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August 4, 2013 8:43:45 AM

Hey all. I remember my 9800GT being top of the line when I build my current pc, which apparently was 2008 so I'm thinking it's probably time for a reboot haha I'm 90% sure these are the parts I'm after, however any advice would be appreciated.

There are a few key things I'd prefer to keep though. I'd like it if the parts were available from either MSY computers or CPL as these are in the area (northern melbourne AU), and I hate having to wait for stuff to be delivered from online stores :p  I'll give further info into what I've chosen at the bottom of the post.

Other than that, I'm open to any suggestions! My main concern is keeping the costs down, I'm already $500 over what I was thinking in the first place >.< I do want it to be future resistant though because with my money situation it's easier to do a full upgrade every few years rather than incrementally. My main purpose will be 7680x1440 gaming and multitasking.

CPU: 4770k $389 AUD

MOBO: MSI z87 gd65 $255

RAM: G.Skill TridentX 2400 $189

HDD: WD Green 3TB $135

SSD: Sandisk Extreme 120GB $112

GPU: Titan OC $1349 (don't bite my head off yet, I'll explain at the bottom haha)

Case: Coolermaster HAF X $178

Sound Card: Xonar DX $81

PSU: Seasonic XP-1000 Platinum $312


OK!! So yes I have a feeling I already know a few of the things you're gonna say so let me explain first haha

TLDR: The titan suits my situation, the mobo's purdy, the PSU might be needed eventually.

Firstly, Yes the Titan is ~$200-$300 overpriced. I know that. I know in most gaming cases the Titan is easily outmatched by other cards in SLI, but from what I've read it's the best option for large resolution surround gaming. I'm confident that the 6GB Vram will come in handy for that. Especially if I'm able to make the jump to triple 4K monitors within the near future.

I love the design of the MOBO and want to have a go at Overclocking and this seems like a really noob friendly OC board. ...Also did I mention I really love the design? ...probably 40% of why I want the board:p 

The sound card I'm in two minds about. I've read this mobo has a pretty good sound, but I adore my Astro headsets and they need Dolby Digital Live to be in 5.1 surround. Also (I may be wrong here though) with a sound card, am I able to use the onboard seperately at the same time? So like, say I'm gaming with my headset plugged into the soundcard, can I also have a movie playing through the onboard sound and my speakers seperate from my headphones?

And finally 1000w is way too much for me atm, but PSUcalc says I'd want to have around 650w right now, but 850w if I do get around to picking up a second titan. With that in mind, the 1000w is only $30 more than the seasonic p-860w so I figure I might as well get it in case I do go SLI down the road.


Thanks for the advice, sorry for the epic amount I wrote here >.< I'd prefer it if any changes were either the same price or cheaper.

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August 4, 2013 9:00:41 AM

Wow. Just, wow. haha But I'd suggest you to get the WD Black instead of the Green for the performance. I know you have an SSD, but hey you have the money already so why not?! haha If you game on multi monitors, yes the Titan is perfect for you. :)  Everything looks good bro.

Yea that mobo looks kickass! Going for a red and black theme, nice!
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August 4, 2013 9:23:02 AM

adimeister said:
Wow. Just, wow. haha But I'd suggest you to get the WD Black instead of the Green for the performance. I know you have an SSD, but hey you have the money already so why not?! haha If you game on multi monitors, yes the Titan is perfect for you. :)  Everything looks good bro.

Yea that mobo looks kickass! Going for a red and black theme, nice!


The only difference between Blue and Black drives are the warranties and the marketing. OP would be better off with a bigger Blue than a smaller Black. Though I do agree Green sucks and that OP should switch it out. Mine starting leaking ooze after a year.
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August 4, 2013 9:29:51 AM

Oh sweet thanks. Yeah a larger than expected tax return bolstered by some of my savings made me decide it's time to upgrade haha I'm glad people on these forums are more understanding of the Titan's incredibly niche market. Most other places dump on you as soon as you mention it but I've noticed that on here people tend to understand it's good for specific purposes (multi monitor and high-end small form factor builds).

I was never a fan of cases with windows till I saw this mobo haha was tempted to get an HAF XB lan box because the window on that is nice and big and I like the idea of non-traditional case shapes, but I doubt LED fans in that would work as well as in the HAF X.

I must say I was doubtful about why an 'eco friendly' HDD would really matter on a desktop, and why anything eco friendly would be so much cheaper than the other options. Thanks for the advice, I'll switch to blue or black, whichever I can find in stock.

As long as everything is compatible and works well with each other I'm happy =^.^= Do you know if you can have separate sound channels at the same time using a sound card and on board sound? Cause if not I might just keep my headsets for consoles and stick with my el-cheapo logitech 5.1 speakers which are fine for me. My partner generally watches stuff on one of my monitors usually and when she is if I want to game I'm generally relegated to the console or playing something on PC that I can live without the sound on.
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August 4, 2013 9:36:30 AM

Yea! Me too, I never wanted a windowed case before. But I got interested when I saw a rig with a window in person. :)  I'm not sure about the separation of sound channels. I have only tried the rear I/O, and front panel connection, NO LUCK and DIDN'T PLAY. haha
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August 4, 2013 9:45:22 AM

For windowed cases, wire management is necessary to make it look good.
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August 4, 2013 11:41:01 AM

Sure, but with the case he chose, it's easy to deal with wire management. :) 
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August 4, 2013 11:49:58 AM

I was tempted to get one of the ultra towers, like the CFI Pharoah, simply because I like big imposing PC cases, but decided this one will do instead lol I'm gonna spend so long on cable management, I can get pretty anal haha. Plus the PSU is fully modular which should help a lot, if I need to I can just get a longer cable rather than having to use extenders.
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August 4, 2013 11:57:46 AM

Goodluck bro! I have a windowed case but the wire management on it is not so good. I did my best though. haha My case sucks that's why. haha Took me about 5hours to do all the wiring. Did it about 3 times. haha
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August 4, 2013 12:01:29 PM

...I'm gonna go through so many cable ties -.-
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August 4, 2013 12:07:17 PM

hahahahha goodluck!
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