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Gaming PC + Future proofing USD 5,500~6,000

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August 11, 2010 11:33:39 PM

hey guys,

1st of all, awesome community you got over here (^_^)b.

iam planing on building a new tub in about 45 days or so, as iam due for an upgrade my current PC has survived for about 6 years now, here is my current setup:

MOBO: Intel D975XBX2
Processor: Q6600 G0 (squeezed it to 3.40GHz stable on air)
Cooler: Zalman CNPS X10 quiet
Case: Coolermaster Sniper black mesh edition
RAM: 8GB Corsair 6400-CL5 800MHz
VGA: Gigabyte HD5770
HDD: WD 2TB Caviar Black and an assortment of others totaling to 4.65 TB
OS: Win7 Ultimate 64-bit

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 45 days, around Sept 25th or 26th

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mainly MMOs and mainly FFXIV with multiboxing once they figure out how to do it), Media server for 3 x PS3s streaming HD over gigabit network, watching 1080p movie and HD shows, sharing large files over hamachi for friends, browsing/youtube/streaming, also using ventrilo while doing FFXIV


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor/s and sound system (using my Pio Kuro KRP-500M as main monitor, and an LG32 inch LCD, will also be using my 46" samsung LCD as a 3rd, all monitors running 1080x1920, going to the kuro through my Onkyo TX-NR1007 through HDMI doing 7.1)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: a mix of amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and newegg.com (have mail forward service in the US and the UK, not sure if newegg accepts non US credit cards though)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Dubai

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 980ZX CPU, Gigabyte GA X58-UD9 (not sure to go for ver. 2 or ver. 1, if 1 is even available anymore), not sure to go with dual 5970, 5970+ (2x5870) + X465 (for physx), 3 x 5870 + X480 or all the way quad-fire 5870s, not sure which brand/models yet though (may consider four X480s aswell), cooling wise im unsure heared the corsair H50 is good, but would like more suggestions, case would probably be the HAF X (will purchase case locally due to weight), also probably getting 1 x Crucial C300 SSD for windows/games install drive.
also would like to go liquid cooling on the GPUs

OVERCLOCKING: Yes as high as possible on w/e cooling i ll get without having the processor go boom

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, prefer to fill all 4 PCIE X16 slots so i wont have to upgrade for a while

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 for 3 monitors

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: this build should last me another 5~6 years before i need to consider upgrading (budget is around AED 22,000, which is almost USD 6,000, however would squeeze a bit more if needed if certain parts would make decent boost) im unsure if i would want to wait for sandy bridge to come out, as it might take some time, aswell prices will be probably too high, unless its worth it. i dont want to go for a server build, as i dont think i can fully afford it, however, suggestions are welcome.
August 11, 2010 11:40:11 PM

I'd say you have set aside more than twice the budget you need. Going way out, I'd build:

Asus Rampage III Extreme w/ Intel i7-930 and overclock the bugger to 4.0+ Ghz $630
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec 1200 case w/ CP-850 PSU $225 (With 4 cards in SLI you'd need a bigger PSU but this one will cost ya $65 ...I'd buy it anyway...nothinbg can touch it at twice the price).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mushkin Redline DDR3-1600 CAS 6 $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Twin Asus ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 470 $540 (Buy two now and when if ya need more, get more)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD VelociRaptor SATA 3 WD6000BLHX 600GB $310
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE240G 2.5" 240GB $665
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Sink Package - For performance and ease of installation, I find that the Prolimatech Megahalems best fits both criteria. Mega w/ IC Diamond TIM and twin Scythe PWM fans . ($65 HS, $7 TIM, $11 for each of the two PWM fans and a $7 Y cable splitter)

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovatio...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCP...

PLEXTOR SATA Internal Blue Ray Combo Model PX-B320SA $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again, I don't wanna talk you outta a $1,000 CPU. No doubt an overclocked $1,000 CPU will outperform a overclocked $300 CPU ....however, unless those few % points are really valuable to you, I';d set aside the extra $3k and buy systems every 3 years instead of 6.

Windows 7 Ultimate $175
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $2966

Other comments

-Corsair H50 pales to above selection ... 5C hotter than Mega
-HAF is a great case....932 is well matched with the 1200 but the CP-850 is a match for the HX-850 but that cost is $75 more.
-Twin 470's easily outperform one 5970 and for $270 less http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

August 12, 2010 1:25:42 AM

waste of money, im telling you. Don't get it. this is too much for what you are doing, now if you were running tons of servers and you were making 3d models, and rendering highly detailed 3d objects yeah ok, 4000 is good with a quadro, but this is for gaming and some 1080p video watching and some video editing.. and sending stuff over a network blah blah blah, this is a waste.
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