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Old 07-06-2011, 06:47 PM   #1
JohnSpartan
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Well my 2011 gaming machine build has begun. Here are the parts I have so far:

Mainboard
ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO
http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-p8z68-v-pro-review

Processor
Intel Core i7 2600K

Graphics Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580
http://www.zotacusa.com/zotac-amp2-g...50103-10p.html

Memory
Corsair Vengeance Heatspreader 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-8gb...m2a1600c8.html

What do you think of this so far? Any suggestions for Power Supplies, cases, etc.?
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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Well my 2011 gaming machine build has begun. Here are the parts I have so far:

Mainboard
ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO
ASUS P8Z68 V PRO Intel Z68 review

Processor
Intel Core i7 2600K

Graphics Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 (772 MHz/4008 MHz) Graphics Card [ZT-50103-10P]

Memory
Corsair Vengeance Heatspreader 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Vengeance? ? 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C

What do you think of this so far? Any suggestions for Power Supplies, cases, etc.?
Nice choice of everything so far, personaly would of gone for better RAM.
What else are you planning to get in the future?

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Old 07-06-2011, 08:08 PM   #3
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A 750w PSU, which I'm hoping is enough, and maybe this case - Thermaltakeusa?Chassis?Mid Tower?Armor Series?Armor A90 : Armor A90 VL90001W2Z

Should I go for a full tower case instead?
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
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how much is all this costing you so far?


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Old 07-06-2011, 09:28 PM   #5
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About $1,071.70 USD so far.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:41 PM   #6
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A 750w PSU, which I'm hoping is enough, and maybe this case - Thermaltakeusa?Chassis?Mid Tower?Armor Series?Armor A90 : Armor A90 VL90001W2Z

Should I go for a full tower case instead?
Not sure on PSU myself, I was getting a 750w psu at first. But I had a lot of people telling me 750w would be scraping it and telling me to get 800-1000 psu to be on the safe side.
Anyway I got the 1000psu for future wise.

The case is very style-ish, I like it. But you might need to go bigger....
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CPU cooler height limitation: 180mm
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Graphic card length limitation: 260mm
That quote is from your case specs, so make sure you dont go bigger than that on the CPU cooler and your graphics card is to big for that recommended size^

Edit: saying that though I have a Midi case and a 580 and mine fits ok :/

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Old 07-07-2011, 06:56 PM   #7
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I am definately going to be measuring every thing I have so far just to be sure. Also, a friend of mine has the same case with somewhat similar hardware as me. I can always look at his machine to get an idea of the space i'll be working on.

Now I have been looking at some high end bare bones kit as well to get an idea of the hardware I'll need. So far I seem to be saving more than if I were to have started with a barebones kit. It also seems that a lot of these kits that come with overclocked i7 CPUs and 8GB RAM come with 750watt PSU. So I'm thinking I might be safe at 750w with only my RAM kit requiring overclock.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:43 PM   #8
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I think I've decided on a PSU - GX 750W - Cooler Master

It's supposed to have it's own built-in power protection of some sort, so would I still need a UPS Backup?
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:02 PM   #9
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I think I've decided on a PSU - GX 750W - Cooler Master

It's supposed to have it's own built-in power protection of some sort, so would I still need a UPS Backup?
Even if the PSU doesn't have built in power protection, you can get a surge protection extension/ multi connection plug adapter for about ?5. So I am not sure if that's necessary? But the PSU seems good yes


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Old 07-10-2011, 02:56 PM   #10
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Quick question, after building my machine and installing the OS (windows 7), do I need to install everything from the DVD that came with the motherboard? Or only what I need like the Intel Chipset driver, Audio Driver, etc.? Or will Win 7 install the correct drivers for these itself?

Also, there is something called A.I. Suite II included in my MOBO package. Does anyone recommend installing this?
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