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May 11, 2010 6:13:02 AM

My question to you is, how would you do it? If you wanted the best "look at the size of my dong" machine. I only ask because I do have a $10k budget and would like a jumping off point. Before you flame me for spending that much money, let me say that I have been dogding bullets and IED's in Iraq for the past year. I have no debt, a brand new Silverado (paid for) and $30k in the bank. Now I want to build a new machine soon as I get back, roughly 01AUG2010.

Watercooled - YES
Overclocked - Definately
Monitors - 3-4
Use - Gaming, Surfing, Movies, Benchmarking

Current System:
Antec 900
Tagan 900w PSU
GeForce 8800GTS 512
Samsung ToC T220 22" 2ms
E8400 o/c'd 4.16Ghz
ABIT IP35 Pro
G.Skill DDR1000 8Gb
WD VelociRaptor 300Gb (x2)
WD Caviar Blue 640Gb
Vista 64bit

I don't think any of that will be reusable. Probably just make that my Media Machine.

Thanks in advance for the input!

Hunt

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May 11, 2010 6:19:46 AM

Get an I7-980x and a Rampage III extreme if you have that much to burn. I'll edit this later

Edit:

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Extreme with SATA and USB 3.0 - $379.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz - $1049.99

Graphics Card: 2x HIS Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB GDDR5 - $1499.98

Power Supply: Corsair HX1000 1000w Modular Power Supply - $239.99

RAM: 2x Corsair Dominator GT 6GB DDR3-1600 CAS8 with AirFlow Fan - $859.98

SSD: 2x Intel X-25M Mainstream 160GB 2.5" SATA 2 MLC SSD - $899.98

I'm quite very busy now so I'll add more tonight, these are all the high end parts that would cost you alot of cash :p 

Chassis: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full Tower Chassis - $299.99

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May 11, 2010 6:40:43 AM

Wow this could be fun!

Case and PSU! 510.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU and Motherboard! 1260.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD! 740.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory and Graphics card! 495.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Monitor! 310.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-Ray Burner! 140.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner! 20.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All done and the Total is:

3475.00

Wow you know, you should really give people a limit to be honest there is overkill even in the hardware world. I'm sorry you should put a limit on this cause its a waste to be honest. I could build you a really nice computer for 850 or 900 cash. It's up to you though.
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May 11, 2010 6:44:35 AM

The CPU and VGA are from 2008 and with a 10k budget you wont be using 22" monitors
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May 11, 2010 6:47:20 AM

I'll take a crack at this!
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May 11, 2010 6:52:11 AM

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Get an I7-980x and a Rampage III extreme if you have that much to burn. I'll edit this later.


this! get an ssd. all those expensive stuff or quadfire a 5970.
kidding. just sort the highest price in newegg and click buy
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May 11, 2010 6:56:15 AM

xurwin said:
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Get an I7-980x and a Rampage III extreme if you have that much to burn. I'll edit this later.


this! get an ssd. all those expensive stuff or quadfire a 5970.
kidding. just sort the highest price in newegg and click buy


+1^

lol....
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May 11, 2010 7:02:28 AM

3 of these monitors: 350x3 $1050.
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Leaving 1400 to set up water cooling, and of course shipping. :) 
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May 11, 2010 7:03:38 AM

xurwin said:
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Get an I7-980x and a Rampage III extreme if you have that much to burn. I'll edit this later.


this! get an ssd. all those expensive stuff or quadfire a 5970.
kidding. just sort the highest price in newegg and click buy


Thats actually what I did for the build I made. Go through all the components and select sort by most expensive lol
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May 11, 2010 7:04:01 AM

What is the deal with Hexa-Channel RAM? I can't find any decent articals relating to it. I did find one in regards to dual channel vs. triple channel. As part if the test they put 6Gb of triple channel up against 12Gb and the cost didnt even come close to increase in performance. Which makes me wonder why I should even consider maxing the board out at 24Gb. Just seems like a waste. At least for what I use the computer for.

