Hello. First time poster. Just want to say I am Norwegian, so if there's anything that seems unclear because of my English, please just say so
Btw, I hope this is the right thread, if not just move it
I have had a thread up on a Norwegian forum for a while now, and have got loads of inputs, but thought getting a second look at it would be a good idea. I am planing to build a new desktop, and have set aside 3000 quid for this. I know most people would go for multiple monitors (and/or watercooling), but I don't have the space for more monitors for the time being, and cba with watercooling (though I might in the future).
Here is the setup I have so far:
Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-2600K
For this budget great choice
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 (or ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution?)
Personally just I'd go with the UD7. There is a very slight chance you may get a faulty chip set with the Asus boards. Now before I get yelled at by Asus Fanboys I understand this only occurs in 5-15% of boards and it only happens over an extended period of time but that isn't the reason I'd recommend the UD7 but because the UD7 is just a great board, lol
2 x GeForce GTX 580 1536MB (don't know from which company though?)
Brand really doesn't matter all that much. If you plan on selling them soon then you want to get a brand like Asus which does their warranty on a serial number basis. If you do not I would go with a brand like EVGA which has a lifetime warranty but you do have to register it with your name.
Corsair AX 1200W
It is overkill for this rig unless you plan on getting another 580
Corsair Vengeance™ DDR3 1600MHz 2 x 4GB CL8 or Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz 4 x 2GB CL8
Is there a reason you need to get 8gb of RAM?? Also if you do want to get 8gb of RAM then go with 2X4gb sets rather then filling up all your DIMM slots and hurting your overclock. IMO I would go with a set of G.Skill ECO, G.Skill Ripjaw, or a nice set of Mushkin RAM. Corsair is nice but you are paying a very high premium for a name rather then actual performance when you can get Mushkin/G.Skill RAM that will perform the same or better for a cheaper price.
Seagate Barracuda XT 7200.12 2TB
Not a bad choice for storage but personally I would rather go with a pair of Samsung F3 1TBs in RAID 0 for great speed while still being a reliable drive.
Tbh, not sure which one to go for. I was thinking of the Crucial RealSSD C300 2,5" 128GB, but just saw that the Corsair SSD Performance 3 Series 128GB came out. Should I mabye go for the Corsair, or will there be some better SSDs in the (really) near future?
Apparently there are some new sand force memory controllers coming out from what I've heard.
Been going back and forth now. My definitiv favourite is the Corsair Obsidian 800D, but I have heard it has problems with air cooling (can this be fixed with changing of fans, and adding more fans, but without modding?). I don't really like the looks of for example the CM HAF X and Antec 1200. I have also been looking at the CM Cosmos S, some Lian Li cases (but cable management looks bad on most), Silverstone Raven/Fortress, NZXT Phantom and CM ATCS 840
The Corsair 800D is a great case but it is more built for watercooling then air cooling. Lian Li cases are extremely well built but you will pay for it in the price. The Silverstone Raven/Fortress are some of the best cases for air cooling. The only issue you may have is that the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees sot that the motherboard panel is actually facing upwards towards the top of the case.
ASUS Xonar D2X/XDT, 7.1 channel (Seems good from reviews)
You pretty much can't go wrong with the ASUS Xonar series. I bought the low end Xonar DG with the built in head phone amplifier and it is simply amazing. I can only imagine the higher end cards
Lite-On Blu-Ray Reader IHOS104-37 (guess that one is fine?)
As long as it works.
As this is mainly for gaming I have not really looked at IPS because of the high latency. The best gaming laptop I seem to find is the nVIDIA 3D Vision & BenQ 23,6" XL2410T (the 3D kit is just in the bundle with the monitor).
As I asked earlier, I am not sure if I need to replace fans, add fans etc? Also what do you think for CPU-cooling. Most large CPU-coolers conflict with the ribs on the RAM, so I was mabye thinking of going for the Corsair H70, what do you think?
Cooler wise it depends on which RAM you have, which motherboard you get and your case. You really can't go wrong with the Cooler Master 212+ but for this budget you can do better. Like you said the Noctua is probably the best air cooler out except for the Silver Arrow which is simply massive. I would go with the Noctua, Megahalems or the H50. the H70 is nice but I don't think it is really worth it over the H50 for the price. If you are willing to spend that much you are better off just getting the XSPC Rasa 240mm kit which will cool much better for a little bit more money.
I will be buying all the components from the same Norwegian webstore, if anyone wanted to know (most likely from www.amentio.no
as they are the cheapest, if not I will be buying from www.dustinhome.no
If I forgot anything just ask!
- Espen Andreassen