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September 1, 2011 2:24:15 AM

Edit: sorry for the delay.

Long time builda, furst time calla, :kaola: 

Hey guys! I recently became inspired to go back to pc gaming. Last time I built a high end rig was probably 10 years ago. I was put out to pasture in the server farms. However, I really been logging in the time in doing my homework on parts.

So far this is what I have.

mobo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5-2500k

CPU Cooling: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video: 2 x EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB in SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series 800W 80 PLUS Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drive: 1 x Sata 6 7,200 RPM

Build features and purposes
- Gaming
- Overclocking CPU
- Running nVidia SLI

So far I have most stuff worked out. I'm still studying memory. What memory is everyone running that has a reputation of being stable? I have no interest in OC'ing memory. So far I have this picked out. I don't mind paying for CAS 7 but rather would have rock solid stable memory than lower timings.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I won't OC the video until I have reliable aftermarket cooling. So thought I would save some money by picking reference boards and spend the money towards sli instead.

Still haven't settled on a case. I checked the recommended posted. I'm not into lights or anything. I'm more into an efficient design for air cooling. I'm looking at the Fractal cases except some parts are not well constructed. They offer a lot for the price. Ditched the Silverstone Fortress 102 idea due to internal size and build constraints. Anyone have build experience on the Corsair Carbide yet?

Ditched finding a sound card for now. Think I'll wait for price drops and a time when I can do more research as popular boards were getting spotty reviews.

I'm open to any ideas.

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September 1, 2011 3:03:22 PM

Your wishlist link doesn't work. You can't link to your personal wishlists on newegg. You're going to have to list the parts you picked by hand.
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September 1, 2011 4:16:38 PM

Well if you can afford it then the FT02 is the best air cooled case there is.
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September 1, 2011 4:17:01 PM

But it would be nice to see all your components listed.
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September 3, 2011 4:48:57 PM

Edited Original post.
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September 3, 2011 5:11:41 PM

Thats a nice hardware set up you have there, and i stick with the case choice.

Silverstone Fortress SST-FT02B-W Black Full Tower Aluminum Case USB 3.0 with Side Window






Combining two of SilverStone's most distinctive computer chassis breakthroughs - the unibody construction of the Temjin TJ07, introduced in 2005, and the 90-degrees rotated motherboard mount of the RAVEN RV01 from 2008 - the Fortress FT02 advances both chassis construction and thermodynamics in a dynamic, streamlined design. With the Fortress FT02, SilverStone engineers have combined the rigidity of unibody construction with the unparalleled cooling layout of the RAVEN chassis, adding a hot-swappable hard drive cage and an acoustically padded interior for maximum versatility. The result is increased structural strength, increased storage capacity, and whisper-quiet operation. Available in black and silver colors, its elegant outer shell is perfectly accentuated by the U-shaped unibody aluminum frame that not only provides unique styling, but also functional purpose. The bottom gap from the frame to the main body actually serves as the main air intake area for its three massive 180mm fans, making it even suitable for use on carpeted surfaces. For professionals and enthusiasts looking to build a silent workstation or gaming machine with maximum performance, there is no better than the SilverStone Fortress FT02.

• Revolutionary 90 degree motherboard mounting from RAVEN RV01
• Innovative 4.5mm aluminum unibody frame from Temjin TJ07
• Three 180mm fans for unprecedented positive pressure and stack effect cooling
• Supports liquid cooling radiator mounting
• Motherboard back plate opening behind CPU area for quick cooler assembly
• Supports 11” wide ATX motherboard
• Foam padded interior for advanced noise absorption
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September 3, 2011 5:13:17 PM

I have 2 x gtx 580 in the above and theres plenty of room, and its the best air cooled case money can buy.
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September 3, 2011 5:16:15 PM

Do you have a problem with cable routing? I believe the case pays for itself without having to add any cooling features to it what so ever. I wasn't planning on having an optical drive, read about those issues.

Also, what memory are you running - config etc?
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September 3, 2011 5:20:28 PM

HUGE amount of room for cable routing behind the mobo tray, i also have a bluray optical drive fitted with no issues at all, as for the cooling, it truly is impressive both my gpus have never gone over 70c playing ARMA2 OA at 2560 x 1440 on max with max view distance, CPU never exceeds 45c. This is in a room with ambient temps of 20c.
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September 3, 2011 5:23:05 PM

edit: can't do it. the case put me over budget. this is a full build so I have to get monitor, gaming mouse etc
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