Hunt
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May 11, 2010 7:06:38 AM

I would do it in a pic, but Im working midshift on a military installation so our website access is severely limited.
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May 11, 2010 7:07:25 AM

Thats so confusing looking!

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May 11, 2010 7:08:32 AM

I picked 24 GB because it's excessive and to me, it's another way to future proof. Maybe in 10 years you'll need 20 GB to game with!
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May 11, 2010 7:12:51 AM

cmcghee358 said:
I would do it in a pic, but Im working midshift on a military installation so our website access is severely limited.


I know exactly what your talking about! Im sitting in Camp Ramadi, Iraq right now and MWR has so much crap limited. NIPR computer is worse though.

Hunt
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May 11, 2010 7:14:12 AM

The good news is, is I have nothing better to do from 2200-0600 but cruise Tom's Hardware forums and help out!
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May 11, 2010 7:14:49 AM

Also it's impossibl to truly future proof but I'd expect any build you do for 10,000 to last 4-6 years. to be perfectly honest.
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May 11, 2010 7:18:21 AM

Dang I was medically discharged from MCRD San Diego!
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May 11, 2010 7:40:40 AM

Is Koolance still the king of water cooling? I have built 10+ machines but never a w/c setup. If not Koolance, who or what would you recommend?
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May 11, 2010 7:41:56 AM

I don't have experience or knowledge on it, so I'm not in a position to comment, sorry.
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May 11, 2010 10:01:28 AM

huntrik, I have a serious question, how long do you plan on having this computer before upgrading again?
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May 11, 2010 10:02:21 AM

Like I said, if I was spending 10,000 on a PC, I'd expect 4-6 years+
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May 11, 2010 10:07:47 AM

cool but I asked huntrik.
Recommending 24 gb is RAM is absolutely absurd, especially when 12GB won't be needed in 4-6 years.
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May 11, 2010 10:55:32 AM

I was 1000 dollars short on his build :p 

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May 11, 2010 11:19:12 AM

amk09 said:
huntrik, I have a serious question, how long do you plan on having this computer before upgrading again?



You can see the system I built 2 years ago. I didn't have any future planning there. That system cost me just over 3k at the time with shipping and everything. If I remember correctly, I had everything overnighted. The raptor drives I did for sure cause I bought them the minute they came on Newegg. I know what you're saying about the RAM, nothing needs that much right now especially for what Im using the system for.

Here is where I'm at. The current system I have can not be upgradged without replacing everything shy of the PSU. So I thought I'd go big and like cmcghee358 said make it last 4-6 years with small upgrades here and there.

Hunt
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May 11, 2010 11:48:18 AM

I like where your head is at! :wahoo: 

I wonder though, what is the difference (if any) in performance with the X5680 vs. i7-980X?

EDIT: That motherboard is sick though!!
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May 11, 2010 12:38:30 PM

That looks so much like an integration of cmcghee and my post.
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May 11, 2010 2:26:30 PM

@huntrik

I'd like to recommend trimming about $4K off that system build and redirect it at a home theater setup (you did mention movies). Probably look at a $2500 1080p projector and a nice $900 sound system.

-Wolf sends
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May 11, 2010 2:34:29 PM

huntrik said:
I like where your head is at! :wahoo: 

I wonder though, what is the difference (if any) in performance with the X5680 vs. i7-980X?

EDIT: That motherboard is sick though!!


Indeed. That motherboard is what gives geeks around the world wet dreams right now. I know you've been dodging bullets and working your ass off, that's why we're going to think big and do this right, and right now. The future is always uncertain.

To specifically answer your question, the main difference between the Core i7 980 and the Xeon X5680 is the QPI bus.

http://ark.intel.com/inc/images/diagrams/diagram-17.gif

The Core i7 980X has a single QPI bus for data between the CPU and the IOH (input-output hub). It can only be installed on a single processor motherboard with an Intel X58 chipset; it can not be installed on a dual-socket motherboard.

The Xeon X5680 has two QPI buses. One is for data between the CPU and the IOH and the other for data between the first CPU and the second CPU. It is intended to be installed on a dual-processor motherboard with an Intel 5520 chipset, but can also be installed on a single-socket X58 chipset motherboard.

