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New Rig, Improvements/Replacements/Suggestions?

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December 19, 2010 1:59:04 PM

Just got my new system built. Wanted to check for any compatibility and other issues.

Any suggestions on parts to upgrade/replace are very appreciated. General comments are nice also.

Case: Azza Hurrican 2000
Cooling: Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system
CPU: i7-980X
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM
Memory: 6GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz triple channel
Motherboard: GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset
PSU: 1000W Cool Master Silent Pro Gold

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December 19, 2010 2:23:47 PM

If high res gaming is your goal (at least 1080P!), you will end up with near twice the framerates by opting for merely a 'slower' but much less epensive quad core, and dumping the cpu savings into a pair of SLI GTX570s, which will far outperform a single 580.....

$950-$1000 6 -core cpus are rarely the best value, especially if hi-res gaming. (THe extra two cores for $500 more do nothing today at high res a quad core can't equal for gaming....)
December 19, 2010 4:33:08 PM

Well, I was planning on picking up another 580 in a couple of months after the new Radeon gets settled, hopefully causing a price drop in the 580.

I originally had 2 GTX 470s but I had a $100 rebate for the 580 so I just went for that.

Regarding the CPU, what would you specifically suggest?
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December 20, 2010 5:22:35 PM

I was actually advised to get the UD3R over the Asus Sabertooth x58. Should I switch back to the Asus x58?
December 23, 2010 4:26:07 PM

Here is my complete setup, it costs significantly less than if I built it with the company posted above.

CASE: * Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower Gaming Case with 4 Hot Swappable HDD Cage & (4) 230MM Fans
CASUPGRADE: 12in Meter Light - 8 speed [+15] (Blue Color)
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [-49] (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: Intel(R) Core™ i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz 12M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366 [+484]
FAN: Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system w/ 240MM Radiator and Dual Fans
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+21] (Single Hard Drive)
HDDPRO: 30 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC SSD with Hyper-X memory purchase (Single Hard Drive)
MEMORY: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module [-96] (Kingston HyperX [+29])
MOTHERBOARD: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset
POWERSUPPLY: * 1,000 Watts - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 80 Plus Power Supply ( 80 Plus Gold)
VIDEO: * NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card

My total came out to $2,324 before taxes, $2,551 after taxes. And I have $140 worth of MIR to send in.
December 23, 2010 4:59:09 PM

I don't remember why I was recommended the UDR3 over the Asus mobo, but I think it had something to do with more features for same price, possible 3SLI... but it's too late now I already ordered and picked up the rig.

When time comes to upgrade my mobo I'll definitely do more research haha.

Yeah the grand ttoal was $2,551 after taxes but before MIR. I got a pretty good deal I hope...
January 2, 2011 1:16:40 PM

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