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February 18, 2012 3:00:08 AM

Hi everyone,
Im looking at getting into building my own system after my laptops motherboard melted. Ive had a fair break from gaming and am looking at getting back into it.
After reading about different components and parts, I have put together a system and would really appreciate any feedback you may have.

My budget is $3000 AUD give or take a hundred or two depending on what you all suggest. If you believe I can get a more powerful system for less then please suggest any changes I should make. The same goes for the higher end. If for an extra hundred or two I can get something more powerful then please suggest.
Right now the system is at $2800 so I still have $200 to play with. Im not sure as to the networking and sound cards with the motherboards now. It will be running on wireless until I set up the ethernet cable through the house.
The system is as follows:
Intel S2011 Core i7 3820 3.60GHz 4x Core CPU (No Heatsink included)
ASUS S2011 ATX Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard with BF3
DDR3 16GB (4x4G) Corsair 1600MHz Vengeance RAM Kit PN CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
2TB Seagate Barracuda XT 7200rpm SATA 6Gb/s HDD PN ST32000641AS
NVIDIA GTX580 1536MB Gigabyte GTX580 Super Overclock PCIe Video Card
CoolerMaster Full XL-ATX HAF X Case Black (No PSU) (PN RC-942-KKN1)
1100 Watt CoolerMaster UCP RSB00-AAAA-A3 ULTIMATE Power Supply
Blu-Ray Combo Samsung 12x SH-B123L/RSBP SATA Drive Black
Blu-Ray Writer Pioneer BDR-207DBK 12x SATA Black OEM
PCIe Asus Xonar DX Sound Card
Thermaltake ISGC400 CPU Heatsink

Overclocking is something that I would like to look at using, however I would like to know I have selected a system that can do this as well as a making sure the cooling can handle this.

Thank you in advance.

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February 18, 2012 2:26:20 PM

Avoid network or sound cards. The build in stuff on the motherboard is almost always good enough.

I would get rid of the Cooler Master PSU and get an Enermax instead if you for some reason want to have 1100 watts. The system as such should not be able to do much more than half of that and I would say to get an XFX 750w or 850w instead, but if you want to be in the 1000+ range then Enermax is the best brand name and with PSUs it is worth paying for the best brand name.

Thermaltake CPU Cooler - Most people around here suggest the Hyper 212, Hyper 212 EVO, or an H80 or something like that instead. You might want to consider those choices, especially if you intend to OC.

I don't know much about the Thermaltake one you selected other than nobody ever suggests it around here. It could be good or not, but there is no sense being the test victim in my mind.

In general, though, the whole thing seems to be a little overkill-ish to me. You could probably save 1000 AUD and still perform at level where the differences aren't noticeable.

There is something to say for future proofing and I can see that, but there is also something to say for having a spare 1000 AUD laying around too.
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February 18, 2012 3:20:20 PM

tommy1992 said:
Hi everyone,
Im looking at getting into building my own system after my laptops motherboard melted. Ive had a fair break from gaming and am looking at getting back into it.
After reading about different components and parts, I have put together a system and would really appreciate any feedback you may have.

My budget is $3000 AUD give or take a hundred or two depending on what you all suggest. If you believe I can get a more powerful system for less then please suggest any changes I should make. The same goes for the higher end. If for an extra hundred or two I can get something more powerful then please suggest.
Right now the system is at $2800 so I still have $200 to play with. Im not sure as to the networking and sound cards with the motherboards now. It will be running on wireless until I set up the ethernet cable through the house.
The system is as follows:
Intel S2011 Core i7 3820 3.60GHz 4x Core CPU (No Heatsink included)
i5-2500k so you can OC.
ASUS S2011 ATX Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard with BF3
No need to pay more than $125-$150 USD for a z68 board
DDR3 16GB (4x4G) Corsair 1600MHz Vengeance RAM Kit PN CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
2x4gb is all you need and 1333 is fine. Make sure it's 1.5v
2TB Seagate Barracuda XT 7200rpm SATA 6Gb/s HDD PN ST32000641AS
Hdd prices are way too high. Go with a 500gb. I would get a 90 or 128gb SSD + a 500gb Hdd. If you go with just the Hdd buy a WD Black series
NVIDIA GTX580 1536MB Gigabyte GTX580 Super Overclock PCIe Video Card
If you are going to go for the gusto then the 7900 series of AMD is the place to be or wait for the Keppler from nVidia to come out and then choose the top end
CoolerMaster Full XL-ATX HAF X Case Black (No PSU) (PN RC-942-KKN1)
Cases are personalities and make a statement when you show it off. Whatever works for you. Most use mid-towers and the Had 922 is a good choice
1100 Watt CoolerMaster UCP RSB00-AAAA-A3 ULTIMATE Power Supply
You could power all of Australia with that beast. A 650 or 750w Corsiar or Seasonic or other top end psu would be more than enough
Blu-Ray Combo Samsung 12x SH-B123L/RSBP SATA Drive Black
If you buy a blu-ray player you can get one that has RW for CD/DVD/BR. No need for two
Blu-Ray Writer Pioneer BDR-207DBK 12x SATA Black OEM
PCIe Asus Xonar DX Sound Card
Unless you have some very specific need for a SC don;t waste the money
Thermaltake ISGC400 CPU Heatsink
CM 212 will do a nice job for less

Overclocking is something that I would like to look at using, however I would like to know I have selected a system that can do this as well as a making sure the cooling can handle this. The i5-2500k + the CM 212 2 will let you OC at stock voltage with few issues

Thank you in advance.

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