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New 7970 build, opinions?

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February 6, 2012 4:52:46 PM

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 349.99
Motherboard: EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard - 244.99
CPU: i7 2600k - 329.99
GPU: DIAMOND 7970PE53G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 - 549.99 x2
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 - 139.99
Boot: Crucial M4 128gb SATA III - 176.99
Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm - 159.99
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80plus silver - 149.99
Cooling: CORSAIR H100 - 119.99
Disc Drive: LG Black Blu-ray Drive - 59.99

Total (before taxes and shipping): $2,831.89

Ok so what do ya'll think? what would you do differently, if anything?

This is a build for a customer, I'm doing 2 of them and this is the largest order i've ever had. So i want it to be perfect.

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February 6, 2012 4:56:43 PM

What is your customer doing with the computer?
February 6, 2012 4:58:56 PM

PC Power and Cooling are unreliable. Try the Corsair HX1050
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February 6, 2012 4:59:42 PM

You might want to consider a motherboard that supports PCIe Gen3.
I assume the customer specifically asked for that case as it is a bit on the pricy side.

As for the PSU seasonic is running 15% sale until wednesday. Try the Seasonic X-Series 1050W ~$187 after the CC
February 6, 2012 5:07:43 PM

mostly gaming but i believe he'll be doing some light video editing as well... and the case is preferred but he'd be willing to change if a better one is suggested... i just went with it though, since he's got such a large budget. And thanks for the suggestions on the PSU's
February 6, 2012 5:43:57 PM

ASRock's Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 recommended by Tom's, the winner in the Z68 round up, supports PCIE 3.0

I see nothing wrong with the PSU, PC P&C is one of the bests, 90% gave 5 egg rate and it's one of the quality branded PSUs. The only problem is that it's not modular you might try this one.

The case is very stylish and superior in airflow, if budget is no issue it's really great. Also you can get the HAF X for less the price.

Everything else is in place.
February 6, 2012 5:50:06 PM

I would wait a month to hear about the 7990.

For that expensive a motherboard you had better get pci-gen3.

If you wanted to buy it now, I'd take off one of the video cards, get a cheaper case, an i5-2500k, a cheaper motherboard. I'd then put that into upgrades, like a 7990 or an ivy bridge. The single 7970 would sell quickly if upgrading to 7990(or 2 ha) in a couple months. Keep in mind the 7990 will likely be bottlenecked by pci-2.0.

In a $1000 build I wouldn't go with anything less than 2TB of HD space, so you should have at least that. Smart idea on the SSD though.

I realize it's a customer so spending up all the budget may be what you want, but that $1000 saved could go along way to upgrading the system in 3->24months.

Despite my criticisms it's a good build for the budget.
February 6, 2012 5:53:19 PM

Dude the 7990 will be hot and noisy like the 6990 and will cost about $800-$1200.
February 7, 2012 2:50:01 PM

I'm not gonna go with the 7990... i agree with angaddev, it's not worth it. 2 7970's will run anything thrown at them, no need to have anything more then that. And if in the future my customer wants to upgrade it'll be pretty easy to add a 3rd
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