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New build...am I making any mistakes

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November 6, 2012 7:05:53 PM

Hello,

I am completely new to customized computers. I would really appreciate any comments on this set up.

I will primarily use this as a media center and gaming computer. I tried to leave room for expansion with the SLI mobo and extra power.


Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday

Budget Range: $1,500 - $2,000

System Usage: media center, gaming, Web

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 pro?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.directron.com

Location: Houston, Texas

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,

ASUS SABERTOOTH X79 Intel X79 ATX Motherboard, Supports Intel Core i7 LGA2011 CPUs, Quad DDR3 1866, SATA III RAID, PCI-E3.0, eSATA III, IEEE1394, USB3.0, Gigabit LAN, Quad-GPU CrossFireX / SLI
$329.99
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/sabertoothx79.html

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz DMI 5GT/s LGA2011 Quad-Core 32nm Processor, Model: BX80619I73820, Retail
$299.99
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/bx80619i73820.html

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz (PC3-12800) 240-Pin Dual Channel Kits Memory, 9-9-9-24, P/N: CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9.
$84.99
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/16gx3m4a1600c9.html

eVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX660 2GB PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card. Retail Box. ds-dh
$217.98
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/02gp42660kr.html

OCZ Vertex 4 2.5in 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD), Model: VTX4-25SAT3-128G
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/vtx425sat3128g.html

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 3.5in 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache. OEM
$109.99
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/wd1002faex.html

Cool Power CP-G980 Gamer Series 980W ATX12V/EPS12V Computer Power Supply, 20 4-pin, Dual 12V Rails, SATA and PCI-E, with 120 LED Fan
$59.99
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/cpg980.html

Thermaltake Water Performer 2.0 CLW0215 All-in-One Liquid Cooler for Intel LGA2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 and AMD FM1 / AM3 / AM3 / AM2 / AM2. ds-dh
$68.98
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/clw0215.html

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I E-ATX Full Tower SECC Computer Case VN700M1W2N, 3 x 5.25in Bays, Watercooling Support, 2 x 200mm Blue LED/ 1 x 120mm Fans. ds
$124.99
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/vn700m1w2n.html

Black Lite-On SATA Internal 12x Blu-ray Combo Drive, 12X BD-ROM / 16X DVD-ROM / 48X CD-ROM, Lightscribe Supported, 2MB Cache, P/N: iHES212-08. ds-dh
$81.98
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/ihes21208.html

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Operating System with SP1, Model: FQC-04649. OEM
$139.99

Aerocool F6XT 6 Channel Fan Controller, Model: EN55406 ds
$20.99
http://store.yahoo.com/directron/fanen55406.html

$39 Labor Charge for Complete, Customized System, it may take 1-8 business days
$39.00

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November 6, 2012 7:12:43 PM

That power supply is way overkill for what that setup requires, 10-20% head room is fine. Everything about that power supply is shady to me o. o!
November 6, 2012 7:31:57 PM

the power supply try picking up a name brand bronze or gold for your rig. if the power supply is not of good quility it can take your rig out or under load lock the system up or cause it to reboot. i would use a fan cpu cooler some of them work as well as a liquid cool system. i say this as your having your system built for you. on those low end seal water system..they can fail..leak or the pump can fail. on the soild cpu coolers all you need to do is replace a fan if one goes bad. if your a hard core gamer or going to play some high end games i would go with a 670 video card or amd 7800. you can save your self some cash by using a 1150 gaming mb if your just using two gpu. most mb run the cards a8 8x mode for both of them.
you also dont want to use window professional. you want windows 7 with media center or windows 8 with media center. the version of windows 7 you have is for biz machine not a home entertainment. also pick up a blue ray software player windows does not have one built in.
http://www.cyberlink-usa.com/products/powerdvd/features...
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November 6, 2012 7:42:33 PM

That Power Supply is way too cheap, not really 980w is my guess, and all the links go to "Expired Promotions" by the way.
November 6, 2012 9:03:28 PM

Wow. Thanks Thomas, smorizio and cliffro! This is really helpful advice!! I will certainly make these changes.
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