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January 1, 2011 8:20:24 PM

If you people have got some time, I really would like to know the BEST gamer hardware combination.

The budget is 8.000$ Max...

Feel free to leave some answers. I don't know if there is a thread similar anywhere, well, I could not find one.

Much appreciated!

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January 1, 2011 8:25:40 PM

tore1992 said:
If you people have got some time, I really would like to know the BEST gamer hardware combination.

The budget is 8.000$ Max...

Feel free to leave some answers. I don't know if there is a thread similar anywhere, well, I could not find one.

Much appreciated!


nice =o, care you looking for quad sli/crossfire? and you what to know all the parts or recommendations for psu gpu cpu ram mb? i would recommend raid0 ssds with a raid0 card tho
January 1, 2011 8:32:44 PM

Are we talking $USD here? 8000$USD is a lot and probably a waste too; getting a 1500$ system every year for the next 5 years will probably give you better results at the end of those 5 years that 8000$ right now.

Other than that, how long do you plan on keeping this rig? After that period, do you plan on spending that much on a new rig again?
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January 1, 2011 8:59:09 PM

Sure, I'll spend ya money :) 

Case - $180 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - $18 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $270 - Antec HCP-1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $365 - Asus Rampage 3 Extreme http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $1,000 - Intel i7-980x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $62 - Prolimatech Megahalems http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Fan - $11 - Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
CPU Fan - $11 - Same
Fan Cable - $8 - Akasa PWM AK-CB002 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10350/cab-183/Akasa_P...
RAM - $170 - 3 x 2GB Mushkin CAS 6 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $525 - Asus 580 GTX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $525 - Same
HD - $180 - WD Black WD2001FASS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $300 - Crucial C300 128 GB RAID 0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $300 - Same
DVD Writer - $120 - ASUS BR Model BW-12B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $139 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $1,400 - Dell U3011 IP2560 x 1600 http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us...
Keyboard - $130 - Logitech G19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $80 - Logitech G9x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cost $5,799 w/o any combo discounts
January 1, 2011 11:16:58 PM

JackNaylorPE's post made me think that yes you can splurge, but you can also do so in areas that don't loose value and that you could enjoy for the next 3-4 PCs. That here is a couple of alternate suggestions to JackNaylorPE's build:
  • why just 1 monitor??? Get 3 and put them vertically:

    (Source: Overclocker.net forum)
  • Get a fully water cooled system (when you change system, you might only need to change the waterblock or the socket retention fixture
  • Get a COOLER MASTER HAF X case instead (would probably be great with the WC mentioned above).
  • You could buy or build a NAS using RAID5 to put multimedia files and backups
  • Get a single 256GB C300 SSD instead of 2 128GB in RAID 0 (see explanation below)
  • Get a really good desk and chair, sounds stupid, but you will be much more comfortable.

    I'm really not a fan of SSD RAID, it will make sequential read/write faster. but would probably leave random access as it is or even impair it depending on the size of the files. Moreover, if a single drive fail, you loose everything. Also, the 256GB C300 is already 50% better at writes than the 128GB model so RAID only adds the other 50%. Finally, with any RAID, you loose TRIM support, yes this thing has GC, but GC is no TRIM (see here).
    !