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dezil_nz

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Hey Guys

Latest build parts list and thoughts if anyone has suggestions go for it nothing is bought yet (will purchase next week)

Requirements

- Max power to budget ration (no fancy parts)
- Medium to heavy Gaming
- $3000-$3500 budget
- must be able to overclock (Dez Needs to overclock everything)

Parts

NZXT Source 210 Elite Mid Tower (Black)
$99.95

[Case must be cheap and small]

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EZRX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA3
$125.95

[cheap low power high capacity HDD]

Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" SATA3 6GB/s SSD (CT120M500SSD1)
$119.95

[SSD everyone needs sub 30sec boot times]

EVGA GeForce GTX780Ti Superclocked ACX 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E3.0 (03G-P4-2884-KR)
$1,049.95

[with the budget were it is i wanted to spend a 3rd of it on the gpu and this looked nice]

CoolerMaster VS-Series V650S 650W Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Gold
$169.95

[just enough power to cover the system]

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Core i7 4930K 3.4Ghz 12MB LGA2011 + Noctua D14 SE2011
$879.95

[again wanted to spend about a 3rd of the budget on the processor couldn't justify the extra expense of the 4960X at nearly double the price of this and for an extra $80 comes with the Noctua D14 which is about the pinnacle of air cooling and hand down beats any closed loop water cooler on the market and our budget has no room for a custom loop]

ASUS P9X79 LE Intel X79 ATX Quad Channel LGA2011 Motherboard
$329.95

[Cheapist LGA2011 board (fancy boards cost more for features most people dont even understand) can do what i need with it]

Mushkin Blackline FrostByte 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 (997069)
$299.95

[had original gone for some cheaper ram but realized it wasn't going to fit under the heat sink]

total = $3075.60
 

DSPhat

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This is certainly an interesting build, but it also appears to be really unbalanced.

I wouldn't buy such a cheap case like the NZXT Source 210 Elite, I'd rather buy something like a Cooler Master Storm Scout II, which is ~$70 more expensive.
Also, unless you really need it, I wouldn't really recommend getting a GTX 780 Ti, a GTX 770 is enough for most games (it's pretty much a rebranded GTX 680, which is quite a decent GPU).
The motherboard's all right, but if you want to go cheap, you can go with a µATX motherboard, and go with a smaller case (like a Corsair 350D, which would probably be cheaper nowadays).
Also, I wouldn't buy a 2TB WD Green, if anything I'd go for a RAID-0 array comprised of 2 x 1TB WD Blues (which I've got currently).

But this will be an interesting build to follow :)
 

dezil_nz

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DSPhat said:
I wouldn't buy such a cheap case like the NZXT Source 210 Elite, I'd rather buy something like a Cooler Master Storm Scout II, which is ~$70 more expensive.
but i may want it to look cheap :p

DSPhat said:
The motherboard's all right, but if you want to go cheap, you can go with a µATX motherboard, and go with a smaller case (like a Corsair 350D, which would probably be cheaper nowadays).
yea i wanted a µATX but I'm struggling to find one from an NZ stockist so if you have seen one point me to it

DSPhat said:
Also, I wouldn't buy a 2TB WD Green, if anything I'd go for a RAID-0 array comprised of 2 x 1TB WD Blues (which I've got currently).
why replace a drive purely for storage with a set of raid 0 drives its like asking for one of them to fail any read or write speed gained is not worth it (especially when running an SSD for operating system etc)
 
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