Built this bad boy for my little brother.
Fractal design r4 makes installing parts and cable management a breeze.
Everything will be kept stock.
SSD's set up as Raid 0.
The pwer suppply is overkill I would have went with a 750W
You speak the truth.
There are quite a few "optimizations" you could have made. 8GB of RAM, only one SSD, and a 550-650 watt PSU. You could have used that money to get an i5-3570k to go with that NICE Z77 motherboard, as well as a better GPU. It is a nice build though.
16gb of ram is not overkill. I have 8gb in my PC and with all the different programs I run, a few more gigs would come in handy. I realize of course, if he is just gaming, 8gb is enough, 32gb would be overkill, 16 just gives him leeway.
I could imagine that in the near future, we're gonna need 16gb for the games that come out. Everything keeps getting more and more demanding then the last one.
I guess more life like games are good, but I prefer good storyline/gameplay over good graphics. (mount and blade for example)
but yeah I think your right, but only time will tell.
A combination of both is always nice.
You're right in the fact that he could utilize it, but as far as bang/buck goes, 8GB is the sweet spot. We also don't know what he is using it for, so I guess it's a moot point anyway.
:) we could argue anyways...
1000W PSU? Knowing that the motherboard doesn't support 3-way SLI, I don't see how this build would need that much power.
why the Caviar Black?
Black is optimized for performance at the expense of noise and power consumption. I value performance over the other two.
I have no issues with the 2ssds. My main curiousity though is why not use the back panel supports for 2 ssds like it was designed for. It's easy to mount 2 there without issue.
I use the back panel support for my other build if you want to check it out. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/AfS
As for this build, there was no need to remove the HDD rack in the front so to save myself trouble I mounted the SSDs on it. If in the future the SSDs needed to be removed, I wouldn't have to remove the motherboard to get to them.
Shoulda dropped one SSD, and upgrade the GPU, and i5 to a 3570k.
The reasoning behind these? The gtx 660ti is a powerful GPU capable of any game out there atm.
Unfortunately the i5 2500k was my old cpu. Which I overclocked heavily. I recently upgraded mine so I gave it to him. I too would pick the 3570k for stock speeds.
i guess he would argue the bandwith issues of the 660ti, though that only seems to be a problem when its in SLI from what i have heard from ppl who own the card