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First PC build, need some advice.

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Hello, I am currently working on my first PC build, and I believe I have something fairly decent, but I do have a few questions.

Just for some context, I plan on using this PC as a 27/4 media server for photos and movies, but I also want to use this as a gaming rig. Although I do want to be able to game on this thing, getting ultra mega resolution is not something I really need, I just want to get 60 fps in most games without sacrificing TOO much. My complete details are here http://pcpartpicker.com/user/TechieTrekkie/saved/1t9Y , but here is the gist of it:

CPU: Intel 3570K

Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

Mobo: Gigabyte Z77-UD5H

RAM: 8gb (Thinking Vengeance, have heard good things about it)

256gb Samsung 840 Pro (Main Windows 7 OS)
256gb Crucial M4 (Secondary OS, probably some version of Linux)
2x 2tb Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm (Going to be in RAID 1 to store photos)

GPU: Gigabyte Nvidia 660ti (Comes slightly OC'd from reference GPU)

PSU: SeaSonic 620W

My first concern is over the CPU, because with the release of Haswell, I am a bit unsure what to do. From what I understand, Haswell is not a MAJOR improvement as most tock's are, and it would mean changing out my PSU and my Mobo. Also, from what I understand, the main improvements in Haswell have been in the Internal GPU and in the power consumption, two things that I am not really concerned about with a desktop with dedicated GPU.

Also with the CPU, I am a little worried about OCing, since this is gonna be a system that is going to be running for long periods of time, and I don't want to spend absurd amounts on a air cooler or fancy water cooling loop. I only want a minor OC (4.0-4.2ghz) and I heard one way to OC is to boost the Turbo speed (As opposed to the main speed), and I was wondering if anyone has any comments on this method, and what exactly the vCore and other things should be set at for a non 24/7 overclock such as this.

My only real other concern is with the GPU, because I know there is this thing where some people really like or dislike Gigabyte, but I want to know is if this GPU can handle some decent gaming without suffering too much.

Other than that, if anyone has some other advice or tips, it would be greatly appreciated! thumb.gif
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The 660ti will handle gaming just fine at a reasonable resolution. If the PC is intended to be a 24/7 media server/gaming box i wouldn't OC the cpu much - the performance increase will be negligible anyway.

The Z77 board and CPU are great - no need to upgrade to haswell, you will not notice much of a performance increase. The only real improvements are power consumption and iGPU - and you are using a 660ti so it doesn't matter.

When OC'ing make sure to dial down that vcore as much as possible to maintain stability - you can always set the CPU to run at a lower frequency to save power when idle or not doing anything intensive.

Hope this helps - rep if it does, thanks
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