My Attempt at building a $3000 powerhouse pc =)

Well im here trying to build a powerful pc that will own a lan party and serve me for a year or two with minimal upgrades.


COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 RC-840-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119187



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185


ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644


EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ( Dedicated Physics card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339


XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150460 (quadfire)



CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007



Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ Red & Green LEDs Model ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148327

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

Delta AFB1212GHE-CF00 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835213001


Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State
Drive (SSD) - OEM


NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen fan controller
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016

What do ya think?
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  1. very meh, as you could get a tri-sli GTX480 and i7 rig for that kind of money, and i usually go AMD rigs, but there is not point not to get the small amounts of extra from the i7 at this price range, and also dedicated PhysX card, maybe 16 games or so will be able to use that
  2. Theres really no reason for a physX card. Hardly any games utilize them... better off spending that $100 bucks on 8gb of Ram or just saving it.

    Also, for LAN parties, you may want to consider a case with a handle - something like this one http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6078235&sku=T925-3048

    Why did you choose that ram? they look like little christmas trees. haha nothing i'd want in my computer
  3. What is meh?

    Doesnt the gtx 480 suck alot of power and produce alot of heat?
    So what imagine 3 and i dont like liquid cooling because of the risks.....

    and i dont understand most of the answer you give
  4. lowriderflow said:
    Theres really no reason for a physX card. Hardly any games utilize them... better off spending that $100 bucks on 8gb of Ram or just saving it.

    Also, for LAN parties, you may want to consider a case with a handle - something like this one http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6078235&sku=T925-3048

    Why did you choose that ram? they look like little christmas trees. haha nothing i'd want in my computer


    Ok i will try making a i7 build
    and make some adjustments to my amd build and compare the two builds
  5. dog-gravy said:
    What is meh?

    Doesnt the gtx 480 suck alot of power and produce alot of heat?
    So what imagine 3 and i dont like liquid cooling because of the risks.....

    and i dont understand most of the answer you give


    yes the GTX480 uses a lot of power, but they are the fastest single GPU cards out there (3 will usually beat 2 x 5970), and really it's only $1500 of the budget then another $250 for a good PSU to handle them leaving a lot left. And you wouldn't need liquid cooling, just a case with good airflow

    and i said meh because for the budget it really isn't that fast (in terms of gaming)
  6. So what mother board would i use for the 3 way sli?
    EVGA?
    I have little to no knowledge with intel
    So far i know that intel uses 3 slot memory
  7. idk on the EVGA (there are people who know their boards a bit better)

    normally i would say that Gigabyte would be good to look at, though you would have to grad a case with 8 expansion slots (as the last pci-e slot is in the last position which is 7 meaning you would need a case with 8 slots)

    or you could grab the ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution
  8. (pfuu..3k PC)Here is what i recommend:

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119150 -it has 2 handles on each side for easy transportation, a fan that blows cold air from outside directly on the video cards and the design is just super, touch sensitive start button, you can check their site and watch the videos if you want.

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136456 2 Tb drive

    Video cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500166 2xgtx480 with a massive cooler for heat dissipation, low noise and low full load temperatures. You also get a free star craft 2 free trial game coupon with each card.

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341028 OCZ 1000W GOLD class efficiency power supply to power your system.

    Thermal paste: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100008 arctic silver 5

    Thermal paste removal kit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100010

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145253 corsair, 6Gb triple channel kit 7-7-7-20 CAS, 1600 MHz

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130289 MSI Big Bang -XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard, one of the best motherboards for overclocking, high quality and multiple PCI-E slots that can accommodate your 2 3 slot video cards.

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225 2.8GHz I7 930 model, get it to 3.4-4.0 GHz.

    CPU cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118054

    Optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181 blu ray RW

    SSD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139113 very fast 128 Gb SSD Sequential Access - Read up to 230MB/s
    Sequential Access - Write up to 180MB/s

    Grand Total:* $3,004.88

    I had to edit because i accidentally hit the 'Submit your reply' button ha ha ha..

    If you think you have too much power inside just remove one of the video cards wile on LAN party and put it back if you want at home a great gaming experience.

    I think this will suffice your needs and if you, by some chance win something and want to give this PC give me a message..ha ha ha.
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