Me and my bro decided to split it back into 2k each and decided to make our own builds i decided to go with ATI and he decided to go with NVIDIA so this should be interesting hehe my build is right here.
I resist the opportunity to comment about brother sharing well. The system you have selected will be an outstanding one. With $2k each I think that both of you could have your own system and game against each other online or LAN. For 2k you could each have a system that would be perhaps 95-98% of the performance of the 4k system. If you want comments about the actual parts here goes: Case is over priced in the end it's just a box, check. Many good one out there at half the price. Start with one 4870x2 gpu and see what kind of performance you get, you could add later. I would re-think the HD setup, even a 1T raid would be cheaper and also very fast.
Dont spend $1000 on a cpu, get the one thats half the price and OC it higher (buy a better heatsink), get one 4870X2 for now and get more memory. $4000 is too much for a PC, because it will get spanked in a year by a $2000 build. Other than that, looks ok.
im going to have to say drop the case, and get the Antec 1200, almost as good and half the price, which you could spend on more ram (Like 6GB). Also, I'd have to say drop the Velociraptor and get a different hard drive, maybe RAID 500GB for speed.
And definitely get an aftermarket cooler. I wont recommend stock cooler for OCing.
However, this system appears to be awesome. I do kinda want to agree with topper that you could build a system individually, and have near the same performance. You could then also customize the way you want to, rather than having to agree on something.
Tell your bro that you don't want to buy one anymore and tell him to buy one. Since he's not there half the time, use his. Or buy two xbox 360's with Live and get two 46" LCD tvs and play all the cool games online against other people.
If you are using 64 bit vista, please opt for more than 3 gigs of ram. And like Topper said, with a little over 2grand each you could BOTH have kickass rigs taht you can slowly upgrade as new stuff comes out.
2 4870x2's are overkill in my opinion.
the case, as said before, is overkill.
And the i7 965 is great, but you can take the i7920 and OC it to 3.0ghz with the stock cooler (or so i am told, havent gotten mine yet)
If you do chose to go with the 4k system, PLEASE get 6 gigs of ram for x64 vista
yea u know what we will build our own and ya were poor but we know how to save each time we got out paycheck we put a portion of it aside JUST TO BUILD A COMPUTER yea ill do 2 ill make a build for it right now..but the problem is we are both like ltierally never home together only on weekends SOMETIMES he takes night classes, i take morning, he works in the day, i work at night
Personally I would say drop the Xi-Fi. Creative support isn't what it use to be so I'm using the Daniel K drivers in Vista for my Audigy 2. If you want a dedicated sound card get an Asus Xonar instead. Of course I'm a bit biased since the whole Daniel K incident and the crippling of Audigy cards in Vista coupled with their previously crappy Xi-Fi Vista drivers. Anyway I think you'll find the onboard sound of the Asus to be just fine. If your an Audiophile though then I think you would be rather pleased with the Xonar. As for the Hard Drive go for the 1TB Cavalier Black instead of the Cavalier Green. You won't regret it ^_^. I also think you should go with 6GB instead of 3. If you drop the sound card you won't have to compromise on the speed, but if you keep the sound card you will get a slightly slower 6GB set of RAM but in the long run the capacity will make up for it.
1) The ram should be 6gb, 3x2gb.
2) Use a velociraptor for the os and fast stuff, a larger, slower drive for storage.
3) Defer the sound card, you can always add one later.
4) A single 4870X2 or GTX280-OC should be fine. Two of each might be OK, but you get very little more for your $. Three is just for bragging.