Graphics/school/gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid December, could be closer if i get responses fast!
Budget Range: $ 3000-5000 (including price of monitors)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Using school programs (I'm enrolled in a robotics and mechatronics program) Graphics designing, Movie making/editing, Photography (photoshop, posters, etc etc) Beat making, (I have roughly 7 thousand dollars in audio/recording equipment, so i'll need something with a lot of power, amps and such should most likely be able to be hooked up to this rig!) Watching movies, internet, Music. Oh and gaming ( counter strike, starcraft, call of duty etc etc)
Side notes: i'll be needing multiple monitors hooked up to this thing, hence the $5000 at the most budget, Need a lot of space, and i use external hard drives for my music and movies, instrumentals i've made and movies i've put together, but wouldn't mind this rig having A LOT of space!

Parts Not Required: Pretty much want to start out brand new,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Live in canada, anything that could be shipped or bought in person would be preferred.

Country of Origin: CANADA! (eh)

Parts Preferences: Don't really have one, i've only ever built a few computers, but i haven't kept up with the best brands etc etc, so i'm trusting your guys' knowledge!

Overclocking: If i can, sure why not, but either way i'd be happy.

SLI or Crossfire: Never tried it before, if it'll enhance my performance, sure; If not, no big deal.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200,

Additional Comments: Would like it to last a while, but since i work on commission with all this stuff, money isn't really an issue for me, hmm, doesn't matter if it's quiet or not, i'll be having music on pretty much 24/7 through my stereo, laptop or the tv going, Wouldn't mind having a fancy case with LED'S in that or something, but again that's not such a big factor for me, if it can be done, sure why not eh? Uhm, that's pretty much it, oh and some monitor stand would be nice too, I also have a 42" lcd i'd like to hook up to it, maybe a projector for some movies occasionally, but that's again not as important as what's going on in the case. Should have a lot of space, a lot of ram etc etc you guys know, this thing is pretty much going to be running 24/6, a lot of fans and what have you to keep it cool and running smoothly, I think i covered it all, any other questions? i'm an open book!
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  1. Oh, and i wouldn't mind if it was split into two rigs, I've seen that done before too, if it's to much to handle in one case, then i can just use a KVM switch or something like that.
  2. Case - $190 - Antec DF-85 ($50 premium over US)

    Case Fans - $18 - Antec Red 120 mm

    PSU - $140 - Antec CP850 ($20 premium over US)

    MoBo - $369 - Asus Rampage 3 Extreme

    CPU - $309 - Intel i7-950 ($14 premium over US)

    Cooler - $60 - Prolimatech Megahalems

    TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu

    CPU Fan - $22 - Two (2) Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P

    Fan Cable - $8 - Akasa PWM AK-CB002

    ** Note FrozenCPU ships to Canada
    *** These are 1300 rpm fans, if you don't mind airport noise, go with 2500 rpm jobs on same site

    RAM - $170 - Low profile, 3 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3-1600 CAS 6

    GFX - $730 - Two (2) EVGA GTX 470 SC (ouch, have any buds in US .... save $250 ?? only $486 for two from US newegg)
    If ya gotta pay the Canadian price, I';d go with a 580

    HD - $80 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm

    SSD - $400 - Two (2) OCZ Vertex 2 3.5"

    DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT

    OS - $146 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM

    Monitor - $1380 - Two (2) Dell U2410 IPS Monitor 1920x1200
    You'll want an IPS monitor for serious Photo work

    Keyboard - $210 - Logitech G19 ($80 premium over US)

    Mouse - $110 - Logitech G9x ($30 premium over US)

    Despite the high "tariiffs" for some of those items up north (enough methinks to pay for a visit to our side of the border), I could only spend $4222 and that's w/o searching for any combo discounts. Since there's money left, ya might wanna look at an NAS:

    $580 Diskless NAS system (4 disk capable)

    Three extra Spinpoint F3's for $240 = $5,042
  3. Wow, this is like throwing money away
  4. reaper2794 said:
    Wow, this is like throwing money away

    haha. i tried picking some stuff then realised I can't pick things that cost enough.. and yikes on the 470's!
  5. basically, buy near to the best stuff, put it into your cart, and mix and match.. its going be good no matter what you buy for that much xD
  6. mobohobo said:
    basically, buy near to the best stuff, put it into your cart, and mix and match.. its going be good no matter what you buy for that much xD

    thats the worst thing i've ever heard.
    like this for example: this made me laugh..
  7. If you're going to but a GeForce GTX 580, go to NCIX, comes with 3 free games and a trial coupon. Also if you're ordering all your parts from NCIX be sure to price match the items.

    MSI GeForce GTX 580 + 3 Free games
  8. So this build will meet my standards? not to sound so fancy or arrogant, but i'd like the best for my money, i'm not looking to spend exactly 5000, but that is the highest i'd go for the best parts, but this rig will be good? by the looks of things it does look good xD
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