Originally Posted by SabertoothZ77R
1. ASRock is getting better, but still doesn't have me satisfied as ASUS does. Warranty and legendary quality/reliability of ASUS wins.
2. nVidia 660Ti vs ATi 7870, I'm still looking into but so far performance numbers are marginal for the nVidia
3. Sold on the Corsair Vengeance
4. SSDs are more reliable than HDDs, and never had an HDD fail yet, so I am good with the OCZ Vertex 3
5. Had SoundBlaster before and liked it.
6. 650W is later on CrossFire
7. So far I read its the same as an H100, not sure about the better cooling though. But quality-wise Corsair is better from reviwers
1. Then don't buy a Sabertooth. Just buy the vanila P8Z77-V. Sabertooth doesn't have much to offer IMO. Or get a full fledged board with Thunderbolt ports as well.
2. 660Ti is noticeably faster than 7870. It even beats 7950 (that's the one with the new bios) at 1080p half the time.
3. Since you are getting a water cooler, that would be OK
4. Then get the Intel 520 series which performs a tad faster, or get a Vertex 4
5. The problem with SB is NOT the hardware, but the drivers. For example, right now, Windows 8 has this problem where Console launcher would not load the settings when you reboot. Creative knows about it. But they are so lazy to fix it. Realtek, being an integrated audio maker, releases drivers and enhancements 10 times more often. (and that is NOT because they are buggy. Creative drivers are buggier because they do not get patched often.) It's your call though.
6. Do no Crossfire or SLI. It will bite back and you will more often have to go back to a single GPU solution. I had to. Even with lower recorded FPS, gameplay is 1000 times more smoother and bug free when I moved from 6950 CF to GTX670. (reason could be nVidia's more stable drivers as well) If you have to stick with ATI, get the 7970.
7. Differences are marginal, but fan noise is lower on the Thermaltake or if you use the same high speed fans on the Thermaltake, you can get better cooling performance due to the rad being 30% more thicker. (but look at the clearance with the mobo and case first, especially if you would go push-pull)