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April 11, 2012 8:06:08 AM

I'm getting a system put together, please tell me where it can improve cost/performance or If it looks like a good all round setup:

Intel Core i7 2600K Quad + HT (4C8T) 3.4GHz Computer System
*Asus Maximus V GENE Z77 U3S6 ATX Motherboard
*Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Kit (4GBx2)
*OCZ 120GB S.ATA3 6.0Gb/s SSD HD
*Seagate 1TB S.ATA 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
*Asus 24B3ST S.ATA DVD Writer
*SAPPHIRE AMD 7970 3GB GDDR5
*HD AC/97 Audio Sound Card Onboard
*Gigabit Lan Card Onboard
*LIAN-LI PC-9F ALUMINUM Tower Case
*Corsair AX 1200 80+ Gold Certified Power Supply Unit

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April 11, 2012 8:12:35 AM

Oh and It has to work with Mini-display port as I'm going to be connecting the Apple Cinema Display to it.
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April 11, 2012 9:56:27 AM

MrMarkk said:
Oh and It has to work with Mini-display port as I'm going to be connecting the Apple Cinema Display to it.

Well you could save about $100.00 on your PSU by getting this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
same name - family etc. and more than enough. I can't imagine why you'd ever need the 100+ amps in your pick.
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April 11, 2012 5:10:26 PM

MrMarkk said:
I'm getting a system put together, please tell me where it can improve cost/performance or If it looks like a good all round setup:

Intel Core i7 2600K Quad + HT (4C8T) 3.4GHz Computer System
*Asus Maximus V GENE Z77 U3S6 ATX Motherboard
*Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Kit (4GBx2)
*OCZ 120GB S.ATA3 6.0Gb/s SSD HD
*Seagate 1TB S.ATA 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
*Asus 24B3ST S.ATA DVD Writer
*SAPPHIRE AMD 7970 3GB GDDR5
*HD AC/97 Audio Sound Card Onboard
*Gigabit Lan Card Onboard
*LIAN-LI PC-9F ALUMINUM Tower Case
*Corsair AX 1200 80+ Gold Certified Power Supply Unit

Thanks

1200W is a big big big waste of $. That is wattage for 4 7970s. For 2, you won't need more than 850W and for one, just 600W.
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April 11, 2012 5:29:53 PM

It's difficult to tell without prices and model numbers.

If you want to reduce cost at the same performance level though, I'd definitely go with the Corsair TX650 over your current PSU for about $200 less.

I'd trade out the OCZ drive for an Intel 520 Cherryville 120GB SSD, which runs around $170 and is big value for the money. I've always had issues with OCZ stuff. If you go with OCZ make sure it's a Vertex unit and not an Agility unit if performance is your goal.

You might also consider switching to a Z68 motherboard for a bit less. The only real diffeence is native USB 3.0 support, which isn't really worth the extra dough.
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