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May 17, 2012 7:43:21 PM

Hey I'm currently researching and planning on building a high end gaming rig. I'm still a little fuzzy on a few things so I wanted to make sure all these components are going to work optimally together.

Heres the build-

Motherboard - ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

CPU - Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40 GHz Quad-Core Unlocked

RAM - Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600​C9B

PSU - Antec High Current Gamer HCG-900, 80 PLUS BRONZE, 900 Watt Power Supply

Drives - 1TB WD Caviar Black 7200rpm 64GB cache
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SSD OCZ 128G Vertex 4

Graphics - EVGA GeForce 580 3720mb

A detailed price list can be seen on my Amazon wishlist.
http://amzn.com/w/33BAKE2M75FU0

Tips and tweaks and ideas are greatly appreciated. Im always open to new options and ideas. Im also curious on RAIDing. Can I do that with this rig?
Thanks in advance.
May 17, 2012 8:01:45 PM

You could save yourself a few bucks by going with a 2500k cpu and unless you are planning on adding another 580 the 900w psu is way over what you need , a 750w will do or even a 650w.However if you choose to go with what you listed it would be fine and work well together.
You can certianly do a raid but it wouldn't be necessary with the SSD for the OS. An option for you would be to look into the GTX 680 and the Ivy Bridge cpu. The prices aren't all that different and for almost the same price you couls make the switch.
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May 17, 2012 8:04:48 PM

ok, everything seems perfect except of the video card don't go with gtx580 it's expensive and older now, get something like gtx 670 a little cheaper than gtx580 and better performance runs cooler,quiter and produce no heat.
What do you want to do with that rig? Gaming or rendering?
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May 17, 2012 8:11:54 PM

Good call. Ill switch out the graphics card for the 670 and hold back on the PSU. What advantage would the Ivy Bridge have over what I had?
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May 17, 2012 8:12:42 PM

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11197-01-40G)
$449.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS IceQ X² H797QM3G2M Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$474.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
$319.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the short supply of the GTX 680's the next best thing would be the 7970 or the equally scarce GTX 670. The Ivy Bridge cpu's are out and they are a little better than the Sandy Bridge cpu's and they also support the Pci-e 3.0 so along with a motherbaord and video card you have the three necessary components for supporting the Pci-e 3.0 technology.

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May 17, 2012 8:17:57 PM

Ive seen something about Asus motherboards not being able to fully optimize 16GB of Corsair RAM due to compatibility issues and such. Is there any truth to that?

Also, what is the difference between the i5 Ivy Bridge and the i7 Ivy Bridge? How vital is the amount of cache space that it has?
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May 17, 2012 8:22:39 PM

If you're planning on overclocking the CPU to it's limits, stick with Sandy Bridge. If no or small overclock, then yes go with Ivy Bridge. It's got a small performance advantage out of the box, has other small advantages and is simply newer technology.

If you go Ivy Bridge, you could go something like ...


Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4

on

ASUS Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V PRO

For the GPU, the Sapphire 7970 card linked above is nice at $450, but I would like to see it tad cheaper against the GTX 670s, and may get to the $400-$425 range in the coming weeks if NVidia can keep GTX 670s in stock. The GTX 670 is a great card though for the price. I recently bought the Gigabyte version myself.
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May 17, 2012 8:27:54 PM

Alright Ill go with the Ivy Bridge because any overclocking ill be doing will be small. I dont want to accidentally overheat and damage my system. Whats the difference between i5 and i7?
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May 17, 2012 8:39:57 PM

CutlerWV said:
Alright Ill go with the Ivy Bridge because any overclocking ill be doing will be small. I dont want to accidentally overheat and damage my system. Whats the difference between i5 and i7?

getting the i7 will not give you exrta performance in games but in editing,converting,rendering i7 is better option.. Otherwise i5 and i7 are exactly same performer especially in games.
I7 uses 4cores/4threads
i7 has hyper-threading features which only helps in multithreaded apps
2mb of more cache that doesn't really matter.

I5 uses 4cores/4threads
no hyper-threading but perform neck to neck with i7
has 6mb of cache enoughhh.
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May 17, 2012 8:52:48 PM

If you are going to overclock more than maybe a couple hundred MHz, it would be a good idea to snag a cheap aftermarket cooler like the 212 EVo.

If you can jump on the deal, Newegg has the Intel 330 SSD 180GB model on sale for $140 after rebate. Intel is top notch wrt reliability.
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May 17, 2012 9:04:04 PM

Alright. Updated build.

Motherboard - ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

CPU - Intel i5 Ivy Bridge 3570k

RAM - Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600​C9B

PSU - Cooler Master gx750w

Drives - 1TB WD Caviar Black 7200rpm 64GB cache
and
SSD OCZ 128G Vertex 4

Graphics - Galaxy GeForce gtx670

Everything look solid?
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May 17, 2012 9:21:11 PM

WIll the Corsair Vengeances work with the Ivy Bridge and my mobo?
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May 17, 2012 9:23:48 PM

16GB is overkill unless you have some video production to do - 8 is more than sufficient. I don't break the 4GB mark with BF3 multiplayer, Teamspeak, Windows Performance Monitor, and OCCT running at the same time.

If you get an Ivy with a Z68 mobo you run the risk of getting an older board without the latest bios and being unable to boot. If you are purchasing from a local store they may be able to flash it for you (or can download the user guide to see if that model has some kind of CPU-less flash option).

Other than that, looks pretty good.
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May 17, 2012 9:34:20 PM

nothing is overkill, everything seems fine now.
Faster ram may help in the future.
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May 17, 2012 9:34:40 PM

What mobo would you suggest for the Ivy then? Preferably Asus and under $200
Though im open to suggestions if theres something that would fit perfectly with everything and is reliable.
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May 17, 2012 9:48:23 PM

If you are shooting at the $200 price point I'd get the $199.99 one :) 

They are all very good boards to my knowledge. Only gotcha I saw is the LE doesn't allow SLI or CF (if you are interested in such things).

I'd like to add, tho, that I've had MSI, Gigabyte, and Asus and they can all kiss my ASRock :) 
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May 17, 2012 10:04:22 PM

Haha nice. Ill probably go with the Asus because its the easiest and most user friendly and the only cons are against the wifi which i wont need.
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May 17, 2012 10:15:52 PM

Just to add, I bought this ASRock motherboard for my Ivy Bridge build recently ...

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

... and have nothing bad to say about it (other than the driver disk being bootable, so when you have your 1st boot drive set to the dvd you go into a boot loop after the first driver install lol ... drove me nuts till I figured it out). It looks and performs awesome, and the UEFI (bios) is excellent. Although, if you chose this board you might want to change your Vengeance color to red or black if you care about such things (I went with black).

Tom's Hardware did a nice review of 6 Ivy Bridge motherboards in the $160 - $220 price range not long ago, and this ASRock board an a MSI board tied for the best of the bunch from the standpoint of value. Here's a link to the article ...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
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May 17, 2012 11:32:22 PM

I agree that the Asus boards are very user friendly and I have had good luck with them , the Asrock name was previously owned by Asus but has now seperated and thier boards are also good. The most troublesome board maker I have encountered is Gigabyte. I won't ever buy another , I have one now but it has been a pain.
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