1600 Euro Gaming PC - Help Choosing Parts

Hello everyone,
This is my first time posting on these forums but after 2 weeks of reading threads and viewing articles I am getting close to choosing a PC!
One important thing to note is that I am an english speaker living in Europe (Belgium) (posting from the tomshardware.co.uk site). I know more or less what I want (written below), but I have a few questions related to the actual purchase:

1. I can purchase parts in the UK quite easily (select parts are up to 10% cheaper and I have contacts there), but is it worth it if I would have to use the warranty? Basically, it would cost me a trip to the UK or would I be able to take advantage of warranties from Belgium?

2. Does anyone know a good place to buy hardware in Belgium, currently I am looking at the following websites:
However, when compared with all the newegg links this stuff is expensive!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: August 2010 - unless given good reason to wait a month more...

BUDGET RANGE: ~1600 Euro, but Quality vs Price is most important (do not mind going +/- 10% if it is justified). Monitor is outside this budget. OS is outside this budget.


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All Parts needed.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I live in Belgium and previously just bought computer hardware at small shops, so no preffered store.


OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I plan on doing some light OCing to the CPU itself (I7-930 -> ~3.4).


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 / 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The first priority is that the PC can last 5 years (barring unforseen accidents) at a light OC (3.4GHz). I know that in 5 years time it will certainly no longer be top of the line, but like the other PCs I have now, I would like it to still work (I have a range of older PCs which all remain at their stock values but have lasted 4-5 years each at least). A relatively quiet PC would also be a nice to have.

Once I find a few good websites I will start comparing prices and look for which hardware I can actually buy (from which makers).
The below list contains both the parts I have decided on and those that still need some work. I would appreciate if anyone could give advice on the parts that do not have a part mentioned (Mobo, SSD, RAM, Processor Fan, Case, PSU, KB/Mouse, Speakers and Monitor):

Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz =~280 Euros

Motherboard: Requirements: SLI-ready (2x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots + a few free slots for expansion cards, fits the processor (x58) and supports triple channel ddr3 1600

Graphics: Two SLIed: 460 GTX 1024MB Cards = ~460 Euros

HardDrives: Samsung Spinpoint F3 - 1TB = ~65 Euros And a SSD

RAM: 6 GB, 1600MHz seems to be the best value for money

Processor Fan: I heard that a good fan can extend the life-time of your processor.

Case: Primary requirements: Fits all hardware in this list + a few expansion slot items comfortably. Decent Air through-put and quality vs Price. Secondary Requirements: Looks. Weight is not important (within reasonable limits). I was looking at a Lancool Dragon Lord PC-K62 which seemed pretty decent.

Power Supply: ~800 Watt and good quality (A good PSU is the most important to overall system stability/longevity?).

DVD Drive: Any.

Keyboard/Mouse: I have never bought a gaming KB/Mouse before and am not sure what is important here.

Speakers: Never bought speakers before either (just used old ones I had lying around).

Monitor (Seperate budget of ~200-250): I assume anything with the following minimum specs should be fine: 2ms g2g, DVI + HMDI connection, 170°(H) / 160°(V), static contrast >= 1000:1, 1920 x 1080 but 1920 x 1200 preferred...

I also have two additional questions:

Do I need to buy anything else in the form of wires, thermal paste, a tray for the SSD or extra cooling fans?

I was thinking of MS Windows 7 Home Premium OEM EN 64-Bit as an OS, which should be sufficient at 16GB of addressable memory, is there any point to Windows 7 Professional if you do not want the 128GB limit? (Why there is a different limit on the same OS is beyond me)
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  1. Since no one has replied yet ill make a list of specific questions I have:

    After knowing which types of parts I need, I will check out a few webshops here and see what kind of prices I can get. Note as mentioned above, I am purchasing with the idea of a 5 year system which I can run a light OC on.
    However I am still unsure of the following items:

    Mobo: Needs to have SLI and 2x16 PCI-E 2.0 Slots + 2-3 expansion slots and support ~1600 MHz RAM.

    RAM: If picking triple channel is 1600 currently the best value vs price?

    Processor fan: I have no experience in this area and have no idea which brands or specs are good.

    Case: Weight/looks are not important, but I am looking for something which has good ventialtion and comfortably fits all parts (I heard about some cases not completly fitting certain types of Gfx cards for example).

