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

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February 29, 2012 6:23:51 PM

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
February 29, 2012 6:26:29 PM

Great build.
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February 29, 2012 6:41:39 PM

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.
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February 29, 2012 6:46:17 PM

I owned for years only ATI/AMD video cards and never i didn't have a problem with the drivers.
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February 29, 2012 6:56:09 PM

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.
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February 29, 2012 7:02:30 PM

They will be better.
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February 29, 2012 7:30:44 PM

Yup, regardless of driver issues, I certainly will be getting a 7970 within the next few weeks.
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February 29, 2012 7:37:23 PM

Love the build with the exception of the PSU.
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February 29, 2012 8:09:41 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Go look at Jonny Guru for a review on that unit (it is one of the best resources for current PSU information). The LZP-1000 is arguably the best 1000w PSU on the market at the moment (Seasonic being the alternative). I would recommend Super Flower (the OEM of this Kingwin PSU) over Seasonic OEM PSUs due to the Seasonic units still having issues with coil whine. Performance wise, they trade blows depending on the test.

The Kingwin unit is also $50 cheaper and it has a longer warranty.
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February 29, 2012 8:14:44 PM

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.
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February 29, 2012 8:26:40 PM

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.
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March 1, 2012 2:20:51 PM

Updated to reflect change in PSU, currently out of stock on newegg....
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March 1, 2012 2:32:59 PM

80+ Platinum is a tough mark to hit. Also its Jonny guru approved I like it.
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March 1, 2012 2:37:25 PM

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=N82E168...
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX ProSeries P1-1050-BEFX 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX ProSeries P1-1000-BELX 1000W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These are on stock :) 
Read some customers reviews and buy the cheapest.
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March 1, 2012 5:14:13 PM

Customer reviews are great for seeing if a PSU frequently comes DOA or has other out-of-the-box issues. It isn't, however, a good indicator of performance since enthusiast PC parts have a long history of people jumping on bandwagons. All the units you posted are Seasonic OEM with various ages in terms of the platform they are based off of. The only unit that would even makes sense to compare to the Kingwin LZP-1000 is the XFX P1-1000-BELX, but why spend 60 dollars more? Not to mention the recent track record of coil whine in newer Seasonic designs. I sent back a Corsair AX series PSU 4 times to try to get one without coil whine for a customer's high end build. Corsair was happy to accommodate me, but who wants to deal with RMAs for a month and a half?
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March 1, 2012 5:47:05 PM

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.
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March 1, 2012 5:50:01 PM

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=N82E168...
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX ProSeries P1-1050-BEFX 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX ProSeries P1-1000-BELX 1000W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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.
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March 1, 2012 9:47:37 PM

sosofm said:
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.


It is simple math. When you buy the really high end $200+ mobos, failures are more prominent merely because there is a fraction of those units being made compared to mobos between $75-$125. The last top of the line motherboard I purchase was my MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum. Full featured motherboards can be had for less than $100, 97% of the time, that will work just fine for a custom build.

azeem40 said:
He doesn't need 1000W of power.. For 2 7970s, at most he will need 850W. 1000W would be needed for 2 580 fermis.


No, he does not need 1000W of power. A nice 650-750 watt PSU could handle this no problem. However, it is kind of nice knowing that you don't have to worry about purchasing another PSU for a long long time.

If you want to get something more "sane" for a PSU, I can highly recommend this:
Rosewill CAPSTONE-750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another Super Flower OEM PSU that is rock solid. I've started using Rosewill CAPSTONE for all my recent builds. Also, stepping down to a smaller 750 watt unit and keeping 80Plus Platinum is a bit pointless due to how close pricing is to the 1000 watt units. If you want to step down in wattage, go for an 80Plus Gold. Otherwise, for 80Plus Platinum 1000 watts is sort of a sweet spot for pricing.
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March 3, 2012 1:48:51 AM

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.
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March 3, 2012 1:59:53 AM

Also, will most change GPUs to GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970.
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March 3, 2012 4:54:35 AM

Better buy Corsair H80 is not so big like H100 and is a verry good cooler.
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