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I've decided it's finally time to upgrade the old Pentium 4 system and switch to a Sandy Bridge-based build. I've tried to do all the research I can on my own, but advice is greatly appreciated at this point. Here's a list of parts that I'm considering for the new rig:

Case: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030MHEJK/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER"]SilverStone Fortress 2 FT02[/ame]

Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme
CPU: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXSA/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER"]Intel Core i7-2600K[/ame]

CPU Cooler: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VKVZ1A/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER"]Noctua NH-D14[/ame]

Memory: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KY719A/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A1YAK8U7QV5H1E"]8GB (2 x 4GB) G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Ripjaws X 8-8-8-24 Dual Channel 1.5V[/ame]

Graphics: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004B8VL64/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=AZ8ZZL30AH7DI"]EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 580[/ame] Sli x 2
Boot Drive: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d.html?a=B0039SM0AS"]Crucial RealSSD 128Gb SATA III 6Gb/s[/ame]

Data Drive: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HCRHQW/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A21C4U5X700J66"]Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM SATA III 6GB/s[/ame]

Optical: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER"]Lite-On LightScribe 24x DVD-RW Dual Layer Drive[/ame]

PSU: Corsair AX1200 1200W 80+ Gold
Display: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HFCDLY/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A3LJ5WMKNRFKQS"]ViewSonic 22-Inch (21.5" viewable) LED Widescreen HD-1080p[/ame] x 3
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Since my old rig is a Dell Dimension 8400 I'll basically be buying everything new, case and all. I'm wanting to use this new build for business application software, video encoding/editing, web surfing, and gaming. Rougly equal amounts of each.

I'd like to get the most I can out of the 2600K so I'd like to overclock to 4.0 to 4.5GHz. Can that be done with this rig? How long can I expect the CPU to last if I OC that high?

I believe 1200W is enough power for this rig (according to Newegg PSU calculator), but a second opinion couldn't hurt.

Also, I'm wanting to run 3 monitors simultaneously. Not necessarily for gaming, but mostly for web surfing, office applications, etc... but 3 monitor gaming would be nice too. tongue.gif

I also want this computer to be able to play games on max settings for years to come. I currently play (older) games at 1280 x 800 or there abouts on a 17" monitor so any resolution better than that would be amazing! lol...

I'm not experienced at all with physics card set ups. Does that 9800 GT help me at all or should I leave it in the old system?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Edited by ElZilcho - 3/6/11 at 3:21pm
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post #2 of 25
Looks good go with a bigger monitor with that 580,imo
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post #3 of 25
Only change I would make is the HDD. Samsung F3 Spinpoint is $30-40 cheaper and more reliable.
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i hear the corsair ax1200 is better than the strider 1200 watts...

might as well make sure your monitors are LED also...

I also bought 4 of these to make all my HDD easier to swap in and out also....[ame="http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-CP05-Convenient-Hot-Swap-Supports/dp/B001NPEBG0"]Amazon.com: SilverStone CP05 Convenient Hot-Swap SATA II Cable Supports Model: KL01 and kL03 Case Series: Electronics[/ame]
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u need to go with 24" monitors. you'll thank me in the future.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Coolwaters;12620636 
u need to go with 24" monitors. you'll thank me in the future.

+1, 22inch monitors are crap for HD imo smile.gif.

Skip the 9800gt for PhysX; it's not needed.
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post #7 of 25
the AX1200, TPQ 1200 or Sparkle gold 1250. They are all in the same league. I have a sparkle 1kw for the rig in my sig and i pulled 980watts from the socket with my meter once. but i also wasn't doing anything normal.
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post #8 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sin0822;12622124 
the AX1200, TPQ 1200 or Sparkle gold 1250. They are all in the same league. I have a sparkle 1kw for the rig in my sig and i pulled 980watts from the socket with my meter once. but i also wasn't doing anything normal.

980w including monitor? I find it hard to believe that sli 570s and a 1155 i7 will pull 900 watts

I think the op should go with a 1kw psu, I think even an 850 would work. 1200w seems a bit excessive
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I'm a bit confused as well; 2 - 580's in SLI on a 22" monitor?

I'm running a single 580 on a 27" monitor with absolutely no slow downs in any game.
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post #10 of 25
Definitely agree with this. Gofor the bigger monitor. I wish I had gone with the 24.
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