    Power Supply: Is 800 watts overkill for this system if we assume a few expansion slot items + a few pieces of hardware powered through the USB ports?

    Monitor: On a sperate budget of 250 Euros. I prefer 1920x1200 but there is a pretty big difference in price between that one and standard HD.

    Additional items: Do I need to buy anything else in the form of wires, thermal paste, a tray for the SSD or extra cooling fans?

    OS: I see the recommended buy of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM, is there any reason to buy this over home if you do not need the extra addressable memory space? There is a difference of ~40 Euros in price.

    Warranty: Price parts are in the order of 10% cheaper in England. Are there any parts which would be "safe" to buy in a seperate country (I assume that means anything I would not likely have to returen).
  2. It is hard to recommend something in a country with no site that you can use. Do those shops have a site with PC parts?

    But for a 5 year gaming PC..do you plan on upgrading later down the road or everything you buy has to last 5 years?
    I will give you a link to see the model and see if you will be able to find it in your country.

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188048

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226116 -best value is at 1333MHz. Please when choosing the model pay attention because there are more then one model of this type.

    CPU fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118054

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119150 one of the most unique cases out there and it has a cooler blowing cold air straight to the video cards.

    Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011 850w HX high quality series will run your system.

    Get an asus dvd drive because they are good.

    Ok, keyboard and mouse.
    keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126034 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053 witch is more the twice as expensive, some might think it is worth it.
    Mouse: wierd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261 -this is purely for gaming
    Wirless: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104321 2.4Ghz speed so the lag is not noticeable. I own it's little brother witch has 2.4Ghz data transfer speed and it is great.

    As for monitor it is best to give us links to what there is available in your country.

    Actually i suggest you give us links to all components that you can but from your list and the ones that i recommended if possible. I do not know how they fit in your budget but if it is over then post al of them with the price and we can reduce it with similar components that would not affect performance that much.
  3. it seems most has been sorted out so can you post a final build so i can comment?

    I used these websites to get my parts as I too live in belgium.


    all very reliable I can attest from my own experience ;)
  4. azerty.nl, they also deliver in Belgium, and are the cheapest (as far as I know)
  5. Thanks Somebody_007 and vsdagama for the website links. Azerty.nl does have some nice prices and I will call to see what kind of warranty options I get in Belgium. Also, between all the websites you supplied I should be able to find nearly any product.

    Thanks Ionut19 for the part recommendations. In repsonse to your question: I generally buy a new PC every 2.5 years. But I would hope that this PC stays up and running for at least 5 (with hopefully no upgrades/replacements needed). I also dislike replacing parts, hence the preferance for quality parts.

    I assorted all of the comments and parts with associated lowest price found on the respective websites and the price comes to a total of 1,062.68 without the Mobo, Ram, Casing and CPU fan:

    Processor: Processor - 1 x Intel Core i7 930 / 2.8 GHz - LGA1366 Socket - L3 8 MB - 255.73 Euro

    Gfx Card: Two 460 GTX 1024 - ~450.00 Euro
    Could someone propose a brand for me? The available choices for the 460 GTX 1 gig are: http://azerty.nl/producten/zoek?v_uitgebreid=off&PAGINA=1&ZOEKTERMEN=460+gtx&SORTERING=merk_asc&VERFIJNING_2974%5B416%5D=on&presentatie=miniatuur-lijst

    HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class HD103SJ - Vaste schijf - 1 TB - intern - 3.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 tpm -buffer: 32 - 58.17 Euro

    PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX850W - Voeding ( intern ) - ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 - 120-240 V wisselstroom V - 850 - 158.87 Euro
    Note that for the same price you can get the 750W Gold AX750 (if the 850 watts was overkill).

