If you want to take a step back to your original idea, I would say it's fine, but I would swap out the CPU for a Xeon 6 core if it's compatible with the motherboard. Getting a case without side vents is near impossible these days, but you don't have to have a fan there, and you can cover it up to prevent problems. As I said before, Hitachi drives are way more reliable, and I see Seagate drives die often. 32gb of RAM is fine for your needs. I wouldn't use an SSD myself yet, but this is your build. The MSI Twin Frozr GPU series are great, I use them in many customer builds. I would only use air cooling, a 9" wide case will allow you just about any tower cooler you want with 120mm fan. I do not think the H80 will do a good enough job at cooling your computer. I have worked with older Corsair H series coolers, and found that the plastic push pins break very easily. Simply put, general consensus around here is saying that your PSU is completely unnecessary, so that's just that. This system would barely use 300W at full tilt, so 700W of head room will never ever be used.
You came here asking questions and we have spoken, but you're still hellbent on certain things. I'm used to this, I have to give up at work, because the customer is always right, until they're wrong. If I spec out a high end machine, and they say they want a certain power supply, well, usually I give it to them. When they come back saying there's a problem, I'll swap it out for them. They didn't listen the first time, and it resulted in them paying twice.You can get any LGA2011 board you want. You've already decided your GPU and audio card. I still can't in my right mind say you need 1000W, but in the end, there's nothing stopping you from going and buying it all now and ignoring us. I never said buy the same Asus board that I use, I'm simply trying to give you better suggestions on a purpose built machine for your needs. For some cost savings ideas, check Amazon UK, they typically have lower prices than other vendors. You could get most of the parts you need for cheaper there, saving you the extra bucks in order to get the more powerful CPU. You could also save up for a better PSU this way. CA_Steve mentioned the Seasonic SS-660XP, and that's plenty for what you need. If you really wanted to mix it up, Antec High Current Gamer power supplies are rated by their continuous output (such as my 750W). This means that under a real heavy load, the actual rated output could be well over 800W, compared to the 750W continuous output.
And as Cistron mentioned, don't rely on "Future-proofness" as it is a very flawed way of thinking in the long term. At most, you may change your GPU in a year or two, and it will likely use less power than the GTX580 you already have. No sense in having 1000W to future proof lower wattage gear.
The Asus PSU calc suggests I use a 1000W power supply. Factor in that I have certain external devices powered by the internal PSU, and I'm confused as to how my machine is capable of running with a 750W [/sarcasm].
Also, on a side note, the use of a FW or external audio device will not give you any noticeably better results than a PCI interface, except when you factor in that PCI will be less and less available in the future for a new computer later.
I'll run a GPU benchmark during the week when I have time (but remember I don't have Z series chipsets), and when you've got your machine built, do the same, and we'll see whether the GTX660ti is in fact the crappier buy on my part. Considering I don't game, none of those tests are of any relevance to me. I bought it for the CUDA compatibility in Premiere Pro, so all it does is render frames during live playback. Hard as hell to measure whether the GTX580 will do that more efficiently, considering it sucks 140W at load. "The point is that the CUDA card will help when there are effects...it takes those off the CPU so the CPU can dedicate itself to the decode/encode process. The configuration and technological advancement of the CPU in a machine is where the encode speeds are gained or lost." Puget System's graphic shows no noticeable difference between the two cards, as CA_Steve has already posted this link:http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articl ... ration-162
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