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New PC - Motherboard, Graphic Card Advice.

Hi i am creating a new build and it´s the firs time that i decided to do it by myself.

Approximate Purchase Date:
I am expecting to complete this machine on April 2013.

Budget Range:
So far, none but I don’t want to buy something that I won’t be using.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, editing HD Videos and Photos, Internet, Watching Movies

Are you buying a monitor: No
I already have an Asus HD Monitor, can´t remember the model.
It´s good enough but not something from another world.
I will probably upgrade it someday.

Parts to Upgrade:
Everything, it´s a new computer and it´s going to substitute my old 775 Socket Pc with 6 years old.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
I would like to maintain Windows 7. The feedback about windows 8 is a little disappointing. Still, i might go for windows 8 because of the 32Gb of Ram and new Direct X that will probably be realeased soon.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
http://www.amazon.co.uk

Parts Preferences:
The only Brands that i ever used was Asrock (had a very bad experience); Asus - for mobos and Grapihc Cards; Intel, Mushkin for ram.
It would be nice to have some feedback about Msi mobos and Evga Graphic Cards.

Overclocking:
May be / Yes, but nothing realy extreme.
I am not going to use water cooling.

SLI or Crossfire:
Oh, Yes!

Your Monitor Resolution:
1920x1080, but probably will be greater in the future.

Additional Comments:
I have pretty much all parts bought, except the motherboard, graphic card(s), Sound card and Wi-Fi Pci card.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My actual PC has 6 years old, it´s a 775 Socket dual core. Despite word, internet, videos/ movies and music it has a hard time managing games and everything else.
It reached it´s reform date. Still working thought.


This is what I bought so far:

Case: Nzxt Switch 810
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146089

Power Supply: Seasonic 1000 Platinum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151105&Tpk=seasonic%201000w%20platinum&IsVirtualParent=1

SSD 1: Corsair Gt 120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

HDD 1: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

CPU: i73930k - 3,20Ghx Hexacore X79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492

RAM: GSkill RipjawZ 1600Mhz (32GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231507

Cpu Cooler: Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-Quiet-Dark-Rock-Cooler/dp/B007VDD63M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364570040&sr=8-2

What im still missing and need help.

Motherboards:

Asus P9X79 Deluxe:

Because it has onboard Wifi connection. I know this board can manage an Sli / Crossfire (2 slot Graphic cards ) connection plus a sound card. Just don´t know if the mobo´s Wireless capabilities are as good as an Wifi Pci card.If it´s not good can it manage 2 graphic cards, 1 sound card and 1 wireless PCie?

Looks like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131799&Tpk=asus%20p9x79%20deluxe&IsVirtualParent=1

Asus Rampage IV Extreme:

Because it has more PCi connections. Still i don´t need has many features. I don´t like the x79 chipset with a fan. It really looks it´s going to fail someday.

Looks like This:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131802

Msi XPower Big Bang 2

Because it has more Pci connections and doesn´t use a X79 chipset fan. This board will probably support with ease 2 graphic cards, 1 sound card and 1 Pci wifi card.
Never had a Msi before, so, i am a littler afraid about quality and reliability. I have read that it has some bios issues. Any feedback?

Looks Like This:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130626&Tpk=msi%20xpower%20big%20bang%202&IsVirtualParent=1

Graphic Cards:

Asus 680 (x2) - Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II Nvidia Graphics Card (4GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, Display Port)

Looks like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-GeForce-DirectCU-Graphics-Express/dp/B00A3KHR1W/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1364574653&sr=1-1

Asus Titan (x2 after a year or so) - Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan 6GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, Display Port, 384 Bit)

Looks like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-GeForce-Graphics-Express-Display/dp/B00BKV3EVK/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1364574769&sr=1-1

Evga Titan SC (x2 after a year or so) - EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Superclocked 6GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, Display Port, DVI-I, DVI-D, 384-Bit, NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0)

