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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
This is a parts list for an extreme gaming machine that will be an upgrade for my current build, but will replace almost all of the components. Price is not an issue, but I want to stay on Z77 Ivy Bridge procs because I wish to stick with the one I have right now. I am currently in the stage of adjusting price-performance values, but most of this work will be moving to other highly recommended components, not to new ones that nobody has used before.

THE LIST:

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl

Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula

CPU: Intel 3770K

GPU: MSI GTX 660Ti Power Edition

RAM: 16GB 1600mhZ Samsung

Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 2TB 64MB Cache

SSD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB

Wireless Adapter: Netgear N900

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

PSU: Corsair AX760

Keyboard: Ducky Shine II Green Tenkeyless

Mouse: Razer Deathadder 2013

Bonus Points to anyone who can figure out my "inspiration."
Games I play are Minecraft, Starcraft II, Civilization V, Battlefield Heroes, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield Play4Free, Tribes Ascend, and Global Agenda. (Yes I realize no payed FPS. This is because F2P FPS games are basically as good as the payed version nowadays in my opinion.) I also fold on my community team and do high-definition 3D effect rendering.
Edited by KeyboardXpert - 2/9/13 at 6:16pm
post #2 of 13
I just can't figure out the logic in spending that amount of money into upgrades, especially for the games you play. None of those games should be a problem with your current setup.

Anyway, Maximus V is an expensive board don't see the point in changing your board when the one you have should be fine. If the Asus P8Z77-V LX is causing you problems I would just grab a ASRock Z77 Extreme6 or Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H.

Don't really see a reason to go with a second 660Ti, it's not like you need any of the power considering the games you play. Maybe sell your 660Ti and use that money you were going to spend on a second for grabbing a 7950 or 670.

The Samsung Ram is always a good choice, because of it's "overclockability." Not sure if 16GB is necessary especially with the extra stress on the memory controller considering they come in 4GB modules (might limit your CPU overclock).

4TB of Space seems pretty ridiculous, but if you actually need that much I would just go with two Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB and run them in Raid 0 for a fraction of the price.

The 830 series is pretty nice, but they are still expensive. Would go with a 335 or 520 Intel Series instead and probably split it into two 250GB drives instead of one large 500GB one.

For the amount of money you want to spend on the AX860 you can get a fully modular Rosewill, Seasonic, or Silverstone for a much better price.
post #3 of 13
^ Yes. AMD is the way to go for the GPU, and I'd suggest the Plextor M5S for a great value top-tier SSD but pretty much everything has been said.
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Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post

I just can't figure out the logic in spending that amount of money into upgrades, especially for the games you play. None of those games should be a problem with your current setup.

Anyway, Maximus V is an expensive board don't see the point in changing your board when the one you have should be fine. ...I would just grab a ASRock Z77 Extreme6 or Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H.

Don't really see a reason to go with a second 660Ti, it's not like you need any of the power considering the games you play. Maybe sell your 660Ti and use that money you were going to spend on a second for grabbing a 7950 or 670.

The Samsung Ram is always a good choice, because of it's "overclockability." Not sure if 16GB is necessary especially with the extra stress on the memory controller considering they come in 4GB modules (might limit your CPU overclock).

4TB of Space seems pretty ridiculous, but if you actually need that much I would just go with two Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB and run them in Raid 0 for a fraction of the price.

The 830 series is pretty nice, but they are still expensive. Would go with a 335 or 520 Intel Series instead and probably split it into two 250GB drives instead of one large 500GB one.

For the amount of money you want to spend on the AX860 you can get a fully modular Rosewill, Seasonic, or Silverstone for a much better price.

Yea man, what Big stroonz says is true, side grading to a Maximus V is mostly a waste of money, go ASRock or Gigabyte if you want to switch mobos + its always good to check out the competition you know?

AMD has that game offer going on now, so if you get a 7950 you get crysis 3 and bioshock infinite. get 2 7950s and you get 6 games! Samsung ram is badass, I just wished I could get it with a heatspreadder and in 8gb modules. It doesnt need one but it looks cool (they could change the name to match their smartphones "Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Ram, overclock beyond your dreams", or something. tongue.gif

I dont think you will need 860 watts for that setup, maybe 750? I input 2 7950s into partsgrabber/picker/ whatever and they came up to just below 600w including cpu (3770k or 2700k, cant remember)

actually now that i think about it 860w would be future proofing if you wanted a 3-way gpu configuration and/or water cooling

but yea look for other motherboards to save on $$$ same with the PSU and GPU. but i guess 2 660ti's look cooler than one 7950...
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
This is all very great feedback and I find all of it interesting. Unfortunately, my overprotective parents do not allow me to play M rated games. HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! I am not a spoiled teenager. I have a job at a tech startup that pays very well. What makes me hesitate to not use a different motherboard is that many people have said that Asus is the way to go. I have used Asus since my first build back in 2005, and I am convinced they are the best. Not to mention the Maximus V Formula is incredibly sexy and has an excellent integrated soundcard. It's not really an upgrade, I am basically getting ready to build my next rig. Again with the SSDs, I have a lot of love for Samsung, and my friend is a TouchWiz developer (yeah he's older than me), so I get 25% off all of their products and he gives me his complementary giftcards when he gets them. Also, I think it is better that they make all of the parts inside. They can test and develop every part to work perfectly with eachother. And since you don't think I need two 660Tis, I do extensive 3D animation and effects rendering, and I also fold, (sorry! not for the OCN team.) I don't feel like messing with RAID right now, the last time I configured an array was 2008, and it was a NIGHTMARE. Complete hell on a 5400RPM spindle. Is AMD really the way to go for GPUs? I guess I need to do more research. Anyway, my current 660Ti was a hand-me-down from my same friend at Samsung when his boyfriend gave him a 680 for Christmas. As for the 4TB, my PC is the main fileserver for my hacking group. I will consider switching the PSU, because I know next to nothing about them and the AX860 was an off-the-cuff recommendation from my brother. Also, that was a selection of the games that I play. I secretly managed to preorder Crysis 3 already because all my friends told me it was going to be awesome. The straining the memory controller thing hadn't occurred to me, but I also run a 100 slot Minecraft server in a RAM disk 24/7. so I thought it might be good to get 16GB.
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The Maximus V Formula doesn't have any better onboard sound, that SupremeFX is just a rebranded Realtek marketing gimmick.
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The Maximus V Formula doesn't have any better onboard sound, that SupremeFX is just a rebranded Realtek marketing gimmick.

Really? I thought it was a good soundcard... oh well. Guess I will be adding a DX to the list too.
post #8 of 13
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Really? I thought it was a good soundcard... oh well. Guess I will be adding a DX to the list too.

Or just get the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 which is cheaper after rebate and has the best onboard sound you can get (with Nichicon caps and Creative onboard chip), PLX for 4-Way SLI, etc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128552

It's a better deal, checkout Sin's review:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1262935/g1-sniper-3-review-plx8747vsnf200-circuit-analysis-ln2oc-core3d/0_20
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See I've kind of had my eye on the formula for a while now. In fact, I have already ordered it. It just looks awesome.
post #10 of 13
Another question is why are you getting a 4 TB single drive, or planning to? If you got 2x 2 TB drives, or even 4x 1 TB drives the performance would be much better than just 1 4 TB single drive. Do you even need 4 TB of space? I have like 100 steam games and they all fit fine on my 1 TB drives in RAID 1 (1 TB space total). They only use like 300 GB or something.

Also, I have the same keyboard you currently have. Why get rid of it? It's a great keyboard that is fairly new.
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