New ultimate silent gaming pc

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month BUDGET RANGE: 5000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photo processing, video processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.komplett.be COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Belgium

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel I7

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: ultimate gaming machine, no liquid cooling, silent but still fastest thing in the world

Her we go:
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Case Antec Antec Twelve Hundred Big Tower Black
Power Supply Zalman ZM1000-HP 1000W
Motherboad Asus Rampage II Extreme, x58
CPU Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition i7-975 (Socket FC LGA 1366)
Memory Corsair Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 2000MHz 6GB
Graphics Card EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 295 1792MB PhysX CUDA (CO-OP FTW)
CPU Cooler Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT
Harddisk 1 Corsair Corsair SSD Extreme X256 2,5" 256GB
Harddisk 2 Corsair Corsair SSD Extreme X256 2,5" 256GB
DVD/CD Sony Sony NEC Optiarc BWU-300S 8x Blu-ray Drive
Card Reader Akasa Akasa 3.5" Multi Geheugen lezer intern
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (EN) OEM

Don't know if this is a decent card reader, better one ?
Don't know if the Zalman power supply is quiet ? Better one available ?
Don't know if the SSD's are stable and fast.

Goal is to have an ultimate fast gaming pc, but as silent as possible, so my wife can watch the tv with normal sound next to me. No liquid cooling, cooling via silent fans.
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  1. gtx 295 is old rather get an ati 5870 is has better features

    1000 watts isn't needed get the corsair 750-850 watts
  2. thx for the reply.
    - anyone experience with the ASUS Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 ? is it already available ?
    - anyone experience with the Corsair SSD Extreme X256 2,5" 256GB ?
  3. ok, let's look at this one:
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    Case Antec Antec Twelve Hundred Big Tower Black
    Power Supply Corsair Corsair HX 1000W PSU
    Motherboad Asus Rampage II Extreme, x58
    CPU Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition i7-975 (Socket FC LGA 1366)
    Memory Corsair Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 2000MHz 6GB
    Graphics Card ASUS ASUS Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
    CPU Cooler Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT
    Harddisk 1 Corsair Corsair SSD Extreme X256 2,5" 256GB
    Harddisk 2 Corsair Corsair SSD Extreme X256 2,5" 256GB
    DVD/CD Sony Sony NEC Optiarc BWU-300S 8x Blu-ray Drive
    Card Reader Akasa Akasa 3.5" Multi Geheugen lezer intern
    OS Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (EN) OEM
  4. just found out that the SSD's of Corsair have quite some problems:
    http://forum.corsair.com/v3/forumdisplay.php?f=188
    So I think I'll change:
    Harddisk 1 Intel X25-E
    Harddisk 2 VelocityRaptor 300GB
  5. You sure you want to go with the i7 975?

    That's a whole lot of cash when you can get the 920 and overclock it to gain better performance than from the stock 975.

    You could even go for the 920 and get a second 5870 instead. That would literally kick butts, even if it might be a bit overkill. But hey, you seem like a guy that would appreciate that. :)

    Just make sure you have enough cooling in your case and enough space between the pci-e ports.

    And btw, ultimate gaming machine and quiet usually doesn't go very well hand in hand. :)
  6. The Corsair 1000HX is for 3 graphics cards. The Corsair 750 is for two.

    Raptors are outdated. A 500GB single platter 7200 like the samsung F3 will outperform it.

    The 5870 is cooler and quieter than the 295, plus it has DX11.
  7. yea get a samsung F3 and a i7 920 and a 5870
  8. Case Antec Antec Twelve Hundred - Great Choice, HAF 932 great alternate

    Power Supply - Suggest Antec SG-850 or CP-860

    Motherboad Asus Rampage II Extreme, x58 - Have one...in a 1200

    CPU Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition i7-975 (Socket FC LGA 1366) - You can get a 920 to match 975's stock speeds but a 975 will OC higher than a 920

    Memory - Muskin 998692 Redline w. Ascent Coolers is faster

    Graphics Card EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 295 1792MB PhysX CUDA (CO-OP FTW) - 295 is still top dog ..... if you want the fastest card, that's it, especially factory OC'd to the wall as the FTW is. ATI was supposed to release the 295 killer (5870x2) around the end of this month though speculation now is that they are waiting for the nVidia DX11 cards to drop. Shelling out $1000 for GFX tho requires careful consideration that these cards are not Dx11. If you are gonna upgrade by XMas 2011, won't matter.....If DX11 manages not to be the dud that DX10 was, we should know it by then and there will be anough games out supporting it to matter. But if you have the $$$ to spend, and with a $5k budget it would appear that you do, it's reasonable to assume that you might be upgrading at or before XMas 2011 so no future proofing something you won't have anymore when that future arrives is a hard argument to make.

    Another possibly important consideration is PhysX. Reading these:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/batman-arkham-asylum,2465-11.html
    http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/batman_arkham_asylum_physx_performance/page2.asp

    as well as the Forum linked to here:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-ATI-physx-patch-gpu,8786.html

    it would seem that at least part of the gaming community finds PhysX adds value to the game experience. If you find yourself among that group, then the twin 295's already have you covered. If not a pair of ATI 5870s with a dedicated PhysX card and the patch from the above link would have you rockin.

    CPU Cooler - Between performance and ease of installation, don't see anything topping the Prolimatech Megahalems. Not suggesting as a buy source but for information only:

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Prolimatech_Megahalems_Rev_B_Intel_CPU_Heatsink_LGA_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3_Hot_Item.html

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovation_Cooling_Diamond_7_Carat_Thermal_Compound_-_15_Grams.html

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7489/fan-437/Enermax_Cluster_120mm_x_25mm_LED_PWM_Fan_w_Twister_Bearing_Technology_-_White_UC-CL12.html

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCPU_PMW_Y_Splitter_Cable.html

    Harddisk 1 - Suggest Intel G2 SSD
    Harddisk 2 - any HD w/ 500 GB per platter

    DVD/CD S- Dunno that one .... I went with the Plxstor 320AS

    OS Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit - same here
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