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August 30, 2012 4:56:21 AM

Hello. I was asking a VGA Card question and it was recommended to me to post my potential build here. I was told that my motherboard choice was overkill so here goes:

Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth x79
Processor: Intel Core i7 3820
Ram: Corsair Vengance 4x4 GB DDR3 1866MHz
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB
VGA: EVGA GTX 580 superclocked or GTX 680


The PSU I would like to choose after I have all other components finalized.
My thinking with this build was to get something that was stable, long lasting and worth the price. To explain my motherboard choice my thinking was that there are plenty of RAM and PCIE slots for future upgrades. Although initially i want to run one VGA card the selling point for this board was that is can run 2 PCIE slots at x16,x16 power, meaning I get the most out of the addition of a second card. Dont hesitate to call me an idiot if my thinking is wrong since this will be my second ever build.

That kind of thinking mostly governed the rest of my choices.

I will be watercooling my build, for those of you who are interested this is what components im planning to use:
HEATKILLER® CPU Rev3.0 1366/2011
DazMode STORM D5 STRONG 8-24V Pump
XSPC RX360 Triple 120mm Radiator
Swiftech MCRES-MICRO Rev2 Reservoir
1/2in. ID (3/4in. OD) Durelene General Purpose Clear PVC Tubing
cant decide between full cover or universal VGA block.
Yate Loon D12SH-12 120MM Black Fan 2400RPM 88CFM

let me know what you think and feel free to suggest alternatives to anything I chose. Case size is a non issue, will be custom built. Total budget for components is $2000CAD. Will use for Gaming and Studying

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August 30, 2012 6:17:05 AM

Buddy, if you're gonna get a X79 motherboard get a 3930k or a 3960x, getting a 3820 is like getting a Lamborghini with Toyota's Corolla 84 wheels.

Check out my signature builds.

Edit: get my 2063$ build (with canada prices) but don't buy the CPU cooler and do not watercool anything right away, right now its a lot more important to get powerful parts. If you wanna watercool later you will need a REFERENCE card like this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/msi-video-card-r79702pm...
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August 30, 2012 6:19:14 AM

I would recommend going down to a i5 if you are just going to use the pc for gaming. And I would also get a gtx 670.
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August 30, 2012 6:20:51 AM

mimi93 said:
I realize the processor is a little weak but I was hoping to overclock it hard and in 5 months or so upgrade


OP there is no benefit of getting a x79 build for gaming. It's complete overkill.
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August 30, 2012 6:21:39 AM

I realize the processor is a little weak but I was hoping to overclock it hard and in 5 months or so upgrade
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August 30, 2012 6:23:43 AM

austinwillis81 said:
I would recommend going down to a i5 if you are just going to use the pc for gaming. And I would also get a gtx 670.


+1 the i5 is a MUCH better choice for gaming, the i7 with its HT feature will only reduce the gaming performance
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August 30, 2012 6:27:08 AM

Ok thanks for the input. any suggestions for motherboard and processor. Like I said before, Im looking for something that will last with plenty of upgrade room. Thank you
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August 30, 2012 6:31:31 AM

mimi93 said:
Ok thanks for the input. any suggestions for motherboard and processor. Like I said before, Im looking for something that will last with plenty of upgrade room. Thank you


Forget about that... by the time you need more than 32GB of ram (which is what most Z77 motherboards support) we will have flying cards.

Btw... there is no such thing as future proofing... even if you get a kick ass 5000$ PC it will only last you about 2 or MAXIMUM 3 years (and it WILL NOT support the new technologies like DX12) and if you get a truly high-end PC (10000$+) it MIGHT last you a little bit more than the 5000$ PC but a 2000$ (of that time) will outperform it or come really close to it.
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August 30, 2012 6:34:58 AM

ok, any hardware recommendations?
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August 30, 2012 6:35:19 AM

mimi93 said:
ok, any hardware recommendations?


Yes, check out my signature builds.
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August 30, 2012 6:43:37 AM

whoops missed it earlier. wow that was a informative read. Sorry for being such a noob and thanks a bunch for the help
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August 30, 2012 6:44:07 AM

Best answer selected by mimi93.
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