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January 8, 2013 1:48:38 PM

Hello this is my first post. I am building my first PC and I need some advice here is what I have planned so far

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: £2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: After effects, photoshop, playing games

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade:

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: London, England

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes sometimes in the next 3 months i will buy a second GPU

Your Monitor Resolution: I already have three monitors so will be playing games at 5760x1080

Additional Comments: This is the first gaming PC i have built

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I would like a system where I can edit videos and play games on

Here is what i have planned:
Intel BX80619I73930K Core i7-3930K 6-Core Processor (3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo), Socket 2011, 12MB L3 Cache, Turbo Boost 2.0)

Asus Sabertooth X79 Motherboard (Socket 2011, Intel X79, DDR3, ATX, PCI Express 3.0, USB 3.0, Thermal Armor, ASUS SSD Caching)

Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II Nvidia Graphics Card (4GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, Display Port)

Corsair CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10 Vengeance Performance 32GB DDR3 1866MHz CL10 Memory Modules

Corsair Obsidian 650D CC650DW-1 Aluminum Mid Tower ATX Enthusiast Computer Case - Black

Boot drive:
Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 128GB Notebook Accessory Kit with Free Norton Ghost 15 x2 in RAID 0

Storage drive:
Western Digital Caviar 2TB (7200 RPM) SATA 6GB/s 64MB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Black

Corsair AX850 Professional Series 850W AX ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Gold PSU

I need help choosing between Gtx 680 4gb or the 7970 3gb
I also need advice on what fans to give and how many
I would also like to know if I missed anthing or mismatched any of the components

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January 8, 2013 1:53:39 PM

Get the 680, cuda cores like double performance in adobe. Everything else looks good, you might wanna get a better psu for 2x680 though. maybe.

EDIT: Also, if you're open to it, check out the NZXT Switch 810. love that case
January 8, 2013 2:22:12 PM

I have some suggestions:
A very good top end build.

1. Do not try to use a SSD in raid-0. You will do nicely in synthetic benchmarks, but not in actual usage. I know, I tried it.
Instead, of a single 120gb ssd, buy a 240gb ssd. Space management will be better, and larger drives tend to be a bit faster. They have more nand chips that can be accessed in parallel. Sort of an internal raid-0.

2. Consider buying a GTX690 up front. It has 2 GTX680 gpu's under the cover. A single card will run cooler and quieter. It will only need a 650W psu to run.
Yes, it is a bit more expensive than sli GTX680, and might benchmark a bit slower, but the other factors are very attractive. Do some research on it.

3. Buy a aftermarket cpu cooler. A tower type cooler with a slow turning 120-140mm fan will keep your cpu cooler and quieter.
A cm hyper 212 will do the job, or a more expensive Noctua NH-D14 or phanteks will be as good as it gets.

4. Reminder... to access >16gb, you will need windows 7 pro or ultimate.

5. Your case is fine, no added fans are needed. They are easy to add later.

6. Ivy bridge and sandy bridge cpu's do not benefit from fast ram. DDR3 1600 is plenty.
Read this on ram speed scaling:
1.5v ram does not need fancy heat spreaders which are mostly marketing. Buy low profile ram so it will not interfere with your cpu cooler.

7. Take the time now to download and read, cover to cover, the case and motherboard manuals. You will learn much.

-----------good luck-----------

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January 8, 2013 2:24:28 PM

PSU is fine. 850W is more than enough for two high end cards. If you're gaming at 5760x1080, a single 680 won't perform much. You'll need to get at least another card if you want to game at high details.
February 5, 2013 9:16:25 PM

Hi I was away on holiday for until last week.

Since I came back I have finished built my system. I went with these components:
CPU: i7 3930k
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 4GB classified
Mobo: Rampage IV Extreme
CPU cooler: Corsair H100i (Push/pull with Noctua NF-F12 PWN)
RAM: Corsair Dominator 32GB 1600MHz C10 DDR3
SSDs: 2x Crucial M4 in RAID0
HDDs: 4x Western Digital Caviar Green in RAID10
Case: NZXT Switch 810
PSU: Corsair AX850

Here are some pictures:

I have achieved stable overclock at 4.5GHz on the CPU and 1250MHz on the GPU.