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November 16, 2011 9:49:40 PM

The ASUS X79 System Design Challenge

Exclusively for the Tom's Hardware Community, ASUS is giving away the just-announced, brand spankin' new X79 Motherboards in a contest that will test your skill at building the best of three categories of systems.

Round 1: The COOLEST System
In this first round, create the coolest system you can using the new Sabertooth X79 Motherboard from ASUS and any ASUS graphics card, and be entered to win a SABERTOOTH X79 Motherboard from ASUS along with an Intel® Core™ i7-3930K LGA 2011 processor, a Corsair Vengeance 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit and a Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler!

Your build must be submitted in this thread to qualify, and should minimally include CPU, Sabertooth X79 Motherboard, any ASUS Graphics Card, RAM, a hard drive or SSD, Case and Power Supply.

For this first round, stay within $1,500.00 (shipping not included, instant rebates allowed, combos allowed, mail-in rebates not allowed), and please be sure to format your list of components as follows for the sake of our reviewers:

Joe's Crysis 8 Minspec Build
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard and Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: ASUS Graphics Card and Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price

See below for quick-copy/paste text of the BBcode.

  1. [b]Joe's Crysis 8 Minspec Build[/b]
  2. Processor: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  3. Motherboard: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard and Price[/urlExt]
  4. RAM: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  5. Graphics Card: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]ASUS Graphics Card and Price[/urlExt]
  6. Hard Drive: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  7. Case: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  8. Power Supply: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  9. Cooling: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  10. DVD Burner: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]


You can also use the Tom's Hardware System Builder to build your recommendation, provided the required components have been added to the Pricegrabber database there, and use the BBCode export option at the bottom of the build. If you do, be sure to include a link in your post to your build on the app for quick viewing.

Once you have your build, you'll need to get the direct link to it here on this thread in order to enter the contest. You can get a direct link by hovering your mouse over the linked date at the top of your system build post in this thread and right-clicking, then clicking "Copy link address". Once you have that, head over to the Contest Entry & Rules Page and sign up! Winners will be chosen at random from the builds that qualify.

To find out more about the newly released X79 Motherboards ASUS, check out the full details here: ASUS Launches Innovative X79 Motherboard Lineup

Good luck!

Round 2: TO BE ANNOUNCED

Round 3: TO BE ANNOUNCED
November 17, 2011 1:04:27 PM

Your build must be submitted in this thread to qualify, and should minimally include CPU, Sabertooth X79 Motherboard, any ASUS Graphics Card, RAM, a hard drive or SSD, Case and Power Supply.

For this first round, stay within $1,500.00 (shipping not included, instant rebates allowed, combos allowed, mail-in rebates not allowed), and please be sure to format your list of components as follows for the sake of our reviewers:


Eli's Go Hard or Go Home Build :pt1cable: 
Processor: 3930k and mobo combo price below
Motherboard: 3930k and ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard total for both 894.98
RAM: Corsair Ram XMS3 8gb quad 1600mhz 71.99
Graphics Card: ASUS 560 Graphics Card 219.99
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 30gb 64.99
Case: Coolermaster storm scout 69.99
Power Supply: Corsair TX 750m 119.99
Cooling: Coolermaster 212 Evo 34.99
Coolermaster 212 Evo 2011 adapter 1.99
DVD Burner: Asus dvd burner 19.99

total not including shipping and mail in rebates but including instant rebates and combo $1498.90
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November 17, 2011 1:43:53 PM

Jimmys Revolution X Gaming Machine
Processor and Motherboard: Asus X79 Sabertooth and Core i7 3930K $894.98
RAM: Corsair Vengance 16GB RAM kit 4x4GB $89.99
Graphics Card: ASUS HD6850 $159.99
Hard Drive: Corsair Force 3 60GB SSD $109.99
Case: Corsair Carbide 400 $99.99
Power Supply: Corsair GS 600W $89.99
Cooling: Zalman 11X Extreme $79.99
DVD Burner: Asus 24X DVD Burner $19.99

Total comes to $1499.91 without tax/shipping. I choose the name Revolution X because we named our high end Sandy Bridge system the Intel Revolution at work and I think a Sandy Bridge E should be Revolution X (X being short for Extreme).

