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I was thinking about this as my next build, probably being built in the next two weeks.

Just wanted opinions
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M/B : ASUS Maximus V Formula
CPU : Core i7-3770K
GPU : ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Edition
RAM : Corsair Vengeance CMZ32GX3M4A1600C9 32GB
HDD : Western Digital WD Black 2TB WD2002FAEX
SsD : Vertex 4 Series SATA III 2.5" 128GB SSD 125GB
PSU : OCZ Technology ZX Series 850W Power Supply
Cooling : Intel RTS2011LC Liquid Cooling
ODD : Liteon IHBS312
Case : CoolerMaster CM Storm Trooper with Window
Display1 : BenQ GW2460HM
Display2 : BenQ GW2460HM
 

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011 - PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136783 - HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181031 - AIO

Any preference for VGA Card ? If not try this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439 - VGA

You might have to go with 2 of these cards if you wish to drive 2 monitors for gaming
Wouldnt this card be a more financially efficient option? : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414

But if money is not an issue, get a GTX Titan. Rumors are that not even the 780 (or whatever replaces the 680) will beat it. Get one now, SLI in a year when the performance is required and the prices have been lowered. The 6GB video memory helps cause it wont be a bottleneck in a year, even for two displays.

About the CPU : If its only for gaming, the $100 cheaper 3570K will give you about the same performance.

About the RAM : any particular reason you need the 32GB memory for? 8GB is enough for gaming as of now.

About the PSU : I think everyone will agree that 850W is overkill. A good quality 500W PSU should be able to run that system without any problem. You can get a 650W one if you want to, just to be safe.

Hope this helps!
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Hey Guys

I was thinking about this as my next build, probably being built in the next two weeks.

Just wanted opinions
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M/B : ASUS Maximus V Formula
CPU : Core i7-3770K
GPU : ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Edition
RAM : Corsair Vengeance CMZ32GX3M4A1600C9 32GB
HDD : Western Digital WD Black 2TB WD2002FAEX
SsD : Vertex 4 Series SATA III 2.5" 128GB SSD 125GB
PSU : OCZ Technology ZX Series 850W Power Supply
Cooling : Intel RTS2011LC Liquid Cooling
ODD : Liteon IHBS312
Case : CoolerMaster CM Storm Trooper with Window
Display1 : BenQ GW2460HM
Display2 : BenQ GW2460HM
First things first. Switch the maximus v formula to the asrock extreme 4 z77 mobo. The board overclocks the same, and if you REALLY needed to, you can get VRM water blocks for less that what the asus board will cost you.

If you NEED 32GB of ram, get this http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75079&vpn=994069&manufacture=Mushkin%20Enhanced&promoid=1302 If you are only gaming, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461 then get this stuff.

As for the SSD, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192 OCZ still has some issues, but this samsung drive is faster and more stable.

That cooler is truly a POS. This cooler is cheaper, more efficient and performs better. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146011

The hard drive is over priced as well, you get the same or better performance out of this drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834

The power supply is junk. OCZ has had far to many problems for me to EVER trust them with a power supply no matter how good the ratings are. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015 Here is one of the best PSUs on the market on sale for about the same price.

By this point I should have saved you enough money to get two AMD 7970 cards in crossfire. With that kind of GPU performance, you should be able to play games for a LONG time to come.
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First things first. Switch the maximus v formula to the asrock extreme 4 z77 mobo.
I would avoid this one when you can have much better in this price range, the Extreme4 has old D-PAK MOSFETs which get hot and fuzzy, not to mention the vcore bug.

I'd look into the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H - as I said in my previous post.
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Originally Posted by Nathan2007 View Post

Hey Guys

I was thinking about this as my next build, probably being built in the next two weeks.

