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Hey Guys,

I am new in this forum, Hopefully I can get some help with my new setup,

I am working on setting up a new PC, I'll list my specs below, Please let me know what do you guys think and if should make any changes. the PC is going to be mainly for gaming and secondary for some internet use:

MotherBoard: ASUS Maximus V EXTREME
Monitors: 3x BenQ xl2420tX 24"
Processor: Core i7-3960X
Memory: 16GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT DDR3
Graphic: 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 690
1x 256 Samsung SSD
2x 2TB WD Black Edition Drive
Hardware RAID 0
Power: Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200-Watt 80

Also do you guys think ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79: motherboard might be better?

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
Here is a better configuration with explanation:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V Premium

Monitors: 3x ASUS VG Series VG278H 1920 x 1080 or 3x ASUS PB Series PB238Q 1920 x 1080

Processor: Intel Core-i7 3770K

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 MHz

Graphics Card(s): 2x EVGA GTX 690

Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD and 2x 2TB WD Caviar Black in RAID 0

Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 Professional Series Gold

Optical Drive: Sony or ASUS Blu-Ray Burner

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Surround

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D

Processor Cooler: Corsair H100 Pre-Filled Liquid Loop

Explanation: Why I told you what I told you. I want you to have the best system possible and this will definitely meet that criteria. It will have the latest hardware and trust me, if you decide not to build it as it is above, it might not be compatible. I noticed a few weird things in your parts list.

Motherboard: This is one of the best motherboards on the market today. There is nothing this board doesn't have. With the inclusion of thunderbolt connectivity, you can be transfering files at up to 10x the speed of USB 3.0 with a compatible device. This motherboard will also provide full 16x bandwidth to both of your beastly graphics cards!

Monitors: I know you probably want nVidia 3D vision and you can have that with the ASUS VG278H. This monitor uses a much higher quality panel for increased color accuracy. The ASUS PB238Q is a business style monitor that will add a certain clean, professional aesthetic to your system. Both options are very high quality monitors and the easy way to choose will be to ask yourself if you want 3D or not.

Processor: This is the latest, fastest processor from Intel on the new Z77 platform. The 3770k is $700 cheaper than the 3960x for near the same performance. The 3960x runs on the X79 platform which is LAST GENERATION!!!!! You would be building a system that is already outdated.

Memory: There isn't much to say about this one. It is fully optimized for the motherboard that I have suggested and because there will only be two DIMMs, you will be able to have a more stable system at higher overclocks.

Graphics Card(s): These cards are a great choice! There is an EVGA GTX 690 Signature Edition, but the difference is that it is $50 more and includes a T-Shirt. It is your choice.

Storage: The Samsung 830 Series has crazy high performance and is a great choice for a build like this. The 2x 2TB WD Caviar Black in RAID 0 is a little much, but it certain will match the lunacy of quad SLI. Again, great choice!

Power: I didn't know which one you meant specifically, but this is the one I have powering my system and it is tried and true. You won't find a better 1200W power supply.

Optical Drive: I went ahead and added one for your convenience. In my opinion, everyone should have one, and a Blu-Ray burner is a great way to get every feature you possibly can into one drive.

Sound Card: I don't care what anybody else including yourself tell you smile.gif, any gaming rig, and for that matter, any computer at all should have a sound card. It doesn't have to be crazy expensive, but something to process the audio and give you a more immersive experience. I would think that when you play a game on a triple monitor setup, that you want an explosion to sound like an explosion not a speaker crackle.

Case: Again, I went ahead and made a recommendation for a case. this one is a great choice. It is a medium size and will suit your build quite well.

Processor Cooler: With this cooler, and the unlocked 3770k, you will be able to boast an overclock of upwards of 4.4GHz. Trust me, you need it.

I hope this helps, and I would love to hear how this system turns out. I know there is a lot to read, but every bit is important. Have Fun!!!!!
    
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hey Ryan,

Thanks so much for bringing the CPU case to my attention, Yes i could save up to $500 and so even if i go with Intel Core i7-3930K!. which has a tiny bit speed difference than Core i7-3960X

As for the motherboard, ASUS P8Z77-V Premium seems to be a great one, however, after doing some researches, i find that this does not support my CPU, I would need to go with a X79 board. it's a 2011 socket board for a 2011 socket CPU. The z77 boards are 1155 sockets.

As for sound card, I am a big fun of music, do you think there is any better option than ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Surround? How about this:

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card

Thanks!
post #4 of 8
Just to clarify, the 3770k (Z77/1155) is compatible with the ASUS P8Z77-V Premium (Z77/1155) or the Maximus V Extreme (Z77/1155), and the 3930k (X79/2011) is compatible with the ROG Rampage IV Extreme (X79/2011). Z77 is newer than X79, but X79 is the latest extreme enthusiast platform.

Yes, the ASUS Xonar Essence STX is one of the best sound cards you can get for that price range. Just keep in mind that you will have to adapt the two RCA outputs to a 3.5mm connector for most speaker systems. The adapter is included with the card. It also comes with a 6.3mm to 3.5mm headphone adapter, and an optical audio adapter (TOSLINK). You can only hook up 2.1 speakers. There isn't an option for the 3 and 4 plugs on 5.1 and 7.1 speaker systems. I would recommend the Corsair SP2500 2.1 speaker system for use with that sound card. It supports native RCA in.thumb.gif
    
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post #5 of 8
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Thanks, Ok so no external DAC needed when going with ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 right?
post #6 of 8
Right!
    
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And do you recommend 2x 512GB Crucial SSD or 4x 1TB WD Black raid? Does the speed difference worth the price?
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That isn't a very good comparison. You can't look at just maximum sequential speed. SSDs kill HDDs in random reads and writes. The also win in large quantities of small file transfers at the same time, like in games and photo editing.

A simple, inaccurate comparison would be like this:

2x Crucial M4 CT512M4SSD2: Much more reliable, 800 MB/s and 450 MB/s sequential reads and writes respectively ($850)

4x Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX: Much less reliable, 450 MB/s and 250 MB/s sequential reads and writes respectively ($400)

They are priced similarly when you account for the price to performance ratio, but with one you get 1.2TB, and the other you get 4TB. Let's just put it like this, HDDs will never come close to the performance of SSDs for the same price.

What I would do is get 4 Intel 520 series 240GB drives and throw them in RAID 0. This will bring near the same capacity of the two Crucial drives, but it will be much faster. Due to the low failure rate of SSDs, I would have no problem trusting a configuration like that.

I have two Intel 520 series 240GB drives in RAID 0 for the OS, two Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB drives in RAID 0 for storage, and a Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD for my Steam games.
    
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