Good luck to all but I wouldn't mind winning this.
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November 17, 2011 1:44:41 PM

Jaquith's D'ICE is Coolest with ASUS
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E $599.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 $339.99
Combo - CPU & MOBO -$45
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB DDR3 2000 CMZ4GX3M2A2000C10 $49.99
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB $189.99
Hard Drive: Corsair CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT V64 Nova 64GB SSD $69.99
Case: Custom Bench - parts list:
Case: 5/8 x 12 x 6 Particleboard Shelving $4.84
Case: ASUS Blue - Valspar 8 oz. Paint Sample - Sky Dive Blue $2.94
Case: Waterproof Adhesive Tape 1/2 Inch X 5 Yards $2.19
Case: Rosewill RCA-1204BK, 4/PK 120mm Case Fan 4 pack $9.99
Case: 4-Fan Wiring Harness, 3-Pin $3.99
Power Supply: Tuniq Potency PSU-POT750-BK 750W $49.99
Cooling: LN2/Dry Ice - parts list:
Cooling: Koolance DIY Liquid Nitrogen Evaporator Chamber - CPU (CPU-LN2-V2) Kit $174.99
Cooling: Koolance LGA-2011 M4 Posts verified compatible w/(CPU-LN2-V2) $3.49
Cooling: Neoprene Sheet - Phase Change Insulator - 200mm x 200mm x 10mm $10.99
Cooling: Sanford DESIGN Kneaded Rubber Art Eraser (x5) $3.85
Cooling: Sham-Wow Towel $9.14
Cooling: Paper Towels 2-Ply $1.19
Cooling: *Dry Ice (DICE) 8.5# (-78.5°C) $12.67
Cooling: *Acetone (-78°C) $4.57
DVD Burner: Download $0

Grand Total not including Shipping $1,499.78 (EXCLUDING Mail-In Rebates).

Mail-In Rebates information:
-$20 Mail-In ASUS GPU
-$20 Total Rebates
====
$1,479.78


* Cryogenic options:
1. Dry Ice 8.5# + Acetone (-78.5°C) $17.24; see above
2. Liquid Nitrogen/LN2 34L (−210 °C) $17
3. Liquid Helium/LHe 23L (-268.93°C) $17.25

Target OC 5.40GHz to 5.60GHz.

Spoiler
3DMark11 Benchmark is one of the primary driving forces for using cryogenic cooling. So it's important to have all fast components including a MOBO that can deliver the power. Currently the World Record 3DMark11 (27,928) held is based on ASUS X79 LGA 2011 MOBO and ASUS GPU's plus Intel i7 Sandy Bridge-E processor!
note: Dry ice (-78.5°C), Liquid Nitrogen (−210 °C) or especially Liquid Helium (-268.93°C) can be dangerous and cause severe burns; see precautions. The 'real' costs of Liquid Nitrogen or Liquid Helium are beyond the costs of the 'liquids' themselves, and therefore the per/L cost within the confines of budgeted item would be misleading and incorrect. You can rent a Dewar for $1~$10+/day or purchase a Dewar for $600+ in addition to the cost of the chosen cryonic; LN2 $0.50~$0.75/L and LHe $1~$2/L. In my area it's $100 + $1/day rental for 200L (5,000 (scf)) Dewar; AirGas will sell me whatever I need.Click for a mock-up of ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 with cooling pot. Example, a 52x~56x CPU multiplier, max is 57x, (5.2GHz~5.6GHz @ vCore of 1.70v) with the listed GPU will require 700W~730W, so adequate power is essential. Slurry mixtures can be used to maintain predictable temperatures.


