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Message 1136611 - Posted: 6 Aug 2011, 5:25:32 UTC - in response to Message 1136324.
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Helsionium,

Good to hear your order is placed, but please tell us what you did choose.

Enjoy it when it comes, hopefully the Berzerkely Boys will have sorted out the continuing S@H upload/download issues that are frustrating me (8 miles away) and so many others.
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Message 1136620 - Posted: 6 Aug 2011, 6:10:44 UTC

Actually, the order isn't placed yet, I will do so on Monday.

This is going to be my machine:

Chassis: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 PLUS (€ 79,45)
Power supply: be quiet! STRAIGHT POWER BQT E8-700W (€ 104,70)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) (€ 143,95)
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (€ 257,65)
CPU cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced (€ 50,05)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DIMM Kit 8GB PC3-10667U CL9-9-9-24 (€ 44,85)
HDD: 2x Samsung EcoGreen F4 2000GB (HD204UI) (€ 79,99 each)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 Extended 60GB (€ 105,00)
Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-5260S (€ 17,45)
GPU: 2x MSI N560GTX Twin FrozrII/OC/1GB GDDR5/2xDVI/MiniHDMI (€ 203,50 each)
OS: Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit / 32-bit dual boot (licences already owned)

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Message 1136646 - Posted: 6 Aug 2011, 8:07:12 UTC

I advise that you get PC3 1333 RAM (or PC3 1600 if you want some overclocking headroom)... and a higher wattage PSU (800W min.) - one with 4 x 6-pin PCI express connectors (the graphics cards require two each).

The HAF is a nice cace and should be up to the task I think. When you come to build, make sure the side panel has a fan fitted to blow air in towards your two graphics cards.
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Message 1136680 - Posted: 6 Aug 2011, 11:42:31 UTC - in response to Message 1136620.

Actually, the order isn't placed yet, I will do so on Monday.

This is going to be my machine:
Chassis: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 PLUS (€ 79,45)
Power supply: be quiet! STRAIGHT POWER BQT E8-700W (€ 104,70)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) (€ 143,95)
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (€ 257,65)
CPU cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced (€ 50,05)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DIMM Kit 8GB PC3-10667U CL9-9-9-24 (€ 44,85)
HDD: 2x Samsung EcoGreen F4 2000GB (HD204UI) (€ 79,99 each)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 Extended 60GB (€ 105,00)
Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-5260S (€ 17,45)
GPU: 2x MSI N560GTX Twin FrozrII/OC/1GB GDDR5/2xDVI/MiniHDMI (€ 203,50 each)
OS: Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit / 32-bit dual boot (licences already owned)

That PSU isn't really great as it doesn't have a single big beefy 12v rail (instead it has 4 weak rails, 18amp each), I'd recommend a Corsair TX750/850 instead (the TX850 would be the better choice).

Also get at least PC12800 1600MHz memory as 1333MHz memory is very slow for that 2600K.

These 2 changes will give you a faster and more reliable setup.

Cheers.
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Message 1136773 - Posted: 6 Aug 2011, 15:27:13 UTC

Based on my calculations, I figured a 700W power supply should be enough, but I didn't pay attention to the details. I'm going for the Corsair TX750 - my retailer doesn't have the TX850 and I can't order a customized computer without power supply.

About the RAM - I just had no idea the RAM speed matters so much these days. In that case, I'm going for the Kingston PC3-12800U 8GB DIMM Kit I considered from the start.
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