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Hey guys, long time lurker and new member here. Thought I'd join the community.

I'm about to go out this afternoon and start purchasing the parts to build my first Intel PC. I've been a long time PC enthusiast but I've never had the funds or time to get to actually build one, until now! I'm ditching my MacBook Core Duo for this rig.

Please, shoot holes in my build, offer criticisms/etc. it's all welcome. I am obviously waiting for the Cougar Point issue to be resolved (April?) before I set out to buy my MoBo and CPU, so we'll leave that as is, for now. I've had my heart set on the 2600K for a while and will not be able to afford a LGA2100 so I'm gonna stick with my guns on that.

Big point: I plan on OC'ing the CPU quite a bit as well as running two GTX 580s in SLI, but I want to stick with air cooling. Heat management is one of my grey areas so I really need some feedback on my Thermal Management selections. Is that much horsepower even air coolable? I've read it is. Do advise.

Anyhow, here is my build:

CASE
Cooler Master HAF X Full-Tower PURCHASED!

POWER SUPPLY
Enermax MODU87+ EMG900EWT 900W PURCHASED!

MOTHERBOARD
Asus Maximus IV Extreme B3

CPU
Intel Core i7 2600K Overclocked to hopefully 4.2 - 4.6GHz PURCHASED!

CPU COOLER
Noctua NH-D14 PURCHASED!

MEMORY
2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 2133MHz DDR3 PURCHASED!

GPU
Gigabyte GTX 580 SLI PURCHASED!

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black, 1TB, 7200RPM SATA, 6Gb/s, 64MB Cache PURCHASED!

Just waiting on those damn B3's to hit the market...

Thanks!
Edited by lowfiwhiteguy - 3/7/11 at 6:59am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
| Intel Core i7 | 2600K | 4.2GHz @ 1.33v | | ASUS | Maximus IV Extreme | | ASUS | ENGTX 580 | 933MHz @ 1.138v | 2-way SLI | | G.Skill | RipjawsX | 2133MHz | 8GB | 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
| Intel | 510 SSD | 120GB | | Western Digital | Caviar Black | 1TB | | XSPC | Raystorm | | XSPC | Razor 580 | Dual SLI | 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
| XSPC | Dual RX360 | | Dual MCP-655 | Variable-Speed | | Koolance | RP-452x2 | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorPowerCase
| Acer | P243W | 1920 x 1200 | | Enermax | MODU87+ | 900W | | CaseLabs | M8 + Pedestal | 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
| Intel Core i7 | 2600K | 4.2GHz @ 1.33v | | ASUS | Maximus IV Extreme | | ASUS | ENGTX 580 | 933MHz @ 1.138v | 2-way SLI | | G.Skill | RipjawsX | 2133MHz | 8GB | 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
| Intel | 510 SSD | 120GB | | Western Digital | Caviar Black | 1TB | | XSPC | Raystorm | | XSPC | Razer 580 | 2-way SLI | 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
| XSPC | RX360 | | Phobya | Xtreme 200| | MCP 655 | Variable-Speed | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorPowerCase
| Acer | P243W | 1920 x 1200 | | Enermax | MODU87+ | 900W | | CoolerMaster | HAF X | 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
| Intel Core i7 | 2600K | 4.2GHz @ 1.33v | | ASUS | Maximus IV Extreme | | ASUS | ENGTX 580 | 933MHz @ 1.138v | 2-way SLI | | G.Skill | RipjawsX | 2133MHz | 8GB | 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
| Intel | 510 SSD | 120GB | | Western Digital | Caviar Black | 1TB | | XSPC | Raystorm | | XSPC | Razor 580 | Dual SLI | 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
| XSPC | Dual RX360 | | Dual MCP-655 | Variable-Speed | | Koolance | RP-452x2 | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorPowerCase
| Acer | P243W | 1920 x 1200 | | Enermax | MODU87+ | 900W | | CaseLabs | M8 + Pedestal | 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
| Intel Core i7 | 2600K | 4.2GHz @ 1.33v | | ASUS | Maximus IV Extreme | | ASUS | ENGTX 580 | 933MHz @ 1.138v | 2-way SLI | | G.Skill | RipjawsX | 2133MHz | 8GB | 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
| Intel | 510 SSD | 120GB | | Western Digital | Caviar Black | 1TB | | XSPC | Raystorm | | XSPC | Razer 580 | 2-way SLI | 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
| XSPC | RX360 | | Phobya | Xtreme 200| | MCP 655 | Variable-Speed | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorPowerCase
| Acer | P243W | 1920 x 1200 | | Enermax | MODU87+ | 900W | | CoolerMaster | HAF X | 
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I will suggest this PSU