There is also a third processor with the same specs as the i7 980X and the Xeon X5680, the Xeon W3680.

The Xeon W3680 has a single QPI bus like the i7 980X and is intended for use on single processor workstation motherboards. The Xeon W3680 can not be installed on a duel-socket motherboard but can be installed on most X58 chipset motherboards that support the i7 980X Extreme Edition. If you are going to buy a single processor motherboard, buy the i7 980X or the Xeon W3680.

The price premium for the Xeon X5680 is for the ability to install two processors on a dual-socket motherboard with 6 channel memory (each CPU has tri channel memory) 24 CPU cores with HT enabled.

Intel Xeon processors are not "geared for" any single purpose and your graphics solution depends on your intended use of the system.

If you are running apps like 3D modeling, engineering, CAD, simulations then you choose the Nvidia Quadro or ATI FirePro graphics solution. If you are running games, you choose Nvidia GeForce or ATI Radeon graphics. For business applications either graphics solution will work.

The biggest problem with dual-socket motherboards is the lack of BIOS options for adjusting the CPU and memory parameters (overclocking) even though the Xeon X5680 is an Extreme Edition processor. There is only one dual-socket LGA 1366 motherboard that has those options right now, and that is the EVGA SR-2.

If that was too much to read, I'll summarise it here: Get the Core i7 980X or Xeon W3680 if you don't want a dual-CPU system. Otherwise, get the X5680. You'll probably want three or four GTX 480's in SLI for games. That motherboard can do it.

There are also 8 core CPUs now in the Xeon line, but the top one will run you more than 6000 bucks. You don't need that kind of processing power unless you're predicting the weather.

My mouth waters everytime I look at this link:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

Remember, that's just for one CPU, not two in parallel.
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May 11, 2010 3:30:47 PM

Make your budget 5k and take the rest and either

A. invest in the stock market/ new house/ land/ guns (something that will hold value)
B. Save it
C. Vacation

I mean seriously there's no need to spend this much after 5k your performance diminishes rather quickly. As soon as you buy it, it becomes old gen rather quick. Thanks for serving in our armed forces.
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May 11, 2010 6:00:27 PM

Agreed, you should cut your budget huntrik, you won't see any performance difference between the i7 930 and the i7 980x.

I'm not trying to flame you for spending your money, i'm just trying to help you make a smart decision. If you spent 10k now, in 2-3 years you're system will be nothing special. If you spent 3k-4k now, you will have a top of the line computer capable of doing anything you wish for just as long as a 10k system, then in 3 years, you can spend another 3k-4k and have another top of the line system that will make your 10k system look like complete garbage.

If you go all out and buy the most expensive things out, you will have no upgrade path other than a new graphics card.

If you want to spend 10k, do as you wish, but its not wise.
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May 11, 2010 6:06:27 PM

Wow, people here never stop with their "that's too much money to spend on a PC" crap. They also don't bother reading the posts before them. What the hell has happened to Tom's recently. It's turned sour with everyone trying to tell you what you should do with your money.
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May 11, 2010 6:31:41 PM

Agreed I think he knows how much he wants to spend.

And on this budget three or four way sli 480 gtx's and go 3 screen 3d Thats the best nice way to waste that much money.

monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... X3 1200

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... X4 2000

CPU: 980x : 1000

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 400

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... X2 800


The rest is the usual.
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May 11, 2010 8:52:45 PM

This has become crazy Huntrik, you need to figure out how much you want to spend and to not make TomsHardware members go out on a limb like this, I mean it just seems to me like we need a more serious post. Sorry to say it.

FYI: I'm sure if you spent $10,000.00 on a PC you will be disappointed, I know how much I like computers, but I also know that life has ways of making you regret things you have done trust me.
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May 11, 2010 9:05:40 PM

SHANEMARINES said:
This has become crazy Huntrik, you need to figure out how much you want to spend and to not make TomsHardware members go out on a limb like this, I mean it just seems to me like we need a more serious post. Sorry to say it.

