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Advice on High End Build

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August 27, 2011 10:42:37 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon

Budget Range: $2500+

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital Media (Adobe) Web, Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Landmark (ZA)

Country of Origin: South Africa

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Hi Guys. So I wanted to get your advice on a new system I'm building predominantly for digital media production and casual gaming. The budget is pretty high because components are more expensive here so this would probably fall under the $2000 in the US.

A couple of interests are the PSU and Memory:

Chasis:
Coolermaster RC-942-KKN1 HAF-X Windowed Side Panel no PSU Black ATX
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/coolermaster-rc942kkn...

PSU:
Corsair HX650W Eps12V Modular Cable Management 650W PSU
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/corsair-hx650w-eps12v...

Motherboard:
Asus P8Z68-V Pro Intel Z68 Chipset ATX
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/asus-p8z68v-intel-chi...

Processor:
Intel Socket 1155 Sandy Bridge i7-2600K Quad Core 3.4GHz Box CPU
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/intel-socket-1155-san...

Heatsink and Fans:
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Aluminium Base + Fin with 4 Copper Heatpipes
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/coolermaster-hyper-pl...

-Two Aftermarket fans (pull push):
Coolermaster Sickleflow LED Fan R4-L2R-20CR-GP Red Led 120x120x25mm
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/coolermaster-sicklefl...

Memory:
Corsair CML16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance Low Profile 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/corsair-cml16gx3m4a16...

Storage:
ADATA S599 Series 128GB 2.5'' SATA SSD
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/adata-s599-series-128...

Display:
Samsung BX2450 24" LED Monitor Wide Full HD 1920x1080
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/samsung-bx2450-monito...

GFX:
MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC GTX570 1280MB nVidia GeForce GTX 570 GPU
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/n570gtx-twin-frozr-po...

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So I decide to go with the 650W PSU because I'm not intending overclocking or using SLi. I think 650W should be more than enough to cover my power requirements for this setup.

I'm also pluggin 16GB in there immediately and for Adobe reasons. I usually have at least 3 programmes open at once and Photoshop is open pretty much 24/7.

One of my top priorities is cooling. I've read very good reviews about the HAF-X and the MSI's Frozr. I want to make sure my entire system stays as air cooled as possible. (Bleh @ radiator maintenance.)

Thoughts, comments suggestions please.

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August 27, 2011 11:03:53 PM

That's a nice set up. :) 

This board down below is similar to that Asus Pro...something to look at if your thinking of cutting the price down. That build you have up there though is first rate.

http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/asus-p8z68v-intel-chi... R1955.10 including VAT
Asus P8Z68-V Intel Z68 Chipset ATX [P8Z68 - V]
August 28, 2011 4:59:52 PM

Well you will be wanting some HDD storage as well and probably a DVD drive, but other than that, excellent build.

The PSU you have selected seems to be about the best available at that store for 650W, and it's a Corsair HX so all is good on that front.
650W is enough even if you OC. And with i7 2600k it is so easy that you can get 4GHz on all 4 cores just by changing the turbo multipliers in the bios :) 
No other changes needed.

Memory will work out great and since it is LP it should cause no issues with the HSF.
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