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I've been using the Falcon2010 rig in my signature since 2010 (surprise surprise). I've done some upgrading along the way and it still works great for 1080p gaming. But 4 years is a long time and I think it'd be fun to build a new system. I'm shooting to have it work well for 1440p gaming and would hope to keep it going for 4 or 5 years, maybe longer depending. If the trend continues with industry effort going into 'mobile computing', a haswell-e desktop system built today may stay relevant for a very long time.

I've never put together a pc before so I'm looking for some sanity checking on my parts list and whatever advice folks may have. Here's what I got in mind:

// Things i'm fairly certain of

Intel i7-5820k
Asus x99 deluxe (maybe -a instead of -deluxe?)
Evga gtx 980 superclocked acx 2.0
Corsair 450d
Crucial Ballistix 16GB (4 x 4G) ddr4-2400
Crucial M550 1TB SSD (data + games + partition for linux mint)
Crucial M500 1TB SDD (backup for data and system image) (already have this, i'll pull it from the Falcon2010)
Swiftech H220x (or H240x if it fits)
Silverstone strider gold 850W (already have this psu from a friend)
Asus ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync 27" 1440p monitor

// Things not yet decided

256GB M.2 SSD (win8.1 and apps) - either Samsung xp941 or Plextor PX-G256M6e
Bluray reader / dvd writer (LG or Asus or ?)

Dual boot: Windows 8.1 + Linux Mint. I plan on putting the os's on different drives, in case one fails at least I'll be able to boot the other and have a usable system until I restore or reinstall the failed device. I know a hexacore is overkill for gaming, but i have other hobbies and i'm gambling that the 2 extra cores will get more and more relevant over the lifespan of this system. I'll probably do some modest overclocking but nothing extreme (as much as i can without overvolting).

I have the psu and the m500 ssd right now and hope to place orders for other parts soon'ish.

Thnx for reading and thanx for any insight.
Edited by michael-ocn - 10/18/14 at 2:23pm
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I used the m.2 Crucial 512 GB On my Gigabyte X99-UD5 system.. boots and runs great
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I used the m.2 Crucial 512 GB On my Gigabyte X99-UD5 system.. boots and runs great

You noticed i like crucial stuff smile.gif I was looking at the samsung or plextor drives to get the superfast pcie interface speeds, faster than sata3. I wish crucial made an m.2 pcie device. Maybe i should wait till they do?
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a 970 GTX Sli would be better tan a single 980 GTX for just 100usd more. and have you checked other case?
  
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a 970 GTX Sli would be better tan a single 980 GTX for just 100usd more. and have you checked other case?

I hope to avoid complications by getting a single gpu (compat, thermals, power). Is a 980 enough to maintain 60fps at 1440p for most titles most of the time? If not then maybe I should go with SLI. I'll take a look at benchmarks and test results with modern games.

Is there something specific about the case that is bad? Is there a particular case that you had in mind?

I've looked at a lot of cases and settled on the 450d because:
- styling and materials (metal, not plastic)
- not too big
- big enough for atx and sli if i ever want to go there
- room to mount a rad up top
- well ventilated with 140 fans
- out of the way SSD mounts
- 5.25" ODD bay
But I'm not 100% sure about the clearance with a 220x (or maybe a 240x) up top with the asus x99 mobo?
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Well not 60 more like 50s in some games
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_980/

Well the case is your own taste also there is the corsair air 540
  
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Well not 60 more like 50s in some games
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_980/

Well the case is your own taste also there is the corsair air 540

Thnx for the link to the review. I see it doesn't hit it out of the park at hi res. Looks as if the 980 is to 1600p like my current 670 is to 1080p. Although at the higher res there's even less need to dial up the AA. I have to tweak that down for my 1080p setup a lot to get framerates i like.