Build 2: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Jaquith's Submersingly Who Needs Real Fish?!
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E $599.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 $339.99
Combo - CPU & MOBO -$45
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CMZ8GX3M4X1600C9 $69.99
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX560 DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 $194.99
Hard Drive: Corsair CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT V64 Nova 64GB SSD $69.99
Case: DELUXE AQUARIUM KIT - 10 Gallon Fish Tank $34.55
Case: SpongeBob SquarePants $3.65
Case: Color Plastic Floating Fish $5.77
Case: ACTIVAIR SUBMARINE - Bubbler $3.43
Case: 12" AIRCORE SAND AIRSTONE - Bubbler $1.22
Case: ASUS Blue - GRAVEL DARK BLUE 25# $9.77
Case: FUSION AIR PUMP $4.86
Case: AIRLINE TUBING $0.85
Case: StarTech Power, Reset, LED - Wire Kit $5.99
Power Supply: Tuniq Potency PSU-POT750-BK 750W $49.99
Cooling: Mineral Oil, 1 Gal - (x8) 8 Gal $119.84
Cooling: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 $24.99
Cooling: Rosewill RCX-TC001 Thermal Grease $4.99
DVD Burner: Download $0
Grand Total not including Shipping $1499.85 (EXCLUDING Mail-In Rebates).

Mail-In Rebates information:
-$20 Mail-In ASUS GPU
-$20 Mail-In XIGMATEK HSF
-$40 Total Rebates
====
$1,459.85


Spoiler
Submersion cooling is pretty cool both in looks and actual cooling especially if you use a larger tank, and 10 Gal is considered pretty large. Dielectric Fluids and submersion are common for for super computing; typically super computers use low boiling point fluids like 3M™ Novec™ 7000 which sells for $200~300/Gal. Mineral Oil is non-conductive and offers 5.5X the Thermal Conductivity of Air. Nice videos to watch -> Video 1 and Video 2 -- this stuff is CrAzY Cool!


Build 3: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Jaquith's Clearly Raided SLIcer
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E $599.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 $339.99
Combo - CPU & MOBO -$45
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 l F3-12800CL9Q-8GBXL $64.99
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB $119.99
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB $119.99
Hard Drive: Corsair CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT V64 Nova 64GB SSD $69.99
Hard Drive: Corsair CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT V64 Nova 64GB SSD $69.99
Case: LOGISYS Computer CS888CL Transparent $59.99
Power Supply: Tuniq Potency PSU-POT750-BK 750W $49.99
Cooling: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 $24.99
Cooling: Rosewill RCX-TC001 Thermal Grease $4.99
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - SATA DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $19.99

Grand Total not including Shipping $1499.88 (EXCLUDING Mail-In Rebates).

Mail-In Rebates information:
-$40 Mail-In ASUS GPU
-$20 Mail-In XIGMATEK HSF
-$60 Total Rebates
====
$1,439.88


Build 4: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Jaquith's No Prisoner's CF Gamer
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E $599.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 $339.99
Combo - CPU & MOBO -$45
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CMZ8GX3M4X1600C9 $69.99
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB $159.99
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB $159.99
Hard Drive: Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CT040G310 2.5" 40GB (SSD) $74.99
Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black / Red $39.99
Power Supply: Tuniq Potency PSU-POT750-BK 750W $49.99
Cooling: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 $24.99
Cooling: Rosewill RCX-TC001 Thermal Grease $4.99
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - SATA DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $19.99

Grand Total not including Shipping $1499.89 (EXCLUDING Mail-In Rebates).

Mail-In Rebates information:
-$40 Mail-In ASUS GPU
-$20 Mail-In XIGMATEK HSF
-$60 Total Rebates
====
$1,439.89


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~| Other builds - Rules didn't state a limit - Enjoy |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
November 17, 2011 1:45:38 PM
November 17, 2011 1:46:09 PM

coleipoo's icy cold $1500 gaming build
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $219.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard - $339.99
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB - $44.99
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 -$289.99
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $114.99
Hard Drive: Western Digital - Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA - $129.99
Case: IN WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 Full ATX Case - $134.99
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V - $94.99
Cooling: Spire TherMax Eclipse II SP984B1-V2 universal CP+U Cooler - $54.95
DVD Burner: LITE-ON 24x DVD Writer - $18.99

Total: $1443.86

This is one very cold and fast PC. Coupling the best reviewed Case and CPU Cooler in terms of cooling power from vortez.com and frostytech.com respectively, this is going to be one cold system.

Ambient Temp in the In Win Case: http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/in_win_dragon_ride...

Check out Frosty Tech's CPU Cooler rankings at frostytech.com.

