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Doing some much-needed updates to my system, and wanted to double check here to make sure everything looks like it'll go together. So without further ado, here are the parts I'm looking at getting:

Case - Corsair 300R
Mobo- Asus P8V77-V
CPU- 3570K
Mem- 8GB Corsair Dominator
Cooler- Corsair 100i

I'll be adding these parts to my existing setup. Here's what I already have:
PSU- Corsair TX750w
GPU- XFX 6950 2GB
HDD- 1TB WD Green
SSD- Crucial M4 128gb SSD
Monitors- 3xDell U2212hm (3240x1920 in triple portrait) and a 32" 1080p TV
Sound- ASUS Xonar D1
Optical- Pioneer Bluray drive

That should be about it. System will be used for moderate gaming,music, watching blurays and HD rips, and the occasional photoshop and video editing. My goal here is to make a decently powerful system that will be pretty quiet for everyday use, but be able to crank it up when need be. Maybe a light overclock if it wont up the volume too much. Comments/suggestions welcome.
Edited by seven9st surfer - 4/7/13 at 6:07am
post #2 of 11
Looks good
post #3 of 11
you probably wont need the sound card,,,,other than that,,,,,, great build
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post #4 of 11
I don't know about the video card personally that it would be better to get a little better or not just because you're using 3 monitors, Other than that it looks great! thumb.gif

The pioneer Blu-ray player is a good player as well I have it tongue.gif Software does NOT come with the player, so just in case you didn't know about that heed the warning biggrin.gif
    
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post #5 of 11
What makes you think a dated 6950 is going to run a 3240x1920 resolution? You're going to need at least two overclocked 7950's to get the desired framerates at that resolution.
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The 6950 and the 3 monitors are from his existing setup. If hes been using it like that for a while now, suffice to say it will power them. I dont know what kind of games hes playing, but if they are recent titles and he plans to have them at high graphics settings he will need a new card. For general use the 6950 will be fine.

I guess itll depend on exactly how much gaming he plans on. He only says "moderate".
post #7 of 11
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The 6950 and the 3 monitors are from his existing setup. If hes been using it like that for a while now, suffice to say it will power them. I dont know what kind of games hes playing, but if they are recent titles and he plans to have them at high graphics settings he will need a new card. For general use the 6950 will be fine.

I guess itll depend on exactly how much gaming he plans on. He only says "moderate".

Well then, if the parts in the beginning are the parts he's getting, then I see some problems.

1) There's nothing special about that ASUS board other than it costs $175 for the ASUS name. Go with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H or ASRock Z77 Extreme6. Can't beat the price to performance ratios of either.
2) Nothing special about the dominator ram, other than it's Cosair and costs a lot of money. Go with some 8GB of some 2133MHz G.Skill for less money.
3) Save your money and drop down to the H80i, won't lose that much performance.

With all the money right there saved, you can sell your 6950 for $200-250 and take the leftover cash from choosing the above parts instead and get a decent 7970. Then flash the 7970 to a GHz Ed, overclock it and you will very pleased.
post #8 of 11
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Well then, if the parts in the beginning are the parts he's getting, then I see some problems.

1) There's nothing special about that ASUS board other than it costs $175 for the ASUS name. Go with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H or ASRock Z77 Extreme6. Can't beat the price to performance ratios of either.
2) Nothing special about the dominator ram, other than it's Cosair and costs a lot of money. Go with some 8GB of some 2133MHz G.Skill for less money.
3) Save your money and drop down to the H80i, won't lose that much performance.

With all the money right there saved, you can sell your 6950 for $200-250 and take the leftover cash from choosing the above parts instead and get a decent 7970. Then flash the 7970 to a GHz Ed, overclock it and you will very pleased.
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Well then, if the parts in the beginning are the parts he's getting, then I see some problems.

1) There's nothing special about that ASUS board other than it costs $175 for the ASUS name. Go with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H or ASRock Z77 Extreme6. Can't beat the price to performance ratios of either.
2) Nothing special about the dominator ram, other than it's Cosair and costs a lot of money. Go with some 8GB of some 2133MHz G.Skill for less money.
3) Save your money and drop down to the H80i, won't lose that much performance.

With all the money right there saved, you can sell your 6950 for $200-250 and take the leftover cash from choosing the above parts instead and get a decent 7970. Then flash the 7970 to a GHz Ed, overclock it and you will very pleased.
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post #10 of 11
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Sorry about the OP, I can see how that was worded poorly as to what I have and what I'm looking at getting. Fixed now.

Some good suggestions, thanks guys. I'll take a look at those mobos, I've just had good luck with the Asus name and for a few extra bucks for peace of mind. Plus I don't see wifi built into the other 2 at first glance.

As for the memory, I've had G.Skill in the past, and had a lot of failures. Given, their warranty is great, and they always replaced it no questions asked, it's just a headache. Figured I've give Corsair a shot.

I would like to upgrade the video card eventually, but it's actually been working fine for me. it's flashed to a 6970, and plays stuff like Mass Effect 3 at 3240x1920 with acceptable framerates. But it is next up on my list of upgrades, just not with the budget right now.

And looking at the H80i, its only $20 cheaper than the H100i. I still might go that route, but it seems like a small additional cost for the upgrade.

Not trying to ask for help, then blow everybody off who had a different suggestion, just expounding upon my reasons for picking what I did. Thanks again, I'll take a closer look at some of the ideas thrown out!
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