1. Reliability - Is my system going to overheat or explode, after 5 years? Hard drive / SSD / CPU going to fail?
2. Power Efficiency - 80 Platinum Certified sounds good to me. Anything else I should be looking for?
3. Resource Efficiency ---- Speed, cooling, storage, read / write time, silence, reliability, compatibility.
4. Cooling Efficiency ----- I want my system to be cold. I prefer air cooling.
5. Compatibility ---- Everything just needs to work without fail.
6. Silence ----- Anything that will contribute towards a quiet system I am interested in.
7. Aesthetic ---- While nice, I don't care what form my system takes, but... If the aesthetic helps the efficiency, then I'm all for it.
Some questions I may have:
8. Logistics ---- Will all of the parts that I've selected physically fit together when placed on my motherboard and within my case?
I am having a lot of trouble visualizing measurements and just how these parts will fit inside the case I've selected which is the Xclio Windtunnel Advanced. I don't mind the bigger cases, that is why I am decided on the Xclio. I will use as many NF-A15 fans as I can fit inside. What about Corsair's Obsidian 900D...? I don't mind saving up the funds to buy that case if you think it is worth it. There seems to be a lot of hype around it, as for wanting that case I am on the sidelines, but I am potentially interested. I have no problem fitting the Obsidian 900D with NF-15 fans. :-)
Does the Ivybridge overheat...? I was looking at Sandybridge last year when I heard of Ivybridge and thought that I would get the better of the two, however I've read reports that Ivybridge ....overheats? Something that is known to overheat I don't want to deal with. I'm not sure what I should do here. Should I wait for Haswell in June or move back towards Sandybridge 2600k...?
What thermal paste should I consider? I need something that works very well and that I won't have to re-add after 2 months of use. I've looked into Arctic Silver 5 because that was apparently the best I can get, however I've also read of people saying they've had to re-add AS5 after X period of time... The person who put together my last build only used the thermal compound once in 2007 when that build was assembled, and I haven't needed it since, my current 2007 build is running absolutely fine, cool, fast, no problems whatsoever. I'm looking to repeat that sucess with an updated build in 2013.
Is my current build sufficient or over the top? Will everything work well together? Should I use the Windtunnel Advanced or Obsidian 900D? What about compatibility, reliability, efficiency, and silence levels....? Should I opt for Haswell instead of Ivybridge / Sandybridge. I want to avoid the heating problems in Ivybridge. I want air cooling and I want my system cold. Any help towards answering these thoughts and questions will be greatly appeciated. Thanks to everyone in advance! :-)
My Intel Build:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
ASUS Maximus V EXTREME LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU Cooler & Heatsink
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2800 (PC3 22400)
PNY VCGGTX6804XPB GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HGST Ultrastar 15K600 0B23663 600GB 15000 RPM 64MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Power Supply Unit
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk III Series 1200W Modular Power Supply
XCLIO WTBK ADVANCED Fully Black Finish Chassis: 1.0 mm SECC;Frontpanel: PU coating (ABS) ATX Super Tower Computer Case
Case Fans 2x (Will replace front and rear fans from XCLIO Windtunnel Advanced Case) Noctua NF-A15 150mm Fan
Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
I'm having a bit of trouble with this. I'm looking for a mouse with a fan built into it. A few years ago I used to have one before it broke. This may be a niche product, but it is something that I remember taking a liking to. The only mouse I can find is...
Element Cyclone 9 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 6500 dpi Mouse
I think the attached fan on the Element Cyclone looks gimmicky... I'd rather have it built into the mouse like some of the older mice I've seen. Do they even make these mice anymore or am I out of luck? My other options for a mouse include this as an alternative...
A4 Tech F4 Anti-Vibrate 3000 CPI Laser Gaming Mouse
Powerstrip w/ surge protector ect. 2x - I'm looking for something that is safe that will protect my PC and is power efficient.