Corsair build, very basic.
1) Why did you buy almost everything from Corsair?
2) Even if you built this in 2012, why did you spend $90 on liquid cooling the CPU, $155 on the PSU, $114 on the RAM, yet buy a GTX 580?
3) How many more fps do you get when you overclock?
Corsair are awesome
Corsair is a very respected brand. They make some excellent components.
It looks like this is a build that is being upgraded. When the 580 was released it was a powerhouse.
The OP might be waiting on the new processors. It would be nice to have some explanation, but I can understand the parts.
the performance of the 580 is comparable to that of a 660ti, with 500mbs less VRAM. edit: just realized this 580 has 3gbs of VRAM which is even better! most modern games have a recommended requirement of a 7850 such as watch dogs and wolfenstein. 580>660ti>660>7850.
therefore, the gtx 580 is still a ************* powerhouse, even after nearly 3 years of it's release...
Last time I checked, the 3GB 580 made no difference over the 1.5GB GTX 580 in a single card setup.
I would rate the GTX 580 a bit below that of what you're suggesting; even the GTX 570 is inferior to a GTX 660 equipped with recent Geforce drivers. But you are mostly right. If the GTX 480 can hold its own, then the GTX 580 most certainly can.
i hope you realize that those articles are nearly two years ago. in 2010-2012, there were hardly any games (if any) that used upto 2gbs of VRAM at 1080p. in 2014, we have games like battlefield 4, crysis 3 and watch_dogs which are VRAM rapists. are you telling me that there would be no differences in FPS on battlefield 4 running at high/ultra with msaa at 4x between a 1.5gb and 3gb gtx 580?
I agree that Corsair products are usually good but it looks like he literally only shopped from the Corsair site when possible. If he had an explanation for each component, like "I compared a few different widgets and it turned out the Corsair widget was the best every time" then it would make more sense.
The 680 came out in March 2012 and the i5-2500 came out in Q2 2012. It's possible he had a 580 in such an old build that it made sense to put it in a new build.
The i5-2500 non-k doesn't bottleneck a GTX Titan so he shouldn't upgrade his CPU on a gaming build. Intel CPU upgrades are rarely worth it when you could buy a better graphics card with the same money.
There are too many builds here to count that have Corsair's H100i, RAM, and a PSU. I don't see how that is even remotely unusual or even requiring extra description. Plus the OP didn't get a Corsair SSD. ;)
Maybe he just got a good deal on the GPU when he built it. I use a GPU that is a generation older than what was out when I bought it.
I cannot in good faith +1 a gaming build with a $90 on a CPU cooler and $115 RAM where the builder looks for a good deal on a GPU.
I know he put a lot of work into it and is probably really proud of it. But first-time builders might look at builds with high ratings and think they're good, even though they just got a lot of upvotes because they have good cable management and color coordination.
Twice you've mentioned "gaming", yet you're the only person to have used that term. You have also assumed that he was "look[ing] for a good deal on a GPU".
You seem very comfortable with that level of assumption, I am not. I give people the benefit of the doubt.
I don't game. I have a 660 in my system. I bought it after the 760s came out and it is fantastic for my needs. Perhaps the 580 is perfect for his.
That is a Z77M, not a Z77M-Pro.
Not that I have anything against the rest of the build; all coordinated very nicely, and I love the PSU shroud you have going there.
EDIT: wait I'm really confused. Do you have a Asus Z77M, Asus Z77M-Pro, or a MSI B75M CSM?
Sorry about the confusion, I have the z77M, I just accidentally chose the pro, not sure how to edit that. In regards to the MSI mobo, I had both, when I realized I purchased a non OC mobo by mistake I replaced it with the z77.
Very aesthetically pleasing build
I'm shocked to see that you didn't get a Corsair SSD. All joking aside though, I like the build, it is nice, sleek and the shroud is a great addition. +1 from me.
Nice build +1.
I would add a more in depth description however, otherwise people with downvote your build and it really doesn't deserve that.