APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I can get two EVGA 480GTX
BUDGET RANGE: 4000-4500 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, 3DSMAX, ZBrush, CATIA, surfing the internet, watching movies)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: EVGA for GPU, I am going to have a triple montior setup and already have 1 Samsung 2443BW-HAS.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe .
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 Triple monitor (Of course I can turn the resolution down if a game can't handle it. Or use one monitor if a game does not support surround gaming.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm sure this setup will do what I want. In the future when I'm not getting the frame rates I need I suppose I would implement water cooling and overclock everything. Is it possible to add third part water cooling to the EVGA 480 GTX in the future?
Is the cooling going to be sufficient if I'm not overclocking?
I would purchase from a US site, but does anyone know what the duty would be at the border?
I would like to get this assembled rather than having to assemble it myself. So NCIX was a great choice.
1 x Standard 1 Year Limited Warranty with NCIX IN-HOUSE Tech Support
1 x PC Assembly and Testing with 1 Year Limited NCIX System Warranty (PRE-CONFIG WIN. OS If Purchased)
1 x Please Use The Onboard Network Ethernet Card Integrated On My Motherboard
$104.99 1 x Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium 7.1 Channel 24-BIT PCI-E Sound Card Retail
$18.99 1 x nGear Flash Card Reader 3.5IN Internal USB Black CF/SM/SDHC/MMC/MS/XD 18IN Cable
$29.99 1 x LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM
$209.99 1 x LG BH10LS30 Bluray Writer 10X BD-R 16X DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA Retail Box
$229.99 1 x OCZ Vertex 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
$89.99 2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*
1 x Power Cord for Computer / Monitor 6FT NEMA5-15P to C13
$139.99 1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
$344.65 2 x Samsung 2443BW-HAS 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1200 20000:1DC 5ms VGA DVI HDCP Pivot HAS
$269.99 1 x Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX 20/24PIN ATX 80A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 140MM Fan
$149.99 1 x Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio
$539.99 2 x GeForce GTX 480 700MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 3.696GHZ PCI-E Dual DVI-I Mini HDMI
$219.99 1 x Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1333C9 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 Core i7 Memory Kit
$269.99 1 x EVGA X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCIE-16 PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA2 Sound Dual GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
$79.99 1 x Noctua NH-U12P SE2 LGA775/1156/1366 AM2/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ 2XNH-P12 120MM Fans
$633.42 1 x Intel Core i7 960 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 3.2GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S Retail Box
With that budget there are much better choices to be made. First of all your ram. Definately get a lower cas kit. Second get tripple channle it runs better the ram you chose is only dual channle. For your cpu i would suggest the i7980x this is hexacore. Hardrives i would get two samsung f3s and a larger ssd. The one you chose is expensive for a 60gb and i would get a 120 with you budget. Everything else is decent
your suggestion of larger samsung HDD's and larger ssd is driving the price out of my range. the sdd will only contain the operating system and home directory. the dual drives are for backup and i already have a 1T external drive if i need the extra space.
i looked at the i7980x but its bleeding edge and expensive, i would like to keep this as close to 4K as possible
What do you mean by "lower cas kit"
What about this motherboard? don't the MBs need the correct amount of pipes to take advantage of dual GPUs?
thats the mobo you want make sure that your HD's are sata 6 compatible ,and everything else via usb is usb 3.0 ,youll need to have those 2 gtx 480's separated with a pci slot open in the middle since they push out so much heat
Is it possible to separate the GPUs by a PCIe slot? the MB you suggest lists the pcie configuration as 16/16/1. Is it possible to set it up as 16/1/16? Will SLI still work if they are separated by a slot? I was planning on upgrading with a phyx card in the future.
You say SATA6. I checked NCIX but there aren't any drives listed as SATA6. please advise.
wasabiman123. Do you think its worth the extra 500-600 dollars? 10 years without upgrading a processor seems far fetched and wishful thinking.