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Hey guys, it's been a while since I last visited overclock.net.

It's good to be back though, and I'm planning on a new build to get me back into gaming a little bit. after getting permission from girlfriend wink.gif (Sad, I know)

So, here's it is:

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth x79
CPU: Intel Core i7 3820 Quad Core CPU (3.60GHz, 10MB Cache, Socket 2011, 130W, Sandy Bridge)
GPU: Geforce GTX 670 ASUS/EVGA?
RAM: G-Skill Ripjaws X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 PC3-14900
PSU: Will keep my current Cooler Master Modular 1000W PSU (2.5 years old in as new condition)
HDD: Samsung 830 SSD 256GB (Heard that the 840 is not worth it and 830 is based on MLC)
Case: Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case (I'm not a big fan of full tower atx chassis)
Cooling: Stock for now, haven't decided yet.

Your opinions will be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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post #2 of 14
Honestly I'd go with a cheaper motherboard - perhaps an ASrock Extreme6? Then you could use the money you save and buy 4 x 8GB so you're actually running your memory in Quad channel. I overclocked my 3820 to 4.5GHZ on an ASrock Extreme4-M..

The 3820 doesn't come with stock cooling. None of the LGA 2011 processors come with a stock heatsink. So you'll need to fit a decent LGA 2011 capable cooler into the mix - especially if you plan on overclocking.

Consider Coolermaster Storm Scout? It's about $65 shipped on Newegg right now if you apply the $15 off promo code.


EDIT:Sabretooth does come w/ 8GB of Samsung WonderRAM though,
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 11/15/12 at 1:34am
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Will there be a noticeable difference in performance between 16GB and 32GB RAM in quad channel though? The reason I chose Sabertooth was mainly for reliability reasons.

And I can actually get the sabertooth cheaper than the extreme 6 smile.gif
Edited by asusuk - 11/15/12 at 1:43am
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post #4 of 14
I would recommend:
3770k as your CPU and msi gtx 670 power edition. But what types of games are you going to be playing, and what settings are you wanting to run them at?

Edit: if you do stay with your current cpu, as the 2011 platform doesn't come with a stock cooler, I would recommend the h100i from corsair, h80i if you don't have enough space.
Edited by Dehatitated - 11/15/12 at 1:50am
post #5 of 14
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Will there be a noticeable difference in performance between 16GB and 32GB RAM in quad channel though? The reason I chose Sabertooth was mainly for reliability reasons.
And I can actually get the sabertooth cheaper than the extreme 6 smile.gif

No - you could run in Dual Channel but some boards XMP settings won't work w/ Dual Channel on X79. It's not really a big deal - just a suggestion. If you can get a Sabretooth for cheaper than an Extreme6 then by all means snatch it up.
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post #6 of 14
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I would recommend:
3770k as your CPU and msi gtx 670 power edition. But what types of games are you going to be playing, and what settings are you wanting to run them at?

I'd like to be able to play the majority of latest releases on max settings, otherwise I wouldn't be spending that much money on a gaming rig smile.gif

Also, how does the gtx 670 stand as far as future proofing goes?

Thanks for your suggestions guys, much appreciated.
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I'm sorry - but I would NOT go LGA 1155. LGA 1155 is at its end of life - it's about to be replaced by LGA 1150/Haswell. LGA 2011 will support Ivy Bridge-E which is a future platform.
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by asusuk View Post

I'd like to be able to play the majority of latest releases on max settings, otherwise I wouldn't be spending that much money on a gaming rig smile.gif
Also, how does the gtx 670 stand as far as future proofing goes?
Thanks for your suggestions guys, much appreciated.

Well I don't think you would be able to play max settings with the max Anti- aliasing as that is extremely taxing. How many screens will you use, and at what resolution. For example 1400p etc.
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Well I don't think you would be able to play max settings with the max Anti- aliasing as that is extremely taxing. How many screens will you use, and at what resolution. For example 1400p etc.

Sorry, I should have been more specific when I said max settings. That of course does not mean anti-aliasing set to maximum. I'm going to be using 1x24" monitor at 1920x1080.
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I'm sorry - but I would NOT go LGA 1155. LGA 1155 is at its end of life - it's about to be replaced by LGA 1150/Haswell. LGA 2011 will support Ivy Bridge-E which is a future platform.

Who cares though? It's not like there's a gaming situation where the Ivy chip is going to be limiting you but the IB-E chip won't. At this point we've got enough CPU power, and adding more cores with IB-E isn't going to make any difference. By the time you need to replace an overclocked Ivy chip you'll probably want to move to a new platform anyway. Intel's strategy makes it easy to skip a generation (how many Lynnfield/Bloomfiled owners skipped Sandy, and how many Sandy owners have skipped Ivy?) so anyone buying now is unlikely to upgrade to Haswell (or IB-E), but is more likely to wait for whatever follows, which will almost certainly necessitate a platform change anyway.

You can argue the SB-E makes sense because it is the same price as Ivy, and you get the advantage of more PCIe lanes if you want multi-card solutions, but saying it is the right choice just because 1155 is being phased out isn't very compelling.
Edited by Forceman - 11/15/12 at 11:42am
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