Gagzila Posted October 7, 2011 Posted October 7, 2011 (edited) COMPONENT LIST UPDATED 8-10-11 @ 7:06PM UTC+10 - Melbourne, Canberra Hi Everyone, New to the forum, but I've read many great reviews recently on this site regarding my upcoming build and so thought it the best place to ask questions about the new build I am just about to complete and order. I've spent the last week going over each of the components, reading reviews, checking out comments and watching youtube videos where relative. I have changed a few components from my original list and tweaked it in my opinion to a pretty respectable state and was just wondering if others could please review my hardware line-up as well as post their opinion on my theories responsible for my decision in going with some of the components. My current build component list as it stands: System - Corsair Graphite 600T Special Edition White Case [LINK] - Intel Core i7 2600K [LINK] - Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU cooler [LINK] - ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z [LINK] - Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 x 2 (2x4GB - CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8R ) [LINK] - MSI Radeon HD6950 2GB Twin Frozr III PE/OC x2 in crossfire [LINK] - OCZ ZX Series 1250W PSU [LINK] - OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" SSD for windows and app install [LINK] - OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SSD for game install [LINK] - Western Digital Green 2TB x4 in RAID 10 configuration [LINK] - Using onboard audio to power a Logitech X-540 system, also use G35 headphones 30% of the time. - Pioneer DVR-219L DVDRW [LINK] - Aerocool V12XT Touch Panel [LINK] Peripherals - ASUS VE248H 24" LED LCD Monitor x3 using AMD Eyefinity [LINK] - Logitech G510 keyboard [LINK] - Logitech G700 mouse [LINK] - Eikon TCRD5 Solo USB Desktop Fingerprint Reader [LINK] Build Theories - To build a gaming system to a $4 - 4.5K (AUS) budget that will last me the next 4-5 years without any need for upgrades and will run games at or very near max settings @ 1920x1080 at good FPS for at least the first couple years of service life. - Originally wanted to run two SSDs in RAID 0 to get an even greater performance boost in data read/write rates and IOPS...found out from a friend that there may be issues with RAID not passing through or supporting TRIM, meaning the SSDs would degrade in performance over a year or so to a stage of being worse than normal HDDs. I then looked at maybe going a OCZ 120GB Renodrive for more money but later came across some information that seemed to make sense...run one SSD for the windows install and another SSD on a seperate SATA3 channel for the game installs and this would in effect provide similar performance to the original RAID 0 idea but with full TRIM support. Hence my now above choice for one 60GB SSD for the windows install and one 120GB SSD for game installs, this actually saves me money and gives me an extra 60GB of space over the original idea. - For general data storage I am running four 2TB 7,200rpm SATA HDD in a RAID 10 configuration for data backup & HDD redundancy...I had an external USB HDD that used two HDD in RAID 0 and one of the drives mechanically failed causing me to loose most of my precious and hard sought data, I only managed to recover my music which was at least something. - I am a racing simulator fan (rfactor anyone? ) and so wanted a more involved experience which accounts for my 3 monitor setup that I will use AMD's eyefinity software to span the image across 3 monitors, I won't mind at all using it for other games as well though More / Summarised Info - Running Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit - Running at 1920x1080 across three 24" 16:9 LCD monitors - Want at least 60FPS on games being released in 2012 (see a couple examples in below edit section list) So that's basically the whole story so far, let me know what you all think. Cheers, Craig Edit Games I am looking to run on this system at least at a minimum of 60FPS (I would hope): - TES V: Skyrim (buying when it comes out 11-11-11) - Tribes: Ascend (can't wait, old time big Tribes fan) - Aliens vs Predator (currently own but would like to play with decent FPS with decent looking graphics ) - Starcraft 2 (currently own but FPS really drags once a battle gets to big) - A few other games I have but the current system simply can't cope with Also I just found out about the ability to flash my HD6950s with the HD6970 BIOS, nice little surprise which will come in handy after 2-3 years when this system starts as well to show its age. Edit 2 Components are all linked up now thanks to Stonerboy's inspiration Will look into 3TB HDD point soon and update component list above with any changes. Edited October 8, 2011 by Gagzila Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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