    DVD drive: ASUS DRW 24B1LT - Schijfstation - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - 24x24x12x - Serial ATA - intern - 5.25" - zwart - 27.13 Euro

    KeyBoard: Logitech G15 Keyboard - 81.03 Euro

    RAM: The mushkin you linked was not availabled, so I linked the different options here:
    1,333 MHz 6GB RAM available, sorted by price:
    http://azerty.nl/producten/zoek?GROEP_ID=749&p_tab=8&v_uitgebreid=off&PAGINA=1&SORTERING=prijs_asc&VERFIJNING_2829%5B3576%5D=on&presentatie=miniatuur-lijst 1333
    1,600 MHz 6GB RAM available, sorted by price:
    http://azerty.nl/producten/zoek?GROEP_ID=750&p_tab=8&v_uitgebreid=off&PAGINA=1&SORTERING=prijs_asc&PRIJS_KLASSE%5B100-250%5D=on&VERFIJNING_2829%5B3576%5D=on&presentatie=miniatuur-lijst 1600

    Case: That particular computer case was not available. Below I linked the list of available casings (note: click on "Merk" (brand) and you will get a dropdown menu allowing you to pick the brand you want, since there are 55 hits in total)

    CPU Fan: The ones listed had good reviews but were quite big. Will they all fit in a case without anything having to be moved/sawed off? There was also a question of it being really heavy which would stress the Mobo?

    Mouse: Logitech MX 518 Optical Gaming Mouse - Muis - optisch - 8 knop(pen) - met bekabeling - USB - 31.75 Euro - Still debating this one, I heard it could have some issues with Win7 x64...

    Motherboard: The price tag seemed a tad high compared to the rest of the system components. Is there nothing that supports 2-way SLI, with 2x 16 PCI-E and 1600 MHz ram support for less, or does that miss out some vital functionality? I also saw some Mobo's labeled as "PhysX SLI" and some did not, does this imply that those without will only take advantage of physX with one of the SLI'd Gfx cards? (example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131390R&cm_re=physx-_-13-131-390R-_-Product)

    Monitor I should be able to find anything that is available in the US here as well. Does a decent 1920x1200 screen exist below the $300 (before rebates)?

    Speakers I will pick those out seperatly.

    SSD: Since adding an SSD will easily bring it over budget I will probubly not purchase this item. However, if I do bite the bullet and shell out an extra few 100, can anyone indicate a few good brand/series which do not have any of the "trim" issues I have briefly read about?

    Is there anything else that would need to be added to this list to make a buildable PC (Thermal paste, extra wires, case fans etc?)

    For the question of which version of Win7 I should get, I will browse around the Windows 7 forums here.
  6. Video cards: get this model http://azerty.nl/0-971-302419/msi-n460gtx-cyclone-1gd5-oc-gr.html they cool better in SLI from what i can see. On newegg on comments the temps are ok and the big heat sink will help a lot, even more with the case having a fan that blows cold air on them. Also good brand.

    Power supply: i recommended a 850w power supply because sometimes in the future if you want to buy more powerful cards you will need it, also in time the efficiency of the power supply degrades because of it's components. For 20euro more you can get the 850w gold series witch is this: http://azerty.nl/0-1073-282017/corsair-professional-series-go.html as for reliability i do not know that much because these are new models and can't say but corsair power supply's are very good.

    By the way, your setup can run on a 650w power supply also. If you do not want to spend a little more on the power supply with the option of buying new and more powerful/power hungry cards after 2-3years get the 750 gold model.

    Case: here is the case http://azerty.nl/8-1048-64931/cooler-master-cosmos-s-fullt.html

    RAM: these are great but expensive http://azerty.nl/8-750-261429/corsair-dominator-geheugen-.html -used to be a little cheaper. If you want i can recommend cheaper models. Please post id so.

    Well if you think the coolers for your CPU are heavy get the one that is a sealed water cooled kit. It is listed among those 3 i posted. You won't be the only one with such big coolers inside and all will fit your case. I like the corsair one because it is smaller as well. You can also change the fan with a more powerful and silent one from noctua. Actually i read that noctua 120mm fans used with that cooler work great. Put the radiator in the middle of two of these http://azerty.nl/0-1088-71992/noctua-nf-p12-ventilatorhuis.html and fix it to the back of your case. The fans are low noise, i use them inside my PC at max sped and i can barely hear them. That is extra money, if you do not want to spend just use the fan that came with the cooler, it will suffice.

    The motherboard you listed there is a fixed one that was broken or had a bad bios, it is an open box, witch means it is not brand new.

    Well the one i listed is very overclock friendly and good quality. The PhysX is a property of nvidia cards and will work on all of the new cards. Somme people use a separate video card just for it but only a few games take advantage of it.
    I found minor glitch on other models especially from asus..but if you would like i can recommend a good model, just have to search for a little bit.

