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New Build Need Advice
10-19-2011, 08:15 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-19-2011, 10:01 AM by Sull.)
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New Build Need Advice
Hey all I just sold my old desktop and I am looking to upgrade. Here is what I have so far comments etc. appreciated.I plan to purchase in the next month or so. I have about a 2.5k budget this current build is right on that mark, but if trimming can be done I will gladly do that.

CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6819115070

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6835608018

Case: HAF X http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6811119239

PSU: Silverstone 1000Whttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6817256068

GPU:EVGA GTX 580 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6814130587

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 2x8gb http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6820231416

Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD80 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6813130610

SSD/HD: 2x OCZ/Western Digital 1TB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6820227726/http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6822136533

Disk drive: LG Blue Ray http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6827136226
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10-24-2011, 07:31 AM,
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RE: New Build Need Advice
Build looks good, but to put my 2 cents in:

You seem to be going for top of the line, so you might want to consider this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813157269

ASRock has "Future-Proofed" it as much as possible, but what really caught my eye about this board is the NVIDIA NF200 Chip.
Basically, this chip allows you to run 2 card SLI in true x16/x16 or 3 card SLI at x16/x8/ x8. Which, as far as I've seen is the only board that can do it and with today's cards.

Again, just my opinion, but faster is always better. Smile
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10-24-2011, 02:41 PM,
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RE: New Build Need Advice
(10-24-2011, 07:31 AM)MiamiModz Wrote: Build looks good, but to put my 2 cents in:

You seem to be going for top of the line, so you might want to consider this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813157269

ASRock has "Future-Proofed" it as much as possible, but what really caught my eye about this board is the NVIDIA NF200 Chip.
Basically, this chip allows you to run 2 card SLI in true x16/x16 or 3 card SLI at x16/x8/ x8. Which, as far as I've seen is the only board that can do it and with today's cards.

Again, just my opinion, but faster is always better. Smile

Alternatively, the ASRock Extreme 4 P67 costs a lot less and can run two cards in SLI at 8x/8x (no cards get bottlenecked by 8x/8x yet) and if you upgrade to Ivy Bridge, you get PCI-Express 3.0, so at 8x/8x PCI-Express 3.0, you get the equivalent bandwidth of PCI-Express 2.0 16x/16x.

You mentioned 2x WD Caviar Black 1TB. Just note that those cannot be used for RAID arrays, due to a "feature" implanted by WD. In other words, if you want RAID on WD drives, you need their "RAID edition" drives, which are more expensive of course. Alternatively, you can go with two Samsung F3 1TB drives, which will have no problem running in RAID and cost less. Performance is similar and reliability is actually a notch higher.

OCZ SSD reliability is pretty poor, I'd stay away from OCZ drives. Look into Corsair Force 3 or Force GT SSDs or alternatively, Crucial M4 SSDs.

CPU Cooler: The Thermalright Silver Arrow offers slightly better performance while being a tad more quiet too.

PSU: Just look at the customer reviews on Newegg, they don't look good. This model looks a lot better: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.asp...6817256057

Also to consider:
A 120mm fan for the GPU duct in the HAF X case, which would improve cooling to your video card (highly recommend for a SLI setup) and a fan controller, which would allow you to slow down fans when you're not gaming and speed them up when you're gaming.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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