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The core (rev. Aug 21):

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
MB: ASUS P8P67 (3.0) ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU: Intel i5-2500K
GPU: EVGA GTX 570
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600
PSU: Corsair TX950 950W
SSD: 2x OCZ Agility 3 60GB
HD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Sound Card: HT | Omega Striker 7.1 ASUS Xonar D.X 7.1

Miscellaneous stuff:

AS5 (Thermal paste)
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer Pro 7 (CPU Cooler) Cooler Master 212 Plus CPU Cooler
LG Blu-Ray Burner
2.5 to 3.5 brackets

I already have:

40" 1080p 3DTV
Mouse
Keyboard

My bill is around $1600 for the stuff right now, I can go a bit higher (although lower would be nicer) but I'm not trying to do SLI GTX 580s even though it's better.

I could really use your help because I'm not sure how well these items will 'mingle' together. Thanks!
Edited by Gearbox - 8/21/11 at 8:21pm
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post #2 of 30
You'll be fine, but that PSU (and to a lesser extent, storage) is overkill. Go for 650 watts. Also, consider a different case with a bit more robust feature set. Also, consider a different CPU cooler, maybe the 212+ or V6?
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post #3 of 30
I'm hoping that GPU is enough to do the game justice.
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If you're not doing SLI then a 950w PSU is overkill...other than that a very solid build


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You're buying things you don't need despite only have a GTX 570.

Before you splurge on a second SSD, a fancy case, and a mismatched power supply, spend more on the video card because you'll actually be able to notice the difference in games.
    
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post #6 of 30
drop down in wattage pick up hx750 or a hx850 it will me much nicer to have modular, and a nicer case too but other then that looks good
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Originally Posted by TheStealthyOne View Post
You'll be fine, but that PSU (and to a lesser extent, storage) is overkill. Go for 650 watts. Also, consider a different case with a bit more robust feature set. Also, consider a different CPU cooler, maybe the 212+ or V6?
1. The PSU I picked was to originally provide some wiggle room in the event that I go SLI. I've personally never went SLI from the get-go, usually about a half-year or so later when I throw another card in to give it more shelf-life. The last time I did that, however, I had to scrap the old PSU. But good call, I appreciate it.

2. Any recommendations for cases around the $100 range? I already have an Antec 900 in another build and would like to avoid getting another one.

3. Thanks for the cooler suggestions, I'll check those out shortly.


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Originally Posted by NFL View Post
If you're not doing SLI then a 950w PSU is overkill...other than that a very solid build


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I certainly would like to have options and being able to do SLI without having to replace many parts is a plus. Besides, it's not like the PSU will use 950W if the computer doesn't demand it so I'm not losing out.


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Originally Posted by MinitroN View Post
You're buying things you don't need despite only have a GTX 570.

Before you splurge on a second SSD, a fancy case, and a mismatched power supply, spend more on the video card because you'll actually be able to notice the difference in games.
The reason why I don't like to pay large sums of money on a top-tier video card is because video card series come out almost every year. I've already done it once back in the 8800GTX days and the card simply didn't retain much value due to the rapid progression of newer video card models. The one model down usually did the job just fine, overclocked to the higher model's speed and performance, and usually costs about $100 less on average.

The only thing that relates to the GTX 570 would be the PSU, which I would like to have in the event I go SLI. The SSDs in RAID help loading times exponentially both in the OS and in games. And the case... I just need it to work and I've not heard anything wrong with it.
Edited by Gearbox - 8/20/11 at 8:57pm
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post #8 of 30
my thoughts:

-psu too strong - if ur not planning SLI you can go with ~600W
-soundcard - i'd prefer asus xonar
-tim - ac mx-3/4 is better
-cpu cooler i'd prefer d14 if your case can take it

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This is the PCI Express description. . .
Someone care to translate this?
Quote:
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16* [Black] (max. at x4 mode)
*The PCIEX16_2 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1_1 slot, PCIEX1_2 slot and USB3_34 connector. The PCIEX16_2 runs at x1 mode by default for system resource optimization.
Is it x16/x4 when SLI?

Also maybe go with a Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W PSU? It will still alow you to SLI 570's

If you can find a 120/128gb single SSD solution I would try. I was running 2 64gb SSD's and had 20/25gb free on both drives, If combined I could have thrown on a few more games.

Do you already have memory? If not Check out the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

I also second the Hyper 212+ suggestion.

Check out my thread theres a little helpful information on there.

Edit: you can get a case with much better cable management for the same price. That's the only reason why I went with the Storm Enforcer . . . . WTH is with these childish case names. . . .

Edit 2: Are you serously gonig to use 4 terabytes of HDD space?
Edited by Max78 - 8/21/11 at 11:32am
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, I've made a few changes to the build, hopefully for the better.

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my thoughts:

-psu too strong - if ur not planning SLI you can go with ~600W
-soundcard - i'd prefer asus xonar
-tim - ac mx-3/4 is better
-cpu cooler i'd prefer d14 if your case can take it
1. I'm definitely planning on going SLI later on, which is why I even revised the MB to the PRO edition (the regular supports Crossfire only, unfortunately)

2. I took on the ASUS Xonar DX per your suggestion

3. Just found a spare syringe of AS5 so I'm gonna use that instead and save like $12

4. Definitely looking to it, the temps at load for the D14 is a superior improvement from the 212 plus. Based on measurements the D14 will fit into the Storm Enforcer but it will be within an inch of space which is very scary.


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Originally Posted by Max78 View Post
This is the PCI Express description. . .
Someone care to translate this?


Is it x16/x4 when SLI?

Also maybe go with a Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W PSU? It will still alow you to SLI 570's

If you can find a 120/128gb single SSD solution I would try. I was running 2 64gb SSD's and had 20/25gb free on both drives, If combined I could have thrown on a few more games.

Do you already have memory? If not Check out the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

I also second the Hyper 212+ suggestion.

Check out my thread theres a little helpful information on there.

Edit: you can get a case with much better cable management for the same price. That's the only reason why I went with the Storm Enforcer . . . . WTH is with these childish case names. . . .

Edit 2: Are you serously gonig to use 4 terabytes of HDD space?
1. I'm told SLI would use 8x/8x on these boards but I'm not sure at this time.

2. I need to double-check on the wattage of my things but that Antec PSU looks to be a good alternative. Thanks!

3. I forgot to put it up, but I'm going with the Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB over the G.SKILL RIPJAWS despite basically having the exact specs and price. I've had a negative experience with G.SKILL before so this is simply personal preference.

4. Definitely took on the Storm Enforcer for the front USB 3.0, if anything else. Otherwise I would've enjoyed the love handles on top of the Storm Scout. I never cared for plastic doors on the front because I somehow end up breaking those things anyway but the 200mm fan option will be a nice compromise.

5. The reason for getting two SSDs isn't for space but an attempt to strictly obtain a theoretical read/write speed of about 1Mb/sec via RAID 0. The 2TB hard drives will probably be in RAID 1 which will back up all data of the SSDs and reduce points of failure in at least 3 parts.
Edited by Gearbox - 8/21/11 at 8:19pm
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