I have recently finished selecting all the parts i need for my gaming build. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the parts i have selected were indeed compatible with each other, as, from what i have seen, they are. This is my excuse for a double check, and to insure i am not overlooking anything. Even still, i would appreciate any and all recommendations and/or advice given.
Budget: $1200 (preferably) I can go higher if it is wiser to.
Things i'd like to have:
Ability to OC. ( although this isn't something i will necessarily do right away or at all if possible)
"Future Proofing" (as far as that word can take me in this industry) with Ivy Bridge compatibility.
Note- I chose this mobo because of it's generally positive reviews, great price, and features such as Ivy Bridge compatibility, ability to overclock, and SLI/Crossfire support. One thing i am slightly uneasy about is the close proximity of the memory slots to the processor. I am worried that my RAM may be too large to fit if i use an aftermarket CPU cooler instead of a stock fan. Is it possible to setup my RAM so this would not be a problem?
Note- I understand that is alot of watts for the build, but i decided on this for an eventual SLI or Xfire setup. So look at it in terms of future proofing. Even if it is still excessive the extra wattage makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
It's a tossup between the 6950 and 560 Ti at 1920 x 1200 but since you already are planning on adding a 2nd card, then the 560 Ti is the better choice with a 100+ fps lead in SLI over the CF'd 6950's. The following compares the two factory overclocked models which are kind of a no brainer as they oft sell for same price as reference models:
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost (based upon lowest newegg cost from major vendor) in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:
[The CP-850] 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.
I have done numerous builds with all three.....All things being equal including price, though it's a narrow margin, I'd take those and the HAF-X over the 932. Those PSU's will not fit in the HAF tho.
RAM - Get the low profile models. The only cooling effect of these big coolers is that they "look cool". While they served a purpose (when they were effective) w/ DDR2, they are absolutely useless on DDR3.
At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.
The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.