FYI: I'm sure if you spent $10,000.00 on a PC you will be disappointed, I know how much I like computers, but I also know that life has ways of making you regret things you have done trust me.


THIS! he's so right. just buy a 3d tv for $5000. and also a 2k surrond sound. 7.1 sound sssystem. then. 3k budget for that PC. and hook it up on that 3d tv

10k :) 
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May 11, 2010 9:31:34 PM

With a $10,000 budget, I would take a look at this site, and seriously consider checking these guys out.

http://www.murderbox.com/home.html

$10,000 is a considerable investment, and if it were me, I'd want the finished product to reflect the kind of craftsmanship that these guys seem to put into their builds.

just my $.02
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May 11, 2010 9:40:00 PM

i_hate_flying said:
Wow, people here never stop with their "that's too much money to spend on a PC" crap. They also don't bother reading the posts before them. What the hell has happened to Tom's recently. It's turned sour with everyone trying to tell you what you should do with your money.


All we are trying to do is help him make a smart investment. The parts you are recommending are not smart investments. He can get the same quality/performance for much cheaper.

And I specifically said I wasn't trying to flame him, just trying to help him make a wiser choice so that in 3 years he won't be disappointed when his stuff is nothing special.

Would you rather spend 10k and be mad 3 years later that its mediocre system? Or would you rather spend 3k for the same performance and still have that extra 7k to upgrade 2 more times in the next 5 years? I don't know about you, but upgrading is sure a heck of a lot of fun, and always something to look forward to. He'll be happier upgrading when the newest top of the line parts come, than spending it all now and not having any left to upgrade, especially when in 2 years there will MUCH better parts for the same prices.

The forum is not "turning sour", there just happens to be people with intelligence and common sense here.
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May 11, 2010 9:59:27 PM

thats an amazing budget. Please be smart. With that much you woudn't want to screw it up, Personally i would buy it from a decent performance machine maker like falcon and not have to stress about screwing it up. Save the extra money for upgrades and your next pc. Spending 10k will be great now but you can get the same performance for 3k and have money to build with newer and better parts in the years to come. I agree with AMK09
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May 11, 2010 11:15:01 PM

As a fellow vet, and someone who's helped a friend build a $6000 system my advice would be to not blow it all in one build.

Tech moves so damn fast, that in 6 months, nothing in the build you'll come up with will still be top of the line.

Definitely splurge on yourself, but do it as a pace.

Get an AM3 mobo you know you'll be able to upgrade repeatedly. (USB and SATA 3.) Pair it with a 1090T six-core. Throw it in a nice, well build and spacious case (HAF932). Get a decent SSD (128 GB range... Vertex?) and a 1-2 TB storage drive(WD SATA 3 Caviar Black). 4-8 Gigs of RAM. Get a solid, efficient, modular power supply (like the Nexus RX-1100) and top it off with an X-Vapor 5850 or 70. Start with a single Viewsonic X VX2739WM and then throw the rest into a separate bank account.

Use that fund to continually upgrade the system over the years with parts that will outclass today's best parts (even if they themselves aren't the top of the line in the moment.)

You won't use 12-24 Gigs of RAM for quite some time, and there's no sense having it go to waste while you don't need it. (Besides the fact that RAM prices are insane right now.)

SSDs are way too expensive to heavily invest in right now. Prices get better every month, as do the speeds. A moderately sized OS/game install drive will do you just fine for the next couple of years while price/performance increase.

New generations of graphic cards come out about yearly. Spend half to a quarter as much for more than enough for today's games, and spend the rest on a later generation that supports DX12 and outclasses everything on the market today. (Though, by the time you build this the 6000 series of Radeons may be coming due. Plus you can always add a second card as an upgrade.

Monitors can be added easily. Displays are also always improving. (Though that Viewsonic looks pretty impressive... might be OK to grab 3. ;)  )

AM3 mobo should last you a while, and a solid power supply will power your system through all the upgrade phases.

You could easily do something like the above for around $3000-$3500 (Including OS, mouse/keyboard, liquid cooling, case... though only one monitor). And have a lot of scratch for "down-the-road" or other niceties like an awesome desk and chair (very important).

