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harmanuk83

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I am currently about to sort a new build out for a new five year computer. (only upgrade every five years) Would you mind looking at these three builds and advise me on which is the best for performance and lifespan (for gaming and multimedia) and offer any alternatives. Even tell me what i dont need from these builds! Please know that my maximum budget (including VAT) is £2750

I do appreciate your time and await your responses.

BUILD 1

- Creative A320 2.1 Speakers (51MF0405AA003)
- Benq XL2410T 24" TRUE 120Hz 3D Widescreen LED Monitor - Black
- Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse (910-000616)
- Logitech K350 Wireless Keyboard (920-002012)
- Full Cable Management
- Networking Not Selected
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit - OEM (FQC-00765)
- Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 850W V2 High Performance '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply (CMPSU-850TXV2UK)
- Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Sound Card with built in Headphone Amp - OEM
- OcUK Premium Aluminium 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive.
- LG BH10LS30 10x BluRay-RW / 16 x DVD±RW Drive - Black (OEM)
- RAID 0 Setup
- Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (ST2000DL003)
- Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (ST2000DL003)
- OcUK GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
- OcUK GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
- Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Triple Channel Kit (CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9)
- Asus Rampage III Extreme Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard
- Corsair Hydro H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (Socket LGA775/LGA1155/LGA1156/LGA1366/LGA2011/AM2/AM3)
- Stage 5: MAX OC OF ENTIRE SYSTEM - (CPU, RAM, Graphics all OC'd to Maximum 24/7 Stability)
- Intel Core i7 960 3.20Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail
- Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black

BUILD 2

- Creative A320 2.1 Speakers (51MF0405AA003)
- Benq XL2410T 24" TRUE 120Hz 3D Widescreen LED Monitor - Black
- Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse (910-000616)
- Logitech K350 Wireless Keyboard (920-002012)
- Full Cable Management
- Networking Not Selected
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit - OEM (FQC-00765)
- Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 850W V2 High Performance '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply (CMPSU-850TXV2UK)
- Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Sound Card with built in Headphone Amp - OEM
- OcUK Premium Aluminium 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive.
- LG BH10LS30 10x BluRay-RW / 16 x DVD±RW Drive - Black (OEM)
- RAID 0 Setup
- Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (ST2000DL003)
- Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (ST2000DL003)
- OcUK GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
- OcUK GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
- Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Triple Channel Kit (CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9)
- Asus Rampage III Extreme Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard
- Corsair Hydro H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (Socket LGA775/LGA1155/LGA1156/LGA1366/LGA2011/AM2/AM3)
- Stage 5: MAX OC OF ENTIRE SYSTEM - (CPU, RAM, Graphics all OC'd to Maximum 24/7 Stability)
- Intel Core i7 960 3.20Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail
- Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black

BUILD 3

CPU: NEW! Intel Core i7 2600K @ 5Ghz (2068-oc5)
Included
CPU Cooler: NEW! Corsair H60 Water Cooler (3013)
Included
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (11015)

Motherboard: NEW! Asus Sabertooth P67 (Rev. 3) (4097b3)
Included
Memory: NEW! 16.0GB Corsair DDR3 1600mhz Vengeance (4x 4GB) (5042)

Hard Drives: NEW! Crucial 64GB SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s (6025)
Included
Second hard drive: NEW! WD Caviar Black 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s (6026)
Included
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA (7003)

Second optical drive: 10x Blu-Ray RW S-ATA (7012)
Included
Graphics card: NEW! NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3GB (8065)
Included
Sound card: Asus Xonar D2 PCI 7.1 (10004)

Software: Nero and PowerDVD (12001)

Software: Norton Anti-Virus 2011 (12013)

Internet: Wireless 802.11N 300Mbps MIMO PCI card (13006)

Keyboard and mouse: Logitech Wireless keyboard and mouse (14003)

Speakers: Creative Gigaworks T20 (2003)

Monitors: BenQ XL2410-B 23.6" LED 3D (15021)

Case: NEW! Corsair Graphite 600T (17036)
Included
PSU: NEW! 850W Corsair HX Modular (18035)
Included
Warranty: 3 Year Silver Warranty (1001)

Priority turnaround: Dispatched in 2 working days (P03002)
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Digerati

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A couple comments. All would make fine systems.

All those motherboards have excellent integrated sound so an add-in sound card is not needed.

Clearly, you are an enthusiast with that budget so it may not matter to you, and if not, that's perfectly fine. But my mission is to ensure our readers have ALL the information needed to make informed decisions. So with that in mind, understand that the warranties for both AMD and Intel CPUs that come packaged with a supplied heatsink fan assembly are sold, and are expected to be used, and therefore are warrantied as, "a unit". Meaning - the use of 3rd party coolers violates the terms of CPU warranties.

Note too that overclocking a CPU violates the terms of the CPU warranty as well. Sadly, while motherboard makers often tout their overclocking features, NO motherboard maker (or aftermarket cooler maker) will cover damage to the CPU if the motherboard or cooler fails.

RAID 0 is NOT a robust configuration. When using a striped array, you have some performance gains, but you have ZERO redundancy. The loss of any one drive in a striped array typically results in total data loss. I personally see no advantage to a striped array and if me, I would use an SSD instead for even better performance.

With your first setup, when I use the eXtreme PSU Calculator to determine the minimum and recommended power supply unit (PSU) requirements with load and CPU utilization at 100% - based on your comments about overclocking and heavy use - I get 807 watts minimum, 857W recommended. When factoring in just 10% capacitor aging, I get 888W minimum and 938W recommended. The 850 Corsair is an excellent supply and would likely meet your needs, but it will leave you little to no headroom.
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