    The mouse..i have no experience with that model.

    EDIT: here you go, i found a super mother board that will suit your needs : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130289
    Read all you want on toms article about it http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/rampage-iii-extreme-big-bang-xpower-x58a-ud9,2688.html .
    On the site you listed here is the link: http://azerty.nl/0-844-277402/msi-big-bang-xpower-moederbo.html

    Pfuu.. what in US is 300$ in Europe is 300Euro..stupid taxes..

    Is this mother board too expensive? If it is let me find another, just post.
  7. Here are the PC components:

    Motherboard: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/844/277402/msi-big-bang-xpower-moederbord-atx-ix58-lga1366-socket-sata-300-raid-sata-600-raid-esata-2-x-gigabit-ethernet-.html

    CPU cooler: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/1306/244619/corsair-hydro-series-h50-warmte-uitwisselaar-met-ingebouwde-pomp-voor-vloeistofkoelsysteem-cpu-socket-775-socket-1156-so.html

    Case: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/1048/64931/cooler-master-cosmos-s-fulltowermodel-uitgebreide-atx-geen-voeding-eps12v-ps-2-zwart-usb-firewire-audio-e-sata.html

    CPU: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/912/258742/processor-1-x-intel-core-i7-930-2-8-ghz-lga1366-socket-l3-8-mb-doos.html

    HDD: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/857/225309/samsung-spinpoint-f3-desktop-class-hd103sj-vaste-schijf-1-tb-intern-3-5-sata-300-7200-tpm-buffer-32-mb.html

    Keyboard: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/1316/57768/logitech-g15-keyboard-toetsenbord-usb-vs-internationaal.html

    DVD-RW optical drive: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/862/225596/asus-drw-24b1st-schijfstation-dvd-rw-r-dl-dvd-ram-24x24x12x-serial-ata-intern-5-25-zwart.html

    PSU: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/1073/282018/corsair-professional-series-gold-ax750-voeding-intern-atx12v-2-31-eps12v-2-92-90-264-v-wisselstroom-v-750-watt-ac.html

    Video card's: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/971/302419/msi-n460gtx-cyclone-1gd5-oc-grafische-adapter-gf-gtx-460-pci-express-2-0-x16-1-gb-gddr5-digitale-visuele.html

    RAM: http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/749/102034/ocz-platinum-xtc-triple-channel-kit-geheugen-6-gb-3-x-2-gb-dimm-240-pins-ddr3-1333-mhz-pc3-10666-cl7-1-65-v-.html

    TOTAL: 1.749,22 euro -you said you can stretch a little bit, no?

    OS most go with windows7 professional because you get most stuff on it.

    Monitor i would say this one http://azerty.nl/2-1132-206693/samsung-syncmaster-p2370-lcd.html -it does not have HDMI but you will use DVI cable, gives the same picture quality.
    300 $ is ~220 euro so this should fit the price range. What ever is left invest to cover the price of the rest of the computer.
    Would you like to recommend a bigger monitor? (more expensive also)
  8. Thanks for that list Ionut19.

    After looking through 20+ other lower cost Mobos that one did indeed seem to be the only one without any known issues and with good high quality parts (and I only need 2-way SLI anyway with 460 Gtx's). I am only unsure that if I end up buying 1600+ MHz Ram I would have to OC the Mobo. I am not sure how difficult that is...

    Likewise nice job on the keyboard, cpu, Gfx cards, and PSU, RAM, HDD and DVD drive.

    The case looks top notch, but a bit expensive. But since a slightly noisier fan does not bother me that much, and you say the stock fans on this are good enough for a lightly OCed system it would probably come out at the same price as another case + 1-2 additional fans anyway.

    I am still unsure of the CPU cooler. I would rather not use a water cooler (not to mention it is relatively expensive).

    I was hoping for a 1920x1200 screen, but if there is none available in the ~$300 price range with decent gaming stats then I am out of luck. By the way, for screens feel free to choose any you find (newegg or otherwise) since I will probably buy it in the UK. It is also only a completely seperate budget from the other items (basically I will not be the one paying for it).

    If possible could you recommend an SSD brand/type in case I change my mind?