This will be blazing fast when OC'd, and when everything is said and done, the ambient temp in the case will never be above 30c, and the GFX card and CPU will sit very cool at idle and max load.
November 17, 2011 1:48:16 PM

jimmysmitty said:
Jimmys Revolution X Gaming Machine
Processor and Motherboard: Asus X79 Sabertooth and Core i7 3930K $894.98
RAM: Corsair Vengance 16GB RAM kit 4x4GB $89.99
Graphics Card: ASUS HD6850 $159.99
Hard Drive: Corsair Force 3 60GB SSD $109.99
Case: Corsair Carbide 400 $99.99
Power Supply: Corsair GS 600W $89.99
Cooling: Zalman 11X Extreme $79.99
DVD Burner: Asus 24X DVD Burner $19.99

Total comes to $1499.91 without tax/shipping. I choose the name Revolution X because we named our high end Sandy Bridge system the Intel Revolution at work and I think a Sandy Bridge E should be Revolution X (X being short for Extreme).

Good luck to all but I wouldn't mind winning this.



Check the Compatibility of that cooler :non: 
November 17, 2011 1:49:55 PM

jaquith said:

Mail-In Rebates information:
-$10 Mail-In Corsair PSU & RAM
-$40 Mail-In ASUS GPU
-$15 Mail-In Corsair HSF
-$65 Total Rebates


Good work on the build, but...

Quote:
For this first round, stay within $1,500.00 (shipping not included, instant rebates allowed, combos allowed, mail-in rebates not allowed), and please be sure to format your list of components as follows for the sake of our reviewers:


You may need to tweak your budget, to stay under the limit without those mail-in rebates.
November 17, 2011 1:50:07 PM
November 17, 2011 1:54:32 PM

pengthao said:
1. Peng's Beast Build $1,500

2. Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I7 2600K $319.99

3. Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS P8z68-v Pro $209.99

4. Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair Vengeance 4x4gb $89.99

5. Graphics Card:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x $199

6. SDD/HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2CCA $119.99
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD Caviar Blue $99.99

7. Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec 900 Black Steel $99.99

8. Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W Seasonic X Gold $99.99

9. Cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V REV.W with ACK-I5361 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 and AMD compatible $39.96

10. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $19.99

Total: 1499.86



May want to check that processor :kaola: 
November 17, 2011 1:57:05 PM


1500$ budget when the CPU and motherboard alone are 900$ together? Silly but here goes:


Ughmas's Sub-Zero Open Air X79 build


Processor & Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 & Intel Core i7-3930K $894.98

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) $71.99

Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 $99.99

Hard Drive: Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe " 40GB SATA II SSD $94.99

Case: Antec Open Air Skeleton Case $149.99

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $69.99

Cooling: Corsair H80 $94.99

DVD Burner: LG DVD Burner 24X $18.99

Total $1495.91
November 17, 2011 2:00:13 PM
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November 17, 2011 2:02:14 PM

RipperjackAU said:
Good work on the build, but...

Quote:
For this first round, stay within $1,500.00 (shipping not included, instant rebates allowed, combos allowed, mail-in rebates not allowed), and please be sure to format your list of components as follows for the sake of our reviewers:


You may need to tweak your budget, to stay under the limit without those mail-in rebates.

I appreciate your help, but please check your math again ;) 

339.99
599.99
-45 Combo Savings
104.99
89.99
-15 Combo Savings
124.99
124.99
39.99
19.99
74.99
38.99
======
$1498.90

I am under budget, and there's an additional $65 in rebates as follows:


-10 Mail-In Corsair PSU & RAM
-40 Mail-In ASUS GPU
-15 Mail-In Corsair HSF
-65 Total Rebates
=====
$1,433.90
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November 17, 2011 2:12:17 PM

camocamel said:
Check the Compatibility of that cooler :non: 


LGA 2011 uses the same hole spacing as LGA1366 so it will fit. Any current LGA 1366 compatable cooler will fit in LGA 2011. As to how well they will cool when overclocked, thats the question.
November 17, 2011 2:14:13 PM
November 17, 2011 2:15:22 PM

