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July 10, 2012 1:34:13 AM

Hi Guys

This is my first system and while I have done some research, I thought it best to see if anyone notices any blaring issues with the build I have planned. The specs are as follows:

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970
Hauppauge Colossus PCE internal PVR
Enermax Maxrevo 1350w PSU
i7 3960k 6 core
ASUS PCIe 3.0 LG2011 Motherboard Rampage IV
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16gb 1866 ddr3
WD Caviar Black 2tb
OCZ 256gb solid state boot drive
Cooler Master HAFX

I'm also interested in liquid cooling, should I buy a system or put together my own?


Thanks in advance
Xander

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July 10, 2012 2:19:08 AM

xberry1231 said:
Hi Guys

This is my first system and while I have done some research, I thought it best to see if anyone notices any blaring issues with the build I have planned. The specs are as follows:

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970
Hauppauge Colossus PCE internal PVR
Enermax Maxrevo 1350w PSU
i7 3960k 6 core
ASUS PCIe 3.0 LG2011 Motherboard Rampage IV
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16gb 1866 ddr3
WD Caviar Black 2tb
OCZ 256gb solid state boot drive
Cooler Master HAFX

I'm also interested in liquid cooling, should I buy a system or put together my own?


Thanks in advance
Xander

I'd recommend a better quality PSU; something like this...
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-1200-Watt-Ce...

You may also want to take a look at the gtx 680s. They're great performers for the price.
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-PCI-Express-Grap...

Also, the i7 3930k is just as powerful as the 3960x. While the 3960x is more powerful, the steep price increase just doesn't justify the small performance gain. However, if you're the type of person who wants the best CPU out there and you're willing to spend the cash...go for it. :) 

I'd also recommend you take a look at this SSD. I feel that it is far more reliable than the OCZ SSDs...
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-2-5-Inch-Solid-Stat...

Everything else looks good. But what exactly do you mean 'buy a system'? Are you talking about closed loop coolers like the H100? If so, then only get this if you're the type of person who just wants to install it and leave it...no maintenance required. However, if you're the kind who likes tinkering with their computer and is always trying to make it better...go for a custom loop. You'll see better temps if you go the custom WC route. This route, however, requires annual maintenance. I'll give you some links to a good beginners custom water cooling kit as well as a cleaning guide...

Kit...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11743/ex-wat-159/XSPC...

Cleaning guide...
http://www.overclockers.com/annual-water-cooling-cleani...
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July 10, 2012 4:50:56 AM

DeusAres said:
I'd recommend a better quality PSU; something like this...
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-1200-Watt-Ce...

You may also want to take a look at the gtx 680s. They're great performers for the price.
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-PCI-Express-Grap...

Also, the i7 3930k is just as powerful as the 3960x. While the 3960x is more powerful, the steep price increase just doesn't justify the small performance gain. However, if you're the type of person who wants the best CPU out there and you're willing to spend the cash...go for it. :) 

I'd also recommend you take a look at this SSD. I feel that it is far more reliable than the OCZ SSDs...
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-2-5-Inch-Solid-Stat...

Everything else looks good. But what exactly do you mean 'buy a system'? Are you talking about closed loop coolers like the H100? If so, then only get this if you're the type of person who just wants to install it and leave it...no maintenance required. However, if you're the kind who likes tinkering with their computer and is always trying to make it better...go for a custom loop. You'll see better temps if you go the custom WC route. This route, however, requires annual maintenance. I'll give you some links to a good beginners custom water cooling kit as well as a cleaning guide...

Kit...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11743/ex-wat-159/XSPC...

Cleaning guide...
http://www.overclockers.com/annual-water-cooling-cleani...


Oops - I actually meant the 3930. I was thinking the same thing, doesn't seem worth double the price for the incremental boost in power.

Thanks for your advice on the psu, don't know much about them.

I was referring to a closed loop cooler vs a custom loop. I was thinking it would be more fun to make my own, but I wasn't sure of how much more inconvenient it is. I think I'll go for the custom kit.

Thanks for the help
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