High End Build - Finalizing


I’ve been looking to upgrade my computer for a long time now. I’ve saved up for quite some time and along the way I have purchased parts at very good prices, but as you all know high end doesn’t come cheap. I would like some extra critiques to my build and any additional opinions.

Already Purchased:
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 White ATX Mid Tower (no longer sold got a great deal)

PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Additional Case Fans: GELID Solutions FN-SX12-10 120mm

Ram: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Not Purchased:
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

GPU: MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

HDD x 2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

CPU Cooler: ??
Not sure on this… I wont be doing heavy overclocking aka messing with voltage. I needs something that wont cover the Ram slots though.

HDD: Should I go for more expensive 1TB RE4 WD’s for raid 0? One large 2TB WD Caviar Black or RE4?
SSD: Should I upgrade this thing? I have a hard time warranting spending 200+ on a SSD right now… I really want the Windows boot though.
Motherboard: I wont lie I love Asus boards and always have had good experiences with them. Any other boards to sway me? I’d like to have a Z68 because I encode video routinely.
GPU: My largest concern is this thing wont fit in my case. I pulled out my trusty tape measure and the case measures 11.75inches though the manufacturer said 290mm ~11.40inches. GPU’s power connectors are on the side which buys some room.

Thanks for the help!
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    According to newegg that GPU is 12" long, so it will only fit in the R3 if you remove the top HDD cage, which would probably be a good idea anyway with such a hot GPU.

    Thermalright are pretty good at selling heatsinks which don't interfere with RAM slots. The Prolimatech Megahalems is another heatsink I would consider, but it is quite expensive on newegg and you'd need to buy a fan.

    I thought newegg were pretty good at having deals on SSDs, so I'd suggest looking out for those.
  2. Thanks for the reply. I have seen a user with the gtx590 in the case (It was tight), but didn't notice the new msi runs at 12inches :o If that measurement is true there is no way that will fit! Even with the drive bay out the width of the card will likely get stopped by the bays? The original MSI runs 10.5 inches and is the smallest of the 580 lineup I believe. This might be my best bet. That or the very large ASUS cards.

    I've already added a front fan and bottom fan to push air out of the case. I'm hoping the airflow will keep the system cool without me having to open the case up to a side fan and top fans.

    I forgot to add how do you guys feel about dumping the cash on a sound card? Worth it when i mainly game with headphones?

  3. I don't see how a graphics card would be impeded if the top hard drive cage were removed; obviously if it was in a PCI slot that lined up with the top hard drive cage.

    As far as I'm concerned, try the onboard sound, if it is not good enough for you then buy a sound later. If you do any kind of professional/semi-professional work where sound is important then it's probably better to just get one straight away.
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