New extreme build - need advice and recommendations

Hi all, I'm building a new custom pc and I need advice and recommendations.

Here's my parts lists:

Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower (Black)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19128

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Extreme Edition 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18759

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=22307

Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LXE Touch Screen Desktop Fan Controller
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15093

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20014

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2133Mhz (CMD16GX3M4A2133C9)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=21500
**I would be getting the 1600 or 1866Mhz instead, but it's not available in the quad configuration I want**

Storage 1 (SSD): 2x - Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB SSD (RAID 1 configuration)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=21490

Storage 2 (HDD): Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Disk Drive with 64MB Cache
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19554

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=21007

Sound Card: ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Sound Card
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20482

Flash Card Reader: ICY BOX 5.25in Multiport Panel with Card Reader
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18571

PSU: Corsair AX860i Platinum Power Supply
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=22405

ODD: ASUS BW-12B1ST High Speed Bluray Burner
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20738

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12878


Now I know this is a pretty extreme build, and it'll cost me around 4.5k including postage + assembly, but I just have a few general questions.

1. Overall thoughts and recommendations on my parts list.?

2. Are there any parts you think I should swap/downgrade/reconsider/..etc..?

3. I'm not too sure about the ASUS Rampage IV extreme as my motherboard. What does everyone think of it.?

4. Is it all compatible with one another.? (I believe it is but I may have missed something slight..)

5. I'll be choosing to have PCCG assemble it all for me, including water cooler. Has anyone had past experience with this PCCG service.? Thoughts.?


I think that's about it for now. Thank you to everyone in advance :hello:


+additional info:
I'm from Australia - Brisbane, so it's not exactly the best place to get cheap computer parts from.

I intend to use it with a tri-monitor set up (I multi-task ALOT) mostly for top end gaming, video and image processing and editing, general all purpose, and probably will choose to overclock it eventually.

I know I may have gone a little extreme with some components but I'm hoping to have this for quite a few years before having to upgrade again.

Let me know if there’s anything else you guys want to know.?
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  1. really expensive build for... i dont think that much more performance for gaming.

    the website you are using is expensive


    gpu 800$? get dual 670 overclocked itll kick ass of the 680 for a few more bucks


    honestly... could we try another way xD

    1. Location
    2. applications/games (which ones)
    3. you are spending too much money :)


    edit thoughts :P

    i bought same ram, 2x8gb sticks 1866mhz for 145$ from futureshop

    i dont think you need a soundcard, a good motherboard will come with great sound card already


    here is that 600$ cpu vs 300$ cpu, check it when they get down to games (overall they outdo each other here and there, but gaming the 3770 puts out great)
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/551?vs=552
    basically the 3930 has 6 cores, great power, but for games and all the common applications there are only 4 in use most times. 6cores come into play on heavy applications that SUPPORT it, its just... you get it?


    motherboard i would take Asus Maximus V formula or Thunderfx its a great board


    meh here is what i think on the unlimited budget

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cp97
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cp97/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cp97/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Extreme EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($369.00 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($146.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 3 480GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($349.98 @ Outlet PC) 1 larger SSD
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg) gigabyte windforce run cool ;)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS312-98 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($85.98 @ Outlet PC) i have good experience with lite0n drives
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Newegg) price slot only
    Total: $2547.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 10:50 EST-0500)
  2. What exactly do you intend to be doing with this computer? If you could give us an exact idea, we could definitely help you.
  3. 2wenty said:
    What exactly do you intend to be doing with this computer? If you could give us an exact idea, we could definitely help you.


    updated details :)
  4. multimonitor will work a lot better with dual gpu ;)


    ahhh i see that website that you provided is the only known one to pcpartspicker lolz


    well one thing is for sure. you can definetly get a better "gaming" system for less money
  5. ThisDrowningSorrow said:
    updated details :)

    How serious is your video editing going to be? Perhaps go for a 3770k with 4 cores/8 threads as opposed to a 3930k with 6 cores/12 threads? 2011 does offer upgradeability with IB-E, but maybe 1155 is the best way for you to go right now, especially since a 3930k is definitely not necessary for gaming. Maybe you should also look into a CrossFire/SLI setup with two GPUs, and maybe also waiting for the 8xxx/7xx series GPUs from NVidia and AMD may be an idea? Maybe you should address the CPU first, it mainly depends on how heavy your editing is going to be.
  6. If your intention is to build a extreme gaming machine, you can get better gaming performance for about $2600 like our friend gussrtk has listed above
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