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June 10, 2011 8:04:17 PM

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/Crosshair_...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
http://products.amd.com/en-us/DesktopCPUDetail.aspx?id=...
(will be replacing it once AMD releases their Bulldozer CPUs anyway, which explains why I chose the Crosshair V up there)

OS Drive: OCZ Agility 3 SSD (525/475 mb/s read/write)
http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-agility-3-sata-iii-2-5...

Storage Drive: - Undecided -

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked
http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=012-P3-157...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.corsair.com/memory/xms-classic/xms3-ddr3-mem...

Power Supply: OCZ ZX Series 850 Watt (80+ Gold)
http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-zx-series-850w-power-s...

All of that, not counting the CPU, comes down to around $1000-1050.

I just wanted to put this on here to double check and make sure I didn't make any mistakes I might have overlooked (making sure everything is compatible).

Also if anyone has any suggestions for a good storage drive go ahead and shoot. I was thinking of the SEAGATE Barracuda 1 TB 32MB Cache 7200 RPM SATA 6.0 Gb/s (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).

Thanks in advance.

*edit/update*
Chassis: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1393&ID=20...

Storage: HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 1.5 TB 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache SATA-III 6.0 Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 11, 2011 4:15:44 AM

Looks pretty good to me. I'd probably grab a 5400 rpm 2tb drive if I were you... not all that much more than a 1tb one these days. I would NOT recommend the Samsung one I have in my PC though, get a seagate or WD Caviar Green.

The only other thing I'd be tempted to change would be using a Corsair AX or HX power supply. I use the AX-750 myself, it's MORE than enough for even SLI 580s, is gold 80+ like the PSU you have, but has a 7 year warranty, and is reviewed a bit better. I've used a few OCZ power supplies before, and definitely like Corsair more...

Anyhow, that's all I can say. Good luck on the build, and nice mobo (Crosshair IV Formula = my favorite build so far).
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June 18, 2011 12:06:29 AM

jasonw223 said:
Looks pretty good to me. I'd probably grab a 5400 rpm 2tb drive if I were you... not all that much more than a 1tb one these days. I would NOT recommend the Samsung one I have in my PC though, get a seagate or WD Caviar Green.

The only other thing I'd be tempted to change would be using a Corsair AX or HX power supply. I use the AX-750 myself, it's MORE than enough for even SLI 580s, is gold 80+ like the PSU you have, but has a 7 year warranty, and is reviewed a bit better. I've used a few OCZ power supplies before, and definitely like Corsair more...

Anyhow, that's all I can say. Good luck on the build, and nice mobo (Crosshair IV Formula = my favorite build so far).


Appreciate the feedback Jason223.

I actually just got done assembling the whole thing yesterday. The motherboard came in a day early 2 days ago so I went ahead and assembled it without the chassis to test it out. AMAZING performance and the bios is very intuitive on the Crosshair IV Formula.

The next day (aka yesterday) the chassis arrived and I re-assembled it into the case. It's the Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 ( http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1393&ID=20... )

It's got 2 USB 3.0 slots on the front, eSata and mic/headset on the front as well. The case comes with it's own lighting effects and is a full ATX tower. No complaints so far and it was EASY to install.

Excellent cable management, 200mm fans and efficient airflow.

As for your comments on the PSU, good to know and thanks =). The OCZ ZX Series 850 Watt 80+ Gold is a great PSU as well too though. It came in with plenty of cables and I like the labeling on everything it came with. I'll keep Corsair in mind for next time though, I've read their PSU's are some of the best.

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Anyone here have any thoughts on a good aftermarket cooler for the EVGA GTX 570 HD Superclocked? There doesn't seem to be much information on that on the web from what I've seen....

I'm eventually going to run a second one in SLI and grab one of the new AMD Bulldozer CPUs when they release.
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June 18, 2011 3:55:56 AM

Thats a nice looking case... I haven't actually seen that one around yet...

Also, I wouldn't bother putting another cooler on that 570 (unless you were water-cooling and adding a waterblock on there). I don't know of any out there right now, and the reference coolers are pretty decent.
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June 19, 2011 2:30:26 PM

jasonw223 said:
Thats a nice looking case... I haven't actually seen that one around yet...

Also, I wouldn't bother putting another cooler on that 570 (unless you were water-cooling and adding a waterblock on there). I don't know of any out there right now, and the reference coolers are pretty decent.


Yes the case actually is a very good case, better than I expected. The hot swappable SATA dock at the top, fan controls, USB 3.0 slots, mic/speaker, and eSata at the front are very convenient as well. It's a full tower and had really good cable management for me.

As for the GTX 570, I had actually listed off the wrong one on my original post, what I have is the EVGA GTX 570 HD Superclocked. It's the HD version so it doesn't have the vapor chamber cooling. From one guy's post on some other forum that I read who ran both HD and non-HD, he said he only found a 2C difference in temperature. Either way, I'm more concerned about the fact that I can't find any aftermarket coolers for the HD version. I know there's one for the non-HD reference card.

I mean, right now it's fine for now, going at 51C during hours of gaming. It's just when I eventually try to run two monitors in the near future that I'm worried about since I've read the 570 heats up pretty high due to running on maximum mode on dual-monitor setups. I read it went from 40C to 71C for some people WITHOUT load just for having dual-monitors. I'd like to keep mine below 70C on FULL load WITH dual-monitor if possible.
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June 19, 2011 7:18:25 PM

70c is nothing for a video card though... I've got a pair of 580s that I play with, and they get plenty hot. The only real upgrade you can do is to do a full-blown watercooling setup - and that gets expensive quickly. Other air coolers really won't make much of a difference. If you are concerned though, just grab Afterburner and crank up your fan speed / make a new profile instead.
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June 21, 2011 1:51:04 AM

I sure hope you're right. But yeah I will be getting Afterburner.

I'm just mad I found out about GIGABYTE's Super Overclock series of the GTX 570 that has Windforce 3X Vapor Chamber Cooling. It's supposedly a lot cooler than the EVGA GTX 570 and has over 50 more hertz in core clock frequency. If I knew about that before I bought, I would've gone with that instead of EVGA's Superclock.

Oh well.

And thanks jasonw223 for replying to my thread.
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June 21, 2011 1:51:48 AM

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