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Old December 11, 2011, 08:01 PM
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Question Linus, a few questions about my first build please?

Hey Linus.
First of all, after many hours of reading reviews, watching your videos and general reccomendations, these are the parts I have decided to go for for my first ever build:
Core i7 2600k CPU
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard
Gigabyte GeForce GTX580 Super Overclock graphics card
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD
ASUS VE248H 24" LED Monitor
Corsair HX-850 Power Supply
Thermaltake Black Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case
Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz 8GB DDR3 Memory

1) Just to confirm, there is no bottlenecking, I had some slight doubt with the graphics card.
2) Could I go for a HX-750W PSU instead of a 850W? If I did, would that limit my ability to overclock the CPU, memory etc etc?
3) What are your opinions on the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3? Can it support to of these GTX580s listed above in SLI? And also your opinion of it in general?

Thanks ALOT in advance Linus , I just want to be cautious in what I buy as its taken me over a year to save up for tthis build.

Nick
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Old December 11, 2011, 08:05 PM
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1 more thing.
The build is primarily for Battlefield 3 on ULTRA settings, which is why I have chosen a beefy graphics card but it is also for gaming in general to achieve smooth gameplay on the highest settings in new games.
Thanks, Nick.
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Old December 11, 2011, 08:33 PM
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Any other points you want to make about this build, anything you would change?
Im not getting another Hard drive because i already have 2 500gb hard drives and also an optical drive.
my budget is around $1900 AUD
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Old December 11, 2011, 08:38 PM
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GIGABYTE - Graphics Card - NVIDIA - PCI Express Solution - GeForce 500 Series - GV-N580SO-15I

"Minimum 750W or greater system power supply with one 8-pin and 6-pin external power connectors"

I googled power consumption for the card, and from what I see, you'll be absolutely fine with a 750. Especially the hx750, Corsair's PSUs are very good.

edit: You will need a conventional hard drive for storage, 60GB isn't going to cut it :P Personally I would go with a 80 or 120 GB drive for the O/S.
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Old December 12, 2011, 07:54 AM
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I'd say go with the 120GB if you can afford it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but a Windows install is approx 60GB, Bf3 install is around 20GB. That fills up an 80GB pretty fast. Having the 120 gives you a little extra headroom to install other games.
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^^^ 80GB will be fine, W7 is only around 30GB, NOT 60GB.
Why that brand of 580? Remember, any 580's without the Reference Cooler will exhaust Hot Air directly into your Case.
Check out Evga for Reference Cooler design and MSI for Non-Reference.
You mention possibly going SLi 580's, if that is the case you may want to buy a decent PSU now, as apposed to buying a 750W now and having to replace it when you do get a 2nd 580.

I take it your planning on OC'ing that CPU, dont forget a decent Aftermarket Cooler for it.
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^^^ 80GB will be fine, W7 is only around 30GB, NOT 60GB.
Why that brand of 580? Remember, any 580's without the Reference Cooler will exhaust Hot Air directly into your Case.
Check out Evga for Reference Cooler design and MSI for Non-Reference.
You mention possibly going SLi 580's, if that is the case you may want to buy a decent PSU now, as apposed to buying a 750W now and having to replace it when you do get a 2nd 580.

I take it your planning on OC'ing that CPU, dont forget a decent Aftermarket Cooler for it.
Yeah i was about to say! 60GB Win7 install? Your mad!
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^^^ 80GB will be fine, W7 is only around 30GB, NOT 60GB.
Why that brand of 580? Remember, any 580's without the Reference Cooler will exhaust Hot Air directly into your Case.
Check out Evga for Reference Cooler design and MSI for Non-Reference.
You mention possibly going SLi 580's, if that is the case you may want to buy a decent PSU now, as apposed to buying a 750W now and having to replace it when you do get a 2nd 580.

I take it your planning on OC'ing that CPU, dont forget a decent Aftermarket Cooler for it.
OCing and SLI is in the future (say up to 6 months time?), I just wanna play some BF3 so those things can wait sorta
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Get a reference 580, your case is known for having less than optimal air flow so you need the reference design to exhaust air out the rear which you will want even more for SLI down the road. Also Crucial M4 is generally the recommended SSD around here recently and setiing it up with smart response will increase your speed through the whole HDD rather than just the SSD.
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^^^ 80GB will be fine, W7 is only around 30GB, NOT 60GB.
I stand corrected.

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Yeah i was about to say! 60GB Win7 install? Your mad!
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