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[New Build] Enthusiast gaming machine -- what's the bottleneck?

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December 17, 2011 10:12:15 PM

CPU: 3930K
Heatsink: THERMALTAKE FRIO OCK
Case: COOLERMASTER STORM TROOPER
Mobo: MSI X79A-GD45
PSU: COOLERMASTER SILENT PRO 1000W
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 580 1.5GB
SSD: CORSAIR 240 GB FORCE GT
RAM: 16gb KINGSTON HYPER-X 1600mhz
Sound: CREATIVE RECON3D

I'm ordering components next week, and I'm thinking to get this build. Any suggestions? Will these components work well together or is there a conspicuous bottleneck that I'm missing?

I'd like to stick to air cooling and OC to about 4.5ghz.

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December 17, 2011 10:14:11 PM

No expert but I haven't ever heard any good reviews on Coolermaster PSUs. Go for Antec, Seasonic or Corsair from personal experience.
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December 17, 2011 10:15:40 PM

I would get an Enermax or Seasonic PSU instead of the Cooler Master one.

I wouldn't get a sound card if it were me. I would trade the MSI out for a Gigabyte or Asus board, but that is just my own personal preference.

Otherwise everything seems mostly fine.

If you want to OC the 3930k on air you might want to think about getting a Hyper 212 or something.
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December 18, 2011 11:54:33 AM

Thanks for the tips. I'll stay away from the CM PSU for sure
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December 18, 2011 1:32:49 PM

Think about ASUS motherboard, they are good at hi-end.
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December 18, 2011 2:36:56 PM

Coolermaster Silent Pro is a excellent Gold rated psu, highly rated too.

I wouldn't waste money on Sandy Bridge E. Even a 2600K and Z68 would cost you about 1/3 or less for the platform and would be nearly as fast in everything.

Z68 will also be upgradable, X79 will have a shorter life than X58 did.

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December 18, 2011 2:53:09 PM

benchmarks are one thing real world is another. unless you run applications that are going to benefit from quad channel ram and an expensive processor I would do what the last guy said...( 2600K and Z68) .. as far as components go, every MSI product except for 1 that I have owned died. Mostly mother boards. I try and use Gigabyte exclusively.
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December 18, 2011 3:09:56 PM

plus one to the swifty and geek

Also what is your monitor resolution?

Gtx 580 is a capable card, but isn't the most balanced in terms of cost vs benefit ratio. If your on a resolution that is at or less the 1920x1080 I would opt for a gtx 560 ti, gtx 570, or a hd 6950, but that is just me.
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December 18, 2011 3:12:44 PM

Yeah the Intel super-high end stuff is a waste of money, I would spend the extra money on a sick cooler and more gpu power.

I can advocate for ASUS boards, I own one and OCed my 2500k till it died. (:-() But the board is rock solid.
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