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July 20, 2010 5:15:08 AM

My friend is on vacation right now and he says he wants me to build him a PC worth 15 grand. Any suggestions on parts? I don't even know where to start.

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July 20, 2010 5:21:34 AM

lol, why
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July 20, 2010 5:37:42 AM

Build a $7000 system by buying the most expensive of everything and then keep the change.
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July 20, 2010 6:01:21 AM

Co re i7 980X $1000
Noctua NH D14 $80
Radeon HD5970 x2 $1358
Gskill PI + Turbulence 6gb ddr3 cl6 x2 $558
Gigabyte Ga x58a-ud9 $700
samsung spin point f3 1tb x4 $300
intel x25m 160gb ssd x2 $900
plextor blu Ray burner $220
corsair 1000hx $230
corsair 800D $280
Dell Ultrasharp 2410 x3 $1800
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July 20, 2010 4:31:45 PM

$15000 is a retarded amount to spend on a gaming PC, assuming that's what he wants it for.

However, I'd start by getting him an i7 980X, ASUS X58 Rampage Extreme III, and some uber expensive 2000mhz triple channel RAM. Maybe get 3 way SLI GTX480s, hell, go 4-way why not (you know, aside from the uselessness).

Get 3 massive monitors with 120hz refresh rates for surround vision, 3D gaming.

Z5500 5.1 speakers (or better!)

AuzenTech HD HomeTheater 7.1 sound card

Custom water cooling

Lian Li case

1000W or more PSU

6 500GB HDD for RAID 10 (lol)

SSD boot drive

Uhh what else can you waste cash on? Oh, BluRay burner!
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July 20, 2010 4:36:14 PM

Might as well blow money on those killer nic cards.
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July 20, 2010 4:58:48 PM

this is lame reccomending a 980x or a mac on a 15k build pls. Or even worse reccomending not to spend 15k :p . And best of all reccomending ati, you people make me laugh :D 

Lets get down to buisness. I my friend will tell you what speed is all about

cpu: dual xeon. what else? 3000

mobo: evga sr-2 600

case: 800d or a high end lian li 300

cooling: depening on your modding skills either a custom sub ambient loop or this http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2010/07/20/hai... 1000

4X 480gtx: again what else? 2000

RAM :Now comes the good stuff which will ensure that your pc is amazingly fast

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

four of these with 2 h30 waterblocks. I'd say keep 8gb for normal usage make the other 40gb a ram disc.

storage: 4X c300 256gb with an adaptec raid controller 3000

Some 2tb caviar black if you need more

psu: silverstone strider 1500w 400

creative sound card: 200

NIC: 100

total: 12500

Now that my friend is a hell of a system. With the dual xeon, ram disc and c300s it will run laps around any of the other suggested systems. It's more expensive but hey that's what you wanted right?

now the pheripherals:

gaming keyboard: whatever suites your fancy

mouse: RAT 7 or RAT 9 depending whether you want wired or not

wheels and joysticks depending which suit your fancy

total 500-1000

speakers: Maybe bose probably bose is a little underkill

roughly 1000

display: 3X asus 120hz screens(forgot the name) + 3d vision

total 120hz

Now that will kick some ass
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July 20, 2010 5:05:58 PM

^ Haha yeah that would. By dual Xeon, you mean literally 2 CPUs?? Crazyness. Never thought of that.

Never heard of a RAM disc.

I think a Creative card isn't the best tho, spend an extra 100 on the AuzenTech HD HomeTheater ;) 
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July 20, 2010 5:15:57 PM

Yup 2 improved 980s in a single kickass system thats something to dream about huh? ;) 

and a ram disc is simply a partition in you ram memory which you can use as storage. It's normally useless becase of the small ram size but when you're talking about 24gb of ram and here even 48gb it's something to consider. Ram discs mop the floor with SSDs but sadly when the system shuts down your data is erased. So you'll have to install a proggram that transfers the data to the ram disc everytime it switches on and back when it shuts down. But considering the insane speed of a ram disc it's well worth it.

Don't know anything about sound cards just knew creative was well regarded. If you say auzentech is better than yeah that would be a better option.
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July 20, 2010 5:50:37 PM

first of all, we need to hear back from the OP for what this build is used for, you guys thinking it might be a gaming build but he may want a server of some sort

IMO gaming build doesn't need dual processors or even the 980x, the i7-930 would be plenty (OC'ed of course) with 4 x GTX480 and a good sized SSD, not $15k, only like 5k but more worth it in money (as you could build 3 and have friends come over and play!!!)
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July 20, 2010 5:53:56 PM

mindless728 said:
first of all, we need to hear back from the OP for what this build is used for, you guys thinking it might be a gaming build but he may want a server of some sort

IMO gaming build doesn't need dual processors or even the 980x, the i7-930 would be plenty (OC'ed of course) with 4 x GTX480 and a good sized SSD, not $15k, only like 5k but more worth it in money (as you could build 3 and have friends come over and play!!!)


