$5000 build for friend (wants ultimate gaming system)

I'm building a PC for my friend who has a budget of $5000. He basically wants the ultimate gaming machine, bar none. Here is what I have put together so far. Please let me know if anything doesn't fit or doesn't make sense or is just plain wrong. Thanks 8)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Kentsfield 2.66Ghz
Mobo: Asus Striker Extreme
RAM: Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400, 4-4-4-12, 1GB x 4 = 4GB
Video Card: BFG GeForce 8800GTX x 2 SLI
Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
Power Supply: ENERMAX Galaxy 1000W
Case: Antec Nine Hundred
Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 150GB x 2 (RAID 0)
CPU Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120
Keyboard / Mouse: G15 keyboard, G5 mouse
DVD/CD: Samsung 18X DVD+-R DVD Burner
OS: MS Windows Vista Home Premium
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  1. Money to burn eh? :? ... I wish I had 5,000.00 I would put a down payment on a car .. lol :arrow:

    Goodluck ..
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    I'm building a PC for my friend who has a budget of $5000. He basically wants the ultimate gaming machine, bar none. Here is what I have put together so far. Please let me know if anything doesn't fit or doesn't make sense or is just plain wrong. Thanks 8)

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Kentsfield 2.66Ghz
    Mobo: Asus Striker Extreme
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400, 4-4-4-12, 1GB x 4 = 4GB
    Video Card: BFG GeForce 8800GTX x 2 SLI
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
    Power Supply: ENERMAX Galaxy 1000W
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 150GB x 2 (RAID 0)
    CPU Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120
    Keyboard / Mouse: G15 keyboard, G5 mouse
    DVD/CD: Samsung 18X DVD+-R DVD Burner
    OS: MS Windows Vista Home Premium


    Raptor times 2? Why not 4 Raptors?
    I believe the QX6800 will be out sometime soon.
    Why DDR2-800? Why not get that nasty DDR2-1333?
    Why not go with water cooling all around?

    I hope you plan on going with the 64 bit OS if you plan on seeing all of that 4 gigs you're planning on buying.

    ...and in a month or two it'll all be obsolete :lol: ....LMAO
  3. I think you've got it under control for a $5000 budget.
  4. All I would add is a nice DATA drive, about 500GB. one sweet system you have there. For Gaming, maybe a headset with mic for those team speak games.
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    All I would add is a nice DATA drive, about 500GB.


    zomg!, brain fart.

    when I read this I was thinking "pata, sata, ... data? is there a new interface I'm not aware of?"
  6. The mouse!!!!! NO G5 get a G7 or MX518 (I prefer the latter)
    Also this cooler seems to be better if you want to go the air cooling route
    http://www.anandtech.com/casecooling/showdoc.aspx?i=2943
    And get that thermal paste Ninja recomends Shin Etsu
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    I'm building a PC for my friend who has a budget of $5000. He basically wants the ultimate gaming machine, bar none. Here is what I
    have put together so far. Please let me know if anything doesn't fit or doesn't make sense or is just plain wrong. Thanks 8)

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Kentsfield 2.66Ghz
    Mobo: Asus Striker Extreme
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400, 4-4-4-12, 1GB x 4 = 4GB
    Video Card: BFG GeForce 8800GTX x 2 SLI
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
    Power Supply: ENERMAX Galaxy 1000W
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 150GB x 2 (RAID 0)
    CPU Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120
    Keyboard / Mouse: G15 keyboard, G5 mouse
    DVD/CD: Samsung 18X DVD+-R DVD Burner
    OS: MS Windows Vista Home Premium


    All looks good, now just add these two. :lol:
    1) Dell UltraSharp 30 inch Widescreen Digital Flat Panel: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=19&oc=3007wfphc
    * Gaming will never be the same :lol:
    2) Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148152
    * More storage is always good :lol:

    =============================
    * Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (No OC)
    * Tt Orb II Blue Cooler
    * ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512MB DDR3
    * ASUS P5B-VM with Tt LANBox microATX case
    * 2x1GB, PC2-4300, CL=3-3-3-8, Geil Ultra Low Latency
    * Ultra 550Watt (Ultra X2 550-Watt with UV & SLI ready)
    * 1.5TB Seagate RAID 0
    * 160GB WD Raptor X
    * Lite-On 16x DVD/CD Writer with LightScribe
    * TrackIR 4 Pro
    * Cougar HOTAS
    * Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP LCD
    =============================
    "One Can Never Have Enough"

    Cheers! 8)
  8. BACKUP DRIVE. Get a backup drive. If one of those RAID 0 drives goes down, he's SCREWED. All gone, buh bye. OS and programs can be reinstalled, but data is irreplaceable.

    For 5K, not getting a data drive is blasphemous.

    He'll wish he spent the $100 in the first place if his drive craps out, trust me.
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    BACKUP DRIVE. Get a backup drive. If one of those RAID 0 drives goes down, he's SCREWED. All gone, buh bye. OS and programs can be reinstalled, but data is irreplaceable.

    For 5K, not getting a data drive is blasphemous.

    He'll wish he spent the $100 in the first place if his drive craps out, trust me.


    I couldn't agree more. That's why a 750GB comes in for storage and backup, in addition to his 2xRaptor RAID 0 OS drive. :wink:
  10. Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700
    ASUS Stryker Extreme
    Corsair Dominator XMS2 Dominator DDR2 1142
    eVGA 8800GTX KO (x2)
    Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
    PC Power & Cooling 1kW Quad PSU
    CoolerMaster Stacker 830 Evo
    Western Digital Raptor 150GB (x4)
    Noctua NH-U12F
    Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
    Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse
    Samsung 18X DVD+-R DVD Burner
    Micro$oft Window$ Vi$ta Ultimate x64

    Tell your "friend" that if he is dropping 5K on a rig to learn the stuff himself. Anyone who drops that kind of cash on a rig and doesn't have the resources to get online and do some research shouldn't be spending that much money on a computer.

    P.S. I editted the list.
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