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New Gaming Build -1st time build - need advice / comments/opinions

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September 4, 2011 10:34:36 PM

!st time doing a gaming build - basing it on one of the "favorite vote" configurations :

Please comment, or point out potential problems, etc...

here are the major components:

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAPPHIRE FleX 100312FLEX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
September 4, 2011 10:37:47 PM

The “Steelbeast” CrossFire/EyeFinity Rig! Only $2k w/3 25in. Monitors!
This actually includes all the required accessories to run Eyefinity on Displayport for the lowest possible price. The GPU must be strictly chosen. It also includes tons of additional fans for the case and HSF! I left out a mechanical HDD as most everyone has those lying around. What do you think??
Display: 3x ASUS 25in DisplayPort Monitors (Eyefinity) $689 (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236123
GPU: (Crossfire) 2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB Dual Mini-DisplayPort $495/AR (TigerDirect-Allows 2x Rebates!)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] CatId=7005
CPU: Intel i5 2500k $217 (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB $224 (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227706
RAM: GSkill 8GB DDR3 1600 $54 (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231314
PSU: 1000W COOLER MASTER Silent Pro $130/AR (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817171049
MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $125 (Newegg) (No Front USB 3.0 Header, but case is only 2.0 anyway. Mobo has 3.0 incl.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271
DVD: Sony 24xDVD+/-RW Drive $20 (Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MRHOQG
Case: GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower $35 (Amazon) (Yes, the GPU's will fit!)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UDK9U6
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $27 (Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0
Additional PWM 120mm Fan (Push/Pull) $9 (Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030DL37I
PWM Fan 4 Pin Y Cable $8 (Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002OFP6QW

2x 140mm Case Fans $18 (Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039825LW
3x 120mm Case Fans $21 (Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039825LM
3x 10ft. DisplayPort Cables $38 (Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TSTDHQ
Total: $ $2,083

Take out the monitors and stuff you may already have. This rig ROCKS!
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September 11, 2011 2:59:30 PM

umm....thanks for the input Steebeast, in reviewing my build........I guess... :sarcastic: 



Anyone else....???

Added info:

1) the Corsair Power Supply was DOA when I received it....now waiting for replacement... :fou: 

2) I'm increasing the memory to 16 Gb

3) QUESTION - will the SSD I selected work OK with using it with the Gigabyte M'bd and set up for the caching with Intel Smart Response ?....

As I'm assembling the system, one thought though is that it's a HUGE case for the components I'm using...I wonder if a smaller case would be better...
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