I need your opinion & advice on my new build


I am working out my new build and would like some advice from those of you that love this stuff.

My main concerns with the build
Did I pick the right RAM - it's the cheaper Corsair, is the Dominator line of RAM worth the money?
Will the 2 GPUs play nice with the MOBO and PSU?
Do I need more than the stock cooling? (I don’t really care too much about overclocking since I won’t do it right away but I will probably OC the proc at some point..)
Is NOW the right time to move on this or are there new GPU / CPU products right around the corner that are worth waiting on? (I don't keep up with HW too much!)
Any other advice the board may have is always welcome!

What I will use this rig for in order of importance:
Gaming (Starcraft 2, WoW and a few others)
Some development work but very little compiling
This by all accounts, is going to be a gaming rig

Overview of the build:
MOBO: MSI Big Bang
CPU: i7-950
RAM: 8GB Corsair DDR3
GPUS: 2 x EVGA GTX 480 (Fermi)
Storage: OCZ Agility 2 for file system & Samsung Spinpoint for other stuff
PSU: 1200W Antec TPQ
Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower
Here are the build details:

MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Price: $299.99
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813130289

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core
Price: $294.99
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819115211

2 x CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (8GB total)
Price: $179.98
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820145263

2 x EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Price (for both of them): $939.98
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814130552

Main storage (OS and apps)
OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Price: $144.99
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820227542

Secondary Storage (Files et’al)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Price: $69.99
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822152185

Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Power Supply
Price: $294.99 (Ouch! Never thought I would pay this much for a PSU!)
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817371032

Optical Drive:
ASUS Black 24X SATA 24X DVD Burner
Price: $19.99
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Price: $99.99
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129085

Grand Total: $2,300 (Does not include shipping)

This is my first upgrade in 4 years so I am not too worried about cost but I also don’t want to go too overboard otherwise I would just pay Falcon. Any suggestions you can make to improve the quality or other aspects of the build are greatly appreciated.

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  1. Hi, well if you don't mind about spending so much money then the build looks good but:

    why this mobo if you onli going for 2-way sli
    also the ati 69xx series are going to come out soon.
    But the i7 is a big overkill, it's mostly for people working with programs needing 6 or more cores.... (if it's a gamin rig go for i5-760)
    so with the i5-760 this mobo will do just as good as the one you picked out and also there is one more slot for GPU if you would want to upgrade in a future:
    MSI Big Bang Trinergy LGA 1156 Intel P55 / NVIDIA NF200 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130258 $329.99
    (SLI & CF)

    Ram: you dont need more than 4 gb for gaming, rather than spending money on more GBs look for better Cas Latency (the one you picked has Cas Latency 8) the one i picked has cas latency 6 (the lower the better):
    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600C6LV4GK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227572 $101.99

    PSU if you choose to wait for 69xx series that are ment to beat the gtx 480 then you not going to need 1200W, somethink along 850W should be enough.

    CASE: you got mid tower one for $99.99 i found (recommended) really good full tower case for $159.99:
    Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    With these specs the max price should go up to $2000
  2. Dave is talking good sense. The i5 is the best bang for buck at the moment. Software simply has not caught up to take advantage of the i7 and is the biggest bottleneck you are likely to face.
  3. Yh true. Or if you want to wait for the SB to be released (SB: i5 2400) it will be released in Q1 of the 2011 for $200 and also the 69xx are ment to be released next month (november) but they might be a bit overpriced.

    SB Performance preview: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-preview-three-wins-in-a-row/11
  4. Thanks for the tips David - Very good indeed, I'll modify my build to reflect those ;-)
  5. You will definitly be happy with your build when you modify it and will also be happy by the prize of it. You will onisly not be happy if you know you get the same performace with stuff for $2600 as with stuff for $2000. You can spend the extra $600 on better monitor, speaker, mouse, keyboard or some upgrades in future. :D :)
  6. Note: some games will do better with the i7 than the i5. Take for instance Starcraft 2, I can run it on Ultra across the board with an i7-920 + superclocked GTX260. My roommate's newer system running an i5-760 with 2 x GTX460s actually has to turn down the reflections setting (because for some reason that's a CPU based graphical effect) otherwise he drops to < 40fps when having water onscreen (on the edges of a lot of maps). So the i5 doesn't handle some things as well as the i7, but for the majority of things it's much cheaper and does well.
  7. Yh but only 2 games out of 10 are CPU based graphical effect, so it dipens on the buyer if he wants to spend extra money on a processor. But most of the games are GPU based so it dipens what games are you willing to play and also yes i would recommend you going for the amd 955 or 965 build, if you want a complete amd 965 build just tell me and i will post you one as i have posted one yesterday for a boy asking for a build up to $1000 and a got a best answer medal for it.
  8. Thanks for the info on SC2 - I'll keep that in mind. As for AMD - I'm not interested, I use to be a huge AMD fan and now that I have gone intel I probably wont be going back ;-)
  9. OK well you deside what intel build you going for :)
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