First time building

Hey all,

Plan on trying to put together my first gaming PC and first to admit I'm no expert (as far as best components), any input as to what I should/shouldn't have would be very much appreciated.

Case : Corsair CC800DW Obsidian 800D Fult Tower ATX Enthusiast Case

CPU : Intel i7 3960X 3.3 1 LGA 2011 Processor BX80619173960X

Cooler : Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Perf Liquid CPU Cooler CWCH100

Fan : Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

MOBO : Asus Digi+ II 8+2 Phase Power 8 x DIMM Intel X79 ATX DDR3 2400 Intel LGA 2011 Motherboards, Rampage IV Extreme/BF3

Corsair 32GB (4 x 8gb) Vengeance Red 1866mHz PC3 15000 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Quad Channel Kit

Gfx : (x2) VisionTek Products Radeon 7970 3 GB DDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Cards 900491

Sound: ASUS PCI-Express x1 Sound Card XONAR ESSENCE STX/90-YAA0C0-0UAN00Z

HDD : 3TB Seagate ST33000651AS Barracuda XT
SSD CZ Agility 3 120GB SSD

PSU : Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W TPG-1200M SLI & CrossFire X Ready ATX12V 80PLUS Gold Active PFC ATX 1300 Power Supply TPG-1200M

Monitors : (2X) 27" Asus VE278Q 27 inch LED Monitor

Optical Drive: SATA DVDRW IHAS122-18 LiteOn or ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner with Disc Encryption, Black
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  1. Hi! Welcome to the forums.
    Woah, monster machine you got there. Might I ask what this is for? I assume it's a gaming rig and my critique is what that in mind.
    -Save $800 and get the i5-2500k. Performs just as well as needed in games, the 3960k is obscenely expensive.
    -The Corsair 800D is a pretty closed off case, designed for enthusiast water cooling loops. Look for something a little more open air, Like the HAF X or Thermaltake Level 10GT.
    -That CPU cooler isn't real good. It's a pseudo water cooler, since it only cools the CPU. If you're gonna watercool, I'd go the whole 9 yards and get some waterblocks on those video cards.
    -You've got 2 CPU coolers. The H100 and the Hyper 212. I suggest a good air cooler, like the Noctua DH-14 Cheaper, quieter and cooler than the H100.
    -2 7970's? What resolution do you plan on playing at? Your monitors suggest 1920x1080p, for which a pair of 7970's is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY overkill. One would be kickass, let alone two.
    -You don't need 32GB of ram for gaming. No way in hell. No way. Get a decent 8GB or 16GB kit. 8GB is about double what you need, don't even think about getting 32GB if you're gaming.
    -That PSU isn't really good. Get a decent 850w, something from Corsair or Seasonic maybe. The HX 850 is very good, as are all Seasonic PSU's.
    -Sound card isn't needed really unless you have a killer set of cans. I'm talking $300+. Onboard is actually quite good, I doubt you'd be able to notice the difference easily.

    Well, that's all for now :p Please tell me what this system is for, I'm very intrigued now.
  2. Also, with the 7970, get 3 Monitors after following above's suggestions. Eyefinity is much better than 2 monitors and the experience will be 10x better.
  3. I think honestly, you just picked the most components you can find. What's your budget? 5000 dollars?
  4. That rig would be crazy but honestly seems like a complete waist of money that your just tossing out the window, especially since this is your first build. If i bought that i know i would regret it, but maybe your alot richer than me.

    I5k is great for gaming no need to spend 1k on a cpu. So save yourself $800 like striker said.

    7970 is top of the line, by the time you would even need a second one there would be a whole different series. If anything buy one, then by the time you need another to sli then buy it for half price.
  5. dude if i were u and had moolah up the wazzoo id wait for 7990 and get only one thing.................. and that one most important thing would be............ it would be......................... ABSOLUTLEY POSITIVLEY 10000000000 PERCENT EEVVEERRYYTTHHIINNGG
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