Instead of the GTX 670, consider the GTX 660 Ti and use the savings to increase memory to 4 x 8 GB or change it to 4 x 4 GB to fully use quad channel memory, instead of dual channel with your current proposal.
If you can swing it, change the Corsair F to the Corsair Performance Pro, Plextor M5 Pro or Samsung 840.
Finally, be aware of the one year warranty on the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14. An alternative, but smaller may be the Seagate Constellation ES.
We've added some changes...have improved memory..but dropped case to mini tower...as the budget was blowing out....here is the updqated list...(will research a better SSD)
Intel - BX80619I73820
Intel Core i7 3820 (3.60Ghz / 10MB / LGA2011 / Quad Core, Without Fan/Heatsink)In Stock3 year$309.00$309.00
ASUS - P9X79-PRO
Asus P9X79 PRO MB, Socket 2011, X79, 8x DDR3, 4x PCI-E 3.0, GbLAN, 8ch, RAID, USB3, SATA3, GbLAN, 3-way SLI/ Quad-GPU CrossFireX, Bluetooth, ATX
**PC User Best Buy 85%... good build quality, features & a solid BIOS!**In Stock3 year$319.00$319.00
Western Digital - WD1002FAEX
Western Digital 1TB, Caviar Black, SATA-III, 7200RPM, 64MB CacheIn Stock5 year$109.00$218.00
LG - BH14NS40
LG Blu-Ray Writer, 14X BD-WRITE , 16X DVDRW , OEMIn Stock1 year$89.00$89.00
Antec - THREE-HUNDRED
Antec Three Hundred , Black, ATX, No PSU.2 x USB2.0, Top mounted 140mm exhaust fanIn Stock3 year$69.00$69.00
Sorry, but I do not agree with these choices.
Do not go for a mini tower, go for a full tower (e.g. Antec 900), much easier to install, troubleshoot and maintain, better cable management, better cooling, more expansion options in the future, etc.
Do not go for DDR3-2400, but choose DDR3-1600 (saves you a lot of $$$) and you don't strike me a the ultimate overclocking type. The performance difference is small but the price difference is large.
Go for a Gold+ label PSU, not a Bronze one.
Can the i7 3820 be overclocked? Does overclocking make a worthwhile difference when considering that it might require a CPU that's way higher priced? The i7 3820 intrests me. If it performs better than something like a i7 3770K, I might purchase one. And support for 64 GB RAM is a plus.
Yes the 3820 can be overclocked, usually its fairly easy to get to around the 4.6 - 4.7 mark on most chips. Overclocking will increase tempretures though so agood cooler will be needed.
Agree with Harm with regard to the memory and case size, your original choice of the Fractal XL was a good one imo (I have 2 of them and love them - great to work with and nice and quiet).
I would look at other PSU's if it was my build.
Does overclocking the 3820 as described yield much of a performance increase? I've also planned out a somewhat similar build, with a 3820, a big cooler, 2x8GB and 2x4GB RAM, and the 900 case, so would have capacity to OC if it is warranted.
How much does it help?
What's the sweet-spot to OC to where the 3820 is still stable but yields adequate performance increase?
The 3820 can be overclocked to 4.2GHz at most by just raising the CPU Ratio. Beyond that you have to raise the base clock frequency which makes stability an issue when you raise that allot. I would suggest you look at the 3930K instead of the 3820.
It depends if you are doing something that is frequency oriented such as rendering yes the OC can definitely help especially if you can get a healthy margin out of it. On our ASUS X79 series board we have basic OC functions that allow you to take a 3820 to approx 4.2/4.3 GHz through enabling our TPU functionality. If you have one of our series that supports Auto Tuning and you have a quality cooler you could look at` a higher result ( 4.4 to 4.6GHz ).
Overall if you are looking a solid sweet spot for the 3820 I would recommend 4.3 to 4.4. While there is the possibility of getting more there is no guarantee especially as it will require a strap change ( bus adjustment ) which not all CPUs will support.
Hope this helps.
Agree with Harm on the chassis consideration as well as the memory (additionally frequencies higher than 1866 are not guaranteed due to the variance in the memory controller ). Especially if you are considering full population ( all banks ) 1600 is a good choice although if 1866 is similar in pricing you are ok with it.
As for the PSU note while Gold is better Antec produces great quality PSUs and unless you really need the increase in efficiency I think you are actually solid with the choice of a Bronze.
Hope it helps!
I think I might be better off going with a socket 1155 system.
The price of the better CPU's in the Socket 2011 range are just above my budget.
I was hoping the 3820 would offer good value, but it appears that's not the case.