Jack Momma's House
-CPU & Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard bundle - $894
-RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 4x2GB 1600mhz - $69
-Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6950 DCII 2GB - $289
-Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 250GB HDD - $89
-Case: Rosewill Challenger Case - $49
-Power Supply: Rosewill 630w 80plus PSU - $69
-Cooling: XIGMATEK 120mm CPU cooler w/ 2011 bracket - $29
-DVD Burner: ASUS 24X SATA DVD Drive - $19

-Total Cost: $1504.91

Compromised on the HDD while the prices are stupidly high and got the cheapest one I could... So snagging that awesomely huge 6950 was possible, and with the spacing on the board, CFX is possible later on (after a bigger HDD and SSD of course). Cheap cooler too, but that CPU isn't gonna have to try too hard for quite a while, so I bet it'll stay cool (especially in that great deal of a case!).

Your winner has arrived!
November 17, 2011 2:21:06 PM

Rsktek's Compromising with Style and Upgrade-ability
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K $599.99 Combo with Mobo $894.98
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard $339.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB $63.99
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX560 $219.99
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB $119.99
Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 $89.99
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W $69.99
Cooling: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 $24.99
DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner $18.99

A total price of $1492.91 What really messed up the build here was the fact that HDD's are so expensive right now. Soo... I looked at my options. I couldn't really get a better graphics card than what I got without jumping up another $50 so I went with the 6850 and a VERY good SSD (Crucial M4). The cooling is adequate and the power supply should be able to keep up with the proposed items. My priority of items, CPU>Mobo>RAM=GPU=SSD>Case>PSU=Cooling>DVD burner. Of course, I could have looked for slightly cheaper RAM, less RAM, and a Cheaper SSD in order to get a better GPU, but I am a firm believer that core components in a PC must be of similar tier with the exception that the CPU and MOBO can be as best as possible. Why? I've noticed a tendency in the PCs I've built that things run very smoothly when the parts are of medium tier all around. That's just my opinion.

Edit: Didn't realize there was a combo on Newegg, added that, also replaced 6850 with GTX560, price went over by around $10 so I replaced the larger case with a smaller but still useful HAF 922, New total price of $1502.91 I must emphasize the importance of having a good case. That's why I'm over $2.91
November 17, 2011 2:22:38 PM

Round 1: The COOLEST System
In this first round, create the coolest system you can using the new Sabertooth X79 Motherboard from ASUS and any ASUS graphics card, and be entered to win a SABERTOOTH X79 Motherboard from ASUS along with an Intel® Core™ i7-3930K LGA 2011 processor, a Corsair Vengeance 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit and a Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler!

Your build must be submitted in this thread to qualify, and should minimally include CPU, Sabertooth X79 Motherboard, any ASUS Graphics Card, RAM, a hard drive or SSD, Case and Power Supply.

For this first round, stay within $1,500.00 (shipping not included, instant rebates allowed, combos allowed, mail-in rebates not allowed), and please be sure to format your list of components as follows for the sake of our reviewers:

Mastarayray's Beast Build
Processor: Intel Core i7 -960 $289.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 $339.99
RAM: Corsair XMS3 8gig - $71.99
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX650 TI $244.99
Hard Drive: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000 - $104.99
Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RS850 $149.99
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition $209.99
Cooling: Noctua NH-U9DX 1366 $67.99
DVD Burner: LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X - $49.99

Sub-Total 1529.91
Combo Power supply with Case -25.00
Combo Processor and CPU fan -16.00

total $1488.91
November 17, 2011 2:24:52 PM

1. SLH's hard to get it down build
2. Processor/MOBO: Intel Core i7-3930K + ASUS Sabertooth X79 - $894.98
3. RAM: G.Skill Ribjaw 16Gb (4x4GB) 1600 - $84.99
4. Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6850 - $159.99
5. Hard Drive: WD Raptor 74GB - $54.99
6. Case: NZXT Tempest 410 - $79.99
7. Power Supply: XFX Core Edition PRO650W - $89.99
8. Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99
9. Cooling: LGA2011 Retention bracket - $1.99
10. DVD Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner - $19.99

BONUS - FREE copy of DiRT 3!

