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I'm ordering new parts in 2 weeks or so, I will keep my HDD and my case. My case is a Coolermaster Cosmos S, so it should have enough space.

However, I need some opinions on my parts, I've been trying to decide on diffrent parts for a few months now and I haven't changed around anything for 2 weeks now in this build as it seems pretty much the best for me. However, I have a few questions.

Oh and I'm from Finland and I am not buying from newegg, simply linking them from there, so don't bother informing me of newegg's discounts and such (Or I'll be jelly )

Some info: I will go SLi 580's a few months down the road, I will OC 2600k to 4,2-4,4GHZ, I will not touch the clocks on the GPU('s).

Here are the parts and links to them:

1. P8Z68-V Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131730

2. Ripjaws X 2x4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2800CL9D-8GBXL

3. Silver Arrow
http://www.jimms.fi/tuote/F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (They don't sell it on newegg, I think you won't need translations for this one really.)

4. Corsair 950TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139013

5. i7 2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=

6. MSI 580 Lightning
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127579

Questions:

1. I'm not entirely sure about the mobo, but I'd like it to be ASUS as their other mobos have been rock solid for me. But I've heard there are some bootup problems with P67 boards, and possibly with P68 ones too, should I still grab the P8Z68-V Pro or go with the Sabertooth P67 perhaps?

2. I've understood that you can lift up the other fan on the Silver Arrow so that the Ripjaw X RAM will fit, can anyone confirm this or should I just go with Noctua NH-D14?

3. I've understood that 950TX will perform excellently with 580's in SLi and as I don't need a modular PSU I guess that this is the best choice for me? Never planning on going tri-SLi.

Also, I welcome any alternative part suggestions. I'm very keen on the 2600k though as I do some video encoding and HT will most likely give me a higher min fps in Battlefield 3.

Rig is for heavy duty gaming at 1920x1080p with fraps or some other program recording and video encoding/processing mainly.
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post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by ColoursTCMZ View Post
I'm ordering new parts in 2 weeks or so, I will keep my HDD and my case. My case is a Coolermaster Cosmos S, so it should have enough space.

However, I need some opinions on my parts, I've been trying to decide on diffrent parts for a few months now and I haven't changed around anything for 2 weeks now in this build as it seems pretty much the best for me. However, I have a few questions.

Oh and I'm from Finland and I am not buying from newegg, simply linking them from there, so don't bother informing me of newegg's discounts and such (Or I'll be jelly )

Some info: I will go SLi 580's a few months down the road, I will OC 2600k to 4,2-4,4GHZ, I will not touch the clocks on the GPU('s).

Here are the parts and links to them:

1. P8Z68-V Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131730

2. Ripjaws X 2x4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2800CL9D-8GBXL

3. Silver Arrow
http://www.jimms.fi/tuote/F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (They don't sell it on newegg, I think you won't need translations for this one really.)

4. Corsair 950TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139013

5. i7 2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=

6. MSI 580 Lightning
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127579

Questions:

1. I'm not entirely sure about the mobo, but I'd like it to be ASUS as their other mobos have been rock solid for me. But I've heard there are some bootup problems with P67 boards, and possibly with P68 ones too, should I still grab the P8Z68-V Pro or go with the Sabertooth P67 perhaps?

2. I've understood that you can lift up the other fan on the Silver Arrow so that the Ripjaw X RAM will fit, can anyone confirm this or should I just go with Noctua NH-D14?

3. I've understood that 950TX will perform excellently with 580's in SLi and as I don't need a modular PSU I guess that this is the best choice for me? Never planning on going tri-SLi.

Also, I welcome any alternative part suggestions. I'm very keen on the 2600k though as I do some video encoding and HT will most likely give me a higher min fps in Battlefield 3.

Rig is for heavy duty gaming at 1920x1080p with fraps or some other program recording and video encoding/processing mainly.
You might as well go with the P8P67 Pro or EVO motherboard unless you need the quick video sync and onboard DVI connection and SSD caching technology. The Mid to high end P67's from ASUS seem to be extremely good at overclocking. Yes by lifting a fan the RipJawsX will fit. Then again, you can just move the end fan and put it on the left side. The Noctua has less clearence

The rig will be fine for gaming. Everything seems to be pretty much the best of the best right now.
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Thanks for the input, I'm going to go with the Z68 for the quick sync feature.

I actually think I might hold back on the second 580 for a bit longer and buy a 128GB SSD first, most likely from OCZ. Just have to wait till BF3 beta begins and see if I really really really want that second 580.
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post #4 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by ColoursTCMZ View Post
Thanks for the input, I'm going to go with the Z68 for the quick sync feature.

I actually think I might hold back on the second 580 for a bit longer and buy a 128GB SSD first, most likely from OCZ. Just have to wait till BF3 beta begins and see if I really really really want that second 580.
Good call, a 580 will max out any game today just fine.

If you're going with OCZ for an SSD make sure you read about the model that you get before purchasing it. There have been some issues with the Vertex III and the general consensus is that the Vertex II is more stable. Also some other minor issues with OCZ drives.

Personally, I would rather go with a Crucial C300 or M4 for a balance of performance + reliability. Or Intel if reliability is your number one concern. Besides that, excellent build!
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I took a look at the M4 earlier today and now I'm a bit more puzzled about which SSD should I buy This happened with all the other parts too that I had to choose for my build so it's not a big surprise heh. Must do more research on SSDs as there are clearly more options out there than I am aware of. Might have a chat with the local computer store too, see what they have to say.

However I decided to go with the 2500k as a neighbour of my who renders a ton of HD videos on his computer managed to persuade me that it's more than enough for everything really. He chose one for his build too after a long period of pondering wether the 2600k really is worth it. More money saved now then, and the ~100 euros that I'm going to save by going with the 2500k will go towards the SSD
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