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Old 11-20-11, 02:36 AM   #16
Kain
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 1,264
Default Re: Thinking of building this! Would like some feedback

Okay, I decided to wait on that build because I wanted a PCIe 3.0 CPU and motherboard to support the upcoming HD 7xxx and GTX 6xx series graphics cards. Ivy Bridge is too far away for me right now (they are saying March or April) so I've decided on Sandy-Bridge-E. The high-end AMD graphics cards are due in January according to rumors so that is only a two month wait or even one month if they come out early January.

This is what I've planned now:

Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K ($599.99)
Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H80 ($93.99)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3 ($269.99)
RAM: 16 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 MHz CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 ($89.99)
Graphics card: 2 x XFX Radeon HD 7970 ($699.98?)
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD ($139.99)
SSD: Intel 510 Series 120 GB ($275.00) or Intel 520 Series if available by the time I buy
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB WD1002FAEX ($79.99?)
Optical drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7261S ($19.99)
Power supply: Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 ($183.99)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D ($189.99)
Monitor: ASUS PA238Q ($274.99)
Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 ($199.99)
Keyboard: Microsoft SideWinder X4 ($42.77)
Mouse: Logitech G9x ($59.99)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Questions:

1. Will an H80 be good enough to cool an overclocked 3930K or should I swing for the H100? I know that the 3930K is not exactly a cool running CPU.

2. Will the AX850 be enough to power this build?

3. What happened to the Intel 520 SSD? Rumors were saying early November release date.

4. Is it better to get two HD 7970 cards in CrossFireX or a single HD 7990?
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