I just read this glowing review about the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync monitor. I think I'm adding that to my parts list, although it'll be a couple years before a single gpu can take full advantage of that.
http://techreport.com/review/26870/asus-rog-swift-pg278q-g-sync-monitor-reviewed
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Hmmm... Asus x99-A vs -DELUXE? Is wifi go and bluetooth worth $100? I like to use a wired ethernet connection for the pc and although i have an andriod phone and tablet, i'm not sure what i would do with direct radio connectivity to the pc? I do know i'd use the PS-2 port on the x99-A for a mechanical keyboard. Dont think i need the extra sata ports on the x99-deluxe. I don't know enough about wifi-go?

Oh... there's also an asus x99-pro somewhere between the two. I think I may wait for that to be available in the US.
Edited by michael-ocn - 10/18/14 at 2:52pm
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Hmmm... Asus x99-A vs -DELUXE? Is wifi go and bluetooth worth $100? I like to use a wired ethernet connection for the pc and although i have an andriod phone and tablet, i'm not sure what i would do with direct radio connectivity to the pc? I do know i'd use the PS-2 port on the x99-A for a mechanical keyboard. Dont think i need the extra sata ports on the x99-deluxe. I don't know enough about wifi-go?

Oh... there's also an asus x99-pro somewhere between the two.

I have the X99-A.

It works perfectly fine and overclocks my chip up to 4.5ghz without any issues.

Wifi-go is not all that great.

I hope that answers your question.
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I have the X99-A.

It works perfectly fine and overclocks my chip up to 4.5ghz without any issues..

Good to hear.

Idk what i'll do with the bluetooth stuff, but i can imagine there could be a use for chatting between my phone and pc in the coming years. The x99-pro board looks like the -a with radios too. That may be the best pick for me. I get the ps/2 port, a flat lying m.2 connector, and the radios (for who knows what). The flat lying m.2 connector looks cleaner/nicer than the pcb jutting out vertically on the deluxe board (which would also distrupt front to back airflow more). Having the lower pcie slot blocked by the flat connector is not an issue for me. But I've read that the m.2 pcie ssd's run real hot and wonder if the flat lying connector would prevent sticking heatsinks on the hot parts? Probably it wouldn't, but idk for sure.
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Western Digital Caviar Black Crucial M500 SSD  LG Blu-ray Combo Drive Asetek 550LC 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Noiseblocker Multiframe M12-P Silverstone Case Fans Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 2443 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BR Silverstone Strider Plus 750 Silverstone Kublai SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser PX100 headphones AntLion ModMic v4 
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i7-5820k | core@4.4 1.23v | cache@4.1 1.1v ASUS X99-PRO / USB 3.1 EVGA GTX 980ti FTW Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400 CL12 (4 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial MX200 (1 TB) Crucial M500 (960 GB) Western Digital Green (2 TB) Pioneer BDR-XU03 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Swiftech H240-X Win 10 Pro (64 bit) Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BR Silverstone Strider Gold 850 Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX (gray) SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] 
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Gamedias NYX Mousepad 350x280 Grado SR80e Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 SDHC/SDXC UHS-I... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-875K ASUS P7P55D-E-PRO EVGA GTX 670 FTW Crucial Ballistix Tactical 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black Crucial M500 SSD  LG Blu-ray Combo Drive Asetek 550LC 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Noiseblocker Multiframe M12-P Silverstone Case Fans Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 2443 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BR Silverstone Strider Plus 750 Silverstone Kublai SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser PX100 headphones AntLion ModMic v4 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-5820k | core@4.4 1.23v | cache@4.1 1.1v ASUS X99-PRO / USB 3.1 EVGA GTX 980ti FTW Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400 CL12 (4 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial MX200 (1 TB) Crucial M500 (960 GB) Western Digital Green (2 TB) Pioneer BDR-XU03 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Swiftech H240-X Win 10 Pro (64 bit) Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BR Silverstone Strider Gold 850 Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX (gray) SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] 
Mouse PadAudioOther
Gamedias NYX Mousepad 350x280 Grado SR80e Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 SDHC/SDXC UHS-I... 
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