My first complete build - advice/help appreciated...

So never really done a complete build by myself, I am moderately educated tech wise with most of my learning done through online research and great forums like this

This is my complete build so far, please critique and/or advise if possible.
*(The first 3 components are already purchased)


Case: Cooler Master Storm Series Trooper Black Steel/Plastic ATX Full Tower*
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard*
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 – C2 Stepping*
PSU: KINGWIN LZP-1000 1000W 80+ Platinum
Cooler: Corsair H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Graphics: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit
Memory: 16GB CORSAIR Vengeance (4x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR 1600 (PC3 12800)
SSD: Corsair Performance Pro Series 256GB SATA iii MLC Internal Solid State Drive
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
Blue-ray: ASUS Black 12x BD-ROM 16x DVD-ROM 48x CD-ROM - OEM
CD/DVD Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST – 24x DVD Burner
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  1. Great build.
  2. sosofm said:
    Great build.


    Thank you sosofm, I figured I would open a new thread after completing all the components for the build. I appreciate your feedback especially regarding the GPU from the other thread. I am actually a bit torn between the Asus 7950 you mentioned and the XFX. I may most likely purchase the video card last in hopes of AMD sorting out driver issues so I can get a better understanding from those who currently own 7xxx series.
  3. I owned for years only ATI/AMD video cards and never i didn't have a problem with the drivers.
  4. Same here, but I think the driver problem is due to the still fairly "new" PCIe 3.0 lanes as well as the components required for compatibility.
  5. They will be better.
  6. Yup, regardless of driver issues, I certainly will be getting a 7970 within the next few weeks.
  7. Love the build with the exception of the PSU.
  8. Any reason for not recommending the PSU?

    I was actually going to use the PSU in my 2 year old system, Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold Series 800W but I fell into the trap of combo deals and purchased the 1050W because of the discounted deal price.
  9. Looking back now, I should have spent a bit more time researching PSUs before purchase. Definitely rushed that one. The Kingwin unit is very very tempting. I think I may have to make a last minute change on the PSU :) Thank you for the info regarding the Kingwin.
  10. Updated to reflect change in PSU, currently out of stock on newegg....
  11. 80+ Platinum is a tough mark to hit. Also its Jonny guru approved I like it.
  12. Buy a Corsair , Seasonic,Antec ,XFX power supply. If you have the budget buy 80+ gold certified.
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034
    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139014
    SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151110
    XFX ProSeries P1-1050-BEFX 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207021
    XFX ProSeries P1-1000-BELX 1000W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207019
    These are on stock :)
    Read some customers reviews and buy the cheapest.
  13. When you buy something you need luck too. Everybody recommend Asus mobos but a lot of them are DOA or need RMA because they have something. Gigabyte the same thing. Even the bigest brands do mistakes.
  14. sosofm said:
    Buy a Corsair , Seasonic,Antec ,XFX power supply. If you have the budget buy 80+ gold certified.
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034
    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139014
    SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151110
    XFX ProSeries P1-1050-BEFX 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207021
    XFX ProSeries P1-1000-BELX 1000W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207019
    These are on stock :)
    Read some customers reviews and buy the cheapest.

    He doesn't need 1000W of power.. For 2 7970s, at most he will need 850W. 1000W would be needed for 2 580 fermis.
  15. I certainly contemplated a 850w PSU but my reasoning whether flawed or not is peace of mind as (iknowhowtofixit) mentioned. Thank you for all the help thus far everybody.

    One last bit of hesitation I seek advice on, I know I mentioned the H100 in my build but after a week of researching I am unsure of the route to go; air cooled or the H100?

    I am actually digging the Phanteks PH-TC14PE but these coolers at this price point are huge with possible motherboard layout complications. Any experience and/or advice regarding the x79 Sabertooth specifically would be a plus. Thank you.
  16. Also, will most change GPUs to GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970.
  17. Better buy Corsair H80 is not so big like H100 and is a verry good cooler.
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