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Benchmark-wise, they are all hit and a miss. Even with the same two cards, their OC capacity will differ. Sapphires tend to have a better rep in overclocking scene, although the $400 is just a reference design.

Holy !@#$ 4 rails on that power supply. If you aren't going to CrossFireX, there is no need to buy a 750W anyway. I'd recommend PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W, or Corsair Enthusiast V2 650M (modular) at most.

Google around and ensure that your case can fit Noctua NH-D14.

DDR3-2133 has virtually no advantage over DDR3-1600. I made a mention of this in my original guide. It's totally a waste of money. If you want to spend extra on a RAM, get a DDR3-1600 with tighter (read: smaller) timing RAM instead. That'll be better.
Gah, my bad on the RAM. Will replace with 1600. I thought it would help with rendering/graphic design etc. Do you have RAM to suggest that fits the smaller timing you had described? I'll check it out. :P

What is the disadvantage of the 4 rails on the PSU? I remember you said that earlier but I don't know exactly what this means?

The Noctua does indeed fit in the case, I've even looked it up on several owners clubs to make 100% sure. :)
Example RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231536

Also, rendering/graphics design would be helped by the i7-3770k more than the RAM.

The amps are divided across the 4 12v rails. Usually not a problem, but to minimize any potential of there being one, it's better to stick to 2 at most, and 1 is the best choice.
I'm gonna skip out on the lower RAM timing and the i7 since this is primarily for gaming. How does this G.Skill set of RAM look?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
If it's not good, can you recommend something in red that would do the trick? :$

I assume this is the Corsair PSU that you are talking about?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031
Yep, that RAM will work fine, and yes, that power supply was what I'm talking about.
w00t! Thanks Kalganized! No other thoughts?
So I learned something today.

The GTX 680.

You want one ? GOOD LUCK
I had the chance to order one this afternoon and it was only available for 20 mins, never to be seen again for the day.
Kantis:

No other particular thoughts, the system looks great as it is after these changes.

Madawk:

Yeah, GTX 680 goes out of stock really fast, and some sellers are overcharging you for remaining inventory of them. :X
04/30/2012 05:39 PMPosted by Kalganized
Yeah, GTX 680 goes out of stock really fast, and some sellers are overcharging you for remaining inventory of them. :X


Yea that didn't happen for me. The price was the one shown :)

Now to pray I don't get a defective one that I'd have to RMA. That'd be a real pain.

How often are computers parts broken on arrival anyways ? Is that a rare occurance ?
Well, depends on how the delivery guy decides to handle your product, but it's extremely rare to see it physically broken.

Now, electrically, it can happen, but it's a rare occurrence.
Well, depends on how the delivery guy decides to handle your product, but it's extremely rare to see it physically broken.

Now, electrically, it can happen, but it's a rare occurrence.


That's good to hear. I would've ordered the parts all at the same time but considering how difficult it is to get a 680 that wasn't a possible option.
Kal, is the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 worth the $50+ more than the Biostar TZ77XE3? Maybe I'm looking at the wrong Biostar?

Here's the two I am talking about...
ASRock:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
Biostar:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138355

What am I not noticing besides the price? :$
I'm not sure why it's so overpriced on .ca side.
On USA .com side of NewEgg, the Extreme4 is $135 :(

Go with the Biostar then.
No huge losses if I take the Biostar instead? They seem almost identical to me... Prior to researching all of this stuff, though, I had never heard of either of these companies. I'm really relying on your input here. :D
The ASRock comes with 2 more SATA III ports, and has higher quality integrated audio. Biostar comes with Realtek onboard LAN while ASRock uses Broadcom. ASRock also comes with more USB 3.0 ports at the rear.

In other words, nothing of major deal breaker if you went with Biostar.

Both companies are quite old and has a fairly long history, so.
Very well, thank you kindly for everything! I'll keep you posted. :)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157294

I'm assuming this still has enough 3 pins for 3 fans+cpu one right ?
Yeah, I see 4 total. Two "chassis fan", and two "CPU fans". This motherboard is MicroATX however. Namely, lacks PCI slots.
I have no use for PCI slots other than a 3.0 for the GTX 680 and very highly doubt I'll SLI anything as that card is absolutly ridiculous for just about any games out atm.

PCI Express 3.0 x16
2 (x16/0 or x8/x8)

PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 @x4

PCI Express x1
1

Maybe a Wireless card down the road if I happen to move somewhere where the Internet isn't accessible otherwise.
You can just buy a USB wireless adapter anyway too.

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