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February 12, 2013 12:09:21 PM

CPU --Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

mother board --Open Box: ASUS Maximus V EXTREME LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

operating system---Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM

cpu cooler---CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler

ssd for operating system--Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

harddrive for media---
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

video card--- ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

power supply unit---Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-1275M 1275W ATX 12V 2.3 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified ...

memory-- 32gb total 8gb x's4----G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX

tower--Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer case

also bouaght two 120mm fans with same rpm as the pc coller unit for push pull cooling on the cpu
i do know i did over the top with poer supply but i wanted to be able to get possible 2 more 680 asus top cards later

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February 12, 2013 12:37:06 PM

overkill on the power supply but you want to add a second card later on so its ok. 8 gigs of ram as you wont see performance improvements in games
February 12, 2013 12:41:09 PM

get an i5 3570k if thid is a gaming rig. i7's are overkill. also, get 8 gigs of ram. seriously, 8gigs is all you need. 16 gigs would be good for future proofing. but 32 gigs are just insane
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February 12, 2013 1:03:08 PM

so since you say 8 is enough i should get DDR3 2800 (PC3 22400) for is faster speed/ seem to have thought the more room i gave ram the better also figured the speed it was would be great overall.
so is the formula for ram speed over size or is their a complete cutoff on size for now?

psu is overkill but i needed plenty of room for possible water cooling pumps/resavoirs and more video cards in the future
the extreme board has pipes in the transistors so i can upgrade it later if needed

i also forgot to say this rig is a rig to last for about 6+ years. i am retired army vet and have a limited budget but this year i got a lot back and want room to adjust in the future
February 12, 2013 1:14:25 PM

PSU is way overkill. Get a 1000 Watts PSU or 1050 for less money and can handle everything you want and need including all the watercooling and such. If you plan on watercooling then why not get a reference card and OC it and save money instead of getting the DCU II Top with custom heatsink?
February 12, 2013 1:36:44 PM

water cooling would only be for the motherboard heat sinks for the power transistors around the cpu itself it would be to help core temp and stop from throttling at all
February 12, 2013 2:23:01 PM

1) Ram. Generally outside of benchmarks, a user will see only limited performance gains using ram >1600 CL8. Some of the gains when jumping up are negated because of the Higher timings. There're a few programs that do take advantage of the higher speed ram, but here it is a question of how often the programs are used.
.. While 8 gigs is currently the sweet spot, I'd recommend going 2 x 8 = 16 gigs which does leaveroom for expanding with out replacing ram. Currently very few programs will take avantage of >16 gigs. If you like to "play" then you can expariment with a Ram Drive. Ram drive is 10X faster than a SSD.
.. Just a side NOTE: Ram >1600 Voids Intels warntee, but than that does not make a diff as so does OCing, unless you buy the OC warranty.
Added: For games very little increase in FPS above DDR3-1600: end added

680 Single card, typical system 307 watts, full load
680 SLI, 473 W typicall ystem 473 Watts
So for Single card + OC a Quality 650 Watt would be the best choice
For SLI, probably a 750 watt QUALITY PSU would be OK, probably go with the 850 Watt PSU.

For SSD: I'd go with the Samsung 840 Pro. 2nd choice would be the Samsung 830
PS on SSD size, Remember that 120 gig is only 90->95 gigs usable and for a 128 Gig about 98 -> 103 gigs usable. Have to factr in A) formated size vs manuf stated size plus B) must leave about 15->20 % free so that Wearleveling, arbage Collection and Trim can work their magic. PS a 128 gig SSD for OS + Programs works great for me, Normally I only use about 35->40gigs (NOT a gamer) so to this add the space you would anticipate for Games.

I'm never Buy "Open Box" MBs, even if it works it may have problems that will limit performance, or result in premature Death.
February 12, 2013 7:54:11 PM

1st off thanks for details yes the samsung 840 has much faster iops and yes i will be getting it and pointing out the open box i did not even notice it and have correctted that point you are truely one smart detailed reader thank you so very much i would hate to be missing a crap load of cables and such!!
the ssd is only for operating system games will go on 1tb hard drive 7200rpm
look at videos on how to leave the sdd only plugged in and load up os and then restart with hard drive attached

i made mistake on the 8gb answer i kept 16gb aka 2x 8gb of the same sticks 2400 speed

as far as overclocking i have not gotten my mind set on how far to oc and what not too . i plan on seeing what is best for overall gaming experience with long life for parts as priority#1

the 1275 psu is some cases cheaper than a 850wt psu and only 50 bucks less than the lowest of the platinum series which has the best power saving overall why not spend 50 bucks more and not have to upgrade later because i want two more 680's in the near future
i want the 1tb hard drive for family photos also we take a ton of pictures and have filled 500gb withing 2 years

ASUS Maximus V EXTREME LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

and 2x8gb 2400 speed ddr3 now

and changed to a blueray/dvd burner
February 12, 2013 8:05:17 PM

^ didn't comment on the DVD drive, But both my desktops have a bluyray burner, my three laptops have a Blueray rom/dvd-rw drive. My i5-2410 laptop came with it, the other two laptops I swaped out the DD drives.

Enjoy your Great new system
February 13, 2013 12:31:37 PM

sorry i try to be fully detailed on the complete list i make 13 years in the amry does that. i certainly will enjoy my new system just waiting for it to get in from being mailed now.went ahead and bought another 680 ti top card so power supply is even closer to what i have to have.

yet i says again thanks for the feed back all it is great to know people still help others out here in the cyber world