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Hey guys, just about to put apart a new rig for editing, gaming, rendering, and digital music!
Please tell me what you guys think about the specs:


*PLEASE NOTE BEFOREHAND..
-I'm not going to be switching motherboards
-I will purchase a soundcard later on
-I am using a 1050w PSU because I will be purchasing a second 680


Project "Midnight Jaguar" v1.0
Corsair 650D Z77 Ivy-Bridge Rig (2012)
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770k @ 3.5GHz (Planning to O/C to 4.5+)
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Motherboard
SINK: Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling (240mm Radiator)
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Blackline Enhanced @ 2133 CL10
CASE: Corsair 650D Mid-Tower (20.5" H)
HDD: Western Digital 1.5TB Caviar Black (7200 RPM) SATA3 (6.0GB/s)
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 @ 1006MHz 2GB GDDR5
PSU: SeaSonic X Series 1050W GOLD+ PSU
SSD: Corsair Force 3 60GB SATA3 (6.0GB/s)
OPT: ASUS 24x DVD-RW Optical Drive
FANS: Bitfenix Spectre Pro 200mm, Bitfenix Spectre Pro 140mm


Thanks in advance guys smile.gif
Edited by Sp3ctral - 5/13/12 at 11:05am
post #2 of 11
I'd look at SSDs other than the Force 3. I hear Sandforce has gotten better but it still isn't as stable as Marvel or Intel.
And Why do you need a 1050W PSU? Even with a second 680 you wouldn't need more than 850W.
Also unless you really feel you need 2133 MHz RAM you could save some money there too.
Do you have an os, monitor, peripherals, etc.?
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by MME1122 View Post

I'd look at SSDs other than the Force 3. I hear Sandforce has gotten better but it still isn't as stable as Marvel or Intel.
And Why do you need a 1050W PSU? Even with a second 680 you wouldn't need more than 850W.
Also unless you really feel you need 2133 MHz RAM you could save some money there too.
Do you have an os, monitor, peripherals, etc.?

1) Yes, i'm thinking about going for Kingstons new SF SSD's. They sound pretty sick. Also, I have been thinking of getting a 520.
2) I'm planning on purchasing a second 680 later on.
3) It's an extra 10 dollars.
4) Yes I do smile.gif

Thank you for your support smile.gif
post #4 of 11
Cool, sounds good to me. Good luck with the build thumb.gif
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Everything looks good, I would invest in a larger SSD though, you are going to eat through space like no other(I like to put my favorite games on my SSD). I would recommend the samsung or crucial IMO 128gb at minimum. If you are getting a H100 spend 50-100 more and just invest in a closed loop(Rasa kit or something), it would be a lot better since the ivy chips are running very hot.
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post #6 of 11
1050W PSU is insane overkill, even for an SLI system (if you SLI, maybe 800W but run the numbers first).

For RAM, this Samsung kit is probably the best, overclocks to like DDR3 2300. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0380720 (discussion/reviews in the OP here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1210482/amazon-samsung-2x4gb-low-voltage-ddr3-1600-kit-for-47-ocing-to-2400 )

H100 isn't necessary for 4.5ghz on Ivy Bridge; a solid air-cooler will get you that performance and temps within a few C of the H100. CM 212 Evo is a good bang/buck cooler, Noctual NH-D14 or similar is a solid air cooler although you don't need anything crazy. http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2664&page=7 (note the noise level - 58dB on high!)

Most reviewers could get 4.6ghz on an i7-3770k. I did notice that Xbit topped out at 4.5ghz on their 3570K, so part of it depends on what CPU you get. But right past ~4.5-4.6 is where temps/power consumption goes insane for small performance increases. H100 wouldn't help, 1-2C isn't the issue. Water-cooling, seems like a waste - you could easily go i7-3820 and X79 for less price difference (actually, it'd cost the same depending on board..).

With the $50 saved from the heatsink, put it towards a 120-128GB SSD. You're only supposed to keep SSD's at 75% capacity for longevity; so 60GB = 54GB formatted, 75% of that being about 40ish. 60GB is big enough for OS and ~3-4 big programs (like Photoshop, Office suite, Visual studio), and a lot of smaller programs.
Edited by jrbroad77 - 5/13/12 at 11:21am
 
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Modz View Post

Everything looks good, I would invest in a larger SSD though, you are going to eat through space like no other(I like to put my favorite games on my SSD). I would recommend the samsung or crucial IMO 128gb at minimum. If you are getting a H100 spend 50-100 more and just invest in a closed loop(Rasa kit or something), it would be a lot better since the ivy chips are running very hot.

i´d say this also.. and beware that you might get real temp problems OCing IB with H100 to 4.5 or higher.
post #8 of 11
Just FYI, my much older, less efficient HX1000W handled my rig with 2x GTX 480s overclocked to 900/2000 and my more power hungry 5GHz 2600K. Each 480 consumes about 100W more than each 680, and that's stock vs stock. If you drop that PSU down to a 850W unit, you can almost fit a sound card in your budget that you're planning to get anyway and you'll certainly have more than enough headroom to overclock with. Unless you're prepping yourself to overclock future cards that produce enough heat to overpower a portable air conditioner like I did, then you don't need anywhere close to 1050W.

Also, I agree with a larger SSD. If you're not in a hurry, the 128GB M4 sometimes dips down to $100.
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Alright guys, after reading all of the posts I'd say it's safe for me to get a 850wt. I'd definately go AX850 for it's rating, and the fact that corsair has beautiful braided cables for it. Thanks again for all the support. I'll also think about buying a larger SSD.
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Only things I'd change are the ssd (Crucial m4 or Samsung 830 there)
and RAM..I recommend the Samsung RAM
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