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First Build - 05.06.2012 (Looking for recommendations)

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Hey Everyone,

Just joined overlock.net. I've been browsing these forums quite a bit lately to get some insight into building my first computer. This is what I plan to build and I would appreciate any recommendations. Thanks!


Case - Corsair 800D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001&Tpk=corsair%20800d

PSU - Corsair 850W Gold
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-850-Watt-Certified-High-Performance/dp/B003PJ6QW4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1336358961&sr=1-1

Motherboard - Asus Maximus Formula V Z77
http://www.overclock.net/t/1250828/asus-maximus-v-formula-z77-question

CPU - Thinking about the new ivy bridge i5s. I've heard that gaming rigs don't require top of the line CPUs. Also heard that the performances improvements for higher end CPUs just aren't worth the price tag so i thought i would save some money here. Still in the air and looking for advice.

GPU - GTX 680 x2
Been a little confused since the release of the 690. If 680s in sli perform slightly better than the 690 why not go with the 680s.
*if they are ever available...*

16GB Corsair RAM 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

Hard Drive - 120GB
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-Series-2-5-Inch-CSSD-F120GBGT-BK/dp/B0057QETGS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1336358750&sr=1-1

Monitor - 30 inch IPS (2560 x 1600)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260028

I am going to water cooling the MOBO and CPU. Planning on water cooling the GPUs as well once i get a little more experience. I will start a build log for kicks once we settle on which parts to use. Thanks everyone!

Regards,
Christopher Gu
post #2 of 10
That's a really good first build. If you're new to water cooling, I would recommend a kit like the XSPC Rasa RX360 for the cpu: http://www.xs-pc.com/products/watercooling-kits/rasa-750-rx360-watercooling-kit/

And yeah, regarding the i5 vs i7, most games (are there any that do?) don't use the Hyperthreading that comes with the i7, which means that you will see relatively small performance games, if any. Some people say that the HT helps with multi-gpu setups to stop bottlenecking though, so you may want to look into that since you are going with dual 680s.

Oh and have fun thumb.gif
 
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post #3 of 10
Pretty high end stuffs there, I remember when I was planning out my first build it looked similar to that. But most ppl do not recommend putting the mobo on water, you'll need a HDD on top of that SSD and, in terms of GPU one 690= less power usage and seeing as you want to water cool you only Need to pay for one block! And you can throw in another one later for quad SLI, on your current board.
Hope I helped, gained this knowledge from creeping around the forums for a while.
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I'd say that's an excellent build although you might want to consider an actual storage drive.
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post #5 of 10
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Thanks! Yeah i was planning on getting a HDD in addition but i haven't picked one out yet.

Might sound silly but the 850W PSU I had in mind is definitely enough power right? The last thing i want to do is skimp out on the PSU.

Regards,
Christopher Gu
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Originally Posted by cgu1 View Post

Thanks! Yeah i was planning on getting a HDD in addition but i haven't picked one out yet.
Might sound silly but the 850W PSU I had in mind is definitely enough power right? The last thing i want to do is skimp out on the PSU.
Regards,
Christopher Gu

Yes your PSU will work just fine. But im with these guys, just get the 690. It will be overall much cheaper as you will only have to power and watercool one card vs. two. The small boost you may get from using 680's does not outweigh that. So go for the 690 FTW! Other then that, your selection of parts is very good.

Edit: The new IB i5 will be just fine for the build. As far as storage, I say find two 2TB of a brand you like and raid them suckers.
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I think your build looks awesome. If you have the extra cash, grab an i7. The extra power can never hurt in a multi-card setup. If you're looking to save a few dollars though, an i5 3570k will do just fine, even better under water.

 

I can say this, I wish I had $1100-1200 to spend on GPUs....

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post #8 of 10
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After doing some research I think the 690 would definitely be the better choice. Unfortunately, the thing is like 1.5 grand on eBay and sold out elsewhere. I might just have to settle with 680s. Definitely jump on the opportunity to pick up a 690 at a reasonable price tho!
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A better option would be get a cheaper card and wait it out for the 690
    
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Originally Posted by Blaze0303 View Post

A better option would be get a cheaper card and wait it out for the 690

This is what I would do thumb.gif
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