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May 6, 2011 3:39:00 PM

I have never built a computer by myself but I have done a few weeks research into parts and pieces that i would like to use.
problem. I watched quite a few videos but im still unsure how to find out if everything is compatible together.. I'd like to assume its all plug and play but im not so naive. I just needs someones input who has experience or who can tell me where there is a website that can build all of my components telling me how much power ill need and compatibility issues.

maybe someone can advise me as to better bang for your buck parts or anything, im open to suggestions..

also any reccomendations of parts you might need along with these pieces when building a computer from floor up?


COMPUTER
Motherboard – ASUS Rampage III 300$
Graphics card – palit 560 ti 270$x2
RAM – ripjaw 1600 4x4 180$
HDD – velociraptor 300gb/600gb 130/200$
Case - haf 932 fulltower 100$
CPU – intel i7 960 3.2 255$
PSU – corsair hx1000w 170$

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2011 3:52:03 PM

One issue. You are using x58, which is a dead end. Switch to a Sandy Bridge rig, better/cheaper.

CPU: i5-2500k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: P8P67PRO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the ram and PSU are overkill. Drop the ram down to 8gb, which will be PLENTY for your needs. I would also get 2 spinpoint f3's in RAID 0 as apposed to the velociraptors.

For PSU, try this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's got PLENTY of juice, so don't worry bout that.

Those are my thoughts, I think you will see the forum agree with me.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2011 4:00:06 PM

Yeah, those are solid suggestions from striker.

i5 2500k vs. i7 960 benchmark comparison:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=45

Only other thing I would add is that you might want to make sure that you won't run into any problems with SLI in the games you plan to play. Also, be sure that microstuttering won't be a big issue for you.

[H]ard Forums has a microstuttering FAQ you might want to review.

If you go for a single card, the MSI GTX 580 Lightning is the fastest single card you can buy. It's $525 and slower than the two GTX 560's at $540. Personally, I prefer a faster single card. It's just much simpler and will always work.
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May 6, 2011 4:04:00 PM

striker410 said:
One issue. You are using x58, which is a dead end. Switch to a Sandy Bridge rig, better/cheaper.

CPU: i5-2500k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: P8P67PRO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the ram and PSU are overkill. Drop the ram down to 8gb, which will be PLENTY for your needs. I would also get 2 spinpoint f3's in RAID 0 as apposed to the velociraptors.

For PSU, try this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's got PLENTY of juice, so don't worry bout that.

Those are my thoughts, I think you will see the forum agree with me.




i never posted all of the other parts im going to install (sorry my mistake if it matters much) such as water cooling for CPU+GPU, Someone advised extra power for that kinda thingc as well as the lighting/2 optical drives/fan controller/network+sound cards

as to the x58 being a dead end, why is that? (im not questioning your knowledge as much as just trying to figure out what seperates the two?
May 6, 2011 4:05:14 PM

jarvin said:
I have never built a computer by myself but I have done a few weeks research into parts and pieces that i would like to use.
problem. I watched quite a few videos but im still unsure how to find out if everything is compatible together.. I'd like to assume its all plug and play but im not so naive. I just needs someones input who has experience or who can tell me where there is a website that can build all of my components telling me how much power ill need and compatibility issues.

maybe someone can advise me as to better bang for your buck parts or anything, im open to suggestions..

also any reccomendations of parts you might need along with these pieces when building a computer from floor up?


COMPUTER
Motherboard – ASUS Rampage III 300$
Graphics card – palit 560 ti 270$x2
RAM – ripjaw 1600 4x4 180$
HDD – velociraptor 300gb/600gb 130/200$
Case - haf 932 fulltower 100$
CPU – intel i7 960 3.2 255$
PSU – corsair hx1000w 170$



*also i meant to clarify*
im using double graphics cards if you didnt notice..
a b B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2011 4:15:30 PM

The reason x58 is dead, is because next year Intel is moving to the LGA 2011 socket. Sandy bridge are the second generation processors, and are made to run cooler, quicker, and cheaper. With Sandy Bridge, you will be able to upgrade down the line whereas x58 you will have to get a whole new system. I mean, there is really no reason to go x58 anymore, since Sandy Bridge just mops up. Check out that benchy Morton linked.
I also think Morton was suggesting you GO single card, because it's easier and you will be able to upgrade down the road.
May 6, 2011 4:23:37 PM

i really appreciate the sandy bridge advice, i dont know why no one said anything about them where i was reading/watching advice videos haha practically day and night with that sandy bridge!

already you have helped me out immensely but is it possible you can advise what i need to search for MOB wise, i kinda want everything to be red or black vs blue and green (my OCD practically overclocked looking at those mother boards... :l
a b B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2011 4:28:03 PM

Gigabyte UD4 uses a matte black pcb and is also an all-around great board. $180 at newegg. It will support two cards in SLI.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2011 4:45:41 PM

The UD4 will do SLI at x8/x8
a b B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2011 4:48:52 PM

Lol yes it does! Noob mistake. Go with the UD4.
May 6, 2011 4:49:45 PM

oh kay so i added all of those things into mind and lowered my ram, changed the PCU (now looking for better graphics cards that meet the dual Palit 560ti specs) and changed the MOBO... as for the power and adding all of those other pieces.. with dual cards and the addition of the watercooling the GPU/CPU do you think i still should lower the 1000w ?
May 6, 2011 4:51:41 PM

lol wait, so the UD4 is better than the fatal1ty? money really isnt the biggest issue but its always better... but you both think the UD4 is better? why... whats the 8x+8x ? (also is PCI or PCIe better?)
a b B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2011 4:55:56 PM

With the watercooling loop on the CPU and GPU, not sure. I've never setup a watercooling loop. Here's the power consumption for your two cards in SLI:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...

So i think a Corsair 850 would still leave you some room, but maybe a kilowatt starts to make sense if you're overclocking the mess out of your processor and GPUs.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2011 5:09:33 PM

The UD4 is by no means better than the fatal1ty, but it's similar, and cheaper.
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