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Have a friend looking for a new rig with $1500 to spend. I haven't actually had any experience with higher end parts, but here's what I'm thinking so far:

CPU:
2600k - CM Hyper 212+
Motherboard:
UD7
RAM:
GSkill Ripjaws 8GB?
PSU:
Sparkle Gold 1000W
Case:
HAF X
GPU:
2x GTX480s
HDDs:
Either 4x 500GB Spinpoint F3s in RAID0 and a 2TB WD Green for backup, or perhaps going the SSD route. Which is better?

Any suggestions, fixes, etc? Nothing is final, so open to anything.
Thanks!
Edited by hli53194 - 2/17/11 at 12:42pm
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Sparkle PSU is a. Overkill, and b. a piece of junk Go with a nice Antech or Corsair 750 - 850W PSU.

Go with SLI 570's as they are = to 480's but run MUCH cooler

Go the SSD Route, a good SSD will boot much quicker than 4X hard drives in raid 0 and is much less prone to failure (in raid 0 they would be 4x more prone to failure as any one of those drives failing will wipe out the whole system)

I would grab a different case, something with good airflow and cable management, maybe Corsair 600t or Haf X?

last, I would go for something like a CM 212+ as it will be cheaper and perform better than a v6
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You won't need a 1000w PSU for ANY 2 cards in SLI. Also, with that budget I'd include an SSD and a blu-ray burner! Both of which happen to be on sale at the egg right now

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Originally Posted by hli53194 View Post
Have a friend looking for a new rig with $1500 to spend. I haven't actually had any experience with higher end parts, but here's what I'm thinking so far:

CPU:
2600k - CM V6 GT
Motherboard:
UD7
RAM:
GSkill Ripjaws X 4GB 2133mhz
PSU:
Corsair AX850
Case:
Antec 1200?
GPU:
GTX580 or SLI GTX570s
HDDs:
Either 4x 500GB Spinpoint F3s in RAID0 and a 2TB WD Green for backup, or perhaps going the SSD route. Which is better?

Any suggestions, fixes, etc? Nothing is final, so open to anything.
Thanks!
Whats the main purpose for this computer? If it is gaming look at what i changed that is bold in the quote. As far as the 2TB WD Greens just make sure those are not for daily use and are just back ups. Ive been reading about people killing them from daily use i guess. Also for storage if this is gaming get a 30-64gb boot drive, 300gb raptor for games, and then use the greens for storage of music and such. Hope this helps
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This will be for gaming. In terms of performance, will a SSD be better than the F3s in RAID? Reliability isn't really an issue as th 2RB Green will be for backups in case anything goes wrong. Also, the Sparkle is a nice unit, and isn't it better to have a PSU work under around 60% load? This also leaves headroom for future upgrades. A Blu-Ray was going to be included in the build, but I was more concerned with the main components used.

I also completely forgot about the HAF X, that will definitely be used instead of the 1200.
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This will be for gaming. In terms of performance, will a SSD be better than the F3s in RAID? Reliability isn't really an issue as th 2RB Green will be for backups in case anything goes wrong. Also, the Sparkle is a nice unit, and isn't it better to have a PSU work under around 60% load? This also leaves headroom for future upgrades. A Blu-Ray was going to be included in the build, but I was more concerned with the main components used.

I also completely forgot about the HAF X, that will definitely be used instead of the 1200.
Yes a good SSD like an OCZ vertex or a crucial c300 will be a booting best for windows. I have a kingston 30gb ssd and am VERY happy with the performance. Loads windows so fast the windows logo doesnt even get a change to full form. Also as far as the power supply a corsair ax850 or seasonic x850 i dont think would be running over 60%, those are both great power supplies. My ax850 barely ever runs with the fan spinning even when gaming, such a beast unit.

Edit: To save some money get the case from the CM Store.
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Also, the Sparkle is a nice unit,...
No it's not.

Like mentioned above, get a quality PSU. A Corsair AX850 would pretty much be perfect for you. Just don't get that piece of junk. It's not just about the watts.
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No the sparkle unit is a VERY nice unit. I bought it over all the PSUs listed here. Its not made by FPS group its my by sparkle corporation, the guys who make the graphics cards. It uses an OEM known as GreatWall, which makes very good top of the line units. JonnyGuru tested it, it tied the AX series on ripple and other things. He said the only problem was some capacitor whine that they said would be fixed in the final retail version, as well as the fan didn't keep spinning after unit was shut down, which was advertised.

The unit not only comes with a 80 plus gold certificate, it also has all its electrical characteristics outlined as well. They really made one hell of a PSU.

I bough tit, my system in my sig can pull 980 watts from teh socket, and it did, and my PSU stayed steady. I took it over the AX. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...Story&reid=212

"This unit was stable, incredibly powerful, and those scope shots were absolutely breathtaking. But, on the other hand, we have that squealing at high loads, even if it's not that loud when mounted in a computer case. Half a point comes off for the squeal, and I'm calling it done. 9.5."
"ight now, this unit can be picked up at Newegg for $259.99. That's twenty bucks shy of an AX1200. Now, if performance were the only factor to go on, that would be a heck of a deal right there. But, the squealing and missing fan control issues are going to hurt the Sparkle a wee bit here, too. Not too much, though... we did find a gift card in the box. 9."

I haven't heard any squealing. Its fan never runs at high, but it does state it has a feature that the fan keeps spinning after shut down, maybe the PSU needs to be hot which is never really gets unless I am benching at 5ghz and my GTX 570s at 300 watts a pop with OCp disabled.
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post #9 of 17
change the PSU, to a more known and quality brand
also if your gona spend $1500 on the rig why cheap out on the cooler?
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post #10 of 17
I recommend spending more money on CPU Cooler.

Anything will fit into the HAF X, so don't worry about size.

Otherwise, the cheaper option would be to get 2600 instead of 2600k. No reason to get unlocked version if you can't overclock a lot.

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change the PSU, its overall a POS

also if your gona spend $1500 on the rig why cheap out on the cooler?
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