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First Time Build.. Need advice for high end system

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May 2, 2012 1:03:56 AM

Wanted some advice on a new build. The following is what i have, and plan to get.

Already Have:
Case: Corsair Obesidian 650D
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX 850W
SOUND CARD: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
DISC1: Lite-on BD-R/DVD/CD
DISC2: Lite-on BD-ROM/DVD/CD

Going to get, but havent yet:
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 240GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HARD: Western Digital Caviar Black
VIDEO: HD Radeon 7950 3 GB
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 16GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Need Advice on:
Motherboard:
#1 ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
#2 ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
#3 ASRock X79 Extreme9 LGA 2011 Intel X79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have never built a computer from scratch. I have only updated my current dell a few times.
Obviously i will need to know if everything will be compatible (ie RAM on which motherboard) will it all fit in the case (i think it will)
I will not be overcloacking right off the bat. Will want to after system is build and functioning.
I will eventually will want to add a second Radeon 7950, and will most likely not be getting a 3rd card.
Lastly, is it worth getting one of those gaming Killer ethernet cards?

Thanks

May 2, 2012 1:06:12 AM

I would suggest upgrading to a i7 2700k and a 7970 if you have the cash, as the 2700k can be overclocked easy since its multiplier is unlocked, and the 7970 will likely stay quite viable for a longer period of time, as well as (IMO) better Xfire performance.
May 2, 2012 1:09:27 AM

Why would i downgrade to a i7-2700K ? I am getting the 6 core i7
Radeon 7970 is too much money, i rather get the 7950 and then crossfire later.

My questions are really for the RAM and Motherboard, and ease of overclocking at later date.
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May 2, 2012 4:05:28 PM

Any updates ?
May 2, 2012 4:10:55 PM

tnash said:
Any updates ?

What's the purpose of this build...as in intended use(s). And do you plan on running multiple monitors? Also what's your budget and when do you plan on purchasing.
May 2, 2012 4:13:18 PM

Video editing HD and high-end Gaming.

I have a 27 inch 2560 x 1440 monitor, I really dont think i will need another monitor. With higher res than 1920, i know it will be difficult to get higher ffs on games.
May 2, 2012 4:24:50 PM

Here's some options worth looking at.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=X79%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL Quad channel kit for Intel X79 LGA 2011, XMP ready

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $524.99
GIGABYTE GV-N680OC-2GD GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-680-... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Gigabyte gtx 680
May 2, 2012 4:33:17 PM

Sorry, i sticking with ATI and not NVIDIA for the video card. I rather have the 3gb 384 bit and CF later. Also less power and heat with the 7950, not to mention $100 cheaper.

As far as MB, how does the ASRock extreme 6 vs 9 compare ?
May 2, 2012 4:43:31 PM

tnash said:
Sorry, i sticking with ATI and not NVIDIA for the video card. I rather have the 3gb 384 bit and CF later. Also less power and heat with the 7950, not to mention $100 cheaper.

As far as MB, how does the ASRock extreme 6 vs 9 compare ?

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=2011 <---- The 9 has 16+2 phases vs the 12+2 phase that the 6 comes with. The 9 would be better for extreme over clocking.
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