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Well I haven't built myself a new rig since the kiddo's were born so I figured this Christmas I would be my own Santa lol. My budget for hardware is going to be $1,500 - $2,000. Below is what I threw together real quick on newegg. Any input or suggestions is always appreciated.

 

Case: Thermaltake Core V71 Extreme Full Tower

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K

MB: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97

Video Card: MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G

RAM: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 2400

PSU: SeaSonic X-1250 ( SS-1250XM2 ) 1250W

OS HDD: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB

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You could probably drop down to a smaller PSU if you aren't planning on SLI in the future. Something in the 800-1000W range would suffice, imo.

 

I'm rocking the same SSD, very solid and very fast.

 

 

Rest of the gear looks good. Wonder which staff people will be next with a new rig. :lol:

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You could probably drop down to a smaller PSU if you aren't planning on SLI in the future. Something in the 800-1000W range would suffice, imo.

 

I'm rocking the same SSD, very solid and very fast.

 

 

Rest of the gear looks good. Wonder which staff people will be next with a new rig. :lol:

With a 980 I probably won't be doing SLI but would rather have the bigger PSU just in case.

 

Looks like a pretty solid build there Norm! 

 

What are you going to do for cooling? An AIO or all air? 

Air at first but eventually will be doing a custom liquid setup. Never been a huge fan of AIO liquid coolers.

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I love the choices. All great parts and awesome case! The powesupply is overkill but I did see it on newegg for $110 2 weeks ago so it's not a bad choice. Plus it's seasonic!

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With a 980 I probably won't be doing SLI but would rather have the bigger PSU just in case.

 

Aha, well in that case no issues then. Should help out with a custom loop as well.

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I'd get a more reasonable (750Wish?) PSU and then up the SSD to 480GB-512GB if it were my money :)

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I was looking through power supplies a little more thoroughly and I really like the FirePower Silencer MK III 750W. The only thing I don't like about it is the +12v is only 62A. Anyone have any opinions on it compared to the Seasonic?

 

After looking a little closer at my video card options I also see that I could do two GTX 660's or even 760's in SLI for less than the single GTX 980 so any thoughts on 2x660's or 2x760's vs a single 980?

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I was looking through power supplies a little more thoroughly and I really like the FirePower Silencer MK III 750W. The only thing I don't like about it is the +12v is only 62A. Anyone have any opinions on it compared to the Seasonic?

 

After looking a little closer at my video card options I also see that I could do two GTX 660's or even 760's in SLI for less than the single GTX 980 so any thoughts on 2x660's or 2x760's vs a single 980?

Wow so PC Power ad Cooling are now called Firepower...interesting... as for the12V rail, my silencer Gen 1 has the same amount of current capacity (or atleast rated) and I've been great. That unit seems stupidly expensive for what it is though, I'll recommend a unit for ya after I shower lol.

 

As for the 760SLI vs 980, I'd pick the 980 all day for stable and higher efficiency performance

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I was looking through power supplies a little more thoroughly and I really like the FirePower Silencer MK III 750W. The only thing I don't like about it is the +12v is only 62A. Anyone have any opinions on it compared to the Seasonic?

 

After looking a little closer at my video card options I also see that I could do two GTX 660's or even 760's in SLI for less than the single GTX 980 so any thoughts on 2x660's or 2x760's vs a single 980?

 

12V x 62A = 744W. If it was much more it wouldn't be a 750W power supply! That in itself, full watts available on the +12V rail, is something that hints at a good power supply.

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I'm with everyone else - the original PSU you chose is just overkill and money that could be better spent elsewhere...if not on hardware, then on a game to really test your new build. lol.

 

As for the GPU question, I'd always go with the best single-GPU you can afford over an SLI solution. That being said, you're certainly paying a huge premium for a GTX 980 right now. A better value would be the GTX 970 if you're that concerned about over-spending. In the world of computer-building, it's usually best to go one down from the top if you care about bang-for-buck.

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