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October 11, 2011 7:25:04 PM

Hi guys

ok so im building a new rig based on the intel sandybridge.
any opions or comments on my proposed spec are welcomed

cpu: intel i7 2600k (chose the sandybridge k series for the overclocking potential)
cooler: corsair h80 (choose this for the good benchmarks and general low profile around the cpu block)
MoBo: asus maximus iv extreme z (found one for £175)
Ram: g skil ripjaws x 1600 ddr3 8 to 16 gb (this was recomended)
Gpu: asus gtx 590 3gb (wanted an evga but they are hard to find and im impatient lol)
PSU: corsair ax1200w (choose this because iv worked with corsair psu's in the past and iv always been happy. 1200w for future sli)
Case: silverstone raven r03 (choose this for the cooling reviews)
Hdd: seagate baracuda xt sata3 6gbs (this was recomended)
OS: windows 7 64 home premium

iv priced it up at around £1750.00




October 11, 2011 7:26:47 PM

Fill the sticky form because I'm 99% sure that's a huge waste of money.....
October 11, 2011 7:31:14 PM

It's not a waste of money especially if you intend to SLI 590's.

What it is begging for though is an SSD 64GB+ for boot and SW drive.
Then you can just get a Samsung Spinpoing F3 1TB for example for HDD space.

That is a pretty decent deal on the mobo, so can't complain about that one.

Also since it pretty much seems to be a high end thing, maybe also consider the Silverstone Fortress FT02, if you like the looks better than the raven.
Same concept, sleeker more simplistic look. All aluminum.

The thing about those H80 etc coolers though is that they are not the best choice in FT02 or Raven 03 due to the limited locations for outgoing air.
So a good air cooler might be a better solution.
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October 11, 2011 7:31:25 PM

Oh boy..

CPU: For mainly gaming purposes, get the 2500k instead. Same performance as the 2600k.

Cooler: Don't bother with water cooling. Get a Hyper 212 EVO instead.

Mobo: Get a Z68 board from MSI or Asrock around the $150 USD range. GD55 or Extreme 3 are more than enough

RAM: No point what so ever going beyond 8GB. You will never use it.

GPU: The 590 is absolute overkill, and not a very good card either. Get a 570 with dual fans, SLI if you really want to that badly. Recommend Twin Frozr III

PSU: Get a corsair HX850 for SLI 570. 850 watts is enough for a normal PC with huge overclock. (SLI 570/580)

No SSD? Come on. Get a Crucial M4 128Gb

There really is no need for anything more than a single GTX 570, unless you have a triple monitor setup. The 580 is not worth the cost over the 570 for the marginal performance increase (10-15%)
October 11, 2011 7:36:07 PM

ares640 said:
Oh boy..

CPU: For mainly gaming purposes, get the 2500k instead. Same performance as the 2600k.

Cooler: Don't bother with water cooling. Get a Hyper 212 EVO instead.

Mobo: Get a Z68 board from MSI or Asrock around the $150 USD range. GD55 or Extreme 3 are more than enough

RAM: No point what so ever going beyond 8GB. You will never use it.

GPU: The 590 is absolute overkill, and not a very good card either. Get a 570 with dual fans, SLI if you really want to that badly. Recommend Twin Frozr III

PSU: Get a corsair HX850 for SLI 570. 850 watts is enough for a normal PC with huge overclock. (SLI 570/580)

No SSD? Come on. Get a Crucial M4 128Gb

There really is no need for anything more than a single GTX 570, unless you have a triple monitor setup. The 580 is not worth the cost over the 570 for the marginal performance increase (10-15%)


You just saved me a ton of writing thanks :D  ;) 
October 11, 2011 7:39:03 PM

michxymi said:
You just saved me a ton of writing thanks :D  ;) 


It's what I do :p  Now lets see if I get bashed for picking "Cheap parts"
October 11, 2011 7:46:23 PM

thanx for the comments fellas. (not sure what fill the sticky means lol)

ill downgrade to a 570 (maybe be able to get an evga lol) and use the saved cash to get a nice ssd. ill review the proposed componants and adjust acordingley

: )
October 11, 2011 7:58:16 PM

rvilkman said:
It's not a waste of money especially if you intend to SLI 590's.

What it is begging for though is an SSD 64GB+ for boot and SW drive.
Then you can just get a Samsung Spinpoing F3 1TB for example for HDD space.

That is a pretty decent deal on the mobo, so can't complain about that one.

Also since it pretty much seems to be a high end thing, maybe also consider the Silverstone Fortress FT02, if you like the looks better than the raven.
Same concept, sleeker more simplistic look. All aluminum.

The thing about those H80 etc coolers though is that they are not the best choice in FT02 or Raven 03 due to the limited locations for outgoing air.
So a good air cooler might be a better solution.



just looked at the ft02 and i think im in love hahah.
very interesting design looks nice and the back panel is tidy.
definatly going for it

: )
October 11, 2011 8:16:09 PM

ares640 said:
Oh boy..

CPU: For mainly gaming purposes, get the 2500k instead. Same performance as the 2600k.

Cooler: Don't bother with water cooling. Get a Hyper 212 EVO instead.

Mobo: Get a Z68 board from MSI or Asrock around the $150 USD range. GD55 or Extreme 3 are more than enough

RAM: No point what so ever going beyond 8GB. You will never use it.

GPU: The 590 is absolute overkill, and not a very good card either. Get a 570 with dual fans, SLI if you really want to that badly. Recommend Twin Frozr III

PSU: Get a corsair HX850 for SLI 570. 850 watts is enough for a normal PC with huge overclock. (SLI 570/580)

No SSD? Come on. Get a Crucial M4 128Gb

There really is no need for anything more than a single GTX 570, unless you have a triple monitor setup. The 580 is not worth the cost over the 570 for the marginal performance increase (10-15%)


nice one

im gonna go for the 2500 and use the extra cash to go toward's an extra 570 for sli (yes i know i m a power whore haha) gonna stick with the asus though as i like the idea of 8 usb 3's and 4 sata 3's. even though there are no usb3 devices iv seen yet a build usually last's me about 3-4 years (im still rocking the duo's lol) so id rather spend the extra for future proofing.
October 11, 2011 8:21:11 PM

darth-stu said:
nice one

im gonna go for the 2500 and use the extra cash to go toward's an extra 570 for sli (yes i know i m a power whore haha) gonna stick with the asus though as i like the idea of 8 usb 3's and 4 sata 3's. even though there are no usb3 devices iv seen yet a build usually last's me about 3-4 years (im still rocking the duo's lol) so id rather spend the extra for future proofing.


Sounds good man, go for it.
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