Looks Like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForce-Superclocked-Graphics-Express/dp/B00BMXR56G/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1364574824&sr=1-1

Asus 7970 Matrix (x2) - Asus AMD Radeon HD 7970 Matrix Platinum Graphics Card (3GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, 4 x Display Port, DVI-I, DVI-D, 28nm GPU, AMD Eyefinity Technology)

Looks like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Platinum-Graphics-Eyefinity-Technology/dp/B009HPOGE0/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1364574591&sr=1-1-spell

Note: It´s Not my top pick because it´s a 3 slot video card and it´s a Premium Limited edition card. Which means, i won´t find another card if 1 card fails.

Sound Card:

Asus Phoebus:

Looks like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132054

Wireless Pci Card
In case i buy Asus Rampage Extreme Iv or Msi Bing Bang Xpower 2 i will have to buy an Wifi Card.
Any suggestion? I am looking for the very best.


Can you help me choose the motherboard and Graphic card and wifi Pci?

Thank you very much!
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  1. Go with the Asus Rampage Extreme board, definitely has the most features of any of them and is the best performer, with the OC key that you get it makes overclocking easy.

    And go with the Matrix card the 2xMatirx cards the two of them paired perform better than a titan, and a half. This is basically an overkill pc...

    I would go wired connection but a simply 20$ wifi PCie card will work.
  2. I'd say go for the MSI Big Bang. It's loaded with features, and in a way, more future proof with the slots.

    I suggest getting the Titan right now, then adding another one later. If you don't want to spend that much, get x2 7970s or x2 670 FTWs.

    No idea about the Wireless card.
  3. Titan is slower and the Big bang is overpriced.
  4. burritobob said:
    Titan is slower and the Big bang is overpriced.


    Thank you for your feedback.
  5. Stay away from the Corsair Force SSDs, they use an outdated Sandforce 2.0 controller that's known to have errors and BSODs associated with it. This would be a better pick for SSD: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-ocz-vector-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-indilinx-barefoot-mlc-flash-read-550mb-s-write-400mb-s-95k-io

    I definitely agree with what was said about the motherboard and GPU - the Titan is not a good value. And neither is the Big Bang or Rampage IV - those motherboards cost a ridiculous amount of money and you could get something far less expensive that does the same functions like this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-x79-extreme9-intel-x79-s-2011-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-atx

    You also most likely will never need or use a 1KW power supply especially for a single GPU setup. Get this instead: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-nzxt-hale90-750m-modular-90-eff-80-plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx-v22-psu

    Or this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-seasonic-x-series-modular-80-plus-gold-90-eff-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-fan-cooling
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    Stay away from the Corsair Force SSDs, they use an outdated Sandforce 2.0 controller that's known to have errors and BSODs associated with it. This would be a better pick for SSD: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-ocz-vector-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-indilinx-barefoot-mlc-flash-read-550mb-s-write-400mb-s-95k-io

    I definitely agree with what was said about the motherboard and GPU - the Titan is not a good value. And neither is the Big Bang or Rampage IV - those motherboards cost a ridiculous amount of money and you could get something far less expensive that does the same functions like this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-x79-extreme9-intel-x79-s-2011-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-atx

    You also most likely will never need or use a 1KW power supply especially for a single GPU setup. Get this instead: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-nzxt-hale90-750m-modular-90-eff-80-plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx-v22-psu

    Or this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-seasonic-x-series-modular-80-plus-gold-90-eff-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-fan-cooling


    You cannot buy UK products in the US... come back later with US prices
  7. burritobob said:
    g-unit1111 said:
    Stay away from the Corsair Force SSDs, they use an outdated Sandforce 2.0 controller that's known to have errors and BSODs associated with it. This would be a better pick for SSD: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-ocz-vector-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-indilinx-barefoot-mlc-flash-read-550mb-s-write-400mb-s-95k-io

