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July 5, 2012, 06:44 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
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The build looks mostly balanced to me but one thing I don't get is how come its so expensive? $1700 without monitor or peripherals? I build more or less the same kind of build a few weeks back with slightly less premium model parts, yet went for a GPU that costs 2x what yours should and got raid0 SSDs and it came out to about $1100 (although I didn't need to repurchase Win7)...
Also are you sure you want to put an mATX board in an ATX case? that's big aesthetic no no to me but technically it shouldn't affect anything...I just find it a waste considering there are so many great mATX cases, the Arc Mini being one of them!
(you also don't need 750W unless ur planning to go multi GPU with pretty much any of the current single GPU cards in the HD 7XXX and GTX 6XX series)
Re: your $1100 build - if you could post here what you came up with here, I would appreciate it. A lot of the cost comes from using higher-end parts because I intend to overclock. As such, it would be smart to use good parts.
Re: cases - Why did I use the Arc Midi to house my mATX board, as opposed to the Arc Mini? Elementary... cost. As it happens, NCIX currently has the Midi case on sale at a price that is cheaper than the Mini.
Re: power supply - I was originally planning to just go with 650W, but since I wasn't sure just how much more power would be needed, I gave myself a lot of leeway. Besides, just because I'm not doing CrossFire now doesn't mean I won't grab a second card later.
So go ahead and tell me what you went with, and I will try to say why I chose different. (Dropping Windows would make it $1600 instead of $1700.)
My System Specs
16 GB DDR3-1333
Gigabyte GTX 670 OC
OCZ Vertex 4 (SSD), WD Caviar Black 1TB (HDD)
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk. II 750W power supply
Bitfenix Shinobi White w. USB 3.0 case upgrade
Blu-ray Reader & DVD/CD Burner
Sceptre X20WG-Naga 20"
MS Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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