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September 21, 2011 7:21:17 AM

Ok, I've been going back and forth on building my own or having CyberPower do it, but I'm finding out CyberPower doesn't have everything I want unlike shopping at NewEgg. I'm a single video card user as I have a small room and fear adding extra heat with another card, let alone I game at 1050 or so, so it's not like I'm going nuts. Also, I just don't trust liquid cooling. But I will still get a multi-card board just in case. I'm most concerned about memory as I want 16GB's of dual channel and I'm not sure what is best to get in terms of DDR3 speed like these 2000+(OC) ones. If I'm not an overclocker, should I stick to 1600 or 1866? I picked Corsair as I've had great experience with them. They do make a Vengence series below the Dominator. I know the rule of thumb is the denser the better, and I saw something like an 8GB single Corsair Vengence that I could buy two of for dual channel? But, I would like to hear about other high quailty brands for 16GB of dual channel operation. Also, I worry about onboard sound quailty and have long enjoyed Creative. Again, if I don't OC anything or "MAYBE" and that's a big maybe would try a little, what memory would be good to get for 16GB dual channel that is fast and solid as a rock. As far as my system below, I would just bring over my SATA data storage drive from my current machine I suppose?

Below is a system I just quickly put together as a NewEgg wish list: Any thoughts would be appreciated..........Thanks!

CASE:
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

POWER SUPPLY:
ENERMAX Platimax EPM1200EWT 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Power Supply

MOTHERBOARD:
ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

MEMORY:
(QTY of 2)CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMT8GX3M2A1866C9

CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

HARD DRIVE:
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

VIDEO CARD:
EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SOUND CARD:
Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

CD/DVD BURNER:
PLEXTOR Internal DVD Super Multi Black SATA Model PX-L890SA LightScribe Support

MEMORY CARD READER:
AFT PRO-55U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader

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September 21, 2011 7:41:22 AM

That's some serious build budget right there!

From what I can see the over-all structure looks pretty good. The sound card is probably unnecessary though and the money might be better spent else where, or not spent all together.

1200w PSU is probably pretty over-kill as well. 1000w should be plenty for that build, also leaving room for another 580 to be added in SLI.

As WHY_ME linked above, fill out the build advice template :) 
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