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After literally going through hell for months now in which I had my rig here for less time than it spent in the "capable" hands of the repair people over at "Europe's biggest online hardware seller", I'm now finally back to square one: I need a new computer.

As I'm going back to a local store and thus end up paying more, I had to change a few things to meet my budget. I've pondered for quite a bit about the price/performance ratio, and eventually came up with this config:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z
Graphics: ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Direct CU II
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH
SSD: Crucial RealSSD M4 128 GB (with Firmware 0009)
HDD: Samsung HD103SM 1 TB
HDD2: Samsung Spinpoint HD204UI 2 TB
Optical: LG BH10LS
Case: Cooler Master HAF X
Cooling: Thermalright Silver Arrow RT
Cooling 2: Thermalright TY-140
Cooling 3: Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 Red LED
Power: Seasonic X-760
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

The initial build is still listed in my profile for reference.

I've swapped the P8Z68 Deluxe with the Maximus IV GENE-Z as it has a built-in SupremeFX X-Fi 2 audio chip, which solves the problem of not being able to fit in a dedicated X-Fi card without blocking the air intake of a graphics card.

Instead of going for two 560 Ti TOP cards, I now opted for a single 570 (as the higher price of a 580 or 590 doesn't really justify the gain in performance, and would also bust my budget). It should give me fluid performance on my 1920x1200 resolution monitor for years to come.

Furthermore, I've canned the OCZ Vertex3 (which seemingly failed twice now as I kept on getting I/O Errors from it, a problem which even the tech guys at ALT... weren't able to solve), and instead opted for a Corsair ForceGT, which is pretty much similar in terms of performance.

The new Samsung HD103SM drive will be dedicated to games which aren't "worthy" of being installed on the SSD, and as it's a 6 GB/s drive, it'll be plugged into the second port on the mobo.

And finally, I've ditched the 1050W PSU for a 800W one, as I no longer have a SLI system and thus don't need that much power anymore.

Now, while this looks good on paper (or rather on screen), that doesn't necessarily mean it'll also work flawlessly once everything has been put together. So my question is: Is there a problem with it? Any potential for a meltdown? Possible conflicts?

Please let me know, as I'm really not willing to put up with any more trouble. I've had enough stress for the rest of my life now in the past weeks, I don't need more.

Thanks a lot for your input, guys.

[EDIT]: Updated the list to reflect the latest changes.
 

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Can't say I've heard of that PSU brand...

I've seen problems with the Corsair Force SSD's as well... would a Crucial M4 push your budget?

Everything else looks tops!
 

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Sorry, I've had to deal with even more crap from ALTERNATE and forgot to check this thread again...

The Crucial M4 would cost about the same as the Corsair, but I picked the latter one (and the OCZ before that) because of the higher read/write speeds. It seems that the M4 is rather lacking in comparison when it comes to that... :/

[EDIT]: How about the new ADATA S510 ones? Probably too new to have any real data about them, I guess...
 

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Sorry, I've had to deal with even more crap from ALTERNATE and forgot to check this thread again...

The Crucial M4 would cost about the same as the Corsair, but I picked the latter one (and the OCZ before that) because of the higher read/write speeds. It seems that the M4 is rather lacking in comparison when it comes to that... :/

[EDIT]: How about the new ADATA S510 ones? Probably too new to have any real data about them, I guess...
I recommended the Crucial because the SandForce based SSD's (OCZ, Corsair Force) are having various issues (BSODs, freezing, etc)... Only seems to be with the newer SandForce controllers as I had an older Phoenix Pro (SandForce) and it was flawless.

In the end your choice, but the M4 is in no way a slow coach!
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Yeah, I've done some research about these issues, and it seems they have been fixed with the latest firmware updates.

At the same time, I've also come across the Patriot Wildfire, which is a bit more expensive, but uses the 32nm Toshiba MLC NAND and has the latest BSOD-solving firmware installed immediately.

There's something else I've been wondering about, though. Won't there be any problems with the case and the mobo? The HAF-X is rather huge, whereas the Maximus IV is only a mATX board. Will it even fit, or get lost inside, never to be seen again? ^^
 

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I guess I'll have some time to ponder over this as I have to take ALTERNATE to court to get my money back, and that might take a while. Thanks for the heads-up, guys.
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Looks pretty good aside from the PSU. Most Cougar's are average at best. Head on over to the Power Supply forum here and at the top is a stickied list of reccomended PSU's. Grab whichever one you want for the voltage you need.
 

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Thanks for the tip. I think I'll go for a Seasonic X-760. Should be enough power, and the quality seems to be extraordinary.
 
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