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Old 02-09-2012, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

About two months ago I posted here with a desktop build and used people's suggestions to refine the build for gaming. I ended up having troubles with getting the components while traveling but I now want to update the built and go through with it. Below I will post the build in its current state, I would really like to hear what you think and if you have any recommendations (and if so, why). This is my first time building a desktop, so any tips you can provide will help. Thank you.

OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Motherboard:
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Power Supply:
OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular

SSD:
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III

GPU:
2 x MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB

HD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

Cooler:
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

_____________________ $2,400


Anything you can do to help me save on some of these components is appreciated. Because there are components I was not factoring in to my build before... it is going to get more expensive than I want. I want to be around the $2,400 mark (CDN).

I have made an alternate build with the following adjustments:

No aftermarket cooler.
Only 1 GPU.
__________________________ $1,800

What do you think?

Currently need to choose the following...

Computer Case:
Thermaltake ATX Element G?
Or other from the following site: PC Factory • Tu centro tecnológico

CD/DVD Drive:
Any brands that are way worse then others?


What else do I need? Sound Card? Networking? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would switch the GTX 580 to a 7970.
Here is a couple benchmark comparisons.
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There is a different power supply I would go with, the Ultra X-3 1600 watt. Fully modular and you can run a microwave in your computer.
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On the subject of the case, I don't know about that case in particular, but I just got the Thermaltake Level 10 GT case and it is epic. I have a healthy respect for Thermaltake after that.
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There is a different power supply I would go with, the Ultra X-3 1600 watt. Fully modular and you can run a microwave in your computer.
That's bad advice. Ultra power supplies are not reliable and 1600watt is overkill anyways. His power supply is fine with 2 high end video cards.
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Thanks for the replies.

What are peoples opinion of knocking the motherboard to a Asrock Extreme3 Gen3?
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Thanks for the replies.

What are peoples opinion of knocking the motherboard to a Asrock Extreme3 Gen3?
w/ budget of $1,800? go for a better board.
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I would only go to the Asrock board if you need to save the cash, and need to stay within your budget.
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