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November 21, 2011 12:08:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday (Nov. 25)

Budget Range: No Budget (But the lower, the better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/Graphic Editting, Multimedia

Parts Not Required: Need all

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com (Using PCPartPicker)

Country: U.S.

Parts Preference: Top name brand (Samsung, Gigabyte, ASUS, etc)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: Would prefer 1920x1200 but will settle with 1080.

Additional Comments: Would like to have a case with a window for optimal showcasing. I have plans for Eyefinity Surround (3 screens) and still be able to run games at Ultra High settings. I would also like to be able to get some flashy case fans (multiple colors) to have sort of a light show going on inside my case.

Btw, not all of the prices below are accurate, I HAVE found some better deals. I'm using Newegg.com as a quick and easy reference and to give you all an idea of what I am looking for.

VERY OPEN TO ALL SUGGESTIONS.

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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Noctua NH-D14 120mm/140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Gen3 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4x4GB) 240-pin DDR3-1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(CFX) 2x ASUS Radeon HD 6970 2GB DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 256-bit GDDR5 PCI-E 2.1 x 16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel/Plastic ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG GH22NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Surround) 3x ASUS VE247H 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Saitek Cyborg V5 Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Razer Imperator Battlefield 3 Edition Black 1x Wheel USB Wired Laser & Optical Dual Sensor 6400 DPI Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 21, 2011 12:27:55 PM

cutebeans said:
This would be a cheaper but same stuff motherboard

Asrock z68 Extreme4 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Im not sure if that quad channel would work though. :)  Never seen it before.


Yeah, I looked at the ASRock board, but aren't the ASRock boards a cheaper bi-product of ASUS? I've heard some really good things and then some really bad things about those boards and not sure where I should go with it.

Yeah, the Quad-Channel RAM is actually for the X79 boards. So I suppose I think in theory, I meant to just put the 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws Series, not the Z Series.

EDIT: Thanks for pointing that out for me. My RAM got changed on the list to the regular Ripjaws "Series" 16GB DDR3-1600 :D 
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November 21, 2011 1:12:50 PM

What is the difference between a modular and non-modular PSU?

Also, would 850W be enough to run this rig with CFX? I believe it will be and I expect to have this rig for the next 5 years or so, so no near future upgrades will be needed.
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November 21, 2011 1:39:02 PM

A non-modular PSU has all the cables hardwired to the unit.
A modular unit will only have some cables permanently attached (usually the 24pin motherboard, 4/8pin CPU, plus one or two others), which allow you to use only the cables that you actually require, which can make it more easy to have a tidy build.

Yes an 850W would be more than enough to run a build with two 6970s.
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November 21, 2011 1:43:44 PM

I see.

Well, while waiting on a response from you Silvune, I did a little bit of digging. Apparently, modular PSUs are having tons of problems. The cables are stiff and difficult to work with and you apparently lose some efficiency with a modular PSU over a non-modular one.

Granted, what you have mentioned about the differences were stated, the modular having only some permanent cables attached and the non-modular has all of them. This news to me kind of makes it hard to chose which to go with.

Any way you can help clear this up?
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November 21, 2011 2:21:02 PM

There's no reason that I know of as to why a cable on a modular PSU should be stiffer than the cables on a non-modular unit.
I don't have a reference to a non-modular unit, but the modular unit I have doesn't have stiff/unusable cables.
There is the potential for loss of efficiency, but the amount lost and the extra resistence is miniscule and hasn't been a problem in high quality units for a long time (if ever).

The only real disadvantage to modular units is that they usually cost more.
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November 21, 2011 2:42:57 PM

The Corsair HX1050 Pro psu is modular... $200 now at newegg.com.
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November 21, 2011 2:43:30 PM

Not really, Asrock is a sister company that used to be a cheaper version of ASUS but right now. It rivals Asus for the quality. don't worry that asrock can easily get to 4.5ghz.
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November 21, 2011 2:53:53 PM

JrFreak: Not going up in wattage unless I have to...which...

My PSU being enough question never did get answered. Help on this?

cutebeans: I will look into it.

Silvune: I will look into a modular PSU then.
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November 21, 2011 5:42:01 PM

Area85Gaming said:
JrFreak: Not going up in wattage unless I have to...which...

My PSU being enough question never did get answered. Help on this?


Silvune said:
Yes an 850W would be more than enough to run a build with two 6970s.
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November 21, 2011 11:28:55 PM

Haha my bad Silvune, I didn't catch your edit. I will update the list when I get back from work today. :) 
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November 24, 2011 11:40:24 AM

Very solid build you have no complaints from me
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