Ultimately, I think you'll be happier with your system 4-6 years from now if you pace the build/investment. Build a best bang for the buck with future upgrades in mind, and then just stash the cash.
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May 11, 2010 11:25:18 PM

Shadodragon said:
As a fellow vet, and someone who's helped a friend build a $6000 system my advice would be to not blow it all in one build.

Tech moves so damn fast, that in 6 months, nothing in the build you'll come up with will still be top of the line.

Definitely splurge on yourself, but do it as a pace.

Get an AM3 mobo you know you'll be able to upgrade repeatedly. (USB and SATA 3.) Pair it with a 1090T six-core. Throw it in a nice, well build and spacious case (HAF932). Get a decent SSD (128 GB range... Vertex?) and a 1-2 TB storage drive(WD SATA 3 Caviar Black). 4-8 Gigs of RAM. Get a solid, efficient, modular power supply (like the Nexus RX-1100) and top it off with an X-Vapor 5850 or 70. Start with a single Viewsonic X VX2739WM and then throw the rest into a separate bank account.

Use that fund to continually upgrade the system over the years with parts that will outclass today's best parts (even if they themselves aren't the top of the line in the moment.)

You won't use 12-24 Gigs of RAM for quite some time, and there's no sense having it go to waste while you don't need it. (Besides the fact that RAM prices are insane right now.)

SSDs are way too expensive to heavily invest in right now. Prices get better every month, as do the speeds. A moderately sized OS/game install drive will do you just fine for the next couple of years while price/performance increase.

New generations of graphic cards come out about yearly. Spend half to a quarter as much for more than enough for today's games, and spend the rest on a later generation that supports DX12 and outclasses everything on the market today. (Though, by the time you build this the 6000 series of Radeons may be coming due. Plus you can always add a second card as an upgrade.

Monitors can be added easily. Displays are also always improving. (Though that Viewsonic looks pretty impressive... might be OK to grab 3. ;)  )

AM3 mobo should last you a while, and a solid power supply will power your system through all the upgrade phases.

You could easily do something like the above for around $3000-$3500 (Including OS, mouse/keyboard, liquid cooling, case... though only one monitor). And have a lot of scratch for "down-the-road" or other niceties like an awesome desk and chair (very important).

Ultimately, I think you'll be happier with your system 4-6 years from now if you pace the build/investment. Build a best bang for the buck with future upgrades in mind, and then just stash the cash.



AMEN!!!

Don't make an irrational decision just because ya got the $$$!!!
Good luck with your build.
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May 12, 2010 12:33:53 AM

This is the most interesting thread I've ever read here, and even perhaps, on the internet. Sorry, I have nothing to really add to it. Keep up the good work. :D 
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May 12, 2010 2:56:13 AM

OK, huntrik, you sure know how to get this group charged up. Can't believe so many of you have tried to talk this poor guy out of his toy.

Since no one has suggessted 3D Surround Vision, or had any really good recommendations for multiple monitors, then I will:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/3D_Vision_Surround_Technol...

Here is where you buy the goggles and first monitor:
http://store.nvidia.com/DRHM/servlet/ControllerServlet?...

Here is where you buy the other two Samsung 120 hz monitors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't forget the 2 GTX480 GPUs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total price for your most awesome graphics: $2,264 plus shipping.

As for the rest of the rig, I tried to select highest quality, without useless excess. I know you can spend $10,000 on a PC, because I dream of doing it someday myself. My recomendations are what I would buy for myself, if I had the cash right now.

You must have the i7 980 hex core chip:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am really happy with my EVGA mobo. I think you are almost obligated to overclock this baby, and you will not be disappointed:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't let the riff-raff talk you out of a solid state drive. I love my Intel SSD (although I only have the 80 Gb version):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But even better, Crucial has a faster SSD on the market, and it is only a couple hundred more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Toss in a couple of raid class hard drives for extra storage. These are spinpoints, not the most expensive, but very nice and ranked highly:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You were right about the memory. Go with less (maybe 6 GB) and get the fast stuff (helps with the OC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You gotta go with a johnnyGURU recommended power supply. This one received the highest score I have ever seen him bestow (9.9 out of 10):
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Hey I know this is not a complete build. I am not experienced in water cooling to be much help there. I priced deluxe systems out at around $1000, wihch includes all the parts for CPU, GPU and bridge cooling. Take your time there to study and get familiar before you take the plunge.

