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New Gaming Build - Need advices

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July 17, 2011 2:10:36 PM

I was a owner of a Dell XPS 720 (not liquid cooled, still working) for 4 years, and now I decided to get a new gaming rig.

Approximate Purchase Date: In august (if all goes well at start of August, if not at the end)
Budget Range: 4 000 - 5 000 CAD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web...
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com (canada)
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia
Overclocking: Yes
SLI: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 and up

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After some lookup for the past days, this is my preliminary PC draft for now:

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB
MOBO: ASUS Rampage III Black Edition EATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E16 CrossFire SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
RAM: Corsair XMS3 Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 8-8-8-24 Core i7 Memory Kit x2
HSF: Noctua NH-D14 LGA1155/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps
HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 7200.12 2TB SATA 6.0GB/S 3.5IN 8.5MS 64MB Hard Drive OEM
PSU: Antec Truepower Quattro 1200W Power Supply ATX V2.2 EPS12V 20/24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS 2X8PIN PCI-E
GPU: GeForce GTX 580 772MHZ 1536MB 4GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI-I Mini HDMI x2
DVD: LG GH22NS70 Super Multi 22X SATA DVD Writer Black OEM
Case: Cooler Master Haf 932 Advanced Full Tower EATX Case 7X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT USB3.0 eSATA 1394 Black
Screen: BenQ XL2410T 23.6IN Widescreen 120HZ LCD Monitor LED 1920X1080 2MS DVI HDMI HAS Pivot 3D Vision x 2 + 3D lens kit

I know the Mobo is a little over the edge but I after looking I think it would be a good addition to the pc.

Any toughts about this build?

Thanks! :hello: 

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Change:

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB
MOBO: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme REV3.0 EATX LGA1155 P67 4PCI-E16 PCI-E4 PCI-E Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard
RAM: Corsair XMS3 CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 Dominator DHX+ 8GB DDR3 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Memory Kit
HSF: Noctua NH-D14 LGA1155/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan
SSD: Corsair Performance 3 Series 128GB SATA3 6GB/S Marvell 2.5IN Solid State Disk Drive SSD
HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 7200.12 2TB SATA 6.0GB/S 3.5IN 8.5MS 64MB Hard Drive OEM
PSU: Antec Truepower Quattro 1200W Power Supply ATX V2.2 EPS12V 20/24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS 2X8PIN PCI-E
GPU: GeForce GTX 580 772MHZ 1536MB 4GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI-I Mini HDMI x2
DVD: LG GH22NS70 Super Multi 22X SATA DVD Writer Black OEM
Case: Cooler Master Haf 932 Advanced Full Tower EATX Case 7X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT USB3.0 eSATA 1394 Black
Screen: BenQ XL2410T 23.6IN Widescreen 120HZ LCD Monitor LED 1920X1080 2MS DVI HDMI HAS Pivot 3D Vision x 2 + 3D lens kit

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July 17, 2011 2:51:07 PM

Biggest problem in the above rig is that the mobo is not compatible with the CPU you have selected.
The only way you could even get close to that performance in an LGA1366 chip is to get a i7 990X extreme edition and overclock it to like 4.2 to 4.5 GHz. ( 999 CAD )
Which obviously with your budget you can do if you choose to. But overall the i7 2600k is much better bang for buck.

I recommend you take a look at the high end Z68 or P67 based boards like
Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z $359.99
Asus Maximus IV Extreme $364.99
EVGA P67 FTW 160-SB-E679-K2 $269.99

Or simply get a reasonable board like:
Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 $219.99
Asus Sabretooth P67 $219.99
Asus P8Z68-V Pro $204.99

And once you change the board get a nice 2x4GB memory kit from Corsair, Gskill, Kingston or Mushkin 1.5V 1600Mhz+ CAS9(or less if you want to, but no big boost in perf.)

Otherwise it's not bad. Possibly you could get one of the faster SSD's: Intel 510, OCZ Agility 3, OCZ Vertex 3, Corsair Force 3


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July 17, 2011 2:51:16 PM

You can't use that motherboard with that processor. X58 motherboards only work with the i7-9xx series cpus. Notice that the motherboard says LGA 1366 and the cpu says LGA 1155. These are the socket numbers, and they have to match.

If you want an overkill motherboard, something like this is about as good as you can get: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61000&vpn=GA-Z68X-UD7-B3&...

You'll also want to change out the RAM since the LGA 1155 boards use dual channel instead of triple channel. Get an 8GB (2x4GB) kit.

For your hard drive, you don't really need SATA III since hard drives can't saturate a SATA II connection.
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July 17, 2011 3:11:37 PM

Thanks for the info. I'm making the change right now.

Btw, should I stay 8 or go 16 with the RAM? Would it make a difference to go 16?
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July 17, 2011 4:02:15 PM

Cbs64 said:
Thanks for the info. I'm making the change right now.

Btw, should I stay 8 or go 16 with the RAM? Would it make a difference to go 16?

Going from 8 to 16 won't make much of a difference in gaming. You'll mostly see the difference in (very) heavy multitasking.
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July 17, 2011 5:17:12 PM

Basically more memory would be better, but games don't really take advantage of them yet, since the available memory rarely exceeds 2GB on systems so the developers don't optimize for it. So as said above, in multitasking it will help. Go with 8GB and if you seem to be running out, which i doubt you will be get more :) 
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July 17, 2011 9:08:19 PM

Thanks for all these information!
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July 17, 2011 11:08:20 PM

Here's an idea...dual Lightning 580's in SLI...which is complete over kill with that resolution but it's fast. :D 

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61000&vpn=GA-Z68X-UD7-B3&... $354.99
Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 4PCI -E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA3 USB 3.0 Motherboard

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61487&vpn=CMPSU-1050HX&ma... $238.20
Corsair Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX 12V 87A 24PIN ATX 80PLUS Silver Modular Power Supply

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60193&vpn=N580GTX-Lightni... $559.99
MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning 832MHZ 1536MB 4200MHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Display Port Video Card

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61213&vpn=F3-17000CL11D-8... $99.73
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-2133 CL11-11-11-30 1.5V Memory KIT

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59355&vpn=VTX3-25SAT3-240... $529.99 - After Mail In Rebate: $499.99
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 2.5IN SATA3 6Gbps Sandforce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
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