Need Advice on a $3000 Gaming/ Multitasking/ Rendering build

Please take a look and let me know if it looks like a good setup


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Virtual Servers, Gaming, Multitasking, movies, Adobe After Effects Development, video editing "Tons of Rendering", 3d Max

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers



PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 CPU, Full tower case


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet PC, other future upgrades

I had a really hard time picking a Case and Motherboard i just dont know that much about them.
im open for any changes on anything.....

List of Parts.

"2"ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1)

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer "Ultimate Gamer" choose 3Way SLI + PhysX at Real X16 X58 CEB Intel Motherboard

Processor and GPU
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH

Video Card
XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

Power Supply
SPARKLE COMPUTER CORP Gold Class GW-EPS1000DA 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular

Xigmatek Intel Core i7 compatible THOR'S HAMMER HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler

Sound Card

Hard Drive
2x SAMSUNG F1 RAID Class HE103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
will be adding 2 more 1TB hard drives

CD / DVD / Blue-ray drives
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

LITE-ON Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model iHES208-08 LightScribe Support

Windows Server 2003 And Windows 7

any incompatibilities with my parts?
Would you change anything with this set up?
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  1. First up I would change the GPU to a GTX 480, to take advantage of CUDA while rendering.

    Scrap the Sparkle and get a quality PSU such as the 850HX, that is tested and will actually do a better job.

    Timing is more important than frequency when it comes to DRAM. Here is a much faster and less expensive kit:
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    ^+1 for the PSU and Nvidia card...though for gaming, I still would prefer ATI, but the CUDA feature from Nvidia will certainly benefit the apps that you will be using...and you can see a great reduction in processing time...

    As for the RAM, if you are planning for high overclock, then those RAM kits are the higher speeds will allow you to reach higher clock speeds easy...
    But I would suggest a kit like this...
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB)
    Yes a 12GB kit with 3 sticks...
    - More the RAM, the better for rendering and Photoshop...
    - You will not be able to set high speeds on memories if you plan to populate all the 6 slots to get 12GB...
    - Having 3 slots free would allow for future memory upgrades...

    And as for the build, some changes...

    1. Mobo - The mobo is a good one, but I am sure you will not use its added features... Reason - Why would you need 4 PCIe slots running @ x16 when you will be running a HD 5970 ??
    My choice would be this one...
    ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 - A very good mobo with lots of feature and also SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0
    PSU - Corsair 850HX - Will allow for another graphics card...

    CPU + GPU - GTX 470

    CPU Cooler - IMO a equally good one for nearly half...and comes with a fan too...
    Scythe Mugen Rev.B

    SSD - For such a budget, no SSD ??
    OCZ Agility 2 60GB


    BD Combo

    CASE - Maybe the new HAF X ??
  3. Nice!
  4. Why the GTX 470 and not the GTX480?

    I'm thinking duel GTX 470s....
  5. ^ GTX 470 is a better value...
    And if you are planning for 2 cards and also will overclock, then you might want to check out the new cards(GF104) that Nvidia will be launching by Mid-July...those are supposed to be very efficient than the GF100 chips and will have good overclocking headroom...
  6. thanks gkay09... i just ordered most of it... but i can't make up my mind on the gtx / 5970 and the RAM.
  7. ^ Well any specific reasons why ??
  8. gtx for cuda and for better performance in tessellation did u get the ASUS P6X58D Premium i would have prefered the gigabyte ga x58a ud3r same features of the ASUS P6X58D Premium but at a lower price also some people say that it oces better
  9. not really the amount of RAM but the Timing of the RAM.... I don't think i will be overclock the RAM only video card and the processor.
  10. I wouldn't get 470 sli at the start. It removes your upgrade path, you can bump up performanceby 45percent max when you add your third 470. If a 470 isn't enough for you I'd opt for a 480. 480s have the best upgrade path on the market.
  11. Best answer selected by cce007.
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