Help... Building a kustom box!

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  1. KM Richards

    KM Richards Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to bounce some idea off of the resident experts on building a nice, mildly high powered system intended to last for a few years (I do business stuff on it with graphics design, web design, office apps, lots of stuff running when I get busy during the day)

    Asus Rampage IV Black Edition EATX DDR3 2133 Intel LGA 2011 Motherboard
    $481.99 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GIZ3APS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=GDEPGCX59WSP&coliid=IE4CLJIYQANQ

    Intel i7-4930K LGA 2011 64 Technology Extended Memory CPU Processors BX80633I74930K
    $578.99 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EMHM622/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=GDEPGCX59WSP&coliid=IB4VI3NZIF7WM

    Probably going to get at least a 1000 watt power supply... any suggestions on a good Graphics Card?
     
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    Hi,
    I guess it depends how much gaming you do and how much you want to spend. A really handy guide produced periodically is Toms Hardware's buying guides on GPU's:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    If your looking for something mid-ranged to high-end then you want to be looking at the AMD R9 270/280X or the Nvidia GTX770/780. Here's a review of the two cards:
    http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/amd-radeon-r9-280x-vs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-770-which-is-fastest
     
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    Thanks! Tom's has some good info.

    Now, what about a good high quality power supply?

    Any recommendations for that?
     
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    OK thanks... so, what does the modular do?

    And, should I get a 1000 watt? Maybe 1200 watt?
     
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    Modular just means you can plug in whichever leads you need. They are detachable apart from the main cable that attaches to the motherboard so rather than having a huge mess of cables you can simply use what's needed and cut down on clutter. (this also helps on air-flow and thus cooling)
    Usually when your buying a 1000W+ PSU it's for something specific in mind and/or future proofing. Normally one only needs such large PSU's if your running 3 graphic cards or above. A double graphic card set-up needs something like 750W-800W depending on the system and cards used. A single card system can range from 450W-750W again depending on components used.
    To give you some idea on what your PSU needs might be why not try using a PSU calculator? Just remember to include case fans, drives, in fact anything that your system will contain:
    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
     
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    Not much to add to kemical's exhaustive typing but, I'd like to see you avoid one mistake I did, when I built my latest PC: the case was, in the back, too narrow for my video card --- thus, I can't get the HDMI cable to fit in, without some mechanical work. All other cables fit, but not the HDMI.

    No high tech, plain physical dimensions, something I didn't really think about. It's a matter of how big your video card is / how vast your case is.

    Life is full of surprises, eh?
     
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    Some cards are at least 12" in length and as Pauli rightly says this has to be taken into account.
     
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    It's actually a matter of the width of the card. The HDMI contact is far out, and unless the case has a "far enough" opening, the contact is blocked, by pure metal of the case. Not sure how big or common problem this is.

    Of course, the length may also cause trouble. Despite the fact that parts are compatible electronically, they may not be it physically.
    Like one thing, you get a high level CPU fan... and it just won't fit, cause it's too big! The standards here are rather relative, if not non-existing.

    Very wise to check the millimeters.... Best wishes :)
     
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    OK, so speaking of towers... any suggestions on a full size tower with plenty of air flow to be able to cool and be big enough for the following:




    Intel i7-4930K LGA 2011 64 Technology Extended Memory CPU Processors BX80633I74930K
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EMHM622/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=GDEPGCX59WSP&coliid=IB4VI3NZIF7WM

    Asus Rampage IV Black Edition EATX DDR3 2133 Intel LGA 2011 Motherboard
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GIZ3APS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=GDEPGCX59WSP&coliid=IE4CLJIYQANQ

    EVGA SuperNOVA 1300G2 ATX12V/EPS12V 1300W 80Plus Gold Power Supply 120-G2-1300-XR
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COIZTZM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=GDEPGCX59WSP&coliid=I30T56BLO9RRYW

    Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10)
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0068ZWZY0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=GDEPGCX59WSP&coliid=I111AZ0N1IIXAC

    XFX Double D R9 290 947MHz 4GB DDR5 DP HDMI 2XDVI Graphics Cards R9290AEDFD
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HHIPM5Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=GDEPGCX59WSP&coliid=I2TG4M54UT25L9
     
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    Thanks for the lead for a case...

    I forgot about a heat sink. Any suggestions for something that will fit the CPU I'm getting?
     
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    I'm not really interested in doing water cooling. It should stay plenty kooL with several fans keeping the air moving and I don't care about fan noise.
     

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