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Hi all, Bob here, starting my first build. Have done a lot of PC maintenance on my own stuff, (replace Hds, processors, videocards etc.) and Ill let you guys guess how old I am, but i have been using computers long enough to have actually used, gopher, WAIS, and my first PC was a TI99. I have always wanted to build a high speed rig, and am finally financially able to do so. I have been reading forums here, and others for the last couple of months, to get up to speed but would appreciate any constructive criticism. I will start the actual build next weekend. Heres what I have purchased so far:

Case: Corsair Obsidian 800d.
Processor: Core I7 980X
Motherboard: Rampage III extreme.
OS drive: Corsair 256 gig SSD
Power supply: Silverstone Strider 1500
Optical drive: LG 10X Blue Ray writer
Soundcard: Creative x Fi Titanium
Monitor: HP 30 inch
Keyboard: Steelseries Merc
Mouse: Razer Mamba
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H20-220 Ultima XT CPU liquid cooling kit
Back up drive: 1TB Western digital My Book, USB 3.0


Heres where I get a bit different than most,
Sound system: Yamaha 7.1 Reciever, Klipsch Synergy B1 Main speakers, Klipsch Synergy C2 Center speaker, K;ipsch Synergy Surround Speakers, Axiom 10 inch powered Subwoofer

All that stuff I have already. Here is my next set of purchases, will order Friday:

Video: 3 EVGA GTX 480 watercooled
Memory : 12 GIG Kingston DDR 3 1600
Working hard drive: Velociraptor 600 gig
Data Hard drive: WD 1TB SATA 3

Still undecided on a Gaming headset
Still undecided on Cooling parts for Video
Let me know if you have some advice on these 2.

Let me know what you think of my list, As you can see, money really wasnt an issue and still isnt. The PC will be used for Photoshop CS 5, Lightroom, Nikon NX2, and Photomatrix HDR, and Will have MS Office 2010 becasuse of work, and photography. My favorite game is Battlefield Bad Company and will continue to play that and probably Deus Ex 2 when it comes out. I plan on having 3 profiles in BIOS and Whatever I use to manipulate Video, One each for work/photography, gaming and Benchmarking. Like I said, I look forward to any advice, and cant wait to post some pics starting next week. Bob
    
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Welcome to OCN!


Looks like a decent setup.

Regarding the sound card, there are better options available either from Asus or other makers. I have owned several X-FI cards and was never really thrilled with them.

That water cooling kit is decent but you could build a better custom kit for less money.

I'll let one of the water cooling guru's here make some suggestions.
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Nice! Post some pictures.
     
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Godess PC man,great setup

I would suggest the Steel series Xai mouse with a quick+ mouse pad.

Also if you have enough dough get a 120 HZ monitor like the AlienwareOptX AW2310 120 HZ.
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Welcome to OCN!


Looks like a decent setup.

Regarding the sound card, there are better options available either from Asus or other makers. I have owned several X-FI cards and was never really thrilled with them.

That water cooling kit is decent but you could build a better custom kit for less money.

I'll let one of the water cooling guru's here make some suggestions.
gO WITH aUZENTECH SOUND CARDS AND AS FAR AS headphones go I bought a pair of plantronics surround sound ..I paid liek 100.00 but theey are very clea and awsome when gaming. Also, I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT ABOUT Looking lik a decent system..This is more than decent its a very nice system.

http://www.plantronics.com/north_ame...ts/gamecom-777
http://www.auzentech.com/site/products/x-fi_prelude.php
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I agree on both counts, but they were early purchases as I was reading forums etc, The Creative may go by the wayside for one of the Auzentechs, but from what i have seen the parts in that swiftech kit are more than passable. Thanks for the quick response. I have some questions already, but I will wait until i get a few more responses.
    
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Don't get the EVGA gtx 480 with the pre-applied block. VRM runs hot on this block. Get the EK one.
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imo with that much money invested I'd get some faster ram from corsair, a custom water cooling kit and an AUZENTECH SOUND CARD

also for headphones i very very highly recommend the audio technica m50.


oops just read you already have the ram, oh well definitely still good stuff, enjoy your rig and post pics!!
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As far as sound cards, I have heard both good and bad about the X-FI series, so I'll leave that up to others to give opinions on what they have owned. I have only owned SoundBlaster products and was never disappointed. As far as headsets go, the first thing I will ask is if you plan on using it only when you game or if you plan on using it late at night for music/movies as well. In addition, are you looking for wired or wireless and are you looking for a headset with cans that completely cover your ears or just rest on them?

For a good balance of gaming/movies/music quality, I would go with the Logitech G35 if you want wired, and the brand new G390 if you want wireless. Both have been noted for their quality across the board, not just with gaming. Personally, I have owned a few gaming headsets and found that the Creative Fatal1ty series and the Logitech G series to be the best of the bunch for my tastes, as well as the most comfortable when used for a long period of time.

And as for your RAM choice, Kingston is alright, but quite honestly I think you would get more bang for your buck with G.Skill Tridents and you could even go with faster RAM since your R3E mobo will handle it. Hell, if money isn't an issue at all, go with Corsair Dominator-GT RAM....it's the most expensive of the bunch but the quality is unmatched.
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I agree on ram speed, but I have proprietary program I need to run for work, ill often have 8 or nine prorams open at once, and so I decided on more ram vs faster. I hadnt heard that about the EVGA cards. Can you point me to a review? Im not againt getting the stock cards and the EK bloc, but was really a time and Warranty decision.
    
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