Inteded uses for this setup:
- Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2, Pangya, 2D MMOs, Starcraft II
- Many, many browsers open at one time
- Audio encoding
- Adobe Flash
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Database management
- Dolphin (Gamecube/Wii) emulator at MAX settings
- RAM Drive
GPU: MSI N670 Power Edition (GTX 670)
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
OS: Windows 7 Professional, full version [Already own]
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced <--- Chosen for its superior cooling. If I'm incorrect on this, or there is a better fulltower for cooling, please let me know.
PSU: SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W <--- Reasons for this choice are listed at the bottom of this post.
Storage and Media components
HDD: WD Caviar Black SATA 1 TB 7200 RPM [SALVAGED]
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III
Optical Drive: LG SuperMultiblue internal Bluray disc rewriter [SALVAGED]
Optical Drive: DVD Supermulti Drive [SALVAGED]
Modular Liquid Cooler: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
[x4]120mm fans for push-pull RAD configuration: COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
I have the case set to a Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced because of the cooling options that it provides (Generous front and side intakes, top and rear exhaust). If someone can point out a case that has better cooling, please say so!
You may have noticed that I have a 1000W PSU listed up there; Which is outrageous considering the parts I've listed. These are the reasons that I believed it to be a good choice. I may have some of my information incorrect, so please feel free to correct me:
- Priced competitively within other 80 PLUS GOLD PSUs toward the 850W mark. Using a calculator online determining all the parts I could possibly need, I came to around that 850 mark. But, I would be using full load at that point.
- I plan to SLI in the future. Or at least, I want that door open to me. Two of the card I listed.
- Avoiding maximum usage/high loads toward 90%+, to avoid capacitor strain thus reducing noise and prolonging life.
- Fully modular.
- Only draws as much power as it needs, and is 80 PLUS Silver. Should not increase power bill VS an 850W or lower. (I'm under the assumption that -more parts- increases the PSU's power usage, not just the PSU itself alone.)
Thoughts? Thanks in advance. Constructive criticism is appreciated. Looking to get this thing finished and ordered soon, as I'm beginning to desperately need it for school. (NOT just a school computer, though. Gaming too.)