And this Memory

I think the best aircooler atm is the Thermalright Silverarrow
Edited by Astral Fly - 2/25/11 at 7:28am
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I think, as long as you can get a good one, 1x200mm will be better than 2x120mm.
I would also get higher speed fans than you think you'll need, seeing as how you already have a fan controller budgeted in .
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post #4 of 18
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All good responses, thanks guys. Keep 'em coming.
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| Intel Core i7 | 2600K | 4.2GHz @ 1.33v | | ASUS | Maximus IV Extreme | | ASUS | ENGTX 580 | 933MHz @ 1.138v | 2-way SLI | | G.Skill | RipjawsX | 2133MHz | 8GB | 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
| Intel | 510 SSD | 120GB | | Western Digital | Caviar Black | 1TB | | XSPC | Raystorm | | XSPC | Razor 580 | Dual SLI | 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
| XSPC | Dual RX360 | | Dual MCP-655 | Variable-Speed | | Koolance | RP-452x2 | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorPowerCase
| Acer | P243W | 1920 x 1200 | | Enermax | MODU87+ | 900W | | CaseLabs | M8 + Pedestal | 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
| Intel Core i7 | 2600K | 4.2GHz @ 1.33v | | ASUS | Maximus IV Extreme | | ASUS | ENGTX 580 | 933MHz @ 1.138v | 2-way SLI | | G.Skill | RipjawsX | 2133MHz | 8GB | 
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| XSPC | RX360 | | Phobya | Xtreme 200| | MCP 655 | Variable-Speed | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
| Intel Core i7 | 2600K | 4.2GHz @ 1.33v | | ASUS | Maximus IV Extreme | | ASUS | ENGTX 580 | 933MHz @ 1.138v | 2-way SLI | | G.Skill | RipjawsX | 2133MHz | 8GB | 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
| Intel | 510 SSD | 120GB | | Western Digital | Caviar Black | 1TB | | XSPC | Raystorm | | XSPC | Razor 580 | Dual SLI | 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
| XSPC | Dual RX360 | | Dual MCP-655 | Variable-Speed | | Koolance | RP-452x2 | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorPowerCase
| Acer | P243W | 1920 x 1200 | | Enermax | MODU87+ | 900W | | CaseLabs | M8 + Pedestal | 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
| Intel Core i7 | 2600K | 4.2GHz @ 1.33v | | ASUS | Maximus IV Extreme | | ASUS | ENGTX 580 | 933MHz @ 1.138v | 2-way SLI | | G.Skill | RipjawsX | 2133MHz | 8GB | 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
| Intel | 510 SSD | 120GB | | Western Digital | Caviar Black | 1TB | | XSPC | Raystorm | | XSPC | Razer 580 | 2-way SLI | 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
| XSPC | RX360 | | Phobya | Xtreme 200| | MCP 655 | Variable-Speed | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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post #5 of 18
Your PSU may be overkill but, so is mine
even this could run your system In general A wealth of power supply info may help

as for air-flow just have 120MM intakes on the front and side with exhaust on top and back.. which might be the original set up
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OP you do not need a UD7, a UD5 would save you quite a bit of money. Go with a 2x4GB kit for memory. The money you have save from going UD7 to UD5 you can get a very high end air cooler and push that 2600k to the avg overclock of 4.8ghz.
post #7 of 18
nice choice with the frio!

that thing is a beast. i get about the same temps then i did with my triple rad setup 2 weeks ago... and its 150 bucks cheaper!

all in all your pretty much set, id grab the enermax 1k watt psu, its a very nice unit for the price.

ram wise, i tend to stick with gskill whatever socket i build, i never had a bad stick in 4 yrs or so... the kit suggested by astral is a very nice option, but be aware that you ll have to move the intake / push fan of the frio a bit out of its socket (no big deal at all, i had to do this as well) but they are very very nice performers

id honestly grab a single 580 and substitute the second one with a SSD (128gb C300 or even a 256gb if u have the funds), more improvement in system performance rather then just gaming... (my opinion tho)
Edited by hitman1985 - 2/25/11 at 8:15am
post #8 of 18
What is the rig going to be used for mostly ?


i5 2500k > i7 2600k for games because HT isn't used in games really. That'll knock 100 $ off. The i5 2500k is the best bang for your buck right now.


Cpu cooling I would go either Thermaltake silver arrow or Noctua NH d14


You can go for a higher quality case if you want to, I would recommend the Corsair 800d : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...corsair%20800d
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post #9 of 18
Are you really set on the HAF 912? I'd suggest going higher to a 932 for better air flow to keep everything cooler. Not to mention it's huge so upgrading in the future won't be hindered by case size.
post #10 of 18
A good 850W PSU is more then sufficient 8GB ram is plenty no need for more! with the difference get a SSD for boot drive to run windows and app's in the 60gb range is enough.
For case fans i suggest CM Sickle Flow they have 70CFM and only 19DAB very good noise/performance
or Silenx Ixtrema Pro 72CFM and 14DBA but they cost double the price then the CM ones.
Edited by [CyGnus] - 2/25/11 at 8:33am
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