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Old February 9, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Good day everyone,

Its "tax return" time so its also the best time to get myself a brand new toy

Here is what i had in mind (future proof Gaming Machine):

- Asus Sabertooth X79
- i7 3930K
- G-Skill Ripjaws X 16gb 1866 (4x4gb) C9
- 2x Asus GTX 580 DCII
- Vertex 3 120gb SSD
- WD Caviar Black 1tb HD
- Corsair H100 (CPU cooling)
- Corsair Pro Gold 1200w PSU

As for the tower, i already have a Cooler Master HAF-X ... this should be ok to fit the 2 GTX 580s and the H100 radiator (i still have to read on that though to confirm)

Now, my question is, will the 1200w be overkill or would a 1050w be enough ?? Also, if i don't plan on doing any OC on the system, what parts could be replaced by something cheaper while still having top performance ?

I am very new at this "build it yourself" thing so be gentle with me hehe

thanks in advance
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Old February 9, 2012, 01:01 PM
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Very nice build - truth be told thoug, if you're just interested in gaming, you could save a ton by basing your system around 1155 and a 2500K overclocked. Then go with a single 7970 and go with the lesser PSU and voila: hundreds of dollars saved and not much difference - add a second 7970 down the road when you feel you need a boost, and they're cheaper, and teh drivers a good.

You won't notice much improvement in framerates spending double on that lga2011 platform - you will get a little more futureproofing, but that doesn't seem to amount to much anymore - especially with intel, they'll kick the legs out from under you in a couple of years.

Might also aim for a CRUCIAL M4 SSD or one of the new Intel drives - they're worth the little extra money over the long term.

edited the SSD name :-)

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Old February 9, 2012, 01:06 PM
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Have you considered the 7970's? Also, a corsair AX-850 psu is all you really need for two 580's. Other than that it looks like a nice build.
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Old February 9, 2012, 01:26 PM
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2x 7950s will get slightly better performance than 2x GTX580s for slightly less money. They will also be MUCH more efficient, and quieter.
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Old February 9, 2012, 04:51 PM
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Question: Won't a 7970 be bottlenecked by 8x bandwidth? 1155 mobo only offer 16x/8x. True 16x/16x = x79 or 990fx.
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Quote:
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Question: Won't a 7970 be bottlenecked by 8x bandwidth? 1155 mobo only offer 16x/8x. True 16x/16x = x79 or 990fx.
2% difference between x8 and x16
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Old February 10, 2012, 06:02 AM
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yup u will not notice at all x8 n x16 only buff a few frame rate...
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Old February 10, 2012, 10:25 AM
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No one even bothered to ask what Resolution you would be gaming on...? If high Res 2560x1440 or higher (multi monitors), then SLi 580 3GB (found cheaper the 2 x 7970's) or Crossfire 7970 will be better for you, go ahead with a PSU with some "poop" as having to replace it in a year or so cause you decide you want a bigger monitor (another monitor) will mean additional GPU and hence higher rated PSU, just plain sucks.
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