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October 21, 2011 9:31:00 PM

Alright guys, its finally time for the new build! This will be my 3rd build. I built a computer in high school, then one in college, and now that i have a good job, its time to build the dream machine!

If anyone is interested ill be upgrading from (almost 5 years old now)
Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz
Abit Fatality Mobo
4Gb DDR2 Ram
Nvidia 9800GT
creative audigy 8 sound card
Audigy A700 headphones (saving these for new build cause i LOVE them)
Logitech 7.1 Surround Sound System (saving these too)
Black DVD drive (saving this cause it works)
600W PSU
600Gb HD (keeping this for new build)
1680x1050 Asus 2ms monitor (keeping this for new build)

Just to keep in mind, i will be getting a 1980x1050 Asus 3d ready monitor for christmas as well but that will be a present. Also, i use Intel/Nvidia products not AMD/Radeon.

So here is the proposed new build. please give me feed back! (if you can save me money for products that are just as good with out sacrificing quality, that would be great as well)

CASE- Element G ATX Mid Tower -$144
Probably going to try to find this for cheaper somewhere else but i like the styling

Power Supply- Corsair 850W PSU Ethusiast Series - $135
Love corsair PSU, seemed like a good deal in comparison with a 750W

Motherboard- Asus Rampage III Formula X58 1366 - $255
I like this motherboard for its options, plus i need a card that can handle SLI + still have room for the PCI sound card

Processor- Intel Core i7-960 3.2GHZ 1366 - $289
I dont think getting a 6 core for $200 more is realy worth the money when i dont really run many things at the same time

CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $35
Not going to overclock, at least for a while, so i think this will do just fine

Memory- Gskill Ripjaw Series DDR3 1600 12Gbs - $75.00
Seems like 1600 is the most stable? seems like in the comments for all the higher speed ram everyone has issues with stability, 12gbs seems like a good amount for the price

SSD- Intel 510 120Gb Sata III - $279
Really looking forward to seeing this in action, from my research it appears intel has the most stable SSDs even tho they may not be the fastest

Soundcard- HT Omega Claro Plus - $175
Heard great things about this card

Now for decision making time! the VIDEO CARD

1X Nvidia EVGA GTX 580 Superclocked 1.5Gb - $500


2X Nvidia EVGA GTX 560Ti 2GB - $560

I like the ease of use with the GTX580 being only one card. I have never run an SLI system before, I am pretty capable at learning so i dont neccessarly consider it a con, but i have heard about issues with stuttering in SLI, BUT i have always wanted an SLI build. Keep in mind i will be running my current monitor with the new monitor i will be getting for christmas. Also updating the GTX580 for SLI in the future is NOT an option, i wont be upgrading again until a year or 2 and i will want to upgrade to the keplar series.

Thanks again guys, this site over the years went from being a place to come for help but has evolved into a place i visit everyday to get my tech fix and learn new things!

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October 22, 2011 5:01:07 AM

My only objection is to the platform. X58 has been superseded by Sandy Bridge. There is no good reason to use it when you can get a better performing CPU and board for less.

i5 2500K - because you are not doing anything requiring hyper threading.


RAM 8GB is all you need

I would probably go with the GTX 580. Well, I myself would prefer 2 6950s, which would bury the GTX 580 for the same price... it's a shame you have that pre-conception.

The sound card is OK as long as you have the speakers or headphones to go along with it. If not it's just overkill.
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October 22, 2011 5:36:58 AM

You building a workstation or general purpose / gaming computer. If the latter, 1366 wouldn't be where I'd be going. The following will outperform just about everything on your list:

Case - $ 290 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow
Features I only dreamed about

Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm

PSU - $ 160 - Corsair HX850

MoBo - $ 200 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K

Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow

TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu

RAM - $ 65 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair White CAS 8

GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz

GFX - $ 230 - Same

HD - $ 180 - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB

SSD - $ 200 - 120 GB Corsair M4

DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS

Total $ 1,919

The case has a rather unique style but the features are what attracts me and, to my mind, justify the price. If it's not ya thing:

Option 1:

Case - $ 155 - Antec DF-85
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850

Option 2:

Case - $ 160 - Antec 1200 V3
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850

The above two combos differ for the most part only in styling. Either one represents a designed match of Case and PSU. Jonnyguru says of the CP-850 that "It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise." and gives it a 10.0 performance rating. raves about th PSU performance and especially the PSU';s quietness and cool operation, a benefit derived to a large part from the case / PSU design combo.

The HAF-X is another fine case that works well with the HX850 in the build above.
October 22, 2011 5:40:57 AM

I would not personally buy that case as there are many better midtower options for cheaper, furthermore you could get a full tower case for the price that you are paying.

Haf 932-
Nzxt phantom (bunch of colors) -
In win dragon rider-
Antec 1200-

Many many other options, but cases are the most personal attribute to any system, so ultimately if you like it and want it than buy it.

Don't go with lga 1366, go 1155, (I5-2500k)
October 22, 2011 2:48:52 PM

Wow i totally thought that the 1366 was the next generation from 1155 thanks that totaly saved me frome a huge mistake!

I will definatley get the modular PSU and an i5 2500k

Question tho,

will this mobo

MoBo - $ 200 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 [...] -review/24 [...] 6813131790

that was recommended fit X2 nvidia GTX 560ti in SLI and my PCI Sound card? it looks like from the pictures that 2 video cards in sli would block the only available PCI slot.

I still cant decide between 1 gtx 580 and 2 gtx 560ti. I know the 2 gtx 560ti will offer better performance than 1 gtx 580 but am i going to have stuttering problems or any other issues in running sli?

I know two radeon 6950 will perform better but i want Nivida 3d vision not Radeons solution to 3d which doesnt work as well with the particular games i want to play.
October 22, 2011 3:41:51 PM

Im actualy having a hard time finding an ASUS mobo z68 that can run 2 cards in SLI and still have room for the PCI card