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$2000 - First Build - Compatibility Help

Hello my name is Daemon and I need someone with a better eye for computers to check my build that I have been working on. My main worry is space (i.e. I need room for the cards) and hardware compatibility.

Budget: $2000 CAD (I can go slightly over)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running SDKs like UDK, Source and Unity, Gaming, Gaming Servers, Minor editing of audio and 1080p video, Minor Texturing
Payment Methods That I Can't Do: Credit Card And Cheque
Location: B.C., Canada
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (SLI)
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Amount of Monitors: 1 (At least 2 later)

My Build

Not really sure what sound card would fit better the DS or the DSX...

Upgrades for the Future: Second GPU, 32 GB of RAM and more HHDs and monitors!

If anyone has suggestions or advice it would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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  1. You don't need the sound card - you can drop that and save some money there.

    Otherwise that looks pretty good to me.
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    That is one expensive cooler. Look at the xigmatek Dark Knight II
    The extreme 6 doesn't add much to the extreme 4,if you want a full featured board perhaps the Gigabyte z77 ud5h.
    You don't need a sound card with such powerful motherboards.Especially not for 'minor' audio editing.
    32gb ram needs windows 7 pro.
  3. allanitomwesh said:
    That is one expensive cooler. Look at the xigmatek Dark Knight II
    The extreme 6 doesn't add much to the extreme 4,if you want a full featured board perhaps the Gigabyte z77 ud5h.
    You don't need a sound card with such powerful motherboards.Especially not for 'minor' audio editing.
    32gb ram needs windows 7 pro.


    I had a really horrible experience with Xigmatek coolers so I'm really hesitant to recommend that choice. I'd get a Noctua NH-U9B instead.

    I agree that there's not much between the Extreme 4 to the Extreme 6. Most audio editing applications will most likely never use 32GB of RAM. Even most heavy duty CS5 work doesn't need that much RAM.
  4. Wow... Thanks for all the help guys. I really like that mobo by gigabyte but I'm trying to choose between the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB or the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H.
  5. DaemonLee said:
    Hello my name is Daemon and I need someone with a better eye for computers to check my build that I have been working on. My main worry is space (i.e. I need room for the cards) and hardware compatibility.

    Budget: $2000 CAD (I can go slightly over)
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running SDKs like UDK, Source and Unity, Gaming, Gaming Servers, Minor editing of audio and 1080p video, Minor Texturing
    Payment Methods That I Can't Do: Credit Card And Cheque
    Location: B.C., Canada
    Overclocking: Yes
    SLI or Crossfire: Yes (SLI)
    Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Amount of Monitors: 1 (At least 2 later)

    My Build

    Not really sure what sound card would fit better the DS or the DSX...

    Upgrades for the Future: Second GPU, 32 GB of RAM and more HHDs and monitors!

    If anyone has suggestions or advice it would be much appreciated! Thanks!

    You have 1x8GB of RAM in that build which means it will be running in single channel instead of dual channel. You want your RAM in sets. Either two sticks of RAM or four sticks so that it runs in the intended dual channel.

    Here's a few money savers to put you into a larger SSD.

    http://www.directcanada.com <----- Free Shipping on orders over $50

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC2901&vpn=RR-T812-24PK-R1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER $67.28
    Cooler Master Tpc 812 Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber AM2/AM3/LGA775/1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm Fan

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2654 <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR1363&vpn=WD10EZEX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD $86.40
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD6646&vpn=P8Z77-V&manufacture=ASUS $177.66
    ASUS P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12410DR9638&vpn=SH103S3B/240G&manufacture=KINGSTON $200.56
    Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5IN SATA3 SF-2281 SSD Drive R/555MB/S W/510MB/S With Upgrade Bundle Kit
  6. Well I like that 812 (Vapor chambers sound awesome). But is the caviar blue the same as the black; just with a shorter warranty? And I don't really need a bigger SSD, just going to use it for the OS. Thanks again!
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