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First off, thank you for viewing . So, I've been out of the game for a long time (roughly 7 years) suffering with an AMD build from 2005. For many reasons I've decided to take on a new build for my main rig and have the funds to do so. I've done my research and forum combing to be sure I'm at least in the ball park when putting this rig together, but PLEASE correct me if I'm off base or you see an issue with the build components and such. This rig will be used for heavy gaming, video editing/rendering, 3d modeling/rendering, graphic and web design. Please, if you don't mind.... review this build and feel free to offer me any advice/warnings/suggestions/etc. Please and thank you!

CASE: Corsair 650D
PSU: Corsair AX850
MOBO: ASRock Extreme4 Z77
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K
CPU COOLER: Corsair H100 (w/4 SP120 in a Push-Pull config)
VIDEO: 2 EVGA GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB in SLi
STORAGE: 2 Samsung 830 256GB (One for OS and 1 for storage obviously. The 256GB drive is the cheapest per GB if you will. At least when I looked.)
RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengence DDR31600
AUDIO: ASUS Xonar Essence STX (PCI Express x1)
CAPTURE CARD: AVerMedia Live Gamer HD (PCI Express x1)
OPTICAL: Sony Optiarc 24X Burner (These are a dime a dozen IMO. Got this one because it's SATA and ALL black face, willing to change if this is a bunk unit though)



Some questions I have aside from the overall build:

- Will the two PCI Express cards (cap card and sound card) by filling BOTH PCI Express 1 slots on the mobo, will they clash with each other or the video cards? any possible IRQ issues?

- Sound card: I am WAY open for suggestions on this. I have an external USB M-Audio sound card that I do most of my sound recording with. I added the ASUS soundcard to my build because I've been told it's still THE card to get over the pheobus and the best for gaming. This is the most clueless part of my build and obviously the most subjective. Any thoughts?

- Storage: Again, WAY open for suggestions here. I think the 830 is solid, but what I'm more looking for is storage configurations, is it ok to use a SSD for storage? How would you configure this differantly? On a side note, I have a 1TB HDD I plan on throwing in that rig to store back-ups and such.



Other than that.... what are your thoughts? Would you change anything?

Thanks all!!!
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Your components will work together and the sound card will fit underneath your SLI set-up just fine and the overall build is sound! Congrats and good job!
 
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That's looking like you've done your research!

Kepler is TDP limited/throttled, so the GTX670s are never really going to draw much over ~170W each even if you overclock. (they will just throttle back your OC to maintain TDP limits when necessary). With that in mind, and a 77W rated CPU, The system as it stands would actually be able to run on some of the better 450-500W PSUs if it were not overclocked. Granted, a 450W would be running fill tilt or even a little beyond perhaps to keep up with the system under a heavy load, however, it would work on the better made units. I'd trust a Capstone 450W unit on it. That said, I, like most people, like to see some margin for overhead included. Add in some overclocking, and I would personally like to see a 650-750W PSU on here. The reason I bring this up, is that, while there is nothing wrong with using the AX850 here, there are other gold rated units in 650-750W range that will save you ~$40-80.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660

I would go with this board instead, and either drop your 32gb of ram, or see if newegg would be willing to give you a discount on 8gb of corsair ram instead of getting the red ram that it comes with.

If you are putting such high quality parts into your build, then you should have a high end motherboard. Just my two cents.
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A higher end MOBO does absolutely nothing for this build unless you NEED a feature of that higher end board (Don't buy a bunch of holes and slots you'll never use). Hi end boards do not have better reliability trending than mid-range boards, and with Intel overclocking, mid-level boards offer about 95-99% of the overclocking capability as the high end stuff since the intel chips are so easy on power consumption anyway. Furthermore, a popular mid-level board with a big customer base will have better long term support from the manufacturer than the lower volume "epeen" class crap.

~$150 is the upper end limit of practicality for an 1155 motherboard. The vast majority of the offerings above this price class do nothing tangible for 99% of computer users.

Heck, I'd even say have a look at the Extreme3!

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A higher end MOBO does absolutely nothing for this build unless you NEED a feature of that higher end board (Don't buy a bunch of holes and slots you'll never use). Hi end boards do not have better reliability trending than mid-range boards, and with Intel overclocking, mid-level boards offer about 95-99% of the overclocking capability as the high end stuff since the intel chips are so easy on power consumption anyway. Furthermore, a popular mid-level board with a big customer base will have better long term support from the manufacturer than the lower volume "epeen" class crap.
~$150 is the upper end limit of practicality for an 1155 motherboard. The vast majority of the offerings above this price class do nothing tangible for 99% of computer users.
Heck, I'd even say have a look at the Extreme3!
Best Regards,
Eric

............... how about a higher OC because the power phases allow for cleaner power... how about better reliability because these boards were all OC tested..... how about better traces for better memory stability.

Higher end motherboards to jack sh** for 99% of the PC community, but the M-Power is actually a very good motherboard considering the price to performance ratio. If newegg wants to sweeten the deal with 8GB of free memory, then ask "why not" instead of "why" thumb.gif
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Your build looks very well budgeted for performance per dollar. So kudos to you on that.
The only thing is, even though you had a double SSD so you already have greate speeds as well as a 3.5GHz Coire i7 processor (stock speed), I would suggest maybe upgrading your rRAM from a 1600MHz to 1866. Your motherboard supports OCing, so if you ever find yourself in a stretch and feel like experimenting, you have a great system to do so. So to pull every inch of power out of your PC, by overclocking that is, I would suggest upgrading to 1866 RAM. This way you can OC all of your components and get amazing performance, given that you have the cooling. Even if you dont have the cooling, as long as you invest long term into something like 1866MHz, it will benefit you in the end should you choose to OC even just a little bit.
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............... how about a higher OC because the power phases allow for cleaner power... how about better reliability because these boards were all OC tested..... how about better traces for better memory stability.

But none of those things do anything for the vast majority of users. Any mid-range (read $120-150) motherboard is going to be able to overclock just fine, and mystical stuff like better traces isn't going to make jack-all performance difference. Why pay $50 more for a motherboard you don't need when you could use that $50 to get something you can use, like a higher-end video card or a larger SSD, or even a game to play on your fancy new system.
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Your build looks very well budgeted for performance per dollar. So kudos to you on that.
The only thing is, even though you had a double SSD so you already have greate speeds as well as a 3.5GHz Coire i7 processor (stock speed), I would suggest maybe upgrading your rRAM from a 1600MHz to 1866. Your motherboard supports OCing, so if you ever find yourself in a stretch and feel like experimenting, you have a great system to do so. So to pull every inch of power out of your PC, by overclocking that is, I would suggest upgrading to 1866 RAM. This way you can OC all of your components and get amazing performance, given that you have the cooling. Even if you dont have the cooling, as long as you invest long term into something like 1866MHz, it will benefit you in the end should you choose to OC even just a little bit.
That's just my personal opinion, do with it as you please.

Can anyone give me some feedback on this? I know I posted it, but I'd like to hear from others about this as I was wondering the same thing myself when I was building. I opted for the 1866MHz because my budget allowed for it. Any performance remarks about 1600 vs 1866?
     
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Can anyone give me some feedback on this? I know I posted it, but I'd like to hear from others about this as I was wondering the same thing myself when I was building. I opted for the 1866MHz because my budget allowed for it. Any performance remarks about 1600 vs 1866?

Makes no meaningful performance difference at all.
Edited by Forceman - 10/24/12 at 6:35pm
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