Yeah, for a gaming rig nobody needs to spend $15k. However, since that's what the request was for... why not!? lol
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July 20, 2010 5:57:32 PM

wolfram23 said:
Yeah, for a gaming rig nobody needs to spend $15k. However, since that's what the request was for... why not!? lol


because if we can save him $10k for a build that performs just as good, why not, that's a good amount to put down on a car (or even buy a car outright)

also he could have 3 $5k builds that will perform just as good, or save the rest for future build or make a file server ($10k worth of drives is a lot), personally i like buying 3 of the builds and having friends come over
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July 20, 2010 6:02:40 PM

mindless728 said:
because if we can save him $10k for a build that performs just as good, why not, that's a good amount to put down on a car (or even buy a car outright)

also he could have 3 $5k builds that will perform just as good, or save the rest for future build or make a file server ($10k worth of drives is a lot), personally i like buying 3 of the builds and having friends come over



something tells me that someone willing to blow 15k for a PC is not going to buy a 5k car...
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July 20, 2010 6:06:38 PM

i said save him $10k (so $5k build) which could be a decent car or a good down payment
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July 20, 2010 6:17:00 PM

What if he's a millionaire, is on vacation in his $500k yacht, touring the mediterranean, and would like to spend at least $15k on his PC? You never know!
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July 20, 2010 6:21:10 PM

Ohhh for crying out loud people this thread is about what a good idea is for a 15k pc not whether a 15k pc is a good idea. If I had the cash I'd happily get a 15k pc. It's not at all useless. a 5k pc with a 980 is much much slower than the pc I suggested. The raid array and ram discs make it overall MUCH MUCH faster and the dual xeons make it a rendering monster.

And yes the pc may not be for gaming but unless he tells me otherwise I'm assuming it is.
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July 20, 2010 6:33:59 PM

Bootable drives are so last year man :p 

Isn't the c300 array I suggested faster than the OCZ? Sadly there aren't many benchmarks. I wonder why? lol

Do you use a ram disc? is it noticably fast?

And what is JBOD?
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July 20, 2010 6:44:11 PM

Somebody_007 said:
Ohhh for crying out loud people this thread is about what a good idea is for a 15k pc not whether a 15k pc is a good idea. If I had the cash I'd happily get a 15k pc. It's not at all useless. a 5k pc with a 980 is much much slower than the pc I suggested. The raid array and ram discs make it overall MUCH MUCH faster and the dual xeons make it a rendering monster.

And yes the pc may not be for gaming but unless he tells me otherwise I'm assuming it is.


and why would you even assume its a gaming build in the first place, if i see build and over $10k i am thinking workstation as $5k is plenty for a very good rig built from parts, besides i did say we need to hear from him first before jumping to anything
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July 20, 2010 6:49:01 PM

Does anyone notice the OP isn't there anymore? Makes me think we're all on a wild goose chase.
He's just thrown a bait & now we're all thrashing around.
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July 20, 2010 6:54:06 PM

ksampanna said:
Does anyone notice the OP isn't there anymore? Makes me think we're all on a wild goose chase.
He's just thrown a bait & now we're all thrashing around.


that's fine, i don't mind an argument here and there
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July 20, 2010 7:31:55 PM

yeah me too it's kind of fun.

I'm assuming it's a gaming build because it's statistically likely. It could be that it isn't and then I'll change the build.
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July 20, 2010 7:46:43 PM

the only thing i can think of with 4 x GTX480's that would take the budget well over $5k is to get 5 30" 2560x1600 monitors, put them in portrait mode (vertical not horizontal), and set them up in a 5x1 configuration netting 8000x2560 resolution for games

EDIT: 5 x LG W3000H-Bn would be roughly $5800
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July 20, 2010 9:24:22 PM

mindless728 said:
the only thing i can think of with 4 x GTX480's that would take the budget well over $5k is to get 5 30" 2560x1600 monitors, put them in portrait mode (vertical not horizontal), and set them up in a 5x1 configuration netting 8000x2560 resolution for games

EDIT: 5 x LG W3000H-Bn would be roughly $5800


That would be so cool.
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July 20, 2010 10:13:54 PM

