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Another advice on first build thread.

Oddskool
Level 7
Hi, this is my first build so I would very much appreciate your comments. Please let me know if I picked out any lemons or picked incompatible parts. Ok, to the specifics! My budget is 3000-3500$. It will be mainly used for gaming (not hard core). Games tend to be more on the MMO-RTS side with shooters at the other end. I plan on using a high res monitor like the Dell U2711, Samsung S27A850D, Dell U3011 or I might try e-bay for a catleap monitor. I'm also thinking surround setups later. I want my new computer to be able to handle high res/surround monitor setups easily. I went for the 4GB video cards in sli because of the monitor setup. I also thought about going with the LGA 2011 platform to upgrade to the IB-E chip but I heard it wasn't coming out till at best Q4 next year. Plus I wasn't sure how much of an upgrade it would be.

CPU: i5-3570k

MoBo: ASUS Maximus V Formula

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

CASE: Cooler Master Haf X

GPU’s in SLI: EVGA GeForce GTX-680 w/backplate 4GB x2

PSU: Thermaltake TPG-1050M

SSD: Samsung 830 series 256GB

HHD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200rpm

Optical drive: Samsung internal optical drive

OS: Window’s 7 PRO – OEM

Cooling: CM Hyper 212 evo But I will be making a separate purchase later to fully water cool after I have everything up and running. I plan on putting a 360 rad in the top and a 240 rad in the bottom and cooling the cpu, both gpu's and Fusion Thermo. The case will handle it with slight modifications. I've been researching the water cooling a lot lately. I decided to jump in the deep end, lol.

Thanks for your advice!
Motherboard - Asus Maximus v Formula
CPU - i7 3770K (OC'd to 4.7Ghz) /w Custom Water Cooling
RAM - 16GB G Skill Trident X 1866mhz.
GPU - EVGA GTX 680 4gb
Storage - OCZ Vertex 4 256GB, Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Case - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942
PSU - SeaSonic X-SERIES X 1050W
OS - Windows 7 PRO 64
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MTT
Level 7
8gb is enough ,but 16 is the best like the corsiar dominator

850watt is enough for 2x680

MTT wrote:
8gb is enough ,but 16 is the best like the corsiar dominator

850watt is enough for 2x680


How about this PSU Corsair AX850? It's about $30 less than the Thermaltake.

I was looking at 16GB of ram but everywhere I read it said 8GB was all that was needed for gaming. These Platinum Dominators look nice, but expensive. Would quad channel ram work ok on the mvf even though it's a dual channel mobo?
Motherboard - Asus Maximus v Formula
CPU - i7 3770K (OC'd to 4.7Ghz) /w Custom Water Cooling
RAM - 16GB G Skill Trident X 1866mhz.
GPU - EVGA GTX 680 4gb
Storage - OCZ Vertex 4 256GB, Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Case - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942
PSU - SeaSonic X-SERIES X 1050W
OS - Windows 7 PRO 64

Homiestar
Level 8
Corsair and Seasonic PSU's are the best on the market probably, so go with the Corsair!

8gb is all that is needed for gaming, but if you want to go 16gb path you will need to buy the quad kit as two separate sets of RAM, even if the same model, might not play together nicely.

Good luck!
Case - Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
Motherboard - Crosshair V Formula
CPU - FX-8150 3.6GHz ( OC'd to 5.4)
CPU Cooler - Corsair H70 (2 gentle typhoon fans)
GPU - ASUS Radeon 6850 HD 1GB
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaw X series (2x4gb) 1600 (OC'd to 1725)
PSU - Seasonic 860w platinum
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 500gb
SSD - Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB
OS - Win. 8 Pro 64 bit

Go for Seasonic X series. Being using since it launch in my country. Very quiet.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sea_x_760w/

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Seasonic_X-1050_PSU
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

kkn
Level 14
go whit the 1050W psu, since your gona have it under water you need juice for the extra fans and pump.

lenehan wrote:
Go for Seasonic X series. Being using since it launch in my country. Very quiet.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sea_x_760w/

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Seasonic_X-1050_PSU


Thanks for the advice on the Seasonic brand, looks solid.



kkn wrote:
go whit the 1050W psu, since your gona have it under water you need juice for the extra fans and pump.


I did use the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Lite and going conservatively it came up with 737 watts. So I went overkill with the 1050w psu but MTT recommended an 850w so I was looking at those. But considering the small price difference between the Corsair AX850 and the Seasonic X 1050, I'll stick with the Seasonic now.

I'll stick with the original 8GB of ram for now. That's a super easy upgrade later if the Ripjaw X's aren't enough. Thanks everyone for the advice. I didn't get many comments so I guess I did my homework pretty well. I hope to be ordering parts within the next two weeks. Boo Yah!
Motherboard - Asus Maximus v Formula
CPU - i7 3770K (OC'd to 4.7Ghz) /w Custom Water Cooling
RAM - 16GB G Skill Trident X 1866mhz.
GPU - EVGA GTX 680 4gb
Storage - OCZ Vertex 4 256GB, Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Case - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942
PSU - SeaSonic X-SERIES X 1050W
OS - Windows 7 PRO 64

HiVizMan
Level 40
You did real good with your selection that is true.

One of your most inspired or informed was your SSD choice. Solid piece of kit that. We use them for all our enterprise clients builds.
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