3500-4000$ gaming build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a few weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: 3500-4000$ CAN

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (metro 2033, dirt2, avp2, etc), multi-tasking (3 30" monitors) and working (24 tabling poker tables). I'm used to having a huge amount of applications running simultanously (sorry for spelling I'm not an anglophone!)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, eventhough I've never really gotten into it

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2500x1600

CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 980X 6 Core LGA1366 Gulftown 3.33GHZ 12MB Processor Retail Box

Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 Sound GLAN CrossFireX SLI Motherboard //////OR/////
ASUS Rampage II Extreme ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI CrossFire SLI Motherboard ????

GPU: 2x GeForce GTX 480 700MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 3.696GHZ PCI-E Dual DVI-I Mini HDMI

Memory: Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1600C8 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 8-8-8-24 Core i7 Memory Kit

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

Power Supply: Antec Truepower Quattro 1000W Power Supply ATX V2.2 EPS12V 20/24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS 2X8PIN PCI-E

CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 LGA775/1156/1366 AM2/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ 2XNH-P12 120MM Fans

DVD Writer: LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM


Case: Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU

Operating System
: Windows 7 Premium 64 Bit

Now considering money isn't a problem, I'm looking for a minimum 3 year future proof computer. Also, which motherboard would fit best with this setup? Any tweeks I could bring / changes? This is about 3.5k CAN $ on ncix, should I switch to h2o cooling? If so which type / brand should I pick?

Fifth and last edit: Should I grab a SSD?
Thanks
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  1. ADD ANOTHER HDD OR CHANGE THEM FOR VELOCIRAPTORS IF PREFFERED, GET ANY FULL TOWER CASE AND GET ASUS RAMPAGE III (Y)
  2. I would definitely find room for an SSD, intel X25-M is great, and I would go with the gigabyte board as well
  3. CPU: Overkill, but I always hate it when people tell you to spend less on parts when you have the money and can afford to do it.
    Motherboard: Get the Gigabyte. The Rampage III is overpriced and the Gigabyte supports higher RAM speeds.
    GPUs: Excellent.
    Memory: Could upgrade to a 2000MHz CL9 Kit and then underclock it to run at something like 1600MHz CL7 (or keep it at 2000MHz).
    HDD: Don't get the Caviar Black. If you want to keep it simple and just go for one massive drive then get a Caviar Blue or a Seagate Barracuda (not any of those low power ones designed to be on 24/7)
    PSU: Good.
    Cooler: Good.
    DVD Writer: Good.
    Case: My favourite! :D
    OS: Good.

    Yes, go for an SSD. Get a 128GB model or something which you can use for Windows 7 and frequently used programs and files. It'll be about 3x faster. Then grab a 1 or 2TB hard drive (as mentioned above) and use that for everything else.
  4. Thank for your reply dangerman! I read a bit about how SSDs work, but I was wondering...if I make the computer assembled by ncix, will they be installing the right stuff on the SSD (like OS I think?) and will my raw data be stored in the HDD, or do I have to configure that myself once it is shipped?

    Thanks again
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