the CM 690 holds up to 8 fans and 6 of them can be 140mm. it should be a well ventilated case much like the Antec 900. this is what ive put together over the passed 3 days and this build will be complete in 3 months max. i would really like you guys opinions on this build and any suggestions. im aiming for a 3 year pc. thanks
3 years is always pushing it with any build. Though I'm sure that system should atleast work for 3 years, how well is another question. Also there is a problem with Tri-SLI drivers, who knows how well the drivers will be 3 years from now. I don't mean to rain on your parade, just understand that there is a lot to be left up to chance and a lot that we do not know at this point. I think that that build will play any game for 3 years, but not maxed. The only thing I can say is that you should be a little more open to a GPU upgrade somewhere down the line. That said, my 7600 GT played every game for about 2 years after its release, so one of the 3 highest GPU setups should last 3 years. You might want to consider an 17 build with a single GTX 280 and upgrade to 2 later because the i7 should hold up very well over time with a 8 thread capabilities.
Synthetic benchmarks love i7 and encoding, but gaming is close to C2Q. He will get better performance now, but nothing truly worth the extra expense. However, the extra performance will show itself in future games because at that point he will need all the performance he can get. I would say that i7 is definitely more future proof and is a great investment for a lasting build.
well if you going to get tri sli don't bother with NVIDIA chipset they have issue's and are not as stable as intel motherboards also as far as future proof it might be better to consider a solid x58 build as it will be future proof with the option 3-4 years down the road to upgrade a part or two such as graphics card or cpu.
i was gonna try for i7 but i just dont get/have enough money to go that route yet. but thanks for all you guys responses, seems like most agree it will be a kick a$$ rig for a couple of years. ive already bought the case and the extra fans and they should arrive tuesday. although i may stick with my E8400 that im running right now because this thing oc's very well and it $320 i dont have to spend on a Q9550 but its only a dual-core. so ill be thinking about that issue for a while. it could save me some cash to keep and use the E8400 and oc it to 3.6-3.8GHz (currently at 3.4GHz because mobo is a little flaky, its on a 650i sli mobo). with the zalman cooler ive read ppl taking their e8400 to over 4.0GHz and running cool. so thats a major "MAYBE" situation. i know more apps/games are becoming optimized for quad-core but i like the e8400 and its oc stability/ability. the deciding factor is how it preforms with the SLI GTX 260-216 Black i will be running. in my other rig i have SLI GTX 260-216 and a q9300 at 3.2GHz and i can run every game i have at max settings w/vsync and never drop below 40 fps (even the crysis games maxed w/ 4xAA) so if a q9300 at 3.2GHz can do that then i wonder what a q9550 at 3.6-3.8GHz would do (thats my oc goal for that cpu) if the e8400 can do the same at the same oc speed goal then ill keep it longer than i was planning and wait for the q9550 to drop below $280 or so (if that will happen).
and to blood raven:
yeah i plan on using every fan slot except the 80mm that goes on the back of the mobo tray. everything else will have a blue led fan. i ordered 2x 140mm for the top, 2x 120mm for side panel and bottom (comes with one on the side). it should be icy in this case.
i will have 7 case fans.
the cm690 is my favorite case....it has 10 fan openings with two mounted at the bottom (one for the psu intake from the bottom of the case), there is another 80mm at the back of the case to cool the cpu area from the back of the motherboard...the styling compared to the nine hundred is much better in my personal opinion/preference....other than that both cases are pretty hard to beat ...but the cm690 is cheaper these days as well
+1 for the i7 built...the c2quad is no match for the new comers
I think your "future proof" system will look good for about two weeks.
The i7 920 costs less than a q9550. It is faster, clock for clock. It will overclock easier, and higher. The 8 threads are impressive.
You can get a gigabyte X58 motherboard for less than the mobo you picked.
DDR3 rqm will cost you a bit more, though, but the prices are coming down. Fast ddr3 ram does not make a difference.
In a week or so, we will see the GTX285 and GTX295. I would wait a bit to see what they offer. I suspect that with either, there will be no value in tri-sli.
If I'm not mistaken a fairly decent I7 build will net you the same result. There is no future proof especially with the current tech out. Looks like we'll wait another generation. Point is there is no reason to spend towards tech that is not performing at least 2X - 3X over your current build unless you like wasting money.