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I'm almost 100% certain of all the parts I'm buying, but would definitely appreciate different perspectives :]

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Computer Case: Raven RV01 (purchased)
Display: Alienware OptX AW2310
Processor: i7-2600K
GPU: GTX-570
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
WLAN: ASUS PCE-N13
Cooling: Corsair H60
Power: Corsair AX850

Add-ons at a later date
Optical LG WH10LS30
Storage HDD: Samsung 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB (x2)
GPU: +1 GTX-570 (SLI)
Miscellaneous: Spray paint/Cathodes/LEDs/PSU Sleeves - for customizing.

To address a couple parts that might stand out:
  • The AW Monitor is known to be one of the best 120Hz on the market at the moment, but is commonly seen as overpriced, and the BenQ XL2410t is seen as a better value (though there are complaints of washed colors, and back-lighting issues). I'm at the moment attempting to get it at the 350 advertised price it was at a month back with a rep, so if I can get it at such a price, I think it'd be a good buy (considering its a great 120Hz and should match the styling of the RV01 well).
  • The i7-2600k could be seen as an unnecessary luxury, and I haven't completely decided on this, though there are reports of the 2600K being able to OC higher than the 2500K(thread here) at lower voltages (with HT off); my goal is to hit 5Ghz, at low voltages.

Edited by Scytus - 4/4/11 at 2:21pm
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that PSU is 100% overkill you could be fine on an 850 watt PSU, i use a 650watt psu with GTX 570 SLI, it works fine, when you OC the CPU i woudl recommend a 850 watter.

i have the sparkle 1kw i don't think anyone else uses great wall as an OEM, can you tell me where it says that OCZ uses the same components? anyways jonnyguru had a review sample that was preproduction for the sparkle 1.25k unit, it doesn't have that high pitch and i have pushed it to 980watts. There is no reason for you to purchase a 1.25kw psu, not even a 1kw, unless you plan to go subzero cooling, those PSUs are really only for extreme overclocking and multi CPU and more than 2 GPU systems.
Edited by Sin0822 - 4/3/11 at 7:12pm
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overkill psu

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I'd like to stay around at max 80% usage with the PSU, and if need be I like to leave room for upgrade, whatever that may be. It would be ideal for me to get the 1k, but I'm just uncertain of the OCZ.

I got the info that OCZ has the same internals from the replies of this thread I created here:
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-new-psus.html
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Any other opinions? c:
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the PSUs you listed, you should take a look at their actual 12v output, their rating are at something like 80% of usage. my 1kw sparkle can output 1250watts. That is interesting, the sparkle PSUs are the first sparkle PSUs and that is new news to me, jonnyguru said that was the first greatwall PSu he had reviewed, so i guess OCZ ripped em off, too bad i hate OCZ.

Id change the money from the PSu and put it into a better GPU, seriously. Or hoenstly, id drop the second GTX 570 can get a GTX 590.
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Why hate OCZ? I'm buying an SSD from them, and possibly that 1K PSU if I find any other reviews of it (the purple accents in the sparkle doesn't do it for me xD )

I was thinking of the 590..but was reading that the 590 has issues with VRMs?
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Why hate OCZ? I'm buying an SSD from them, and possibly that 1K PSU if I find any other reviews of it (the purple accents in the sparkle doesn't do it for me xD )

I was thinking of the 590..but was reading that the 590 has issues with VRMs?
No, the 570 has issues with VRM's. See this thread to read about that.
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9291...led-570-a.html

That PSU is just full blown retard overkill. You can SLI 580's on a good 850W and still have room to overclock the cpu and gpu's. Does 90% efficiency really matter that much to you? Cuz i would get a cheaper PSU and spend the extra money on a 580.

Here's the one i have; it can easily handle 580's in SLI.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-001-_-Product

Now that psu is great but it is only 88% (silver rating). Here is the AX850 for $170. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...ntpkjp.dPO8PzA

If you still decide that you are getting the AX1200, then there is really no reason not to just get a 580 as well. I mean come one, you are spending so much on this build anyways. Hell, you might as well get the EVGA 580 that has a water block built on and go all water.

Now the next thing we need to talk about is that monitor. Are you just getting that because it can do 3D? Come on brah, you could get a Dell U2410 for that price.
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Okay Okay! i will change out the PSU, yeesh xD I actually wanted more headroom than the 850W, so I'll probably go with a 1k solution instead (freedom to upgrade/add different cards/parts without worrying if I have enough power).

I'm also aware of the 570's having VRM issues, but apparently so does the 590:
http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=924743&mpage=1

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9782...er-nvidia.html

I also was hoping to only water-cool the cpu, as that would work perfectly in my case. Theres really no room for any larger cooling solutions, the only way would require serious modding (and I refuse to attach a rad on the back). The case is uniquely designed to help airflow, so I think I'll be fine with just CPU cooling.

In regards to the monitor, I'm not even getting it for 3D, I probably wont play in 3D. I want it for the 120Hz refresh rate. It is also my understanding that until IPS panels improve on responsiveness, 120Hz refresh will not be doable. I do want the IPS screen quality, but I favor the 120Hz refresh rate much more. (Though I haven't personally seen IPS screens)

My budget btw is ~$2,000
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Yes, the 590 has SEVERE issues with the VRM's. They have a tendancy to go pop at stock settings. I'd avoid it. 570's are fine, just keep it easy on the voltage.

And there is no reason to blow money on a 1kw PSU. A solid 750w is more than enough for 570's in SLI, and an 850w is more than enough for 580's in SLI. There's no reason to blow more money on the PSU than you need to.
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