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Figured I would start this now, its slow at work, and I figure this 1st post will take some time. I am building my best friends gaming rig for him (he has had incredibly horrendous luck with PCs in the past).

Anyways, this is a gamer/movie rig. No encoding or anything like that. I tried to convince him of i5 or an 1156 based rig, but he wouldn't have it. He builds a new rig every 3-4 years.

hes upgrading from an athlon x2 3800, epox mf570 SLi, 4gb of ram an an 8800GT

This is what is going in his new rig:

Intel Core i7 950
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5
3x2GB Corsair Dominator GT
SLI EVGA GTX460 SC EEs
2x1tb Samsung F3s in Raid + 1tb Storage
Asus Xonar DX 7.1 Sound Card
Antec TPQ1000 PSU
Plextor Blu Ray Drive/DVD Burner
Some Wireless Card TBD
Windows 7 Pro 64Bit
Scythe Kaze Master Fan Controller
Corsair 700D

Monitor is a Samsung 27" TOC 1080p with 2ms Response and 70,000:1 Contrast Ratio

For Cooling:
Heatkiller 3.0
XSPC RX360
XSPC X2O 750 Res/pump combo
EK High Flow Fittings 1/2 ID
Tygon 5/8" ID Tubing
3x Gentle Typhoon AP12? (1150 RPM)
3x 120x25mm Shrouds from Gutted Fans

This is the only picture this Far, but all of his hardware is here, none of the cooling has arrived yet.




I am already second guessing the 2x1tb in raid, I think an SSD while more money wise, would have been better. Also not sure about the 460s in SLi or a single 480.

All of which can be returned to Microcenter if we change our mind.

let me know what you think!
Edited by identitycrisis - 9/30/10 at 12:49pm
     
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post #2 of 14
Lose the 460s and go with a 480. 460s right off the bat are not a good idea. You have to allow your build to be upgraded later. SLI 480 goodness in the future.....what were we talking about again?
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post #3 of 14
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Lose the 460s and go with a 480. 460s right off the bat are not a good idea. You have to allow your build to be upgraded later. SLI 480 goodness in the future.....what were we talking about again?
Heh, he already axed the idea of changing anything, what you see is what you get. Hey, its his money and his computer, and its still gonna be awesome.
     
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Well here is a little info anyways that can save him some $$. You can SLI 460s on a 650 watt PSU. There is absolutely NO need for a 1000 watt PSU unless you're running Tri-SLI 470s or Tri-SLI 480s with Nvidia GPUS. I would go with an Antec, Seasonic, XFX, or Corsair 650 watt PSU and return that 1000 watt Antec (save a good hunk of cash)
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Agreed, his original intention was a 2nd and or 3rd GTX480, so we decided on this PSU and ordered it. We then went to Microcenter, and ended up switching to the 460s. He doesn't want to change any components, so it is what it is. I figured 2 480s would push a 650w a little too tight, and this 1000w was cheaper than the corsair ax850.

All of the components short of the water cooling are sitting at my house right now.

I do appreciate the input and agree with most everything you said. Still not sure about 2 480s and an overclocked i7 950 on a 650w, but he could definitely have lowered the PSU had we changed the GPU beforehand
Edited by identitycrisis - 9/30/10 at 1:23pm
     
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Looks like it should be a nice build.

On the water cooling front:

5/8" ID tubing? Not heard of it, but it would not work with 1/2" barbs. For those barbs you need either 1/2" ID tube with clamps, or 7/16" ID tube without clamps (heat it up, force it over the barb and it will seal). Did you mean 5/8" OD tube by any chance?
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Originally Posted by identitycrisis View Post
Agreed, his original intention was a 2nd and or 3rd GTX480, so we decided on this PSU and ordered it. We then went to Microcenter, and ended up switching to the 460s. He doesn't want to change any components, so it is what it is. I figured 2 480s would push a 650w a little too tight, and this 1000w was cheaper than the corsair ax850.

All of the components short of the water cooling are sitting at my house right now.
SLI 480s will NOT work at all on a 650 watt PSU, lol. 470s are right on the very edge for a quality 650 watt PSU. But I'd still tell him he could save at least $100 by switching out the PSU. But good luck with the build. It's still going to be a beast.
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post
Looks like it should be a nice build.

On the water cooling front:

5/8" ID tubing? Not heard of it, but it would not work with 1/2" barbs. For those barbs you need either 1/2" ID tube with clamps, or 7/16" ID tube without clamps (heat it up, force it over the barb and it will seal). Did you mean 5/8" OD tube by any chance?
Was reading the order confirmation and missed the diameter, which is why i said 5/8's its actually 7/16's ID Tygon good catch

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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02 View Post
SLI 480s will NOT work at all on a 650 watt PSU, lol. 470s are right on the very edge for a quality 650 watt PSU. But I'd still tell him he could save at least $100 by switching out the PSU. But good luck with the build. It's still going to be a beast.
The way your post was phrased, I guess I assumed you meant they could be. Assumptions are like...well you know... LOL I've heard crazier ideas from people on this forum. haha

I realize it could save him some money, I will ask him, but I don't know that it will happen. if you really look at the build nothing was done to "save money" I would NEVER buy $250 ram. But its what he wanted, and its not like its crap.


I am not as big of a noob as it may seem, honest
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Dont know why i said 5/8's its actually 7/16's ID Tygon good catch
Probably just saw the OD and mixed up the numbers with the ID.
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Setup for installing windows and what not while im leak testing the loop, etc...




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i&-2720QM HP GM67 Quadro 1000M Generic 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
7200RPM CD/DVD-RW Stock Win 7 Professional X64 
MonitorCase
15.6" 1920x1080 & 22" Dell External 1680x1050 HP Elitebook 
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