Right, my plan for this one would be Grab the most expensive 1366 socket mobo you can find, the i7 980x, 24GB tri channel Corsair Dominator RAM, 4 ATI 5970's, a big case, like lian Li armoursuit or x2000 .. rig up fully watercooled .. buy loads of LED lights for it (waste cash and cool effects) .. the Samsung Eyefinity-6 monitor cause its awesome, as many 256GB SSD drives as you can fit into the machine in a raid 0 array... hrmm what else do you need? heck.. if you havnt spent enough buy an extra samsung eyefinity-6 monitor setup XD.. that should be enough
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July 20, 2010 10:19:08 PM

Vadorsystems said:
Right, my plan for this one would be Grab the most expensive 1366 socket mobo you can find, the i7 980x, 24GB tri channel Corsair Dominator RAM, 4 ATI 5970's, a big case, like lian Li armoursuit or x2000 .. rig up fully watercooled .. buy loads of LED lights for it (waste cash and cool effects) .. the Samsung Eyefinity-6 monitor cause its awesome, as many 256GB SSD drives as you can fit into the machine in a raid 0 array... hrmm what else do you need? heck.. if you havnt spent enough buy an extra samsung eyefinity-6 monitor setup XD.. that should be enough


Just a few questions

Is there any way in shich this is better than my build?

whats the point of 6 screens? you can just get 3 big ones in portrait
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July 20, 2010 10:19:50 PM

Somebody_007 said:
this is lame reccomending a 980x or a mac on a 15k build pls. Or even worse reccomending not to spend 15k :p . And best of all reccomending ati, you people make me laugh :D 

Lets get down to buisness. I my friend will tell you what speed is all about

cpu: dual xeon. what else? 3000


Wow... Just wow! I checked intel's site and they have a 6 Core and a 8 Core CPU.

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=47917
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=47929
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=47916

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=46499&processor=X7...

Let alone one... Imagine the power of two!!!! JESUS! Talk about maxing out crysis and getting 500FPS. :D  :D 
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July 20, 2010 10:30:09 PM

I'm with somebody_007 here. The OP asked for a $15k build (although I'm starting to believe this is some kind of joke seeing as the OP is nowhere to be seen) so why shouldn't he get a $15k build? He didn't say "I've got $15k, should I buy a car or a PC?"

I get annoyed when someone says "I want to get a computer which uses the Core i7-980X so it'll be mega future proof and I have the money for it" and then a load of people come along and say "The AMD Phenom II X6 has a better price/performance ratio..."

EDIT: What if he's talking about 15000 Indian Rupees? That's $321 :) 
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July 20, 2010 10:30:20 PM

i would rather get a nice bike with that amount and speed on the highway !
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July 20, 2010 10:35:51 PM

Somebody_007 said:
Just a few questions

Is there any way in shich this is better than my build?

whats the point of 6 screens? you can just get 3 big ones in portrait



Better then your build? No I doubt it, was just an alternate suggestion though keeping fairly similar due to using expensive ass parts.

And the point of six screens, im not too sure.. I just like the look of the Eyefinity 6 setup that samsung do
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July 20, 2010 10:39:38 PM

I'd rather sell my '92 Prelude and buy a nicer, newer car with that money hah.


But yeah, I think somebody_007 has the "winning" build so far, although I do like mindless728's monitor suggestion.
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July 20, 2010 10:40:12 PM

Vadorsystems said:
Better then your build? No I doubt it, was just an alternate suggestion though keeping fairly similar due to using expensive ass parts.

And the point of six screens, im not too sure.. I just like the look of the Eyefinity 6 setup that samsung do


i too support the idea of 3 big 30 inch screens , as opposed to 6 .
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July 21, 2010 1:06:59 AM

Quote:

Do you use a ram disc? is it noticably fast?

And what is JBOD?

Disk vs Disc?

JBOD= Just a Bunch of Disks
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July 21, 2010 3:20:16 AM

Custom mount a few diamonds on the front of the case, and you will meet your cost objectives.
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July 21, 2010 3:41:04 AM

If I had to spend that kind of money on system ONLY (such as a Newegg gift card), I would easily spend $8,000 on three of these:

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

After that, if I could spend it anyway I want, I would spend maybe $2,000 on the PC, and the rest on a car or bills.
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July 21, 2010 3:55:47 AM

Ubrales said:
Custom mount a few diamonds on the front of the case, and you will meet your cost objectives.


Hah! That is awesome.
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July 21, 2010 6:24:38 AM

runswindows95 said:
If I had to spend that kind of money on system ONLY (such as a Newegg gift card), I would easily spend $8,000 on three of these:

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

After that, if I could spend it anyway I want, I would spend maybe $2,000 on the PC, and the rest on a car or bills.


That display would be useless for anything other than as a professional graphics solution.