    Apart from the mouse, is there anything else I need to add to the list which I would need to build it (thermal paste (if it does not come with the CPU cooler), wires etc)?

    And finally, thanks again for all your help, your recommendations are good. Also, nice job navigating through the dutch website!
  9. Well..the 1920x1200 screen is an older pixel format. Now we use 1920x1080 resolution witch is Full HD. At list that is what i have at home(32" 1920x1080 LCD).

    If you want to buy a good LCD and you are not paying for it..he he..if the price can fit your wife/parents/brother limit then i need what size do you want it to be, in inches?

    A 24" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001378
    A 23"LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001380
    A27" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001379
    All of these are Full HD(1920x1080) with 2ms GTG and g=have a nice design.

    These ones are great but the price is over 220 euro i think. In US the only one that goes over the 300$ price is the 27" model.

    Do you have a LCD TV at home?

    SSD are expensive..will push your budget. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139136
    A 128Gb model will suffice the operating system space and a few games. If you want to use one just for operating system then a 64Gb would be OK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139112
    The SSD does not affect FPS in games, only loading times.

    A cpu cooler.. http://azerty.nl/0-976-262338/zalman-cnps-10x-performa-koe.html if you want to go cheaper then buy this one. Thermal paste http://azerty.nl/0-1093-2144/arctic-silver-5-premium-silver-.html if you want you can but the bigger syringe model and also get this cleaning kit from them, it works good http://azerty.nl/0-1093-71642/arcticlean.html .
  10. The build so far (with prices):

    Processor - 1 x Intel Core i7 930 / 2.8 GHz - LGA1366 Socket - L3 8 MB - 255.73 Euro

    MSI Big Bang Xpower - Moederbord - ATX - iX58 - LGA1366 Socket - SATA-300 (RAID), SATA-600 (RAID), eSATA - 2 x Gigabit Ethernet - 317.84 Euro

    ZALMAN CNPS 10X Performa (processor cooler) - 31.54 Euro

    ASUS DRW 24B1ST - Schijfstation - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - 24x24x12x - Serial ATA - intern - 5.25" - zwart - 26.56 Euro

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class HD103SJ - 1Tb - 58.17 Euro

    Logitech G15 Keyboard - 81.03 Euro

    Corsair Professional Series Gold AX750 - 156.37 Euro

    Two MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC - Grafische adapter - GF GTX 460 - PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 1 GB GDDR5 - Digitale - 245.29 x 2 = 490.58 Euro - (Just a note, the Sonic Platinum version is 6 Euros less, but I think the price of this MSI card went up?)

    OCZ Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kit - Geheugen - 6 GB : 3 x 2 GB - DIMM 240-pins - DDR3 - 1333 MHz / PC3-10666 - CL7 ( 7-7-7-20 ) - 145.41 Euro

    Cooler Master Cosmos S - Fulltowermodel - 189.26 Euro

    Logitech Gaming Mouse G500 - Muis - laser - 10 knop(pen) - Cabled - USB - 49.98 Euro - Would have gone for the MX 518 but the disintigrating rubber finish issues many Newegg users complained about turned me off.

    No extra fans. No extra wires.

    Total cost without speakers: 1802.47 Euro. A bit over the budget I posted, but I do not mind considering the relative quality the parts seem to be.

    The thermal paste provided with the Zalman heatsink is: High Performance Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2M. Should I spend 6 Euros on the artic (10 uses) or just use the Zalman?

    Which only leaves the screen. Ionut19, I would like a 22-24" screen. Too bad about 1920x1200 not being very popular anymore.
    Anyway, that leaves me with no other options, I will go for a 1920x1080 one after all. Is there any truth to those with backlights supposedly having a longer liftime over CCFL's?
  11. If you want to use the one that came with the cooler should be ok i think. I have no experience with it. You can try it on. Get the extra one just in case temps go too high or you screw up the installation or want to reinstall the cooler. (If you want more uses get the 12g syringe as i mentioned in the previous post. The 6 euro one is 3.5g. The one with 12 g if i remember right is 12-14euro.)

    There are 2 main LCD monitor types. LCD that has neon's as source of light and LED LCD's that have LED's as a source of light.
    Now, with LED back light there are 3 types, edge LED illumination, full panel illumination and another one witch i do not remember.

