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    Default New extreme build - need advice and recommendations

    Hi all, I'm building a new custom pc and I need advice and recommendations.

    Here's my parts lists:

    Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower (Black)
    CoolerMaster Cosmos II Ultra Tower [RC-1200-KKN1] - $369.00 : PC Case Gear

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Extreme Edition 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor
    Intel Core i7 3930K [BX80619I73930K] - $579.00 : PC Case Gear

    CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler
    Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler [CWCH100i] - $145.00 : PC Case Gear

    Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LXE Touch Screen Desktop Fan Controller
    NZXT Sentry LXE Touch Screen Desktop Fan Controller [CSNZSELXE] - $65.00 : PC Case Gear

    Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard
    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard [RAMPAGEIV-EXTREME] - $509.00 : PC Case Gear

    Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4G DDR3 2133Mhz (CMD16GX3M4A2133C9)
    Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD16GX3M4A2133C9 16GB (4x4G DDR3 [CMD16GX3M4A2133C9] - $295.00 : PC Case Gear
    **I would be getting the 1600 or 1866Mhz instead, but it's not available in the quad configuration I want**

    Storage 1 (SSD): 2x - Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB SSD (RAID 1 configuration)
    Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB SSD [CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK] - $269.00 : PC Case Gear

    Storage 2 (HDD): Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Disk Drive with 64MB Cache
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 [ST2000DM001] - $99.00 : PC Case Gear

    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB
    EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB [04G-P4-3688-KR] - $799.00 : PC Case Gear

    Sound Card: ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Sound Card
    ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Sound Card [XONAR-PHOEBUS] - $209.00 : PC Case Gear

    Flash Card Reader: ICY BOX 5.25in Multiport Panel with Card Reader
    ICY BOX 5.25in Multiport Panel with Card Reader [IB-863-B] - $39.00 : PC Case Gear

    PSU: Corsair AX860i Platinum Power Supply
    Corsair AX860i Platinum Power Supply [CMPSU-AX860i] - $279.00 : PC Case Gear

    ODD: ASUS BW-12B1ST High Speed Bluray Burner
    ASUS BW-12B1ST High Speed Bluray Burner [BW-12B1ST] - $125.00 : PC Case Gear

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Retail Pack [FQC-00133(WINPRO7DV)] - $349.00 : PC Case Gear


    Now I know this is a pretty extreme build, and it'll cost me around 4.5k including postage + assembly, but I just have a few general questions.

    1. Overall thoughts and recommendations on my parts list.?

    2. Are there any parts you think I should swap/downgrade/reconsider/..etc..?

    3. I'm not too sure about the ASUS Rampage IV extreme as my motherboard. What does everyone think of it.?

    4. Is it all compatible with one another.? (I believe it is but I may have missed something slight..)

    5. I'll be choosing to have PCCG assemble it all for me, including water cooler. Has anyone had past experience with this PCCG service.? Thoughts.?


    I think that's about it for now. Thank you to everyone in advance

    +additional info:
    I'm from Australia - Brisbane, so it's not exactly the best place to get cheap computer parts from.

    I intend to use it with a tri-monitor set up (I multi-task ALOT) mostly for top end gaming, video and image processing and editing, general all purpose, and probably will choose to overclock it eventually.

    I know I may have gone a little extreme with some components but I'm hoping to have this for quite a few years before having to upgrade again.

    Let me know if there's anything else you guys want to know.?
    Last edited by Deton; 09-02-2013 at 16:55.

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    Default Re: New extreme build - need advice and recommendations

    Skip the H100i and move forward with the Corsair H110 or NZXT X60, believe me I have 10 of the newest AIO coolers here that I have been testing for our AIO Cooler round up,so I know which coolers are best. If you think you may upgrade to a 2nd GTX680, so you need to look into the Corsair AX1200i I also have that unit in for review, it will cover your butt for future upgrades.

    I have two CM Cosmos II Ultras sitting here, I also did the review on the Cosmos II Ultra when it was first released, great case! but Corsair will be releasing their new 900D shortly, which is worth waiting to see what the price will be. The Rampage 4 Extreme is overpriced, unless your an extreme overclocker, I seriously suggest you take a look at the Asus Rampage 4 Formula, or the ASRock Extreme9 which comes with it's own sound card.

    If you have the cash, look into buying a 512 Vector Series SSD from OCZ or the 500GB Samsung 840 Pro, and skip the Seagate for storage, and go with Western Digital, they have a 3TB and a new 4TB HDD. We have a review going live Monday morning of the new Sparkle GTX680, so make sure you read our review, the card may surprise you, I do run 4 EVGA GTX680s, as well as 3 / HD7970s, and they are great cards, but the 680s are faster, and run cooler. If your not in a rush, Crucial should be releasing their new M500 SSD, and you should be able to pick up the 960GB for around $600, so it's worth the wait.

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    Default Re: New extreme build - need advice and recommendations

    me personally i dont trust Seagate HDD's. like Stan said i would go with WD HDD's.
    You don't know me and that's the way i like it!

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    Default Re: New extreme build - need advice and recommendations

    Your right Tee, I do not trust Seagate, I only buy HDDS from either Western Digital or Samsung, have had a couple of HDDs from WD go bad, but that was over 7 years ago, and they replaced them right away, in fact I just picked up the WD 600GB VelociRaptor brand new from newegg on sale for $109 last month, I'd like to get the 1TB Raptor once the price drops, it would be nice having a 10,000RPM 1TB drive for storage.

    I am waiting for the Crucial M500 960GB SSD, at $600 that's to good of a deal to pass up. WE might be getting a new 480GB SSD in for review as well as a new PCI-e SSD from one of our sponsors by the end of the month. I might also be using two OCZ Vector Series 256GB SSD's set up in Raid 0 for the Gigabyte custom build, I already have one, and I'm working on getting the 2nd drive.

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