I would get something like this:
980X w/ Gigabyte GA X58 UD9
2 X ASUS Ares 4 GB
3 X Patriot Viper ll Sector 5 Edition 4 GB DDR3 2500
Corsair Obsidian 800D w/ Corsair VX1200
Custom Phase cooling
6 X LG Infinia 60" Plasma
Bose 10.1
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July 21, 2010 7:57:25 AM

WoW, I been waiting on that dual socket evga board. Drooooooooool, :) 
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July 21, 2010 9:04:33 AM

TheDuel said:
My friend is on vacation right now and he says he wants me to build him a PC worth 15 grand. Any suggestions on parts? I don't even know where to start.


I have yet to read this entire thread so I'm sure it's been said already. But if you don't even know where to start with a 15k budget, you have no business doing it. Seriously.

I know I'm coming off like a prick here, but it's absolutely true.
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July 21, 2010 9:06:47 AM

Somebody_007 said:
this is lame reccomending a 980x or a mac on a 15k build pls. Or even worse reccomending not to spend 15k :p . And best of all reccomending ati, you people make me laugh :D 

Lets get down to buisness. I my friend will tell you what speed is all about

cpu: dual xeon. what else? 3000

mobo: evga sr-2 600

case: 800d or a high end lian li 300

cooling: depening on your modding skills either a custom sub ambient loop or this http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2010/07/20/hai... 1000

4X 480gtx: again what else? 2000

RAM :Now comes the good stuff which will ensure that your pc is amazingly fast

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

four of these with 2 h30 waterblocks. I'd say keep 8gb for normal usage make the other 40gb a ram disc.

storage: 4X c300 256gb with an adaptec raid controller 3000

Some 2tb caviar black if you need more

psu: silverstone strider 1500w 400

creative sound card: 200

NIC: 100

total: 12500

Now that my friend is a hell of a system. With the dual xeon, ram disc and c300s it will run laps around any of the other suggested systems. It's more expensive but hey that's what you wanted right?

now the pheripherals:

gaming keyboard: whatever suites your fancy

mouse: RAT 7 or RAT 9 depending whether you want wired or not

wheels and joysticks depending which suit your fancy

total 500-1000

speakers: Maybe bose probably bose is a little underkill

roughly 1000

display: 3X asus 120hz screens(forgot the name) + 3d vision

total 120hz

Now that will kick some ass


You need a dual power supply setup for those components or a 2kw power supply :) . The 4xgtx480 will go over 1000 when gaming, 2 CPU's and i presume overclocked and the rest...
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July 21, 2010 9:08:55 AM

ksampanna said:
That display would be useless for anything other than as a professional graphics solution.

I would get something like this:
980X w/ Gigabyte GA X58 UD9
2 X ASUS Ares 4 GB
3 X Patriot Viper ll Sector 5 Edition 4 GB DDR3 2500
Corsair Obsidian 800D w/ Corsair VX1200
Custom Phase cooling
6 X LG Infinia 60" Plasma
Bose 10.1


People let's get back down to earth

an ud9 costs more than an sr-2. And an sr-2 can house more than twice the cpu power. So why an ud9 and why a 980?

And for gods sake people ATI is not the way to go on high end builds let alone a 15k one. Even if you want to stick with 2 cards the dual mars II is a far better option.

patriot memory????? Corsair is king and nothing tops watercooled dominators.

CUSTOM phase watercooling? the OP states he doesn't even know how to ask for build advice. How is he going to build a costum phase change watercooling setup?

Bose 10.1? Does that even exist?

Storage is one of the most crucial components when you want system speed. Some people suggested a fast ssd which I find relatively lame. Others suggested an OCZ pci card which is a very good idea. But you haven't even talked about the most important component????

ANd then finally the display solution. First of all scrap plasma. LCD is far superior in displaying computer generated images. Considering this will be a computer monitor this is obvioulsy better. Second of all why six screens as I've asked before 3 screens in portrait will do the trick better. Sure samsung eyefinity looks cool but the bezels just suck. And lastly the most burning question? why 60"? IMO 30 is the absolute max for a monitor. ANd if you're going 3 I find 22-27 the best.
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July 21, 2010 9:11:28 AM

Anonymous said:
I'm with somebody_007 here. The OP asked for a $15k build (although I'm starting to believe this is some kind of joke seeing as the OP is nowhere to be seen) so why shouldn't he get a $15k build? He didn't say "I've got $15k, should I buy a car or a PC?"

I get annoyed when someone says "I want to get a computer which uses the Core i7-980X so it'll be mega future proof and I have the money for it" and then a load of people come along and say "The AMD Phenom II X6 has a better price/performance ratio..."

EDIT: What if he's talking about 15000 Indian Rupees? That's $321 :) 


Couldn't agree more and thnx btw ;) 

And thnx to wolfram23 aswell :D 

and to the cmee24 guy(sorry forgot your name). You are absolutely right, but don't take away our fun. lol
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