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Hello! I'm planning of making my first build so I wanted to ask you guys if this setup would work, as I'm a little concerned about compatibility between items. I checked that the CPU was the same socket as the motherboard.
But I'm worried about the ram because it says its 1600. The intel cpu specs says it only takes 1066, but the motherboard says it takes 1066 and 1600.

Intel Core i7 970
EVGA Nvidia 1536MB 580GTX
Asus Rampage III Extreme MOBO

SSD -> Crucial Technology 128 GB Crucial RealSSD C300
HD-> Western Digital WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 6 GB/S 7200 RPM 64 MB 2x (1 is for hot swapping it with another computer)
RAM -> Corsair CMD12GX3M6A1600C8 Dominator 12 GB (6x2gb)
PSU ->Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
Cooling-> Corsair H70 Water cooling
CPU Case ->Silverstone Raven 01
Sound Card -> Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card
BluRay Drive -> LG Electronics 10x Blu-Ray Writer Drive
Voltage Regulator -> APC LE1200 1200VA

And of course a copy The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Bonus questions:
- Would you recommend going for a dual cards? Be it, xfire or sli. I would be playing in a 2560x1440 resolution.

- How do I check I'm gonna be able to connect all my components to the motherboard?

- Where do I start learning? Do you have any useful links?

Any tips would help thank you =)

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post #2 of 21
Sandy bridge imo, unless you really need 6-core.
post #3 of 21
IMO,

1) Don't go 1366, go 1155 instead (i7-2600K + Z68 + Dual Channel RAM)

2) Get a Vertex 3

3) ASUS Xonar for Sound Card

Bonus question:

-No stay with one card now

-Only check the CPU, mobo and RAM compatibility and the number of slot + sata ports

-Learn here on OCN

else its GG
post #4 of 21
If you're building a gaming PC, use either the i5-2500K or i7-2600K processors. They're the current sandybridge champs. I don't think we'll be utilizing 6 cores effectively for games. It is only within the past year or two that games are utilizing Quads effectively.

The GTX580 is a beast - you'll be happy with it. Don't forget to register it within 30 days for warranty purposes.

I would reconsider your PSU. If you ever decide to SLI those 580's, you'll be getting pretty close to the 850's thresholds. IIRC, the 580s are using 700+ watts in full stress. Consider going for a 1K watt PSU if you're building a new rig and want to expand.

I'd also wait on the H70. The H100/80 just came out - they might be performing better, but we've haven't gotten reviews in yet.

SLI would definitely help you out at that resolution if you like to turn the image quality up. Grab the 580 now and keep your settings in the medium range, then when the 6xx series launches, grab another 580 for 1/2 the price and double your fps (almost).
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as for the sound card you said its for gaming so Creative are the best in that category BUT they are known by their unstable drivers so i recommend a card form ASUS its the Xonar DX for the same price as the Titanium

but in order to have more options here`s a useful thread about choosing proper sound system for your needs
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-products.html
    
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Are you going to even need an i7 970 and 12 GB of ram?

Don't go with the wd black go with the samsung spinpoint f3.

A better case to look at is the HAF X.

Also dont get the EVGA Nvidia 1536MB 580GTX. Go for the EVGA Nvidia 3GB 580GTX, the 3 GB 580 will be better at that resolution.
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post #7 of 21
i7 2500k
ASRock P67 extreme4
Ur fine w that c300 IMO
Get the hyper 212+ or silver arrow CPU cooler. Hyper 212+ is cheaper and just as good.

That would be better for you.
post #8 of 21
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Are you going to even need an i7 970 and 12 GB of ram?

Don't go with the wd black go with the samsung spinpoint f3.

A better case to look at is the HAF X.
True 12gb ram is alot. That's practically unnecessary. Even 8 would be alot. Just remember P67 is dual channel! =)
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Are you going to even need an i7 970 and 12 GB of ram?

Don't go with the wd black go with the samsung spinpoint f3.

A better case to look at is the HAF X.

Also dont get the EVGA Nvidia 1536MB 580GTX. Go for the EVGA Nvidia 3GB 580GTX, the 3 GB 580 will be better at that resolution.
Cool =), Ill get the 3gb and check the harddrive. For the case, do you know if any $150>full tower will meet my needs? Like everything will fit?

The processor I chose it for programming. So to me it's my main priority.
    
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With a $2000 budget why are you not getting a Sandy Bridge cpu?

You say its for programming, have you checked benchmarks to make sure those extra cores are really netting you a benefit?

Anyway, I just hate to see someone build a $2000 rig on a two year old platform. At least wait and see what Bulldozer brings.
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