4000usd gaming and CAD rig (help please!)

Hey guys, i'll jump right in and answer the questions below.. thanks for any help you guys can be!

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next three days.

Budget Range: i'd like to keep it less than 4k total.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: CAD work (Vectorworks 2011), Gaming (fpsers, rpgs, whatever..i like them all!)

Parts Not Required: I only have a keyboard and mouse that i'm keeping, oh and the monitor is also not a part of the budget.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't care where from.. I do use newegg a lot.

Country of Origin: I'm in the US - California

Parts Preferences: No real preference.. definately Intel though.. I like MSI and Evga but no deal breakers

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 2560X1600 on a new dell 30"


Additional Comments: For me first a foremost stability is important, after that its speed.. I care nothing about bling or flashy looking computers other than flawless cable management to increase airflow and keep things cooler. I do not "travel" with my computer..it will stay in the same place.

So here's what i've got so far. I do more than just Game, I use this for CAD work too. I know the 980 is way over priced and the I7-950 would be the way to go for gaming.. i'm really torn on things every time I start with a 950 dual 480 build I keep looking at the 980.. but once I look at the 980 I think no way can I buy that and no wc or ln it.. then i blow my budget!.. ugh..

Here's my list of components so far:

Motherboard: evga x58 3 way sli ftw3 usb3 sata6 sockett 1366 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039

CPU: intel core i7 980xx cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115223&cm_re=980x-_-19-115-223-_-Product

GPU: 2x msi gtx480 lightening series videocards
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=130&cat2_no=716&prod_no=2162

memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231358&cm_re=g.skill-_-20-231-358-_-Product

OS Hard Drives (2Xssd in Raid 0): OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550&cm_re=ocz_vertex_2-_-20-227-550-_-Product

Storage Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533&cm_re=western_digital_black-_-22-136-533-_-Product

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=haf-_-11-119-197-_-Product

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007&Tpk=corsair%201000

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

Also have a blu-ray burner, a dvd burner, a card reader, and windows home 64bit edition.


My question is how does this look so far? Do I really need to watercool my system? any other changes or suggestions you'd make?

thanks for the help!
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  1. the mobo you linked is old without usb3 and sata3

    I think this the one you mean

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188065&cm_re=evgA_X58-_-13-188-065-_-Product

    and I wouldn't go with A 980 a950 can clock to 4.0 on stock voltage and that's what I'd do.

    With the money save I'd get 2 more vertex 2 SSDs to run them all of this raid controller http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816118130&cm_re=lsi_raid_controller-_-16-118-130-_-Product

    then I#d also upgrade the case to smething like a corsair 700d because of the clean looks and cable mnagemnt options I assume you like.

    Then I# get the corsair 1200ax as PSU and pair it with NZXT premium cables. http://www.nzxt.com/new/product.php?series=13
  2. if youre going for a haf model, I'd highly reccomend the haf x as it has the similar stylings, MUCH higher airflow and it has dust filteres everywhere, the haf 922 and 932 dont have dust filters which means its gonne get flooded with dust and increase your temps.
  3. esaglik said:
    if youre going for a haf model, I'd highly reccomend the haf x as it has the similar stylings, MUCH higher airflow and it has dust filteres everywhere, the haf 922 and 932 dont have dust filters which means its gonne get flooded with dust and increase your temps.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163162&cm_re=silverstone_ft02-_-11-163-162-_-Product this case is smaller, has dust filters, looks better and cools better than any other case exept the special edition of itself.
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