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January 21, 2012 10:02:24 PM

So im building a new computer right now and i would like to get peoples advice on what to change and what not

PSU: XFX 1250 watt black edition
Case: Corsair 800D
MOBO: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
CPU: Intel 2600k
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100
Ram: Patriot D2 Viper extreme 1866
SSD: Kingston HyperX 120gb
GPU: XFX 6970 (x2)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX
Drives: LG BH12LS38
Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster SA950


im later planning on upgrading to 7970's in a month or two when some solid updates come out for them.

any opinions on what to change or add would be appreciated, was also looking into doing a custom watercool loop for my GPU and CPU, any advice for that would be helpful aswell, thank you
a b B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2012 11:02:21 PM

well acording to your selections you must have a high budget amount that you are working with and there are some things that you are ok with and some that you don't really need and would be better off getting something else less expensive and putting the money in something else.

PSU-OK it is a good choice and you will need the extra watts when you put in water cooling.
Case - OK a case is always a personal choice as to what you like to look at. It is on the expensive side and if that is what you want that is your choice just to let you know that there are a lot cheaper cases to go with.
Mobo - Very expensive and you could easily shave $100 off with another MB.
CPU - Same as with the MB. can save $100 here with a 2500k
CPU cooler - OK.
Ram - ?
SSD - A Corsair Force GT 120gb would be better
GPU - You are going to buy these two now and then in a month upgrade to the 7970?
Sound Card - Not needed
Drives - OK
Monitor OK

I would think that you could make better use of your budget if you are open to these suggetons. I can give you suggestons for the water cooling in another post. I have a custom two loop system with one loop cooling three GTX 580's and the other loop cooling the cpu and ram.
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January 21, 2012 11:14:57 PM

any help would be lovely, as for the ram, i got 4 sticks for 80 bucks for all 4 so i got a really good deal, as for the GPU's, im buying these for now then when the 7070's get some driver updates im going to use the 6970's for my GF's computer, as for the mobo i have a color scheme going on and i would prefer to stick to that.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2012 11:22:29 PM

Ok but it's an expensive color scheme. So does your Gf need two 6970's.
If you can wait to build your computer then you could go with a Ivy Bridge build.
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January 21, 2012 11:24:21 PM

i dont have a budget so i can go overboard on expensive parts. and shes a crazy gamer with 3 monitor setup at the moment so yes she will use 2 of them lol.

as for the ivy bridge, when that comes out, im going to be making another computer with the 2011 socket
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2012 11:33:40 PM

I think that the Ivy Bridge is going to be 1155 socket at first but later there will be a new chipset and new socket. So no budget , well we have something in common because that's how I build my computer. My current build I think went about $8000 and I just get parts untill I'm satisfied. I don't know how good you can see the picture but that's my computer in the picture. The case is a Cooler Master Half-X that has been modded.
So do you want me to suggest a top notch build?
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January 21, 2012 11:34:48 PM

that would be great, i was also looking at the new cosmos II case.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2012 12:05:22 AM

Well a case is a personal preference and at the higher prices all the cases have great air flow and good fans and a lot of extras. I like the Half-X and it is a full tower with so much in it for extra options it's a great case. You can even fit water cooling radiators inside. But I think that I will leave the case to your discrection.

SeaSonic X-1250 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$269.99 and a $35 rebate makes it $234.99
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MSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$389.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $369.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
$339.99
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LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback & M-DISC Support WH12LS39 LightScribe Support - OEM
$87.99
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LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24LS70 LightScribe Support
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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
$319.99
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CORSAIR H70 Core High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$79.99
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SAMSUNG S23A950D Black 23" 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD 120Hz 3D Monitor w/ 3D glasses 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
$449.99
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I noticed that you had selected a 23" monitor and you said your Gf had three so do you only want the one small one or are you interested in a larger screen or muliple screens. This one is something that I am looking into and it's a 27" that has a resolution of 2560x1440;

SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
$899.99
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You had said you were interested in a custom water cooling setup and what were you looking to cool with it.
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January 22, 2012 12:12:08 AM

both GPU's aswell as the CPU. i actually currently have the samsung SA950 27inch 3D monitor and im only planning on running one monitor, but i also have 2 TV's that i runoff of my computer aswell.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2012 12:14:32 AM

That Cosmos 11 case does look pretty good and big and if those HDD bays in the bottom are removeable then you could put a radiator in there.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2012 12:19:07 AM

Are you going to do the water cooling for the 6970's or the 7970's because the water blocks are not interchangeable and they are made for the specific card so the block for the 6970 will not fit the 7970. So you might be waiting for the 7970?
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January 22, 2012 1:26:35 AM

i plan on getting waterblocks for both, and when i get the 79's imjust going to give he 69's blocks to my gf
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