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CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K 3.20GHz Socket 2011 12MB - £441.13

Cooler: noctua nh d14 cooler - £66.28


Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME Intel X79 Socket 2011 Motherboard - £314.15

Memory:G.Skill 16GB DDR3 2400MHz TridentX Memory - £149.99

Graphics Card: PowerColor HD 7970 V3 3GB GDDR5 - £318.93

Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence ST Soundcard - £152.79

SSD Hard Drive: Crucial 256GB M4 SSD - £149.99

Storage Hard Drive: WD 3TB Green Desktop Drive - £120.23

PowerSupply: Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 10 650W - £124.40

Case: Coolermaster Silencio 650 Case - £115.29

Mouse: Razer Naga Epic - £94.78

Keyboard: QPAD MK-85 Pro Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - £119.99

Headphones: Sennheiser MM550-X Travel Wireless Bluetooth Headset - £310.66

Creative Bluetooth® Audio BT-D1 USB transmitter - £39.99

BlueRay Drive: 12x Blu-ray from Pioneer - £66.86

Monitor: Tempered Glass 27" Yamakasi Catleap 2703 LED IPS 2560x1440 WQHD Monitor - £203.00

Monitor mount: Ergotron 45-235-194 Neo-Flex Arm - £86.10

Universal Remote: Logitech Harmony 700 Advanced Universal Remote - £39.68

Desk: Timeless Combi Desk - £265

Total with a few other bits and shipping: £3183.46


Please scrutinize ferociously.
Edited by Buteiko - 9/30/12 at 7:16am
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need moar gpu'z wubsmiley.gif
    
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Need at least 3 GPU's to be able to call yourself a beast my friend.
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Originally Posted by wint0nic View Post

Need at least 3 GPU's to be able to call yourself a beast my friend.

Lol, leave the guy alone!
Enjoy your parts, OP! biggrin.gif
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You are missing an Operating System, or your'e making one hell of a linux machine!


And well past that, I'm not sure what FPS you're aiming for, but if you want to get 60FPS+ maxxed on for that 2560 x 1440 on games like BF3 and future games, may want to look into a second 7970 tongue.gif
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wow, that processor + headset + mobo = more than my entire rig
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H100 over the Antec

and get (2) 7950's instead of the (1) 7970!
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Let's see, there's quite a few places where you're over spending where its not needed, and / or buying just bad equipment all together.

1) Kuhler 920. While its an okay unit, its really not much better than air cooling. Go real water or go home if you ask me, especially on this kind of a build. A Rasa RS / RX 240 / 360 kit should easily fit into your budget with proper budgeting of other parts.

2) Rampage IV motherboard huh? Good board, not sure if its worth the hefty price tag. Your call there, as a motherboard not only is an important part of the system (keeping in mind ASRock boards are generally cheaper and just as good), but they can also be aesthetic as well. So if you're shooting for a red theme, then the Rampage would be a good fit. If you don't care about colors...shoot for a good ASRock instead for cheaper.

3) Memory.....all that horsepower and you're settling for meh 1866 RAM? Get at least some nice 2133's so you can fully utlize the speed of your IMC. Maybe even get lucky and get some good 2133's that go to 2400+. I'm not too familiar with the really high end RAM, so somebody else will have to comment here.

4) Your GPU. Good choice honestly for air. If you can squeeze the RS / RX 360 water kit into budget, I'd shoot for a reference 7970 and an EK water block instead though.

5) Not sure what you're wanting to accomplish with the Xonar Essence here that the DG or DX can't handle. Especially considering the headphones you picked are wireless anyway, but we'll get to that later.

6) Your WD 3TB Green drive....get two of these for RAID1. I would hate to see you store a lot of stuff on a 3TB drive to have it fail and lose everything. RAID1 or go home on large drives (keep in mind the WD Green drives can't handle more than a RAID0 or 1).

7) PSU.....you have absolutely no reason to be buying an 850w PSU unless you're planning on tri firing those 7970's. Since you only picked one card....shoot for a 520-550w unit instead, or 650w if you will be adding a second card in the VERY near future. To be honest, at 2560x1600, my old 7970 was a beast and I didn't have a problem in any game to be honest with a few small exceptions...that nobody can max with a single GPU anyway. So with all that being said, why waste so much extra money on a larger PSU if its never going to be used?

8) Your headphones of choice.....they're hurting my brain. Why would you want wireless headphones? What's even worse is that you're looking at a headset. That's double negatives...which unfortunately in this case don't make a positive outcome. Take a look at the Recommended Audio thread here on OCN (text is a link to it). Find a pair of HEADPHONES that suite what you're going to be listening to, and pair up a nice clip on or desktop mic with them. Headsets are a gimmick, and I've personally never been a fan of wireless audio. You're REALLY over spending on those. I'll bet the wired counterpart is worth maybe $50. What's even better here, is that your sound card is 110% wasted, since you can't even use the sound card with the wireless headphones....as they're bluetooth. doh.gif I really hope you have good speakers too, otherwise that's even more writing for me to correct you on. tongue.gif

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Everything else on your list is ultimately personal choice or good picks. Not to be mean or rude, but honestly it seems like you've got too much money, not enough time to do your proper research. Buy smart, don't just throw your money at various websites and hope you come out with a good rig. Following the above ideas I've laid out for you, you'll end up with a LOT better of a rig / audio setup for your money instead of wasting money where its not needed.