    Any LED LCD will give you better colors and consumes less energy then normal LCD's.
    Example, my 32" is rated at 120w, the same size LED LCD is rated at 90-95w.

    "..CCFL's?" -i have no idea what you just said there. Do not understand in English what that stands for but it doesn't matter.

    By the time any LCD or LED screen gives away because of age you will have the money to get a new one probably sooner because of how technology is evolving.

    24" LCD 1920x1080 http://azerty.nl/0-1056-227112/samsung-syncmaster-p2450h-lc.html
    The resolution is more popular because of it's large use in cameras, movies and other. A full HD movie for example..

    Parts chosen are based on good reviews. But it may happen that one might have a problem, do not panic. Jut verify the warranty and get a replacement.
    Also after completing the installation please post here pictures, i want to see the beast..ha ha ha.

    If you have problems with installation after reading the manual post on the forums so we can help.
  12. Thanks for all the help Ionut19 and everyone else who contributed.

    Once I put the whole rig together I will post a few pictures in this thread (but that won't be for a few weeks at least).

    Is there any need to put a solved/closed tag on this thread (if so how)?
  13. The moderators will change it so you can chose a best answer and that make's it solved.
    We are glad to be able to help you. Make a new thread when and if you want to put pictures and good luck with your build.
  14. Sorry for re-bumping this thread but I have been having a few second thoughts on a few parts... (I have also found a different store which offers slightly more competitive prices: https://www.afuture.nl

    Since I not going for an SSD I have decide to go for a raid 0 of 2x: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM
    The reason I went for this is because they have generally good reviews, and should be quick since they are single platter.

    I found the following RAM on the website which seemed like a good buy: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CAS 8-8-8-24
    I also read a few less than stellar reviews of the OCZ RAM (+ corsair dominator was the first recommendation (although at CAS7))

    I am hestitating most with the case. Most reviews put it at a great big case, but some have mentioned that the cooling is average and that heat pipes might touch the side fan (see review comment here). The heatpipe he mentions is only 8mm longer than the Zalman performa as well.
    The basic case requirements are (from most important to least).
    1. Fits all the parts (Zalman performa being the biggest problem most likely)
    2. Cool (good cooling for 2 SLId cards and on the RAM if possible)
    3. Quiet
    4. Price
    5. Looks

    Also, it looks like I will have to pick speakers as well, but I found these: Logitech Z-2300 200 watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System for 130 Euros, which still fits nicely in the budget with the savings found with the new website (currently @ 1700 w/o speakers)

    P.S. I have read some good reviews about the Thermal paste that comes with the Zalman Performa: ZALMAN ZM-STG2 Thermal Greases so I will use this instead of buying a seperate one.
  15. If you found a cheaper site, then order them from there.

    I can not say anything about samsung raid with those drives. If you think it is better then go for it.

    With RAM not only the MHz is important. See fi you can find corsair dominator at 1333MHz with cas7.

    The best solution witch will also leave you with lots of room to work would have been the corsair sealed water cooler. No maintenance needed after installation, but a little more expensive.

    If you want use that thermal grease in stead of AS5. I have no problem with it.
  16. Just thought I would add an update and a question on the actual building of the PC:

    Since nearly all of the parts are here (they are all so shiney!) I have been reading up the manuals and have a few questions related to the power hookup:

    The PSU has the following connectors:
    1 x Main connector (20+4Pin)
    2 x 4+4-Pin ATX/EPS 12V
    8 x Peripheral
    12 x SATA
    2 x Floppy
    4 x PCI-E

    1. The 2x 460GTX's each take 2x PCI-E's, so that works out nicely, but there is an extra 6-pin slot for the GPUs in the MoBo (see just above left of the PCI slot in this picture. Is it worth plugging this one in, would it lower heat or provide more stable power? (would be in the form of 2x molex (the peripherals listed above?) -> 6 pin)

    2. The are 2 EPS connectors in both the MoBo (see above left of the DRMOS sign in this screenshot) and the PSU provides them as well. The same question as above, what are the benifits to plugging both in?

    3. The case has a total of 7 or 8 fans, while the MoBo only has 4 sysfan connections. Does this mean that the fans I connect directly to the MoBo will be variable speed (based on some software/BIOs settings) while those connected directly to the PSU will be at Max RPM all the time?
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