Total - $1471.90

(1421.90 after mail in rebates)
November 17, 2011 2:25:22 PM

P.S. - lotta people are gonna be starting small fires with the "stock cpu cooler" that intel doesn't include with the i7-3930K...
November 17, 2011 2:27:16 PM

jimmysmitty said:
LGA 2011 uses the same hole spacing as LGA1366 so it will fit. Any current LGA 1366 compatable cooler will fit in LGA 2011. As to how well they will cool when overclocked, thats the question.


Can anyone clear this up for sure this threads seems to prove it will not fit well- via noctua update

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/water-cooling/4412...

on top of that the cooler I chose is 1366 however requires a 2011 adapter..
November 17, 2011 2:29:37 PM


Jake's "Jealousy-Guaranteed" Build
Processor: 3930K and ASUS Sabertooth X79 Combo (price below)
Motherboard: 3930K and ASUS Sabertooth X79 Combo ($894.98)
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB Quad 1600mHz ($84.99)
Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon HD 6870 ($189.99)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB ($99.99)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window White ($69.00)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer Series 750W ($99.99)
Cooling: Cooler Master 212 Evo ($34.99) - Includes free LGA2011 Bracket
DVD Burner: ASUS DVD Burner ($19.99)

total not including shipping and mail in rebates but including instant rebates and combo $1493.92
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November 17, 2011 2:35:16 PM

Wrathful Vengeance
Processor: Intel i7-3930K SB-E > 4.5GHz $599.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard $339.99
Combo: MB & CPU Combo. -$45
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Black 16GB 160MHz 4x4GB $89.99
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6870 $189.99
Hard Drive: Corsair Nova Series 2 60GB SSD $89.99
Hard Drive 2: Samsung 500GB 7200RPM HDD $99.99
Case: CM Elite 430 Black w/ CM EPP 550W PSU $89.99
Cooling: CM Hyper 212 $34.99
Bracket: Hyper LGA-2011 bracket $4.99
DVD Burner: Asus 24X DVD Burner $19.99


Total Cost In the Shopping Basket: 1494.90 (-20 Mail In)


Savings:


Instant:
RAM $30.00
SSD $15.00
CASE / PSU $15.00
Free game Dirt 3 $49.99

Combos:
CPU/MB $45.00
CASE/PSU $15.00


Mail In:
Asus HD6870 $20

Total Savings 189.99
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November 17, 2011 2:36:54 PM
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November 17, 2011 2:38:21 PM

camocamel said:
Can anyone clear this up for sure this threads seems to prove it will not fit well- via noctua update

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/water-cooling/4412...

on top of that the cooler I chose is 1366 however requires a 2011 adapter..


http://www.zalman.com/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=...

The 11X Performa does and its the same line and uses the same backplate. I guess I will have to look into it a bit more.
November 17, 2011 2:40:01 PM

Bob's $1,500+ Beast
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz plus Blu-ray Player Combo $664.98
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard $339.99
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) $66.99
Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon HD 6850 1GB $159.99
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB $59.99
Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel $54.99
Power Supply:CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W $109.99
Cooling: CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler $66.99
DVD Burner: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature Price with CPU

total not including shipping and mail in rebates but including instant rebates and combo $1523.91
i know its a little over but it is still within a 1500 dollar budget
November 17, 2011 2:41:28 PM

Scott's "Wishing the budget was $1650, so I could use a 600T case!" ASUS-Corsair Build
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge E 3.2Ghz - $599.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard - $339.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM - $49.99
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6850 Radeon HD 6850 1 GB - $159.99
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SATA III SSD - $109.99
Case: Corsair Carbides Series 500R Mid-ATX Tower Case -$139.99
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming Series GS600 Power Supply - $89.99
Cooling: Stock Cooler - FREE[/URL]
DVD Burner: None.

