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    Need advice: Last build was 14 years ago

    Case - Fractal Design ARC Midi R2
    MB - Maximus VI Formula
    CPU - Intel 4770K
    Cooler - Corsar H 105
    Ram - G Skill Trident X 16GB (2x8) 2400mhz
    SSD - SAMSUNG 840 EVO 500GB
    HDD - WD Black 1TB
    Optical - ASUS DRW
    GPU - EVGA GTX780 SC ACX
    PS - CORSAR AX860
    Monitor - ASUS PB278Q 27inch
    OS - WIN 7 Home 64bit


    Getting the itch to build again. I'm building to game but I do intend to OC also. Starting slow with the
    Noctua cooler and then gonna water cool it later. What I'm really unsure of is the monitor.
    Is the 144mhz monitor overkill since i'm starting off with just a single GPU . I'm also on the fence with the 750W PS thinking maybe the 1000W might be the better future proof route. Any advice would be appreciated.
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    Hi Mart131, Welcome to the ROG Forum. If it has been 14 years since your last build boy are you in for a treat. A 144hz monitor is not overkill and is a good choice. You will get smoother gameplay with less motion blur than with a 60hz monitor and is a noticable difference. If you plan on adding a 2nd 780 later on, you would want to go with a 1000w psu. The 4770k does run warm so not sure how far you will be able to overclock it with the noctua cooler. I see a lot of people here using the Corsair H100i cpu cooler. if your case permits you might want to consider that right off. The only other thing I see, you might want to take a look at the Samsung evo ssd's.

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    Thanks Nate152, I'm gonna go check out the the Samsung EVO's and I will go ahead and go with the 1000 w PS instead of the 750. Gonna check my case specs and consider the corsair H100i instead of the Noctua heat sink. So much has changed since my last build, so much information to take in. Never water cooled before, a little apprehensive. Sounds like closed loop cooling is pretty safe. Was ready to purchase everything this week but Newegg is out of stock on the Formula VI MB now. Hope they get it back in stock soon. Thanks again.

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    Moderator Array Nate152 PC Specs
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    Sure thing, you can check amazon. Closed loop cooling is safe but as with anything you could encounter a leak. If you do Corsair will cover any damaged parts. It will be much cheaper than a custom loop too. I just looked up your case to be sure the H100i would fit. And it does fit.

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    Why do people keep recommending the H100i? I would recommend the H105. Crucial is not very great. The best SSDs are Samsung 840 Pro series, the Samsung 840 EVO series and the Kingston Hyper 3K SSDs. The RoG RAIDR Express is faster than all of those, but has a very high price tag (around that of the 500GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD) for only 240GBs of storage. Basically, the RAIDR express is the fastest out of every SSD out of the box, the 840 EVOs have the best price/performance ratio, the 840 PROs are the fastest SATA SSDs and the Hyper 3Ks are just barely more expensive than the 840 EVOs, and faster by a fairly big margin. Everything else looks good, except that if you are interested in future upgrades I would recommend an 850w PSU. Also, I would recommend buying the 2x8GB Trident X kit as the fewer sticks your system has the less stress it puts on your system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antronman View Post
    Why do people keep recommending the H100i? I would recommend the H105. Crucial is not very great. The best SSDs are Samsung 840 Pro series, the Samsung 840 EVO series and the Kingston Hyper 3K SSDs. The RoG RAIDR Express is faster than all of those, but has a very high price tag (around that of the 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD) for only 240GBs of storage. Basically, the RAIDR express is the fastest out of every SSD out of the box, the 840 EVOs have the best price/performance ratio, the 840 PROs are the fastest SATA SSDs and the Hyper 3Ks are just barely more expensive than the 840 EVOs, and faster by a fairly big margin. Everything else looks good, except that if you are interested in future upgrades I would recommend an 850w PSU. Also, I would recommend buying the 2x8GB Trident X kit as the fewer sticks your system has the less stress it puts on your system.
    the raidr is 2 "ssd's" raided and getting 2 250gig ssd's and raid them is faster then the raidr it self and cheaper...................

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkn View Post
    the raidr is 2 "ssd's" raided and getting 2 250gig ssd's and raid them is faster then the raidr it self and cheaper...................
    I said "out of the box" it is the fastest. And I said it costs a lot. What is your point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antronman View Post
    I said "out of the box" it is the fastest. And I said it costs a lot. What is your point?
    Look in my sig. 1 SSD not in RAID. Sekrit how I'm doing it. ;D No, it's not RAPID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerOver9K View Post
    Look in my sig. 1 SSD not in RAID. Sekrit how I'm doing it. ;D No, it's not RAPID.

    11000 Read | 8590 Write... Yeahhhhh buddy http://imgur.com/B8ZdcfD
    How's that SATA bottleneck treating you?
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    I'm using Fancycache which uses a kernel mode driver to buffer reads&writes to 8 gigs of RAM which is then hit directly by Windows which is why that # is so insanely high. http://www.romexsoftware.com/en-us/fancy-cache/

    This is NOT the same as a RAMDisk.
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