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post #1 of 8
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So my last build was two years ago and I've got the itch to build again! But this time I want to go all out and try water-cooling as well. I wanted second opinions and suggestions on my components first before I get into the water-cooling parts. So my budget is $2800-3000 for everything except the water-cooling parts. I'll be doing almost everything on this computer including overclocking, gaming, 3d rendering, photoshop, and trying to get into folding, and it'll be up on a 50in plasma. So help is much appreciated!


This is the basic build I have set out right now on newegg, but I'm certainly open to changes and suggestions. Oh I might also go with a case labs m8 but I'm not sure if I want to spend the extra cash and go doublewide.

Logitech G9x Black Wired Laser Gaming Mouse

Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W Power Supply

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

(2x) EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 03G-P3-1584-AR Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Grand Total:$2,879.90
post #2 of 8
I take it that 50 inch plasma has a 1920x1080 resolution? In that case SLI GTX 580 is overkill. So is 16 GB of RAM, 8GB is more than enough for mortal people like you and me.

As for the power supply, 1.2KW is also overkill, for SLI GTX 580s an 850W will be fine. For a single GTX 580 a good quality 650W unit will suffice.

Your HDD the WD Caviar black with Sata 6Gbs is a gimmick. You didn't list its price but the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is just as good but cheaper.

Lastly, you won't regret getting the 2600K for folding. The 2600K is a true beast and gives some nice PPD (40'000+).
    
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As Aeru stated, the 1200 W PSU is not necessary unless you plan to go tri / quad-SLi. I also agree that 8 GB RAM should be enough. However, I don't agree that GTX 580s in SLI is overkill. This is OCN!

Two 580s will demolish every game out there. Additionally, the 580s will be great for photoshop and such. Good luck with your build.
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Thanks for the fast reply! Yeah I guess I was just going a bit overkill because I don't want to upgrade for awhile again. I'm still torn on my motherboard and SSD. I just saw the new Asus maximus IV extreme Z came out I'm unsure if I should go with that instead. Also I would like near instant OS boots so I don't know if I should try going raid 0 with two smaller SSD's or just stick with one.
post #5 of 8
Stick one big SSD inside.You'll have less troubles without raid.
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post #6 of 8
It looks good to me and yes 8 gigs will be enough, but I say keep the 16 just cuz you can. Unless it shrinks your WC budget.
post #7 of 8
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Yeah unless this gets over 3000 grand which I don't see why it should it won't touch my WC budget = ). I've got a spare grand for that!
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I'm now contemplating going a nvidia 3d surround setup as well, would these components be able to handle it? Mainly the gpu's?
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