The Asus LCD and case are from my old E8600 system that died recently. Long story short home insurance covered for a full replacement off my system so i decided to upgrade with the money from both and extra i had saved away.
Now what i need is to find some good ram for it, and to find some good fans or find a good water block and cooling system that will fit onto the 771 CPU's.
Looking forward to what everyone has to put up and any ides as to what fans and any good quality FBDIMM ram that's out there.
For gaming, an i7 would be a better choice. The skull rail platform is really only going to have an advantage in server related tasks. I say research the i7 and get a good X58 board along with a 975 and a good cooler to overclock it for even more performance. As for the GPUs, the Radeon 5870 is the fastest single GPU while the 5970 is the fastest single card (dual downclocked 5870s). If money is no object, then go with two 5970s in crossfire, or if your chosen board and case allow, 4 5870 cards in crossfire, for the ultimate in gaming performance.
Yeah, i did look at getting the i7 975 extreme CPU, at the time when started buying components the wholesaler i deal with told me to go this way as the i7 would have worked out more expensive. Seeing it now i think i should have stuck with going after the i7 975 chip.
But now i have everything i might as well use it i doubt i will get the money back i paid for it all even set as a complete system for sale with the raptors and all put in.
I agree with the 5870 as well. Less power consumption, less heat and better performance is always a huge +.
You have a nice system, enjoy it since you already bought it. It sounds to me you were about to overspend on the I7 anyway by getting thye I7 975. The I7 920 or the newer release coming this next quarter is plenty of bang for the buck.
Lots off feedback, thanks for all the flow guys. I was going to get the ATI card but i want to have 3D for a while and see what the fuss is about, Ive got the glass's and screen. Maybe mid year ill try to hawk everything off and get a i7 975 with dual ATI's in it depends on how it goes once i get it all up and running.