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Old 04-06-11, 02:50 AM   #1
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Question My First Build; Advice?

Ok so i haven't done forums before or actually built a comp from scratch but i have plenty of experience problem solving. I'm looking at my first build and i would love some advice as far as components are concerned,

so i decided to go the biggest and the best i'm looking at:

NZXT Phantom gaming case
Asus Rampage III Extreme mobo
Intel i7 990x cpu
ATI Radoen HD 5970 Dual-GPU graphics card
a ssd for OS and 5 2tb 7200rpm drives in raid for storage

that's all i have so far not sure what else i'm really gonna need but i know this is gonna cost a pretty penny

any help is appreciated
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Old 04-06-11, 03:30 AM   #2
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Ok so i haven't done forums before or actually built a comp from scratch but i have plenty of experience problem solving. I'm looking at my first build and i would love some advice as far as components are concerned,

so i decided to go the biggest and the best i'm looking at:

NZXT Phantom gaming case
Asus Rampage III Extreme mobo
Intel i7 990x cpu
ATI Radoen HD 5970 Dual-GPU graphics card
a ssd for OS and 5 2tb 7200rpm drives in raid for storage

that's all i have so far not sure what else i'm really gonna need but i know this is gonna cost a pretty penny

any help is appreciated
Looks good but just some things to think about, first you are missing memory, the amount you need depends on what you are going to be doing with your PC, which you haven't mentioned. If you are gaming then 6gb is enough with a bit of future proofing. The X58 based systems require 3 memory sticks for best performance (3 x 2gb for 6gbs total). You have a 990X listed but to be honest unless you are going to be doing lots of stuff that would make use of the six cores you are wasteing your money, you would be better off with a Sandy Bridge i7 2600k CPU and over clock it to hell and it will perform better than a 990x (when gaming, which i am assuming you will be doing if you are looking at getting a 5970). Go 2x 4gb sticks for memory (dual channel mode) for sandy bridge. Videocard wise I wouldn't go for a 5970, I would go a 580GTX over a 5970 . Dual GPU solutions (5970 have two gpus on one card) can suffer from microstuttering and a 580GTX is often faster and is cheaper than a 5970. If you want the best performance and have unlimited budget go for a 590GTX or 6990. Both are good, 6990 overall is faster but the 590GTX is quieter and shorter in length in size. Or consider two 580GTXs in SLI which are quite a bit faster than a 590 or 6990.

Oh and get a good Power supply, I like Corsair's Power supplys. Get a 1200AX or 1000HX depending how many video cards you intend to put in your PC will determine which one to go for. 2 x 580's 1000HX would be enough but tri SLI or Quad SLI you will need to go a 1200W PS.

Sound card maybe? Consider a ASUS Xonar or Sound Blaster Xfi titanium HD (which is what I have on order). For me onboard audio is not good enough, you may be happy just to use your the onboard sound???

I hope this helps
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Old 04-06-11, 12:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: My First Build; Advice?

I guess it would be a good time to plug that article:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...600k-990x.html
Core i7 990X vs i2600K
Depending on your usage, take the best one.
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