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Windows 7: Looking for advice on my new build

30 May 2013   #1

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Looking for advice on my new build

I am currently in the process of getting the parts together for my new gaming rig and I'm looking for some input. So far I have purchased a Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD for my OS & apps, an EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB GPU and G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB 1866 RAM. The items that I'm planning to add are, a Samsung 840 Series 500GB SSD to run my games from, a WD 1TB HDD for additional storage, a Corsair AX860i 860W Full Modular PSU, Windows 7 64bit Home Premium OS. I'm kind of stuck on the CPU and Mobo, I had planned to go with the Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU and an ASUS Maximus V FORMULA Mobo, but I'm wondering if I should wait for the new Haswell processors and Z78 mobo's to come out? Any advice would be most welcome


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30 May 2013   #2

 

I'm not sure if it would be worth it to wait, but the reason I'm posting is to ask about your PSU: why do you want the AX860i? To give you an idea of how overkill this PSU is, you could easily power this with a good quality-made 450W PSU even if you were to overclock your CPU quite heavily. What's nice about that is you could potentially spend $150 less by getting a good quality-made 450W PSU instead of the overpriced AX860i. That means you'd have an extra $150 to spend on your build that you don't have now due to planning on the AX860i.
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30 May 2013   #3

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I was getting the 850 for plans of future 2 or 3 way SLI.
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30 May 2013   #4

 

Would you be interested to know that even a good quality-made 750W PSU would still be more than enough for 3-way SLI?

After shopping around on Newegg for a few minutes, the AX760 seems to be a good choice because it has 6 x 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors and it's only $169.99 shipped ($60 less than the AX860i).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139042

However, if you were to overclock the GTX 680s pretty heavily, then a PSU with a larger capacity would be better.

Note: For the record, I wasn't looking for another Corsair PSU. It just so happens that all of the others I could recommend either have 4 x 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors, or a much higher price. For 3-way SLI, you'd want 6 connectors so that you don't have to use those ugly Molex to PCI-E adapters.
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30 May 2013   #5

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Absolutely, that's why I posted here, so I could learn from people who know way more than I do
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30 May 2013   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spookypuppy View Post
Absolutely, that's why I posted here, so I could learn from people who know way more than I do


Well, after shopping around on Newegg for a few minutes, the AX760 seems to be a good choice because it has 6 x 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors and it's only $169.99 shipped ($60 less than the AX860i).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139042

However, if you were to overclock the GTX 680s pretty heavily, then a PSU with a larger capacity would be better.

Note: For the record, I wasn't looking for another Corsair PSU. It just so happens that all of the others I could recommend either have 4 x 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors, or a much higher price. For 3-way SLI, you'd want 6 connectors so that you don't have to use those ugly Molex to PCI-E adapters.

Anyway, this is of course only attractive if you're interested in spending $60 less than you otherwise would with the AX860i. I only say this because I've come across people where to them, $60 is nothing. To me, that's a huge difference.
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30 May 2013   #7

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That $60 will cover shipping for my next 4 or 5 orders, or get me a CPU Cooler. That's awesome, thank you
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30 May 2013   #8

 

Oh wow. Cool! You're welcome.

Will you be doing any overclocking at all on either the GTX 680s or the CPU?
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30 May 2013   #9

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CPU for sure, probably the 680's when I have more than one. I think I'll stick with the CPU & Mobo that I listed up there, but I'll wait a while to see if the price drops any after the Haswell's and Z87's come out.
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30 May 2013   #10

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spookypuppy View Post
CPU for sure, probably the 680's when I have more than one. I think I'll stick with the CPU & Mobo that I listed up there, but I'll wait a while to see if the price drops any after the Haswell's and Z87's come out.
Do you know what kind of overclocking you might attempt on the GTX 680s? I mean, will you increase their voltages in addition to overclocking them? If so, then a PSU like the AX760 might not be enough for that. I'd have to ask around to be sure, but I think that overvolting the GTX 680s increases their power consumption dramatically.
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