Just wanted opinions
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M/B : ASUS Maximus V Formula
CPU : Core i7-3770K
GPU : ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Edition
RAM : Corsair Vengeance CMZ32GX3M4A1600C9 32GB
HDD : Western Digital WD Black 2TB WD2002FAEX
SsD : Vertex 4 Series SATA III 2.5" 128GB SSD 125GB
PSU : OCZ Technology ZX Series 850W Power Supply
Cooling : Intel RTS2011LC Liquid Cooling
ODD : Liteon IHBS312
Case : CoolerMaster CM Storm Trooper with Window
Display1 : BenQ GW2460HM
Display2 : BenQ GW2460HM
Some recommendations.

Motherboard: Overpriced, replace with ASRock Z77 Extreme6 or Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H.

GPU: Spending the extra cash on the 680 is just not worth your dollar. Pick up a EVGA GTX 670 FTW+ that will overclock well and give you great performance.

Ram: You never really mentioned what you are doing with your rig, but honesty for $192 you can do a lot better. For $2 more on Newegg, you can get 32GB of G.SKILL Ares Series 1866MHz. Much better for the money.

HDD: WD Blacks are pretty overpriced, look at the Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB or two 1TB WD Blue Drives in Raid 0 instead.

SSD: Probably would look into an Intel 330, 335, or 520 Series instead. Very fast, great reliability, and nice price.

PSU: I wouldn't trust an OCZ PSU. You can get some really nice deals on Newegg for Seasonic PSU's. Otherwise look into Rosewill or Silverstone.

Cooling: For about $80 you can do much better, go with a Corsair H80i, can't really beat the performance.
 

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I have read pretty good reviews on the GTX680 TOP. I was originally going to go for the 4GB model but found no need for something that big. I have looked at the titans but again, cannot justify a 1000+ price tag, even though it does look shiny lol

I will look into the 3570k

I have read a lot of forums of people telling me 32GB is useless. I agree now, 8 is fine, I can maybe spend the same amount of money and get some higher specced stuff

@ Tjj226 Angel

I have used Asrock in the past as well as several of my customers, Myself I have had numerous issues with ram compatibilty. I have used ASUS for my last 3 builds and are kind of attached. ASUS has never given me issues

I am currently looking into the Samsung 840 but have noticed in many tests the OCZ Vertex 4 trumps it

Also looking into different PSU's, several people have told me that the OCZ's are nasty

NVIDIA fan here. ATI cards have failed me multiple times in the past
 

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My second look

Changing to Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9 16GB RAM

Changing to Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB SSD Retail Box

Changing to Seasonic M12II 750W Power Supply
 

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@ ahnafakeef

I have read pretty good reviews on the GTX680 TOP. I was originally going to go for the 4GB model but found no need for something that big. I have looked at the titans but again, cannot justify a 1000+ price tag, even though it does look shiny lol

I will look into the 3570k

I have read a lot of forums of people telling me 32GB is useless. I agree now, 8 is fine, I can maybe spend the same amount of money and get some higher specced stuff
If you're going for a 2GB 680, then why not a Lightning? : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127693
Its cheaper, takes up one less slot, better cooler and more silent too I think.

Of course, the Titan isnt justifiable now. Wait till the 780s come out and the Titan still beats them. Titan owners will be so happy then.

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Ram : 2x4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz CL9 would be sufficient for gaming. 2x8GB DDR3 if you want a lot, unless you really have a need for 32 GB.
Mobo that high would come into play if you Tri SLI or Quad SLI. IDK if 8x/8x PCIE 3.0 on the regular mainstream mobo will be enough for SLI'd titans if that'd be on your plans. Something like Z77 Extreme4 Asrock or Gigabyte Z77-UD3H will be sufficient.
Get 4 GB 680 if you have something larget than 1080p or ( like 27'', 4 GB will be more future proof ) if you're gonna play on multiple monitors.
PSU : Corsair HX850 will be pretty good.
Just a note, you won't be able to game on 2 monitors simulatenously. Either 1 monitor or 3 monitors.
 
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