Intel Core i7-975 "Ultimate" build

Like the Kohler commercial with a house built around a faucet... I would like to build the "Ultimate" computer around the i7-975 processor, the fastest processor on the planet! For this system, I'm looking for the "Ultimate"... the latest, greatest in all components (obtainable at online computer retailers, like NewEgg.com). Furthermore, it would be nice for me/forum readers... if this thread were to continue until the i7-975 processor is de-throned.

My needs are mainly in the workstation environment, however I don't mind if the "Ultimate" components suggested make the system a good gamer also... as far as overclocking goes, an adequate cooling system to run the i7-975 processor at a "constant" safe overclocked speed 24/7. For the components, as I said, I'm looking for the latest, greatest in technology, speed... as efficient, cool, quiet running as permissible. For storage, I like the idea of SLC SSD's in a Raid-0 configuration using a hardware PCI controller and a large Sata drive for backup. I want a great case/tower to support a very large efficient power supply. The "Ultimate" graphics setup -- I'm looking for suggestions. Ultimate motherboard, RAM configuration, basic components (DVD, Blue Ray, audio) etc. 24" or larger monitor.

Thanks, btk_1
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  1. How about this? The 975 isn't necessary, but it would be compatible with this build, if you insist.

    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365&cm_re=p6t_deluxe_v2-_-13-131-365-_-Product

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231230

    XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150443

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016

    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009&cm_re=corsair_850w-_-17-139-009-_-Product

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache 8X Blu-ray Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136175

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758

    Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254026
  2. If you want the best cooling performance go with a good water cooling setup. It should be quieter also.

    If you don't like water cooling then I would recommend a Ultra 120 extreme Rev C.


    The ultimate graphics setup would be 2x 5970..which isn't out yet but should be very soon.
    http://www.techchee.com/2009/10/31/dual-gpu-graphics-card-radeon-hd-5970-with-photos-leaked/

    For that setup your going to want 1000w power supply minimum.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703012
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194046
  3. 1. Ditch the 975 coz its 999 $ 920 betetr idea.
    2. With the money saved from going to i7 920, get some nice and good SSDs.
  4. It shows on the Intel website that the Core i7-920XM (is 2GHz, up to 3.20GHz with Turbo Boost). The Core i7-975 has a std. clock speed of 3.33GHz (don't know what max. it can go up to with Turbo Boost). To all, with a premium cooling system... what would be a conservative overclock/Turbo Boost rate for these cards to have available if tasking required it 24/7? As an example, let's say a conservative overclock/boost rate is +25%... so I could set the i7-975 to run at a max. of 4.16GHz vs. the i7-920XM that I could set to run at a max. of 2.50GHz. In this case, to me it would seem like the i7-975 processor is the way to go and worth the extra price. Remember, I'm looking for the "Ultimate" in all components. Thanks for the comments thus far... btk_1
  5. The first response is your best answer.


    Only addition I would make is more RAM, 9GB or more--anything else will be a matter of speculation, really.

    You want "the best", just buy the newest released most expensive hardware, and relish in the fact that you have "the best hardware" but could have the same performance for much less money lol. Cost/Performance ratio is clearly not an issue here!
  6. btk_1 said:
    It shows on the Intel website that the Core i7-920XM (is 2GHz, up to 3.20GHz with Turbo Boost).


    You're comparing a desktop CPU to a mobile one... Check out the link I posted above, that's the desktop version of the processor.
  7. you want the ultimate best of the best build money could buy?

    well here you go

    drop the idea of the 975 for now there will be a hexacore i7 1025 out early next yr but if you want something for now get a 920

    3x xfx 5870 (or later 5970)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150443

    LIAN LI PC-P80 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112159

    3x in raid5 Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136456

    2x ENERMAX Galaxy EVO EGX1250EWT 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready
    CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Modular Active PFC Power Supply -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194046

    2x CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMG6GX3M3A1866C7 - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145254

    EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI + PhysX 1366 Intel X58 EATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    3 Way SLI, Digital PWM, E-Leet Utility and Vdroop control

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188048

    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer Model BDR-205BKS

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129051

    2x in raid0 OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX250G 2.5" 250GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) games and apps

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227396

    OCZ Z-DRIVE OCZSSDPCIE-ZDP84256G PCI-E 250GB PCI Express x8 MLC Internal Solid state disk boot drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227497

    Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima Liquid Cooling Kit

    add http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8411/ex-wat-140/Swiftech_H20-220_Apex_Ultima_Liquid_Cooling_Kit_Universal_Mount_LGA_1366_Included.html?tl=g30c321s818

    and we at bout $7000 in the red
  8. obsidian86 said:
    you want the ultimate best of the best build money could buy?

    well here you go

    drop the idea of the 975 for now there will be a hexacore i7 1025 out early next yr but if you want something for now get a 920

    3x xfx 5870 (or later 5970)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150443

    LIAN LI PC-P80 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112159

    3x in raid5 Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136456

    2x ENERMAX Galaxy EVO EGX1250EWT 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready
    CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Modular Active PFC Power Supply -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194046

    2x CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMG6GX3M3A1866C7 - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145254

    EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI + PhysX 1366 Intel X58 EATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    3 Way SLI, Digital PWM, E-Leet Utility and Vdroop control

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188048

    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer Model BDR-205BKS

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129051

    2x in raid0 OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX250G 2.5" 250GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) games and apps

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227396

    OCZ Z-DRIVE OCZSSDPCIE-ZDP84256G PCI-E 250GB PCI Express x8 MLC Internal Solid state disk boot drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227497

    Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima Liquid Cooling Kit

    add http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8411/ex-wat-140/Swiftech_H20-220_Apex_Ultima_Liquid_Cooling_Kit_Universal_Mount_LGA_1366_Included.html?tl=g30c321s818

    and we at bout $7000 in the red



    This brings to mind an old saying..."A fool and their money are soon separated"...

    but, if you want the best of the best of the best, you better be ready to pay the most of the most of the most...

    Makes one wonder if this is a legit build?
  9. snowgoer1998 said:
    Makes one wonder if this is a legit build?


    Likewise, I didn't bother looking anything up for it. OP holds 5 posts, while I'm not typically going to hold that against someone, it seems as though it was more "for fun" than anything legit..
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