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First time high end build 2-3k

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January 21, 2012 10:33:17 PM

I've been browsing and researching for a couple months now and think I'm ready to start ordering parts. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. I know I'm going high end on some components but want as much upgrade potential and overclocking room

$330 Core I7 2600k CPU
$340 Asus Maximus IV Z68 LG1155 Motherboard
$300 Thermaltake TPG 1200m Power Supply
$250 Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case
$75 8 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 Ram
$1000 (2) EVGA 580TI Video Cards

What I'm not sure about is:

Hard drives. I'm going to boot from a SSD. What would be the best setup for storage? 1,2,3 internal drives? Is one large drive better than 2 or 3 smaller drives in a raid cluster?

COOLING. Besides the fans in the case should I install extra ones? What's a good CPU cooler? Anything I should be extra careful with when assembling the system?

Thanks :) 

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January 21, 2012 10:36:17 PM

Yes, 1 HDD is better.

Since you have the budget, the Noctua NH-D14 is a very powerful CPU Cooler and is quiet.
January 21, 2012 10:51:20 PM

Drool....wish i had 2-3k to blow on a new rig. lol

Do you prefer Nvidia over AMD video cards? If no preferences, i suggest the 7970s but i'd understand if u don't want to.
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January 21, 2012 10:52:54 PM

With 2k, 2 580s outperform the 7970, but he can get 2 7970s. :) 
January 21, 2012 10:59:20 PM

yea i mean't 2 lol, hell maybe 3 :pt1cable: 
January 21, 2012 11:01:18 PM

It's been 3 years since my last one so it's time for a new one :)  What's the advantages of the AMD over Nvidia? I've only ever used Nvidia.
January 21, 2012 11:05:38 PM

AMD is currently the only company to have 28nm GPUs, and utilizes 3D.
January 21, 2012 11:08:10 PM

Well that decides that then :) 
Thanks!!
January 21, 2012 11:09:48 PM

I was thinking about the Gigabyte 768 ud7 motherboard but it's discontinued? has anyone used the maximus IV? Is there a better choice for a really good motherboard for expansion and overclocking?
January 21, 2012 11:09:51 PM

Actually its kinda the other way around from what i see. AMD doesn't have Cuda and PhysX, but if you are just building a gaming system and don't play PhysX games(like Batman Arkham City) then 7970 is better than the gtx 580.
Nvidia also does 3D gaming. But you need 2 Nvidia Cards to run a 3 monitor setup
January 21, 2012 11:37:44 PM

What's everyones opinion on the additional warranties on Newegg? Is it worth it or a ripoff?
January 22, 2012 1:14:52 AM

oldskoolraver said:
I've been browsing and researching for a couple months now and think I'm ready to start ordering parts. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. I know I'm going high end on some components but want as much upgrade potential and overclocking room

$330 Core I7 2600k CPU
$340 Asus Maximus IV Z68 LG1155 Motherboard
$300 Thermaltake TPG 1200m Power Supply
$250 Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case
$75 8 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 Ram
$1000 (2) EVGA 580TI Video Cards

What I'm not sure about is:

Hard drives. I'm going to boot from a SSD. What would be the best setup for storage? 1,2,3 internal drives? Is one large drive better than 2 or 3 smaller drives in a raid cluster?

COOLING. Besides the fans in the case should I install extra ones? What's a good CPU cooler? Anything I should be extra careful with when assembling the system?

Thanks :) 

what resolution are you playing at?

fill this out- http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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