Total Cost (before shipping and any mail-in rebates) $1,489.93
I LOVE Corsair products, several of the components of my current build are Corsair. It's an interesting coincidence that the prizes are Corsair products as well!
November 17, 2011 2:41:43 PM

Darn 404, caused me to double post....blar.
November 17, 2011 2:49:04 PM

Max's Crazy Cool Build..... it's cool as in temps right???
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930k w/ motherboard bundle $894.94
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard w/ Cpu bundle, see above
RAM: G.Skill 4GB 2x2GB 1333 DDR3 ram $22.99
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6570 1GB GPU $79.99
Hard Drive: Intel 320 80gb SSD $139.99
Case: Silverstone Raven RV02 Case $179.99
Power Supply: SeaSonic x650 Gold 650w PSU $99.99 w/ $30 promo code until the 21st
Cooling: Cooler MasterHyper 212 Plus cpu cooler $25.99
Cooling: Cooler MasterHyper 212 Plus 2011 socket retention bracket $1.99
DVD Burner: Asus 12x Bd-rom drive $49.99

Total= $1495.86


My main drive with this system was to make it as cool running as possible, to that end I went with an extremely power efficient 80plus Gold rated Seasonic PSU, a low powered but reasonably strong 6570 Asus GPU, an Intel SSD, a well reviewed tower cooler in the 212 plus and the Raven RV02 case, which is extremely efficient at keeping even hot running systems quite cool.

Having worked with the RV02, 212 plus and the x650 before, I can say that the temps will certainly be kept low in this very cool running system. Also there's an Asus Blu Ray drive to round out the build, because nothing is cooler than a blue laser, just ask Wilhelm Wien. Oh God, physics jokes in a forum posting on computer builds, somebody stop me.
November 17, 2011 2:50:26 PM
November 17, 2011 2:56:22 PM
November 17, 2011 3:04:54 PM

Danny's Multimedia Performance Rig

Processor: Intel Core I-7 3930K $599.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Motherboard: Sabertooth x79 $339.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) $44.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Graphics Card: Asus GTX 550 Ti OC $144.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB $109.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower $119.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Power Supply: Xion Xon 700W $49.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Cooling: BGears 140mm Hi Speed Fan $8.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
DVD Burner: Lite-on Blu ray $79.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Solid build for light gaming and heavy multimedia with looks and function

Total comes to $1,498.91
November 17, 2011 3:05:33 PM
November 17, 2011 3:09:01 PM

Shin0bi272's 9/11 dedication re-build
Motherboard and Processor Combo: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard, $894.98
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666), $74.99
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5, $219.99
Hard Drive: HITACHI Deskstar 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache (*re-certified), $89.99
Case: Custom One-of modded Micron full tower case, Free
Power Supply: Red OCZ / PC Power and; Cooloing Silencer 750, $54.99
Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80 Liquid CPU Cooling System, $85.80
DVD Burner: BUSlink 16X DVD±RW/±R Drive,$49.99

Total Price (including power supply and dvd drive that I already have but included anyway): $1,470.73

System also has a 5in3 hot swappable front bay enclosure with 3x1tb WD RE3 drives in a Raid 5 on a Highpoint Rocket raid 2310. I didnt include these as they will be coming out for the upgrade... just wanted to explain what the weird looking thing was on the front of the case in the pic.
November 17, 2011 3:13:10 PM
November 17, 2011 3:15:10 PM
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November 17, 2011 3:25:15 PM

G-Unit's Killer X79 LIQUID COOLED Budget Build

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $339.99
CPU: 3.2 GHz Intel Sandy Bridge-E i7-3930 - $559.99
RAM: 16GB (4 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz Quad Channel for X79 RAM 1.6V - $84.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM - $119.99
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 - $159.99
Optical: Samsung 22X DVD Burner - $19.99
Cooler: Corsair H50 - $66.99

Total: $1496

Note: The motherboard / CPU are part of this combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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November 17, 2011 3:26:15 PM
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November 17, 2011 3:27:50 PM

LP231's Intel Y U No sell 3930K @ $100 build
Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K $599.99
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard $339.99
RAM: G.Skill RipJaw Z $84.99
Graphics Card: ASUS HD6870 $189.99
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB $109.99
Case: NZXT Elite Source 210 $49.99
Power Supply: Rosewill 630w $59.99
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $25.99
DVD Burner: Asus 24x DVD writer $19.99
Bracket: Cooler Master 2011 bracket for Hyper 212+/Evo $1.99
Before shipping+taxes
$1,482.90

NZXT Elite Source 210 has a front USB 3 running on internal header. Asus Sabertooth X79 has a internal USB 3 header so no more routing USB 3 cables through the back.