Save some money for a desk and chair. It would look pretty weird if you put this machine on milk crates after you bought it!

So good luck and let us all know how it turns out.

Come back alive.
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May 12, 2010 5:14:35 AM

eloric said:
OK, huntrik, you sure know how to get this group charged up. Can't believe so many of you have tried to talk this poor guy out of his toy.

Since no one has suggessted 3D Surround Vision, or had any really good recommendations for multiple monitors, then I will:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/3D_Vision_Surround_Technol...

Here is where you buy the goggles and first monitor:
http://store.nvidia.com/DRHM/servlet/ControllerServlet?...

Here is where you buy the other two Samsung 120 hz monitors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't forget the 2 GTX480 GPUs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total price for your most awesome graphics: $2,264 plus shipping.

As for the rest of the rig, I tried to select highest quality, without useless excess. I know you can spend $10,000 on a PC, because I dream of doing it someday myself. My recomendations are what I would buy for myself, if I had the cash right now.

You must have the i7 980 hex core chip:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am really happy with my EVGA mobo. I think you are almost obligated to overclock this baby, and you will not be disappointed:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't let the riff-raff talk you out of a solid state drive. I love my Intel SSD (although I only have the 80 Gb version):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But even better, Crucial has a faster SSD on the market, and it is only a couple hundred more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Toss in a couple of raid class hard drives for extra storage. These are spinpoints, not the most expensive, but very nice and ranked highly:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You were right about the memory. Go with less (maybe 6 GB) and get the fast stuff (helps with the OC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You gotta go with a johnnyGURU recommended power supply. This one received the highest score I have ever seen him bestow (9.9 out of 10):
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Hey I know this is not a complete build. I am not experienced in water cooling to be much help there. I priced deluxe systems out at around $1000, wihch includes all the parts for CPU, GPU and bridge cooling. Take your time there to study and get familiar before you take the plunge.

Save some money for a desk and chair. It would look pretty weird if you put this machine on milk crates after you bought it!

So good luck and let us all know how it turns out.

Come back alive.


Eurm I suggested 3d vision surroud lol(sorry I didn't include the 3d vision kit). I may not have been very budget conscies, but that isn't the question thats been asked. The question was what would a good 10000 system be.
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May 12, 2010 5:18:19 AM

People stop telling the guy what to do with his life. If thats what you want to do go to yahoo answers and tell people what whether they should dump there girlfriend or not. But this remains a website for hardware and software advice not financiel counseling.
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May 12, 2010 5:35:06 AM

jdx said:
This is the most interesting thread I've ever read here, and even perhaps, on the internet. Sorry, I have nothing to really add to it. Keep up the good work. :D 


^+1 LOL hahahahaha but true
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May 12, 2010 8:01:31 AM

SHANEMARINES said:
This has become crazy Huntrik, you need to figure out how much you want to spend and to not make TomsHardware members go out on a limb like this, I mean it just seems to me like we need a more serious post. Sorry to say it.

FYI: I'm sure if you spent $10,000.00 on a PC you will be disappointed, I know how much I like computers, but I also know that life has ways of making you regret things you have done trust me.



He did figure out how much he wants to spend. It's in the subject line of this topic. In case you missed it, IT'S TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. Going out on a limb? You make it sound as if recommending a computer build is some sort of risky situation and we're all in danger.

"life has ways of making you regret things you have done trust me" What does your STD have to do with a soldier coming home from war and wanting to live it up? Do you have the audacity to think for a second that you know what this guy needs? Who knows when he's going off again and coming back, don't pretend like you get that. You haven't added anything to this topic, you've just come by to gawk like the rest of the teenagers who can't imagine what 10000 bucks looks like.
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