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January 15, 2011 1:24:54 PM

I'm looking to cut about $300 from a new build I'm getting from Cyberpower. They were the cheapest prebuilt builders I could find that had a decent reputation. I'm looking for a way that would save me the money and that would have the smallest impact and/or be the easiest thing to upgrade in a couple of months when I run into a bit of money.

I know I could save money by building it myself, but I have pretty much no experience in that realm, and especially with OC'ing, which I would really like to have. So, either I'm looking to change a few parts to something cheaper or use a different builder. if any of you know a company that builds for cheaper than Cyberpower I would to hear about it.

Here's the build as it stands now:

CAS:CoolerMaster Storm Sniper Mid-Tower Gaming Case [+67] (Original Color)

CASUPGRADE:12in Cold Cathode Neon Light [+10] (Blue Color)

CD:LG WH10-LS30K 10X Internal Super Multi Blu-Ray Rewriter [+46] (Black Color)

CPU:Intel® Core™ i7-2600K 3.40 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

CS_FAN:Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM White Color with White LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA [+16])

FAN:Asetek 550LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Advanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [+18]

FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)

HDD:120 GB Intel X25-M 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+165] (Single Hard Drive)

HDD2:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+229] (Single Hard Drive)

MEMORY:8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair Dominator [+118])

MOTHERBOARD:[CrossFireX/3-Way SLI] Asus Maximus IV Extreme ROG Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ UEFI, DIGI+VRM, 7.1 HD Audio, ROG iDirect, Dual GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X4 & 1 PCIe X1 [+259]

MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

MULTIVIEW:Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor

NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

OS:Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK:Ultimate OC (Ultimate Overclock 30% or more) [+99]

POWERSUPPLY:1,000 Watts - Corsair HX1000W 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+129]

RUSH:NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS

SERVICE:STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

TEMP:Aerocool V12XT Dual Bay Touch Screen Fan Control [+49]

VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card (EVGA Superclocked [+45])

VIDEO2:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+561] (EVGA Superclocked [+45])

PRICE: $3474


This will be used for a lot of gaming and some video editing.

Thanks and if you need any more info, just let me know.

Cheers!


January 15, 2011 2:01:10 PM

-light $10
-I7 2600K add I5 2500K (beats the I7 in several games)
P8P67 Pro MOBO instead of Maximus.
-$99 Overclock it your self!
Even 2 x GTX570 in SLI would be considered overkill by many!
January 15, 2011 2:31:42 PM

rolli59 said:
-light $10
-I7 2600K add I5 2500K (beats the I7 in several games)
P8P67 Pro MOBO instead of Maximus.
-$99 Overclock it your self!
Even 2 x GTX570 in SLI would be considered overkill by many!



The move down to the 570's sounds like a good idea.

As far as OC'ing it myself, I still feel a little bit in over my head. Though if I dropped the Cyberpower OC and kept the Maximus, the Maximus does provide very handy ways of OC'ing (via a laptop or smartphone using it's ROG Connect and bluetooth feature). I've never OC'd before and while I'm well aware there are literally thousands of guides out there, that's part of the problem too. With thousands upon thousands of guides, where do I find one that works for someone who knows next to nothing and with my specific parts? I'm not afraid to do a bit of research, but trying to find a guide that works for me is a bit overwhelming.

I had not heard that the i5 actually beat the i7. Could you point me towards some tests? I trust you, but I just want to see the reports for myself as well.

Thanks for the advice!
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January 15, 2011 3:12:11 PM

Try Avadirect.
January 15, 2011 3:29:09 PM

mosox said:
Try Avadirect.



Just made an identical build (with the exception of the mobo; they didn't have the Maximus, so went with the Gigabyte UD7 which almost identical in price) and it was actually a couple hundred more expensive. I will say there are far more choices available though.
January 15, 2011 3:59:12 PM

Two 580? No CPU can run those. Get two HD 6970, that setup will fly in any game. Get a 850W PSU, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec. Get a bigger case, there's no way you can put a 580 or even a 6970 in a Storm Sniper.
January 15, 2011 4:13:17 PM

* COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Edition (RC-932-KWN3) Tower Case w/ Window, EATX, 7 Slots, No PSU, Steel
* CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX HX Series Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 850W, 80 PLUS®, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, 6x 8-pin PCIe
* ASUS P8P67 PRO, LGA1155, Intel® P67, DDR3-2200 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /2, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /6, 6 Gb/s /4, USB 3.0 /4, HDA, GbLAN, BT, FW /2, ATX, Retail
* INTEL Core™ i7-2600K Quad-Core 3.4GHz, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST HT TB VT-x XD, Retail
* NOCTUA NH-D14 CPU Cooling Fan, Socket 1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum, Retail
* ARCTIC SILVER Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, Polysynthetic Silver
* KINGSTON 8GB (4 x 2GB) HyperX PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL7 (7-8-7-20) 1.65V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
* SAPPHIRE Radeon™ HD 6970 880MHz, 2GB GDDR5 5500MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI /2, HDMI, mini-DP /2, Retail
* SAPPHIRE Radeon™ HD 6970 880MHz, 2GB GDDR5 5500MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI /2, HDMI, mini-DP /2, Retail
* SAMSUNG 1TB SpinPoint F3, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200-RPM, 32MB Cache, Retail
* OCZ 120GB Vertex 2 SSD, MLC SandForce SF-1200, 285/275 MB/s, SATA 3 Gb/s, 3.5-inch, Retail
* RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
* LG ELECTRONICS WH10LS30 Black 10x/16x/48x BD/DVD/CD Blu-ray Disc™ Burner, SATA, Retail
* MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, OEM
* WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_configurator.a...

$2633.21

Get a mobo that has two slots gap between the PCIe x16 slots like the one I posted.

January 15, 2011 4:16:15 PM

Drop the SSD to 60 gb....

Unless you already have a 2560x1600/1440 monitor, could probably drop one of the GTX580s and be quite content for 2 years...

Saving so far? $600-$650
January 16, 2011 9:07:39 PM

So, after deciding to follow through with many of the suggestions listed here, I am actually left with a lower amount than I intended to spend? I guess I'm going to ask the opposite question now. Is there anything in the build that could be improved a bit?

For example, would more than 8gb of RAM prove useful? Or perhaps a another SSD put in RAID 0 or 1 with the one I have now?

Those are just the first things off the top of my head. Any suggestions you guys have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all the advice so far.
January 21, 2011 5:00:33 PM

From what i know the maximus iv, although very sexy looking, isn't as great as it seems. After looking at a few reviews it seems as though the Gigabyte ud7 is superior, and more inexpensive. I like the way the board looks, and may still get it, but from what I have heard from technicians and reviewers, it is lacking a bit when compared to gigabytes offering. Unless you truly have your heart set on the maximus, perhaps the ud7 would be a better choice. Additionally, I hear that efi bios will make its way to the ud7.
January 23, 2011 6:46:33 AM

asantesoul said:
From what i know the maximus iv, although very sexy looking, isn't as great as it seems. After looking at a few reviews it seems as though the Gigabyte ud7 is superior, and more inexpensive. I like the way the board looks, and may still get it, but from what I have heard from technicians and reviewers, it is lacking a bit when compared to gigabytes offering. Unless you truly have your heart set on the maximus, perhaps the ud7 would be a better choice. Additionally, I hear that efi bios will make its way to the ud7.


Yeah, I love the features on the maximus, but if the ud7 is a superior oc'ing board, then I'll definitely take a look. I've decided to go with AVAdDirect after hearing of them from a responder here and they look great; better than Cyberpower. And AVADirect offers the UD7 and not the maximus. I was going to wait until it became available, but maybe not now.

Do you have any links to reviews of the two side by side? Or is are you just reading reviews of each individually?

Thanks!
January 23, 2011 10:31:33 AM

I would get the UD5 for the two slot gap between the PCIex16 slots.
http://www.gigabyte.com/fileupload/product/2/3647/3672....
With Crossfire they will work at x8x8 but that's no big deal.
Also the ASUS P8P67 EVO, ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 both with EFI BIOS, the second Asus has a thermal plate or something.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All those mobos are very new, not many reviews, write in google the name of the mobo and add "review".
January 24, 2011 12:07:59 AM

Unleaded said:
Yeah, I love the features on the maximus, but if the ud7 is a superior oc'ing board, then I'll definitely take a look. I've decided to go with AVAdDirect after hearing of them from a responder here and they look great; better than Cyberpower. And AVADirect offers the UD7 and not the maximus. I was going to wait until it became available, but maybe not now.

Do you have any links to reviews of the two side by side? Or is are you just reading reviews of each individually?

Thanks!


Yeah..the majority of reviews I have seen are independent. Although, I have seen a side by side comparison for both boards. The best review, as far as I'm concerned, I have seen for the Maximus iv extreme can be found here: http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1096/pg1/asus-rog...

As for the UD7, you can see an in depth review on overclock3d.net..it's featured on the page, and there is a maximus review on there as well.

For a side by side comparison you can check here : http://2009.hardwarezone.com/ourvoice/blog/in_the_zone/...

Both of these motherboards are very good. They are almost identical, however as far as oc is concerned, it would appear as though the ud7 has the edge. And the ud5 isn't bad either. There were some people that were able to oc the 2500k to 5.7 ghz! The gigabyte boards use the older bios, but I have heard that efi will be implemented at some point down the line.
Additionally, the ud7 is slightly cheaper!
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