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Here we go with the imminent release of Ivy-bridge E I plan to build my first 'desktop' computer around it i've only ever gamed on a laptop and it's showing it's age been saving for a very long time so I wanted to go all out. What i'll be using the computer for is mostly gaming @ 1440p some of the games are Dota 2, Starcraft 2, Crysis 3, and the main game i'll looking to play is Star Citizen since i've put quite a few dollars behide it already tongue.gif and whatever other games tickly my fancy. As well I wanted to create a youtube channel dedicated to space sims i'm tired of seeing soo much medieval gaming vids out there, schools in there somewhere as well tongue.gif. These are the parts i've chosen i'm looking for a stable build with a modest OC with quality parts and these seem to have some of the highest reviews on newegg. Build will be air cooled except for the cpu which is cooled by the h100i only because I don't have enough experience with water cooling to attempt to try one this time but if this build works at well I may add a full loop after I read more on it and watch more youtube vids but that's a long time away.

I'm pretty set on using intel and nvidia as opposed to AMD just my personal preference and although i'm aware new AMD gfx cards are coming out next month or so and nvidia in q1 of 2014 (rumored) never like the idea of going with the first batch of new architectures and most likely will be upgrading the gfx card in 2015 to 900 series..

1 Concern I have is lots of the times I read these forums with regards to sli vid cards people recommend just using 1 card to avoid all the issues associated with sli but I can never find an answer as to what these "issues" are probably one of the reason i didn't want to go raid 0 on 2 smaller ssds as well. I'm aware of obvious heat issues and game compatibility issues but is there more to it then that are sli cards easy setup up isn't it just simply installing them into the MB attaching the sli connector and enabling sli in nvidia control panel? What about driver updates anything special you need to do or simply just download the drivers and run the program and it updates them automatically like with 1 card?? Well that's I all got soo far any advice for a first time builder, do my parts look ok thanks in advance. smile.gif


Case: Enthoo Primo
CPU: intel 4930k Ivy Bridge E (Looking to OC to 4.5ghz) w/ H100i in push / pull
Motherboard: Asus or Asrock (Hoping they release newish motherboards)
Memory: 4x4 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinums 1866 quad channel (hoping to OC to 2133)
Graphics Card: GTX780 Direct CU II OC GeForce GTX 780 3GB
Graphics Card: GTX780 Direct CU II OC GeForce GTX 780 3GB
Power Supply: Corsair AX860i Modular Power Supply
Data Drive(s):500gb samsung EVO (windows+games), 1tb Cavier Blue (storage)
OS: Windows 8 64bit
Monitor: 2560x1440p still looking but most likely x-star
Mouse + Mousepad: Madkatz rat 7 + XFX Warpad (Bought)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical keyboard cherry mx red (Bought)
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Well, I wouldn't really wait for a 4930k because the differences between it and the 3930k are pretty minimal. You can get a 3930k for like $525 @ Amazon.com now.

The ASRock X79 Extreme6 is like $220 and is a solid choice, don't need to spend much more than that.

No reason to really get Dominator Platinums because 16gb kits of G.Skill 2400MHz memory can be had for like much less than the Dominator kits and they will overclock to 2666 or more.

If I was grabbing two 780's it would have to be the EVGA Classifieds, pick up an EVBOT and get a nice 1400MHz OC out of them.

I would ignore the $220 AX860i and go with a SeaSonic X Series X-850 for $169.99 instead.

Data setup looks good.

I would stay far away from Windows 8, go with Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate instead.

Also, with that budget you can really fit in a 2560x1600p monitor, especially with the changes I recommended.

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If you're looking forward to Star Citizen, you should also get some basic flight sim items as well since your budget is so large. A good flight stick and throttle, maybe with some flight pedals. Also, don't forget to save some cash for the oculus rift when the consumer version comes out!
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Thanks for the advice.
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The ASRock X79 Extreme6 is like $220 and is a solid choice, don't need to spend much more than that.

Going to look into that
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No reason to really get Dominator Platinums because 16gb kits of G.Skill 2400MHz memory can be had for like much less than the Dominator kits and they will overclock to 2666 or more.

Not going to lie I know there is better ram out there but I like a little bling and although it's a total waste of money dat light bar kit is too sexy imo.....
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If I was grabbing two 780's it would have to be the EVGA Classifieds, pick up an EVBOT and get a nice 1400MHz OC out of them.

I'm just not a fan of evga and I most likely won't be OC the vid cards if i can get hopefully a good 100fps on High setting assuming my monitor OC wells
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I would ignore the $220 AX860i and go with a SeaSonic X Series X-850 for $169.99 instead.

I did hear a lot of good things about seasonic and that was actually what i was going to get but I wanted to keep my build as least frankenstein like as possible why i got their ram as well was almost going to get the neutron gtx 480gb as well but samsung is just too much quality to give up.Not to mention Ncix has the 860i on sale for 184.99 and i have a place locally that will match the price and beat it by 25% the differnce of their price which is 249.99 which makes it pretty much the same price as the sea-sonic..
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I would stay far away from Windows 8, go with Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate instead.

I was really thinking that and telling people i know not to get windows 8 but after seeing the update and MS saying 11.2 directx is only coming to windows 8 i'm going to bite teh bullet on that one.
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Also, with that budget you can really fit in a 2560x1600p monitor, especially with the changes I recommended.

Ya that was my first choice still got some time to pull the trigger monitor will be my last purchase.
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If you're looking forward to Star Citizen, you should also get some basic flight sim items as well since your budget is so large. A good flight stick and throttle, maybe with some flight pedals. Also, don't forget to save some cash for the oculus rift when the consumer version comes out!


Oh don't worry I def have money on the side for Occulus Rift and i'm sure they will be some sick Star Citizen Branded Flight Peripherals when the game is released.
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