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Yep, SSDs blow HDDs out of the water and then drag them back in, beat the living hell out of them and toss them back. Sure they are expensive, so dont use them for storage, but install apps like Firefox, Chrome, Photoshop and boot drive, you can literally be from a pressing the power button to watching a youtube video in less than 30 seconds. Opening Microsoft Word/excel/ppt, Windows Explorer/ Firefox/Chrome is as fast as blinking. If you think that when you click Google Chrome after a PC boot immediately, and the website doesnt come up fast, it isnt the Internet's speeds' fault, its the HDD slow read speeds.

So, M4 w/0009 firmware update definitely or a C300 is good enough. Install Windows in AHCI.

For GPUs, I would get a GTX 580, I play BF3 on it just fine with everything on high and it will definitely play Skyrim at max, so for current popular games, 1 580 is the best, plus No SLI/CFX driver issues.

You can cut back on the PSU as well. an AX850 is good enough for GTX 580 SLI and save you a ton of money to spend on your SSD. And for god's sake get a better case, get any of the ones I have recommended. Keeping those hardware (Maximus-Z, 590 SLI - Maybe) just isnt right. cooling will not be optimal in the NZXT. 590s should have a dedicated side fan drawing cool air directly onto it for optimal cooling.

Recommendation: GTX 580/580SLI, AX850, different case, cheaper mobo, >SSD<
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Ok, so basically replace the CM 1200w with a 1200 AX cosair? That's good, its cheaper by 70 bucks over here.

For RAM i was planning on using ripjaw-x's DDR3 1600 CL9(2x4), but cosair is better?

Thanks for all the advice so far!
If you plan on sticking to 590 SLI set-up, go with the AX definitely, if it is cheaper = DOUBLE WIN!

I never felt any difference in RAM. If you dont plan on overclocking your RAM, stick to the cheaper one. Ripjaws are more widely used. I tuned my RAM down to 1333 from 1600 and felt and saw absolutely no difference in performance drop whatsoever.
    
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Ok, so basically replace the CM 1200w with a 1200 AX cosair? That's good, its cheaper by 70 bucks over here.

For RAM i was planning on using ripjaw-x's DDR3 1600 CL9(2x4), but cosair is better?

Thanks for all the advice so far!
I understand that you could probably get away with a lower psu (Meaning 1000w) , but honestly If you've got the money. Id go for it. I bought 3 different PSU's on my build due to running out of power.

P.S. It also depends on what cards. If you are running the EVGA GTX 580 classifieds your gonna NEED that bigger psu it uses TWO 8 pin connectors and a decent amount of voltage

Also, remember if you plan on overclocking, you cant have Just Enough power you have to have headroom or you will run into problems
Edited by zerobahamut - 10/26/11 at 9:38am
 
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post #14 of 28
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Ok, for my casing I've decided to switch to the CM-HAF-X 942, as I understand its the best for cooling purposes?

Ok COSAIR and RIPJAW RAMS for CL8 have no diff over here, so I'll just switch to COSAIR then. I'll probably keep the 1200w PSU, cause some advice I got was that if there's ever a stable tri-sli with good performance i'll need the 1200w psu..
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Ok, for my casing I've decided to switch to the CM-HAF-X 942, as I understand its the best for cooling purposes?

Ok COSAIR and RIPJAW RAMS for CL8 have no diff over here, so I'll just switch to COSAIR then. I'll probably keep the 1200w PSU, cause some advice I got was that if there's ever a stable tri-sli with good performance i'll need the 1200w psu..
Case is probably number 1 for air cooling...if you are liquid cooling look to corsair cases

As far as your comment about the psu you are 100% correct
 
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For single display a GTX 590 is a big overkill. A GTX 560 Ti/570 will be just fine. Best bang for buck too. Also 570's scale godly in SLI.
I could see recommending these in single card, but if he's looking at a 590 he wants maximum performance, something like BF3 will run at mediumish on a 560.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the info guys, all of you have been a great help. One more question, when I get a SSD is getting the M4 128GB really necessary? Or will a 64 GB be capable enough. Like you guys said..it really is pricey...
post #18 of 28
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Thanks for all the info guys, all of you have been a great help. One more question, when I get a SSD is getting the M4 128GB really necessary? Or will a 64 GB be capable enough. Like you guys said..it really is pricey...
The bigger one is for installing primary games. Think about it if you are playing a game with a huge map, if you have it on something that can instantly load data compared to something that has to load...them it will perform better. Thats the ONLy reason for the bigger ssd

Also if you want the SSD, you can get the m4 on sale here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...m-_-20-148-442

use the code EMCYTZT859 to save $20 on a Crucial 128GB m4
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post #19 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hmm..I see what you mean. Ok thanks. So based on the recommendations, this is what I've come up with:

Intel I7 2600k 3.4 GHz processor
ASUS Maximus Extreme Z-Motherboard (8x/16x/16x tri-SLI support)
8GB DDR3 RAM (Cosair) (2x4)
Nvidia GTX 590 GPU
1TB HDD (Seagate)
M4 128 GB SSD
Cosair AX 1200W (1200w)
CM HAF-X 942 Casing

For the casing fan, is the CM 120,140 or 200mm fan better?


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post #20 of 28
I got the 128Gb version with Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Firefox, Chrome, Anti-Virus, iTunes and used up 70Gb. For boot, 64Gb is good enough. I used a C300 64Gb on my secondary PC, W7+Office took up 40Gb. No idea how I lost 30 Gb on my M4 tbh. No point keeping the 128Gb for games, BF3 took 10 seconds to load Caspian Border/Operation Firestorm (big maps) on my WD Black.

SSDs might be pricey, but they provide the most immediate and the most performance improvement in your PC. and the improvement can be felt everytime you on your PC, click Windows Explorer and Firefox. I was hesitant about picking up the M4 as well. But now, even on my brother's PC, I have to put in an SSD out of my own pocket, even though I wasnt going to use that PC. If you have the budget for a Maximus-Z + GTX 590, an SSD shouldnt even be considered, it should already be inside that shopping list.
    
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