November 17, 2011 3:30:46 PM
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November 17, 2011 3:35:36 PM

jfish2d's PWNAGE RIG
Processor/Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard/Intel Core i7-3930K ($894.98)
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 ($89.99)
Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon HD 6850 ($159.99)
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5" 64GB ($129.99)
Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K57 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($59.99)
Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ($109.99)
Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus ($25.99)
Cooling Adapter: COOLER MASTER RR-ACCY-2011-R1 Intel LGA2011 Retention Bracket ($1.99)
DVD Burner: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer ($18.99)

In building a raging system, one must put together a complete package from start to finish. I love Asus and Corsair. I've used them both for years. If I weren't limited to exactly $1500, I would have upgraded the Cooler to the Hyper 212 EVO. Unfortunately, it would have placed my build at $1500.90. As it stands, this system totals $1491.90. What wouldn't I do for this system? That's silly - I'd do anything :) 
November 17, 2011 3:37:32 PM

Motherboard: Asus X79 $299
GPU: ASUS GTX550 $129
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8gb Quad Channel Kit.
Optical: Asus DVD Burner OEM $20
Power Supply: Mushkin 1000watt $149
Hard Drive: Kingston SSD V+ 96gb $120
CPU: Intel i7 $599
Cooling: Stock - Zalman CNPS9900 $67
Case: HEC Blitz Black Steel $39

Total Cost $1,486
Winning Right?


After much debate with myself and a little re-vamp here and there (after putting a AMD build up originally oops.)
This is the build I will use.

:D 
Prudy ain't it.
November 17, 2011 3:40:06 PM


KillaBuild

1. Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K $600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. Processor Cooler: CORSAIR H100 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. CPU Cooler fan: Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38mm [X4]= $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5. RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
6. Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII $245
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7. Hard Drive: Corsair GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 60GB $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8. Case: HEC 98 98R9BB aluminum ATX Full Tower $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
9. Power Supply: CORSAIR AX750 v2.31 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is a bit over but it’s worth it! = $1782 [$282 over]
November 17, 2011 3:42:39 PM
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November 17, 2011 3:50:11 PM

TheWhiteRose000 said:
Motherboard: Sabertooth 990FX $189
GPU: Asus GTX 590 $749
RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 2X2 $32
Optical: Asus DVD Burner OEM $20
Power Supply: Mushking 1000watt $149
Hard Drive: Kingston V+ 128gb $289
Cooling: ZalmanCNPS9900 $34 (After Mail in Rebate from Newegg)
Case: HEC Blitz Black Steel $20 (Got it on sale quite a few months ago, during there Shellshock deals)

-The Zalman was still Mail in rebate is still viewable from there facebook for the doubters-

Total Cost $1482
This is actually my wife's computer I have built right now too.

=D


That may very well be the coolest build of the bunch, no CPU? :ouch: 
November 17, 2011 3:52:32 PM

1.Xtreme21Z's Gamebox rev 2011 Build
2.Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K $599.99
3.Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard $339.99
4.RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series quad channel kit DDR31600 8GB (4x2GB) $69.99
5.Graphics Card: ASUS 6850 1GB $159.99
6.Hard Drive: Segate 500GB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/s $109.99
7.Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion $69.99
8.Power Supply: Corsair TX650 Enthusiast Series 650W PSU $94.99
9.Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $24.99w/ addtional fan for push/pull and universal bracket for socket 2011 $1.99
10.DVD Burner: Asus 24x SATA DVD Burner $24.99

Here's my build coming out to $$1,495.91 no mail in rebates, all instant rebates or promos! Its a strong build if you do alot of media transcoding/photo editing or audio. Strong game not nessecarily at crazy resolutions but she'll get the job done. If we had more options as far as GPU brands it could have been more flexible. Also HDD prices have gone through the roof in the last 3-4 months!!!! Let me know what you all think!

-Edited for typo.
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November 17, 2011 3:59:36 PM

JamesSneed said:
That may very well be the coolest build of the bunch, no CPU? :ouch: 

His build looks nice, sadly it doesn't have the 3 required components...

1. Intel Core i7 3930K
2. Asus Sabertooth X79
3. Asus graphic card

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