    I definitely agree with what was said about the motherboard and GPU - the Titan is not a good value. And neither is the Big Bang or Rampage IV - those motherboards cost a ridiculous amount of money and you could get something far less expensive that does the same functions like this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-x79-extreme9-intel-x79-s-2011-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-atx

    You also most likely will never need or use a 1KW power supply especially for a single GPU setup. Get this instead: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-nzxt-hale90-750m-modular-90-eff-80-plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx-v22-psu

    Or this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-seasonic-x-series-modular-80-plus-gold-90-eff-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-fan-cooling


    You cannot buy UK products in the US... come back later with US prices


    He was just giving a link to the item.
  8. burritobob said:
    g-unit1111 said:
    Stay away from the Corsair Force SSDs, they use an outdated Sandforce 2.0 controller that's known to have errors and BSODs associated with it. This would be a better pick for SSD: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-ocz-vector-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-indilinx-barefoot-mlc-flash-read-550mb-s-write-400mb-s-95k-io

    I definitely agree with what was said about the motherboard and GPU - the Titan is not a good value. And neither is the Big Bang or Rampage IV - those motherboards cost a ridiculous amount of money and you could get something far less expensive that does the same functions like this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-x79-extreme9-intel-x79-s-2011-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-atx

    You also most likely will never need or use a 1KW power supply especially for a single GPU setup. Get this instead: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-nzxt-hale90-750m-modular-90-eff-80-plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx-v22-psu

    Or this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-seasonic-x-series-modular-80-plus-gold-90-eff-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-fan-cooling


    You cannot buy UK products in the US... come back later with US prices


    You missed this part in the OP:

    Quote:

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk


    :ange:
  9. Tank you all!

    I guess i will have to risk it, after all there isn´t such thing as perfect products.
    I think i am going for the Asus Rampage IV, either put a pair of stock 7970s or 680s and a sound card.
    I am going to try to leave wi-fi.
  10. Best answer
    Psykotik83 said:
    Tank you all!

    I guess i will have to risk it, after all there isn´t such thing as perfect products.
    I think i am going for the Asus Rampage IV, either put a pair of stock 7970s or 680s and a sound card.
    I am going to try to leave wi-fi.


    You're wasting your money buying the Rampage IV. You could get the Asrock Extreme 9 for 1/2 the cost and it does exactly the same functions and can support up to 64GB RAM.
  11. g-unit1111 said:
    Stay away from the Corsair Force SSDs, they use an outdated Sandforce 2.0 controller that's known to have errors and BSODs associated with it. This would be a better pick for SSD: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-ocz-vector-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-indilinx-barefoot-mlc-flash-read-550mb-s-write-400mb-s-95k-io

    I definitely agree with what was said about the motherboard and GPU - the Titan is not a good value. And neither is the Big Bang or Rampage IV - those motherboards cost a ridiculous amount of money and you could get something far less expensive that does the same functions like this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-x79-extreme9-intel-x79-s-2011-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-atx

    You also most likely will never need or use a 1KW power supply especially for a single GPU setup. Get this instead: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-nzxt-hale90-750m-modular-90-eff-80-plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx-v22-psu

    Or this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-seasonic-x-series-modular-80-plus-gold-90-eff-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-fan-cooling


    SandForce-based SSDs performed extremely well from the get go. Unfortunately, there were some bugs early on that caused instability in SSD drives that used the SandForce controllers, which was practically everybody.

    I’ve had the Corsair Force 3-SandForce SF-2281 running in my primary system for over two months now, and have not experienced a single stutter, hang, crash or blue screen. I also haven’t experienced any issues waking up from a sleep state or hibernation. The drive I received had firmware version 1.2.

    SandForce recently sent out updated firmware code to manufacturers, claiming they had fixed the bugs causing the instability in a lot of SandForce SSD drives. Corsair integrated those fixes into firmware 1.3.3, but I want to stress that even before firmware 1.3.3, the Force 3 did not exhibit any stability issues for me. The Force 3 has been very reliable during the course of my evaluation.
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