DBP's "lammergeier": i7-3770K / GA-Z77X-UP5-TH : Photography Beast This build post is “rather large”, so I’ve split it into several parts to avoid problems with the spam filters. It's also had some rework later on (e.g. setting it up to use a GTX 650 and using monitors on both the HD4000 and GTX graphics) so be sure to keep reading. This system is intended to be an office-bound workstation and server. As such it connects to gigabit Ethernet and I haven't needed to worry about WiFi, Bluetooth, or even sleep/resume issues. It's to be a photography processing beast, taking over from the 2010 MacBook Pro that's been my workhorse since new (it's had SSD + 1 TB internals, and lots of Firewire disks). That machine has been outclassed for grunt even by my “thornbill” i3-3225 HTPC build. So I was keen to see what I could get out of an even bigger machine. Every machine on our network gets a name, and it’s usually a bird: the Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture) is one of the bigger raptors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearded_Vulture As with my thornbill build, most of my new parts were bought through a local supplier (ScorpTec). Amazon/NewEgg don’t like my part of the world. Components (new) Case: Corsair Obsidian 550D http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/45558 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006L6ZSWC/ CPU: Intel i7-3770K quad-core i7 http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/45658 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SZ0EOW/ Processor cooler: Noctua NH-D14 http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/36260 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002VKVZ1A/ Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/47191 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128559 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008LTB3QW/ RAM: 4x 8GB Geil EVO Leggera DDR3-1600 CL9 http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/47448 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144634 PSU: Silverstone ST50F-ES 500W 80 Plus http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/44009 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256061 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0034XRDUU/ Firewire 800: Apple Thunderbolt-to-FW800 Adapter http://store.apple.com/au/product/MD464ZM/A/apple-thunderbolt-to-firewire-adapter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008RXYOKY/ Drive bays: Icy Dock MB973SP-B "3 in 2" trayless SATA dock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994097&Tpk=M973SP AU supplier: http://isadirect.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=151 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005NLQ2IK/ 2nd monitor: LG IPS235V 23” 1920x1080 http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/47491 SSD: SanDisk Extreme 240GB http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/45904 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171568 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006EKJ8UI/ SSD: Samsung 830 128GB Bought at corner PC store. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163 http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC128B-WW/dp/B0077CR60Q/ PCIe SATA: 2x Channel+ 2-port SATA-III card Bought at corner PC store. Extra fans: 2x Noctua NF-P12-1300 pressure-optimised 120mm fans http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/25802-nf-p12-1300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004 Noctua NF-R8-1800 80mm fan http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/25799 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608006 Added later (see around post #31) 2x Noctua NF-A14 ULN 140mm fans http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/48890-nf-a14-uln (not showing up on NewEgg yet) Gigabyte GTX 650 2GB video card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125444 Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 PLUS VGA Cooler http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/48813-ac-s1-plus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186054 Already owned Monitor: Dell U2410 24" 1920x1200 Keyboard/mouse: Logitech K270 wireless keyboard Logitech M905 wireless mouse Wacom Graphire tablet FW400 header cable and bracket eSATA brackets and internal cables PCIe SATA: Channel+ 2-port SATA-III card Yes, a third one. Webcam: Logitech Webcam for TV (860-000285) mini-DisplayPort to DVI adapter Drives: 2x Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500 GB 2.5” drives WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB 2.5” drive WD Green 1 TB 3.5” drive External SATA docks: 2x Newer Technology Voyager Q docks (old version) Newer Technology Voyager S3 dock http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/NewerTech/Voyager/Hard_Drive_Dock See below for the next section... EDIT LOG: 2012-12-27: Split into smaller sections, added more NewEgg links. 2013-02-07: Added extra GPU components, outlined later in the thread.