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Future Build (Dream RIG)

I was brainstorming on what would be my personal favorite build for a gaming/media rig, for later on.

So far I have this:

i7 980X - 999$
2x GTX 580 (got one already) - 1020$
2x Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB - 580$
2x Western Digital VelociRaptor 10k RPM 600GB - 550$
ASUS Rampage III Extreme - 360$
Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Modular - 270$
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid - 99$ (maybe a water cooling case integrated?)
CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 - 240$ (maybe twice) - 480$

So far totals about 4,000$ with 12gigs of RAM total.

Not sure what to change out to improve on it, I would already have decked out accessories so what do you guys think?

I mean of course water cooling would improve performance, but then again with all of this being extreme I would want extreme cooling like the Hailstorm rig wherever you go to buy that thing!?
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  1. okay, I say dump the 980X for SB it overclocks better

    And liquid nitrogen cooling :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
  2. Nah the 980X still rocks any SB CPU

    And yeah I believe the Hailstorm case is Liquid Nitrogen.
  3. I disagree. The Tom's article says that the i7-2600k rivals the 17-980x, and the 2600k will over clock better.

    Though actually, if you're going for a super-rig like this, you should wait until LGA 2011 releases, those are the real enthusiast Sandy Bridge chips.
  4. Oh yes a rig like this would take some time to gather, so by then the CPUs should be the final SB CPUs
  5. It's too far in the future to plan out right now
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    Why DDR3-2000 ? if ya gonna use the unlocked CPU multiplier, are ya really gonna crank up the BCLK / mem multiplier to a point where ya need DDR3-2000 ? I'd get CAS 6 DDR3-1600 unless you have liquid nitrogen in mind.

    I woulda said consider twin 570's which can be done with 8509 watter but with one already bought .....

    I'd also move to the new HCP series of PSU's

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371043&Tpk=HCP-1200

    The 900 is gonna be a bit small for twin 580's air flow wise, I'd opt for the new DF-85 .... another option is the JAF-X though having built w/ both, I prefer the DF.

    I wouldn't bother w/ WC given the quality of today's air coolers. Pick from the top 3 here:

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62

    Top Performers

    * Prolimatech Megahalems
    * Thermalright Venomous-X RT
    * Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100
    * ProlimaTech Super Mega
    * Cogage Arrow
    * ProlimaTech Armageddon
    * Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
    * Cogage TRUE Spirit
    * Xigmatek Balder SD1283
    * SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4
    * Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ

    and pair it with some Shin Etsu TIM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080

    But this will all change when LGA 2011 gets here, likely before the time you are ready to buy.
  7. I suppose you guys are right, planning out a build a year or 2 in advance is bad idea.
    I will revise this build when the time comes for this extreme rig.
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  9. For future dream build...since I don't know enough about Bulldozer, I have to go with Sandy Bridge.

    i7-2600K OC'd to 5.4GHz
    Whatever mobo goes with SB i7's & has a decent setup for 3 way SLI/Crossfire.
    Corsair H70 cheap-0 liquid cooling (They say SB does 5.0GHz on air!)
    3xSamsung Spinpoint F3 1TB in RAID5
    2x Any Sandforce 128GB SSD's in RAID0
    2x Any Radeon HD 6950 unlocked to 6970 & OC'd.

    Everything else depends on what PSU's, cases & RAM are on sale on Newegg. Note: 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) for upgrade to 16GB.

    I think this build will nearly match the $4,000 one at the top, but for less than half the price. I'd save that extra $2,000 to upgrade to something else that's unnecessarily beastly in a year.
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