Go Back   Hardware Canucks > PC BUILDERS & TWEAKERS CORNER > New Builds

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 12:03 AM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5
Default Critique my gaming build

Hiya!

Very new to these forums and thought I would post up my gaming build for all to critique!

Case: Corsair 800D
PSU: Silverstone 1kW Strider Gold (ST-1000G)
CPU: INTEL Core i7 2600K
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe - ATX - Intel P67(B3) Express Chipset
Memory: CORSAIR CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 - DDR3-1600 - 2 x 4GB - Vengeance - 8-8-8-24
GPU: 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX580 Superclocked 1.5Gb SLi
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120Gb
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1tb
Optical drive: Pioneer BDR-206 Blu-Ray Disc Writer
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Cooling: Custom water cooling for cpu and gpu

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Regards,
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 02:38 AM
maverick_brent's Avatar
MVP
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 466

My System Specs

Default

Hi, Welcome aboard...

Looks like a pretty solid build there...whats that cpu running at? stock?
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 05:47 AM
Soultribunal's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 8,065

My System Specs

Default

I wouldn't change a thing

You got the money to drop, so do it.

ST
__________________




"We know not why he calls for us, only that when he does we must answer" - DMP 2009

"Dear Iceberg, I am sorry to hear about global warming. Karma is a bitch. Signed - Titanic"

I would rather believe and find god doesn't exist than to not believe and find that he does.

www.realhardwarereviews.com
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 06:06 AM
SKYMTL's Avatar
HardwareCanuck Review Editor
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Montreal
Posts: 11,648
Default

Go Z68 + WD Black 2TB + a 60GB SSD instead of a 1TB HDD + 120GB SSD.

I also have a natural aversion to water cooling. Actually, I hate it. Changing components becomes a pain, initial setup is long and rife with potential issues plus I can almost promise you that it will be louder than an air cooling setup and won't net any real overclocking difference. *waits for the hate to come rolling in*
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 07:00 AM
Soultribunal's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 8,065

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SKYMTL View Post
Go Z68 + WD Black 2TB + a 60GB SSD instead of a 1TB HDD + 120GB SSD.

I also have a natural aversion to water cooling. Actually, I hate it. Changing components becomes a pain, initial setup is long and rife with potential issues plus I can almost promise you that it will be louder than an air cooling setup and won't net any real overclocking difference. *waits for the hate to come rolling in*
Are you trying to make my life difficult?!

ST
__________________




"We know not why he calls for us, only that when he does we must answer" - DMP 2009

"Dear Iceberg, I am sorry to hear about global warming. Karma is a bitch. Signed - Titanic"

I would rather believe and find god doesn't exist than to not believe and find that he does.

www.realhardwarereviews.com
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 07:38 AM
mr_plow_king's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: St-Hubert, Qc
Posts: 73

My System Specs

Default

You could save about 100$ if you change your i7 with an i5 2500k The i7 will not be faster in games so unless you're also using heavly threaded applications, you won't see the difference. The i7 might overclock better but even a stock i5 2500k is not fully used by games.

You should use that 100$ to buy a board with a with the NF200 bridge instead that would give you better SLI performance

Last edited by mr_plow_king; July 7, 2011 at 08:01 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 09:19 AM
Eldonko's Avatar
Hardware Canucks Reviewer
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 5,445
Default

I agree with SKY, go Z68, 60 GB SSD for caching, and 2TB Black. Perhaps a P8Z68-Pro or similar. Also NF200 does not improve SLI performance on Sandy Bridge, but it does improve tri-SLI. Only worth the extra $ if you intend to run 3 cards IMO.
__________________
Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes or shark attacks.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 09:47 AM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: mtl
Posts: 12,694
Default

youre shelling out some dough, maybe wait for the next iteration of the 590 with a proper pcb?

or go dual 3 gb cards?

word on the 2500k.

nice psu

cool case

hr-02 for cooler.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 10:20 AM
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,577
Default

Agree with Sky and Mr. Plow King.

Z68 + SSD + 2500K
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old July 7, 2011, 10:39 AM
MVP
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 399

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SKYMTL View Post
*waits for the hate to come rolling in*

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

On a serious note, a custom watercooling is unnecessary for a SB rig as you wouldn't need more than a Noctua NH-D14 for a 24/7 overclock. Going for the max 5.7GHz or possibly higher might just kill your CPU much faster than it should, especially with the much higher voltage needed to sustain that kind of speed. A 4.5GHz stable 24/7 OC shouldn't be a problem at all for a Noctua NH-D14.

With an air cooler, your CPU would still be able to hold itself together in case a few fans dies but when a water pump dies, that would be disastrous. Unless you're willing to babysit your PC 24/7 and constantly monitor temps, an air cooler is a better option.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Critique my build ModdKid New Builds 18 July 28, 2009 04:54 PM
Critique my first build Bond007 New Builds 15 June 25, 2009 11:06 AM
Critique my gaming build build 1080p New Builds 10 January 14, 2009 03:18 PM
First time gaming build - Critique me... Zeroman_IR New Builds 23 October 13, 2008 02:29 PM
New build - need critique! guinness CPU's and Motherboards 12 December 4, 2007 03:14 PM