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August 22, 2011 2:29:46 AM

Never built a computer before. I could use a review of my component selction.
I will primarily be gaming with this build. Any info you guys could give me would help.

I do plan on OC moderately at first. I may also go SLI, not sure yet. I do want to have expandability in my build for SLI.

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower

Motherboard:ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX

CPU:Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache

Video Card:ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

Power Supply:COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92

RAM:G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
( not sure to go 8GB or buy 2 and go 16GB)

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

SSD:o CZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC

I've spent quite a bit of time putting this together, crossing my fingers that I did well.
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August 22, 2011 2:39:01 AM

The only thing id switch is the 2600k -> 2500k
Theres no performance boost + Save 100

Theres no need for 16 GB of ram, you gaming thats it. Any more then 8GB then youd be photoediting, video editing etc
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August 22, 2011 2:40:58 AM

good to know thanks
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August 22, 2011 3:10:03 AM

you probably should get a different psu since cooler master makes great fans, but not great psus
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August 22, 2011 4:53:07 AM

The motherboard is expensive and doesnt offer any features you appear to need
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August 22, 2011 6:05:10 AM

PSU : Corsair CX850
MoBo : Asus or Gigabyte Z68 with PCIe 3.0 support.
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August 23, 2011 2:01:36 AM

008Rohit said:
PSU : Corsair CX850
MoBo : Asus or Gigabyte Z68 with PCIe 3.0 support.


I couldn't find any asus or gigabyte boards with PCIe 3.0 support, only 2 from Asrock. I am gonna change out psu to the corair, thanks!
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August 24, 2011 10:40:51 AM

bpscan said:
I couldn't find any asus or gigabyte boards with PCIe 3.0 support, only 2 from Asrock. I am gonna change out psu to the corair, thanks!

Asrock has four Gen3 Z68 boards and at least one (extreme4 Gen3) P67 Gen3 boards on newegg. Gen3 being the boards with the PCI-E 3.0 slot. Those boards are new to the market and have been trickling in on newegg the past few days now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- You can find them there.

That board down below is the flag ship of those boards. NF200 bridge allowing for dual cards to run @ x16 and tri cards to run @ x8.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <----- All the boards on there that say Gen3

Now for your psu. Take a look at this one down below for a modular psu that will push two of those cards. This psu is manufactured by Enermax for LEPA and it hit newegg last month. That and Cooler Master has never been known for their quality psu's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card
LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

8GB of RAM is more than you will ever need in regards to gaming. This combo saves you a few bucks and if you decide to get one of those Gen3 boards well the heat spreaders on this RAM down below match those boards like they were meant for each other.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $357.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

I would stay away from any SSD that uses those Sandforce controllers. Look at the Crucial M4 series. Stability is what it's all about.
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