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Hello OCN,

Long time lurking, first time poster. Thanks for a great and informative forum. Ye olde upgrade bug has bitten and I cannot resist the fever. With BD out I am now set for my parts and was hoping to get opinions geared mainly towards "future proof". My current sys is below and here is the important stuffs:

Main usage in priority:
  1. Media encoding/converting/transcoding
  2. Gaming (MMOs, FPS, action) - moving away from consoles
  3. General tomfoolalry

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k or i7-2600k
  • MOBO: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z (Z68)
  • RAM: G-SKILL Ripjaws 16GB DDR3 1600 or Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600
  • HSF: Noctua NH-D14
  • Case Fans: Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm

Future parts:
  • SSD: Crucial M4 128GB or 256GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 570 or 580
  • Full Watercooling setup

As you can see this is going to be a phased build. I am avoiding blowing all my money like I did with my last build.

I'd like some thoughts and opinions specifically on the RAM choice and HSF. I am adament on watercooling this rig so I do not want to buy parts now that will "hamper" my system, when I can buy something that will fit well in the w/c and have great performance.

I game mainly at 1920x1200 res and am not expecting that to change anytime soon. I have SLI atm, and it gives out more heat than I pref so I would like to run a single gpu setup that can hang at my res on max settings in current and future games.

For my media transcoding I mainly use MeGui and Handbrake. Right now I change files from 1080p > 720p and times usually are around 12 hours for 1st and 2nd pass in MeGui and about 2 hours in Handbrake for converting my tv shows to MKV. Really want to cut these down as much as possible.

With the items in the "Parts" section, I just would like to know if anyone sees any issues or has any suggestions. Any thing that I could swap out since i plan to watercool later on?

Thanks again, I shall return to lurker mode!

[EDIT]: Forgot to mention I would like opinions on waiting for a mobo that is PCI-E 3.0 ready (maybe the Gen3 Gene) and has support for Ivy Bridge as I might upgrade when that happens if it proves its mettle
Edited by Epyon415 - 10/13/11 at 11:45am
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I'd say to go with the 2600K over the 2500K based off your needs for this rig. You could also wait for the 2700K to come out if you're in no hurry.

The RAM you chose is good as well, may not need 16GB though

Other than that, that rig seems solid to me
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