I wish you the best of luck, and I do look forward to your build log. smile.gif
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Hey dude I really appreciate that you took your time and wrote all that. I'm going to get a bit defensive, but only so that you can see the reasoning behind each one of these components, if you still think I'm wrong, I'll defiantly reconsider things.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

Let's see, there's quite a few places where you're over spending where its not needed, and / or buying just bad equipment all together.
1) Kuhler 920. While its an okay unit, its really not much better than air cooling. Go real water or go home if you ask me, especially on this kind of a build. A Rasa RS / RX 240 / 360 kit should easily fit into your budget with proper budgeting of other parts.

The CPU needs a cooler one way or another, and from what I've read the Kuhler does perform better then air cooling. It would be nice to have the GPU water cooled, but the price, the fact that I don't know what I'm doing with water cooling and the fact that I'm not really looking to overclock straight away mean that the Kuhler was the best choice. I'm assuming that the Kuhler will be quieter then an air cooler.


2) Rampage IV motherboard huh? Good board, not sure if its worth the hefty price tag. Your call there, as a motherboard not only is an important part of the system (keeping in mind ASRock boards are generally cheaper and just as good), but they can also be aesthetic as well. So if you're shooting for a red theme, then the Rampage would be a good fit. If you don't care about colors...shoot for a good ASRock instead for cheaper.

I've looked at a few Benchmarks and Rampage seems to be a real great performer. I would simply chose Asus over ASRock due to the name, I trust Asus to deliver quality a bit more. Which ASRock alternative would you recommend?

3) Memory.....all that horsepower and you're settling for meh 1866 RAM? Get at least some nice 2133's so you can fully utlize the speed of your IMC. Maybe even get lucky and get some good 2133's that go to 2400+. I'm not too familiar with the really high end RAM, so somebody else will have to comment here.

I really wanted to get some 2133 also, but the sticks I chose have 1.5v voltage and pretty tight timings, I thought I could just overclock the sticks and save some money. Would love more input on this though.

4) Your GPU. Good choice honestly for air. If you can squeeze the RS / RX 360 water kit into budget, I'd shoot for a reference 7970 and an EK water block instead though.


5) Not sure what you're wanting to accomplish with the Xonar Essence here that the DG or DX can't handle. Especially considering the headphones you picked are wireless anyway, but we'll get to that later.

DG DX? I've got a pair of speakers and a subwoofer

Epoz-Aktimate-Maxi Speakers

MJ Acoustics Pro 50 MK2 Sub-woofer


6) Your WD 3TB Green drive....get two of these for RAID1. I would hate to see you store a lot of stuff on a 3TB drive to have it fail and lose everything. RAID1 or go home on large drives (keep in mind the WD Green drives can't handle more than a RAID0 or 1).

Do they fail often? is this really an issue? I was thinking of backing up to my older computer anyway. Or perhaps just getting a 200gb hard disk for the important backups.

7) PSU.....you have absolutely no reason to be buying an 850w PSU unless you're planning on tri firing those 7970's. Since you only picked one card....shoot for a 520-550w unit instead, or 650w if you will be adding a second card in the VERY near future. To be honest, at 2560x1600, my old 7970 was a beast and I didn't have a problem in any game to be honest with a few small exceptions...that nobody can max with a single GPU anyway. So with all that being said, why waste so much extra money on a larger PSU if its never going to be used?

Good point here, I'll drop down the wattage.

8) Your headphones of choice.....they're hurting my brain. Why would you want wireless headphones? What's even worse is that you're looking at a headset. That's double negatives...which unfortunately in this case don't make a positive outcome. Take a look at the Recommended Audio thread here on OCN (text is a link to it). Find a pair of HEADPHONES that suite what you're going to be listening to, and pair up a nice clip on or desktop mic with them. Headsets are a gimmick, and I've personally never been a fan of wireless audio. You're REALLY over spending on those. I'll bet the wired counterpart is worth maybe $50. What's even better here, is that your sound card is 110% wasted, since you can't even use the sound card with the wireless headphones....as they're bluetooth. doh.gif I really hope you have good speakers too, otherwise that's even more writing for me to correct you on. tongue.gif

I know it's a shame that they won't utilize the sound card in wireless, BUT:
they can be used as wired headphones and plugged into the sound card

They are best quality wireless headphones i could find

They can be used with external devices, like a smartphone.

I really want wireless so that I'm not bound to the computer if I want to listen to some music or watch a movie with headphones.

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Everything else on your list is ultimately personal choice or good picks. Not to be mean or rude, but honestly it seems like you've got too much money, not enough time to do your proper research. Buy smart, don't just throw your money at various websites and hope you come out with a good rig. Following the above ideas I've laid out for you, you'll end up with a LOT better of a rig / audio setup for your money instead of wasting money where its not needed.
I wish you the best of luck, and I do look forward to your build log. smile.gif
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