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Check Compatibility please

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November 7, 2012 5:00:11 AM

Hi everybody, so I have around 5000 dollars for a budget, and I'm planning to blow that all on a gaming PC. This is my first time building a PC, and I'm getting some help from a friend, so theres not too much to worry. The main issue I have right now, is I do not know if the parts I am purchasing are going to be compatible. So for all you computer wizards out there, can you please help me verify the compatibility, just so I don't waste 5000 dollars? Thanks!


Case: ThermalTake Level 10 GT Gaming Case

Motherboard/CPU Either AMD or Intel Config

Motherboard AMD: R.O.G. Crosshair V Formula-Z w/ Dual DDR3 2400, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, SLI / CrossFireX

Motherboard Intel: Rampage IV Extreme w/ DDR3 1866, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E, 4-way CrossFireX / SLI

CPU AMD: FX-8350 Processor 4.0GHz w/ 16MB Cache

CPU Intel: Coreā„¢ i7-3960X Processor Extreme Edition 3.30GHz w/ 15MB Cache

RAM AMD: Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR3 1866MHz CL10 Kit (4 x 8GB)

RAM Intel: 4 x Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 8GB)

GPU: Dual GeForce GTX 680 FTW LE 4GB PCI-E w/ Backplate, Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified 120-PG-1500-XR 1500W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply

4TB Deskstar SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

SSD: RevoDrive 3 PCI-E Solid State Drive, 480GB

OS: Microsoft
Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (x64) DVD - OEM

Monitors: 2 x VE278Q 27in Widescreen LED LCD, Black w/ HDMI, DisplayPort, Speakers

Thanks guys!

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November 7, 2012 5:14:00 AM

Go Intel, but don't bother with the 3960X, get the 3930K instead.
RAM is overkill... but yeah, your budget is basically asking for overkill. :p 

Get a 2-way 7970GHz Crossfire instead. It outperforms the 680 at a cheaper price.

1200w PSU should suffice, but that one would do.

Get this SSD instead.

I suggest a 3-way monitor Eyefinity setup.

Also, a custom loop watercooling kit.
November 7, 2012 6:16:55 AM

why do you even.. what? xD
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November 7, 2012 6:28:31 AM

Well, here's a quote from Tom's CPU review.

Take the $1000 Core i7-3960X, remove 3 MB of L3 cache, and drop the base clock rate by 100 MHz. What do end up with? Four hundred dollars and change left over, and an Intel Core i7-3930K.
November 7, 2012 6:39:52 AM

might as well save yourself some money and grab a 3930k like the review says and spend it on another SSD and put them in raid 0 for maximum overkill :)