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December 20, 2010 3:40:11 AM

I just got a pretty good deal on an i7 980 CPU and have decided to build a system around it. For the GPU I would prefer to stick with Nvidia - I'm thinking the GTX 570 (though I'm open to suggestions). Some ideas on the other components to include would be greatly appreciated! The CPU I purchased didn't include a heatsink fan and I would like to keep the computer running as cool as possible (perhaps liquid cooled). Also, I would like to include a SSD for the boot drive at least.

Preferred site - Newegg

Use - Gaming, word processing, Internet

SLI\crossfire - Possibly, would at least like the option to upgrade to it

Budget - Other than the CPU, under $1,000 would definitely be preferred!

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December 20, 2010 6:41:24 AM

No suggestions yet??
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December 20, 2010 8:22:41 AM

Well, here are some parts I'm looking at so far. Let me know how I'm doing.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

- LITE-ON DVD burner: $21

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
- Antec 300: $70

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
- Corsair 650TX: $80 after rebate

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
- Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200: $75

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
- ASUS Sabertooth X58 SATA3/USB3: $210

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
- A-DATA Gaming Series 6GB DDR3 1600: $89

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler: $30

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
- Zotac Geforce GTX 570: $360

That puts me at $935. Would that be a reasonable system or could I better utilize my funds to maximize the system's performance? Unfortunately it seems like any liquid cooling and a SSD might be out of my budget for now unless I'm missing some obvious deals.
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December 20, 2010 10:35:53 AM

Looks impressive....X58, i7/980, GTX570....

Get your parts , screwdriver, and start building...!
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December 20, 2010 3:25:54 PM

Alright, I plan on doing that! Happy holidays!
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December 20, 2010 4:04:49 PM

Although if gaming is a priority, the available and less expensive socket 1156 cpus/mainboards might allow the addition of a 2nd GTX570 in SLI for a near ultimate gaming experience, especially if at 1080P/hi details/4xAA/settings...
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December 21, 2010 8:18:03 AM

Excellent Build
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December 21, 2010 10:06:06 AM

build looks great
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December 21, 2010 1:24:06 PM

Your power supply doesn't even allow for a 2nd GTX 570 down the line, which can be used to satisfy the beast i7 980X - too few PCIe connectors and wattage on the low side.

Get a different power supply. The TP (True Power) 750W from antec. True power series is better than the TX series from corsair, in terms of quality and HX is better than both of them, although they are all very good. The TP 750W will have enough wattage and pcie connectors to have SLI GTX 570.
Lastly, it only costs $5 more for SLI capabilities and 100 more watts AND better quality. - Newegg $85 after MIR
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December 21, 2010 3:21:37 PM

Thanks for the input. I bought the motherboard, RAM, and storage, but I haven't bought the other material yet, so you have helped me out quite a bit. I'm thinking about taking my time collecting the rest of the parts so I have enough money to get another 570 and maybe a SSD and Blu-Ray player as well. I've also been considering a liquid cooling kit. Of course, finances and limited knowledge (I have never used liquid cooling) are the two hurdles to getting all of this done.
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January 3, 2011 12:06:26 PM

Best answer selected by rossrjensen.
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