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Asus & Corsair Build - Sanity Check Please

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November 10, 2012 11:23:08 PM

6This is the current list of components I plan on buying & putting together in my next custom rig. The goal was to keep a hard focus on using Corsair & Asus parts as much as possible, while maintaining enthusiast performance. I may upgrade the GPU to CF in the future, but I feel this design plan is quite solid & should last a few years to stay ahead of the ‘power curve’ with future game releases. Any feedback or substitution suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am mainly looking for a sanity check & thumbs up on if this proposed plan will be a solid one for using in Jan/Feb 2013, when I get to order the parts & assemble my rig. With that in note, I will continue to make tweaks as needed/desired.

Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D - CC800DW
(Have been a huge fan of this case since it first came out & look forward to building in it)
PSU: Corsair AX860i - CP-9020037-NA
(Originally planned on using the AX1200i as it was the only Corsair Link Digital PSU available, but should be sufficient for powering this rig & possible upgrade to a CF GPU setup)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula - Maximus V FORMULA
(No desire to upgrade to Extreme version & like the idea of SupremeFX IV Audio onboard)
CPU: Intel i7-3770K - BX80637I73770K
(Great LGA 1155 CPU w/ good overclocking headroom, can’t beat the price/performance ratio either)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) 1866MHz - CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10R
(Will be using 16GB as a RAM Cache to boost performance, red coloring to match color scheme)
GPU: Asus Matrix 7970 Platinum - MATRIX-HD7970-P-3GD5
(Asus ROG Flagship card with amazing performance in 2560x1440 resolution)
SSD: Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB - CSSD-N240GBGTX-BK
(Might switch this one to 2x 120GB in a RAID 0 instead)
HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 3TB - ST3000DM001
(Plan on running these in a RAID 0)
ODD1: Asus BW-12B1ST Blu-ray Burner - BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
(Probably will be used as a Blu-ray player only, but nice to have the option to burn Blu-ray as well)
ODD2: Asus DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
(Will be used as DVD/CD Burner/player to reduce wear on Blu-ray burner)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i - CW-9060009-WW
(Great cooling performance on i7-3770K for overclocking)
Cooler Fans: 4x Corsair SP120 High Performance - CO-9050008-WW
(Will be mounted on H100i in a Push/Pull configuration)
Case Fans: 2x Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition - CO-9050009-WW
(Will replace stock case fans)
Display: Asus PB278Q 27” WQHD LED Monitor – PB278Q
(27” 2560x1440 resolution LED, need I say more?)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 - CH-9000003-NA
(A nice upgrade to my Logitech G15)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 - CH-9000002-NA
(Good pairing w/ K90 Keyboard)
Speakers: Corsair SP2500 2.1 - CA-SP211NA
(Currently using Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, but these are from Corsair)
Headset: Corsair Vengeance 2000 7.1 - CA-9011115-NA
(I enjoy my TurtleBeach X41 headset for my Xbox, why not have a wireless headset for PC as well?)
Mouse Pad: Corsair Vengeance MM200 Standard - CH-9000013-WW
(Can’t have a Corsair Mouse/Keyboard/etc w/o the matching Mouse Pad)

As of Nov 8, 2012 total price w/o tax & shipping is about $3,900. This fits in my budget, but I might cut a few corners to bring it down a bit.
a c 105 B Homebuilt system
a b Ĉ ASUS
November 10, 2012 11:33:52 PM

$4000 on a gaming machine with only a single 7970 and monitor, not seeing much sense here.
Lose the focus on Corsair and ASUS products, they are the two brands known for overcharging on what they offer.
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