Been rummaging around Tom's Hardware for a while, love the System Build Marathons!
I have decided to build a new desktop! Essentially 2 years ago, my desktop storage drives developed a serious logic error. In the time it took my to source the problem, acquire a quote, and decide $1.8k is too much to drop on the recovery of personal photos right now, my system became essentially obsolete. For the subsequent 24 months I resorted to using my mediocre Sony VAIO laptop, running everything on the lowest settings (also the adapter gets so hot the plastic starts to melt slightly -but that is a whole 'nother story).
I am relatively new to the tech scene, and am still trying hard to teach myself about computer components and their relative role within a functioning system.
As previously mentioned, I thoroughly enjoy the SBM's here and based my current build closely on the Q3 $2000 performance build by Tom's Hardware.
I was hoping for some comments regarding bottlenecks, compatibility, cooling, better cost-benefit components, or just general advice regarding the build. Advice from Australian's regarding the pricing and best source of purchase would also be greatly appreciated!
In any case, the build is as follows:
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz 1155pin Boxed CPU $334
ASUS MAXIMUSIV-GENE-Z Z68 DDR3 1155pin Motherboard $241
PCcasegear, Mwave, MSI are other good stores that I know of.
I think it is worthwhile saving the money and just getting the i5-2500K. The price difference is quite large, usually, and the performance difference doesn't always justify the extra cost.
I think putting two GTX 580s on a mATX boards, with no spacing between them will cause heat/cooling and noise issues. I would suggest getting an ATX motherboard.
Based on PCCasegear pricing I would suggest getting the Asus P8Z68-V Gen3 motherboard:
I wouldn't choose the Aerocool Black Hawk either, but there shouldn't be anything wrong with it in terms of cooling, features or quality compared to those other cases (certainly not the CM 690 II which gets rebadged like crazy, unlike the other two cases, which as far as I'm aware are unique and only sold by Silverstone).
Yes a 900W PSU will be fine for a system with two GTX 580s.