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Old March 28, 2012, 01:05 PM
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Ok this is what i got so far:

MSI Big bang XPower II mobo
Intel I7-3820
32g G.Skill ripjawsZ RAM
2x Nvidia 560ti cards
3tb Seagate barracuda 7200rpm HDD
120gb ocz vertex 3 SSD
Corsair 850 watt PS
Corsair Hydro H100 Cooler


Now my dilema is that the case for my pc now is a coolermaster storm sniper and I do not know if that MOBO will fit into it or not and if not what kind of case do i need then or is there another MOBO that is smaller that is still an x79 and has most of the same features as the msi one i mentioned above. Btw I live in germany and pc stores do not have this sort of stuff on hand to look at unfortunately.


Was wondering if you guys could help me out on this cause I really need an upgrade to what i got which is an old q6600 from like 5 years ago plus I really do not feel like buying a new case either. And if you see anything wrong with this build please speak up I am always up for suggestions.
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Old March 28, 2012, 01:19 PM
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The motherboard you suggested is an XL-ATX board, and will not fit in the Coolermaster Storm Sniper.

The MSI X79A-GD45 is a standard ATX X79 motherboard that will fit in the Storm Sniper. Every manufacturer will have an ATX 2011 board. I just picked MSI b/c that's what you initially picked.

Also, do you already have the video cards? Because I would suggest going for a single GTX680 instead of SLI 560Ti's.

What's more, this seems like a pretty serious build. You should consider putting in an SSD as a boot drive. You'll see a HUGE jump in boot and program load times. See this thread for more information. I'd say that 120GB is a decent size drive. Any less, and you'll run out of space pretty quickly, any more, and you're looking at big bucks. If you have a large budget, the best SSD currently out there is arguably Intel's 520 series. If your budget is a little more meager, consider the Crucial M4.
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Old March 28, 2012, 02:35 PM
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My GPUs are what I have already but it is a bummer to have to get a new case to fit the MOBO I want. I will probably get the coolermaster haf x. Ty for the quick reply but do you think I should wait for the new Ivy Bridge I probably will not buy anything for another month or so.
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Old March 28, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Really, wait until you see the reviews. I have no idea if Ivy will be that much better. I mean, it's only a die shrink, so performance should theoretically be comparable, right? Power will be affected more, I believe. That being said, I think SB-E will still be a great choice.

Why don't you just move down to a standard ATX motherboard? Why do you absolutely want an XL-ATX board? It's not like you're going to be quad-firing or anything. If you're looking for a high end board for the sake of a high end board, there are a lot of standard ATX models out there. ASUS Sabertooth X79 comes to mind. So does the Rampage IV Formula.
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