Hey im currently working on building my new system and wanted some feedback on what ive picked (please note my budget is of small concern)
Useages: Mostly gaming however i do plan on some video editing with it
Purchase date: today. or tomorrow (my old pc just died so)
Gameing res 25inch 1920x1080
Not needed: keyboard mouse speakers
Any feedback would be appreciated , i am also looking for a good CPU cooler so if i could get suggestions for that thanks
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Graphics card:MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (i plan to add a second one in the future)
You will want the Extreme. The onboard memory and a few other things with these two cards just absolutely makes them a... game crusher.
I am uncertain of the wildfire. I went the OCZ Vertex 3 route myself. as luck would have it they shipped already equipped with version 2.11
Try to consider either the MSI Z68 GD65 A or the Z68 GD80 motherboard before you get into the Sniper.
I run the same i7 2600k as you listed on my MSI Z68 GD65A and it mildly runs overclocked at 4.2 gig using the MSI's one button OC Genie. The video cards are capable of further speeds and strength using the afterburner software... again these are so strong.. it's hardly necessary.
You will want to get a 200 mm fan for your top optional on the HAF X as I have done, in addition get a Silverstone 4 in 3 enclosure and use a strong fan at both ends to pull-pull air straight to your video cards and CPU Cooler.
I use a Ballistix Memory cooler with the curved top plate removed on top of my GSkill 2133 RAM Just remember to Bios XMP Enable and check to ensure it's set for the speed you need.
In addition when using SSD, hunt down everything related to green power and euro power trash and disable it all. Also go into your windows Power plan and build a plan that strictly leaves everything on.
I am running a V8 cooler and found that my MSI board has the bolts on the back. I double check them several times a week. I am prepared to get a better and bigger mass cooler in copper if I have to. But right now I am running at 42 degrees in the CPU at 4.2 gig. Again, I have so many fans inside and around the HAF X Case. There are literally no warm spots left in the case with all the cables shoved into the back out of the way.
Why bother with a overclock to 4.0? MSI's boards with the OC Genie will take you to 4.2 and you have the ability to take it to 5 gig and beyond if you have the cooling to make it happen.
Don't bother with the little duct on the side fan or the little square duct for your PCIe cables on the video cards. Do place one or two more fans inside the area to keep air moving through.
Don't forget to mount whatever powersupply you get fan side down through the bottom of your HAF X case. It will save you the hassle of losing screws or whatever.
Dont plan on using the slot between the big video cards. There isnt any room. I do have a Killer 2100 NIC above my top slot. I am aware more mo bos are coming with the killers already on board. It's important to have it as it may depend upon your life or death in battle.
I rely on OkGear's EMI shielded round cables that are 18 inches long mostly straight to straight locking in black with a couple of straight to right angle for the two BR drives up top.
Before I forget, go ahead and install the SATA III cables onto all your SATA ports. You may use one, some or all of them right away... it saves you from having to remove the lower video card everytime you wish to install something. Make sure they lock.
i went ahead and switched out for the xtreame ver of the card and the ocz vertex ssd, and im a newbie overclocker so forgive my stupidity on the clock of the i7 any recommendations on a good 200mm fan? and the sniper 2 has a killer nic built in i believe saves me the trouble ive got the money to spend so i don't see whats wrong with using the sniper 2
For that kind of bread for a board, I think I would expect it to run dual cards @ x16 instead of x8. Also you didn't state your intended resolution and if you don't plan on running triple monitors that 3GB card is going to hose you in FPS due to latency. You will actually get lower FPS with that card on a standard 1900 x 1080 monitor. Google the review of that card done by Hardware Canucks. That psu will push one of those cards...a 650w psu will push one of those cards, but a 750w psu is not going to push two of those cards. Also as the other poster pointed out, the 2600K gives you ZERO advantage in regards to gaming. By the time the Ivy Bridge cpu's come out next spring there might be some games that take advantage of it.
Here's a few idea's you might want to take a look at. That board down below has a NF200 Bridge allowing dual cards to run @ x16 & x16 instead of the usual x8 & x8.