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    Posted: 15 Apr 2012 at 6:13pm
Before I take the leap, any final words of advice as I have seen threads elsewhere on site specifying instructions around voltage, etc.  Stayed with 16 Ram because I sometimes multi-task while gaming, and chose P67 extreme over Z68 extreme after reading multiple reviews (only upgrading to extreme to leave room for 2nd GPU and soundcard in the future) Drooling
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Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme
Overclocking) (Quad Core) <b></b>
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (Intel P67 Chipset) (New & Improved
B3 Revision Without SATA 3G Issue) <b></b>
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance
Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI
Compatible)  <b></b>
Expansion Bay: Internal Digital Media Card Reader (Black) <b></b>
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (180GB Solid State (By: Intel)
(Model: 520 Series) <b></b>
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200
RPM) (Model: Black Edition) <b></b>
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable /
DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Phanteks PH-TC14PE Extreme Performance
<b></b>
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero
LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro
or Deluxe Series Motherboard) <b></b>
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating
system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: Microsoft Office 2010 Office Home and Business (PC Attach Key
PKC) <b></b>
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Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
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Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order
Is Successfully Processed
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Apr 2012 at 5:03am
Reagan...That is a great build..  Not much to say.  
 
Ask DS in Special Instructions to keep vcore at 1.4 or less.  That is a product of oc'ing and gives ya max performance without sacrificing cpu longevity.
 
Also, not neccessary, but alot ask them to add another fan to the top where there is a place for it. There is one there and this would add a second.  It's the Coolermaster MegaFlow 200 Silent non-led fan.  I think about $20 and maxes out cooling for that case. 
 
Looks great.  Go for it.  Keep us updated.Big%20SmileBig%20Smile 
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Apr 2012 at 10:10am
Want to try and clarify a couple things for you.

First off, 16GB of RAM will not make any difference over 8GB of RAM in that particular system, regardless of multitasking. If you are doing any sort of multitasking while gaming that will max out 8GB of RAM it will max out your CPU load anyways and still slow you down.

With that said if you are going to do anything that maxes out 8GB of RAM you need to look at the x79 platform with either the 3930 or 3960 CPU with their additional cores and large Cache (the 3820 will be just as pointless in this situation as the 2600k). Simply put doing anything that uses more then 8GB of RAM combined with the 2600k is 100% pointless.

Second issue, actually scratch the second issue, it looks like DS is no longer offering the V-Pro motherboard. It would have been a better choice price wise and will perform just as well as the Extreme.

Like bprat22 said just ask DS to keep the vcore to 1.4v or lower to help ensure a longer CPU life span and splurge the extra couple bucks on the additional top fan.

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  Quote Reagan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Apr 2012 at 4:25pm
So I come home from work excited to get this thing ordered and find that everything on the base model changed! Excited that maybe I would save a few bucks since my system would start from level two rather than three, I rebuild to discover its exactly the same

Forum posters consistently say that 8 Megs ram is more than enough, yet the DS expert advice lists RAM speed and size as the #3 issue in performance, so which is it? $51 for 8 extra meg is far from a deal killer, but it's money toward a new gaming keyboard or monitor upgrade if it's never going to be of use.

Final question...since the 680 is now an "upgrade" versus yesterday, what's the deal with the EVGA OC model being offered for a few extra bucks? Worth it or just a heat rocket?

Thanks...this really is getting close
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Apr 2012 at 7:27am
Hi Reagan    I just config'd your build again but with 8GB ram and came out $200 cheaper than before.  See if I missed anything.
 
EDIT....I forgot your extended warranty Oops...so it is the same price.
 
Config # 676607   Cost $ 3049
 
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (Intel P67 Chipset) (New & Improved B3 Revision Without SATA 3G Issue)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: Internal Digital Media Card Reader (Black)
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (180GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Phanteks PH-TC14PE Extreme Performance
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro or Deluxe Series Motherboard)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: Microsoft Office 2010 Office Home and Business (PC Attach Key PKC)
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Extra Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

 
You don't need more than 8Gb for gaming..and the non oc'd 680 is just fine.  Even though the factory oc'd version is safer than a home-brewed oc and because they do it the warranty isn't voided, it's still stress on the board.  I really don't know how much of a difference it would be but I'll look into it.  We always advise staying away from gpu oc'ing.
 
 
 
 


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  Quote Reagan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Apr 2012 at 8:11am
The ODE4 build looks pretty sweet for the $$$...like the smaller case but cooling might be a concern (?) and would limit abilit to add 2nd card and sound card down the road.

Sorry to be a complete newb about these matters, but you have been very helpful. reading the hardware forum last night I read what I thought was a post explaining that the 6 series cards cannot work to their full potential without ivy bridge tech due to PCI 3.0 issues? Am I completely misunderstanding this, and with many of the mobo's advertising "3.0 ready" I'm even more confused...
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Apr 2012 at 9:16am
The ODE 4 is a great deal and would save you $1000 but, adding another gpu and sound card wouldn't be practical.
 
As far as PCIe 3.0, there is alot of hype with it.  The sli gtx680 for example will do just fine in a x8,x8 pci config.  But if you add a third gpu or the sound card on a Z77 mobo then that's when pcie3.0 would come in, it's greater bandwidth helping alot..  If you have the extreme mobo then pcie 3.0, if I understand it right, wouldn't make any difference.  
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  Quote Martys Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Apr 2012 at 10:38am
jmaster299,

While probably true for gaming I have to disagree with your comment that adding more than 8GB of RAM to an 1155 system is a waste for 'anything'. Most of my heavy use is still-digital imaging/Photoshop. I have a 2600K and started with 8GB, and after a while was running short on memory and using the scratch disk. This caused the machine to slow dramatically. Going to 16 GB of memory made all the difference in the world. You always want to avoid using virtual memory, and that is particularly true in Photoshop. Moreover, except for certain filters, CS5 doesn't use more than 4-cores very efficiently making the extra cost of a 2011 system dependent on particular needs/workflow.

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  Quote Reagan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Apr 2012 at 4:32pm
Finally did it...just awaiting confirmation that final paperwork has cleared Strong
System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme
Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (Intel P67 Chipset) (New & Improved
B3 Revision Without SATA 3G Issue)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance
Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI
Compatible)
Expansion Bay: Internal Digital Media Card Reader (Black)
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (180GB Solid State (By: Intel)
(Model: 520 Series)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200
RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable /
DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Phanteks PH-TC14PE Extreme Performance
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero
LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro or
Deluxe Series Motherboard)
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating
system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: Microsoft Office 2010 Office Home and Business (PC Attach Key
PKC)
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Extra Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order
Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 4 Year Limited Warranty
 
Is it here yet?  Is it here yet?  Is it here yet? LOL
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  Quote Reagan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Apr 2012 at 4:48pm
stage 3 as of 6:34pm est

Score of the day...looking at old monitor I found that it only supported 1640...decided to check Dell site since I had a gift card from purchase of wife's laptop. 23 inch ultra was $60 off as part of employee program with free shipping so with the gift card I'm getting a sweet new 23 inch ultrasharp for about $160 bucks including tax

Of course it will sit lonely on my desk until the new rig arrives

is it here yet?
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Bitter sweet, lol, hopefully not much longer.....
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  Quote Reagan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Apr 2012 at 5:10am
Woke up this morning to find an e-mail announcing STAGE 5!!!!

Is it here yet?
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Stage 7....should be loaded in a truck and traveling by days end!
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If you are currently driving in North Salt Lake City please get the heck out of the way of that FedEx truck...tracker says Monday delivery but I sure would like to set-up this weekend
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