First Time Build - Need Advice

So, it's getting close to the day to when I need to make my decision on what parts to buy for the computer I want to build. I will be running 5760x1080 on 3 asus monitors which I have already purchased. The only parts I'm sure I want are 2 EVGA GTX 580's and an i7-950. I have a $3000 budget including the GPU's and CPU, and I already own a Silverstone Raven case for it. What should I do? Tom's, please HELP! Thank you in advance.
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  2. Almost exactly what I had in mind. One question though. Why the formula over the extreme?
  3. And why two ssd's?
  4. stokd4ffxiv said:
    And why two ssd's?

    Probably for RAID 1 for speed.

    Because this is your first build, look at the following threads while you are waiting for your parts.
    Build it yourself:
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step-guide-building

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-posting-boot-problems
  5. HDD => Samsung Spinpoint F3 before the Seagate Barracuda.

    Optical => If you are alright with $70 for a Blu-ray reader, how about $80 for a burner? ..then scratch the DVD burner. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181

    CPU Cooler => Nice and all, but why not the Hyper 212 for half the cost? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product
  6. stokd4ffxiv said:
    Almost exactly what I had in mind. One question though. Why the formula over the extreme?


    60 bucks more for a few bells and whistles ( IMO not worth it) but its your system.
  7. sadams04 said:
    HDD => Samsung Spinpoint F3 before the Seagate Barracuda.

    Optical => If you are alright with $70 for a Blu-ray reader, how about $80 for a burner? ..then scratch the DVD burner. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181

    CPU Cooler => Nice and all, but why not the Hyper 212 for half the cost? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product


    Samsung F3 and the 7200.12 are on par with each other ( newegg was out of the F3s )

    good find on the blu-ray

    Hyper is a grate budget cooler ( his call again ) this cooler is grate also http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835109030

    depending on how much your going to OC ( both would be fine for a light to mid OC )
  8. I'd like to get the processor to 4.0 if not 4.1. Will those coolers work for that? As far as raid goes, is it that much faster?
  9. And is 6gb of ram enough? I can always add more later, right?
  10. stokd4ffxiv said:
    I'd like to get the processor to 4.0 if not 4.1. Will those coolers work for that? As far as raid goes, is it that much faster?


    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=318&Itemid=60&limit=1&limitstart=6
  11. stokd4ffxiv said:
    And is 6gb of ram enough? I can always add more later, right?


    less your doing heavy photoshop work / auto CAD / video rendering work 6 gigs is more then enough ram.
  12. Will those coolers be sufficient for an overclock to 4ghz? And I'm not smart enough to read that benchmark and understand the results. What does it break down to in performance gain?
  13. This is off benchmark reviews

    High-Performance Overclocker Heatsinks
    These heatsinks are suggested based on quality, value, and cooling potential:

    1.Thermalright Venomous-X RT: The new 'Pressure Vault' mounting system offers incredible contact pressure, and pairs a polished contact surface to densely packed heatsink that supports two 120mm cooling fans. The Venomous-X RT kit costs $68, and includes universal Intel and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 mounting hardware along with a 120mm cooling fan. As a standalone CPU cooler Venomous-X delivers on its years of past design experience, and placed at the top of every single test we performed on it.
    2.Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2100: Just barely trailing behind is the $40 Mugen 2 CPU cooler, which already includes AMD mounting hardware and a premium Scythe Kaze-Jyuni Slip-Stream fan... all for only half the cost of most high-end options. The Mugen 2 heatsink has already received our Editor's Choice Award honorable mention pertaining to value, and it consistently finishes at the very top. The Scythe Mugen-2 Revision B model SCMG-2100 heatsink is identical to the first version, model SCMG-2000, but SCMG-2100 includes a newly developed F.M.S.B. (Flip Mount Super Back-Plate) for more convenient mounting onto the motherboard and the thermal paste has been replaced by SCYTE-1000.
    3.ProlimaTech Megahalems: Using the best mounting system we've ever tested this heatsink delivers extraordinary contact surface pressure between the processor and polished base. The results produce the best cooling performance we've seen, even beating their new Super Mega heatsink. As of November 2010 the ProlimaTech Megahalems was available for $62 at FrozenCPU and NewEgg. AMD users will also want the AM2/AM2+/AM3 mounting kit from FrozenCPU for an extra $10. Of course, adding two high-output cooling fans will make Megahalems unstoppable.
    4.Zalman CNPS10X-Performa: Finishing second in stock results, third with dual silent fans, and fifth when a high-output fan is attached, this inexpensive heatsink really delivers excellent bang for the buck. Priced for only $40 at NewEgg, this could be the poor man's answer to the more expensive Megahalems and Venomous-X while being half as large as Scythe's Mugen 2. The Zalman CNPS10X-Performa fits nearly all Intel and AMD sockets, and comes with a pouch of Zalman Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2M.
    5.Cogage TRUE-Spirit: Priced at $40, this heatsink takes the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme (TRUE) design essence and fits it into a smaller more affordable CPU cooler. Our tests of the Cogage TRUE Spirit has always delivered impressive performance, and although only Intel LGA1156/1366 sockets are supported, an optional AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 mounting system is available for $10.


    You may or may not be able to hit 4.0 it depends on the CPU ( some OC better then others ) as far as the HSF most of the top coolers are withen 5C of each other.
  14. Thanks for all the info. I believe I've picked what I'm gonna do. ^^b
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