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January 27, 2011 8:47:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $5k
System Usage from Most to Least Important: workstation, gaming
Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences:
PSU Corsair CMPSU-1200AX Professional Series™ Gold AX1200 $279.99 http://www.corsair.com/power-supplies/modular-psus/prof...
Case Thermaltake VL200L1W2Z Element V NVIDIA Edition $199.99 http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1420&ID=19...
Mobo GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 Port 1155, P67 chip set $329.99 http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...
CPU Intel i7 2600K Core i7-2600K(3.4G,L3:8M,iGPU,4C,HT,rev.D2) $329.99 http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52214&wapkw=(i7+2600K)
Fan Noctua NH-D14 NH-D14 $89.99 http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products...
Mem G Skill F3-17000CL9Q-16GBXLD Ripjaws-X 4x4GB (16GB) 2133 memory $399.99 http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=371
Vid1 NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 580 GeForce® GTX 580, DirectX 11, 3D Vision™ $499.99 http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-580-us...
Vid2 NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 580 GeForce® GTX 580, DirectX 11, 3D Vision™ $499.99 http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-580-us...
SSD1 Corsair CSSD-P3256GB2-BRKT Performance 3 Series™ 256GB SSD $649.99 http://www.corsair.com/solid-state-drives/performance-3...
SSD2 Corsair CSSD-P3256GB2-BRKT Performance 3 Series™ 256GB SSD $649.99 http://www.corsair.com/solid-state-drives/performance-3...
HDD1 WD WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache $89.99 http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=100
HDD2 WD WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache $89.99 http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=100
BDRW LG WH10LS30 Blu-ray Burner $99.99 http://www.lgsolutions.com/products/digital-storage/opt...
BDR LG UH10LS20 Blu-ray Reader $79.99 http://www.lgsolutions.com/products/digital-storage/opt...
Mon ASUS VW246H VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms HDMI $199.99 http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=zMRyN4KB5o5rSqKr
Keyb Logitech 920-000969 G19 Gaming Keyboard $199.99 http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/device...
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I agnoized over these choices
X58 & i7-980X vs P67 & 172600K?
Thermaltake 1350 vs Corsair 1200. Worried about not enough watts is I add or with age?
NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 480 vs NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 580? Is the 580 just about 3D?
Also, is EVGA the best way to buy the NVIDIA? (Whatever happened to NVIDIA, NVIDIA cards anyway?)
Uses SATA 6GB for RAID or add card?
Should I upgrade the monitor?
Why is wattage from http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp lower than adding up parts?
What is a good set up headphones for the MoBo Realtek ALC889?

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January 27, 2011 9:02:43 PM

With a 5K budget I would wait.....
There are new SSD's coming in the near future and AMD is yet to release it's radeon 6990 dual gpu and loads of other things. I see no reason to jump on the upgrading bandwagon just yet especially if most of the new things are released within 2months.
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January 27, 2011 9:06:38 PM

Cool. Do you know which companies are on the verge of releasing?
Thanks I'm sticking to Intel and NVIDIA.
Need to move faster. My DELL XPS 700 died and I'm on a MacBook right now with no backup/hot spare.
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January 27, 2011 9:06:58 PM

In my opinion it would be stupid to pay that much money for a motherboard that is the one of the best at OC'ing just to keep the cpu at stock speeds.

but thats my opinion

Also the gpu's are good but if i was you i would get cheaper ssd's and get a monitor that is 3d compatible so that you get everything you pay for

If the SDD are a must for you then get a second monitor or a bigger one. only 1 gpu is enough power to handle 1 monitor
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January 27, 2011 9:09:26 PM

Okay, now I am confused even more than when I started. I though the purpose of SLI/Crossfire was to drive 1 monitor?
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January 27, 2011 9:15:19 PM

Well you could always build a good system in the 1K range and save the rest of your cash for next year (when intel upgrades its socket lga 1366 to lga 2011)

the new i5's and i7's (i5 2500K and i7 2600K) should more than last you for a year and put in 1 ssd for now with a good 1terabyte hdd and just buy 1 gfx card to your liking and you'll be set.
Though spending some money on a good (either 3d monitor or high resolution monitor) would not be a bad call (I doubt the monitor market will change dramatically within a year unlike the cpu and gpu market).


EDIT: It depends on the monitor but most top range gfx cards are able to get high fps on high resolution monitors. Multi monitor setups are what would require multiple gpu's.
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January 27, 2011 9:23:40 PM

According to Wikipedia: Scalable Link Interface (SLI) is a brand name for a multi-GPU solution developed by NVIDIA for linking two or more video cards together to produce a single output. SLI is an application of parallel processing for computer graphics, meant to increase the processing power available for graphics.
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January 28, 2011 4:53:56 AM

loukur said:
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $5k
System Usage from Most to Least Important: workstation, gaming
Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences:
PSU Corsair CMPSU-1200AX Professional Series™ Gold AX1200 $279.99 http://www.corsair.com/power-supplies/modular-psus/prof...
Case Thermaltake VL200L1W2Z Element V NVIDIA Edition $199.99 http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1420&ID=19...
Mobo GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 Port 1155, P67 chip set $329.99 http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...
CPU Intel i7 2600K Core i7-2600K(3.4G,L3:8M,iGPU,4C,HT,rev.D2) $329.99 http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52214&wapkw=(i7+2600K)
Fan Noctua NH-D14 NH-D14 $89.99 http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products...
Mem G Skill F3-17000CL9Q-16GBXLD Ripjaws-X 4x4GB (16GB) 2133 memory $399.99 http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=371
Vid1 NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 580 GeForce® GTX 580, DirectX 11, 3D Vision™ $499.99 http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-580-us...
Vid2 NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 580 GeForce® GTX 580, DirectX 11, 3D Vision™ $499.99 http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-580-us...
SSD1 Corsair CSSD-P3256GB2-BRKT Performance 3 Series™ 256GB SSD $649.99 http://www.corsair.com/solid-state-drives/performance-3...
SSD2 Corsair CSSD-P3256GB2-BRKT Performance 3 Series™ 256GB SSD $649.99 http://www.corsair.com/solid-state-drives/performance-3...
HDD1 WD WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache $89.99 http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=100
HDD2 WD WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache $89.99 http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=100
BDRW LG WH10LS30 Blu-ray Burner $99.99 http://www.lgsolutions.com/products/digital-storage/opt...
BDR LG UH10LS20 Blu-ray Reader $79.99 http://www.lgsolutions.com/products/digital-storage/opt...
Mon ASUS VW246H VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms HDMI $199.99 http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=zMRyN4KB5o5rSqKr
Keyb Logitech 920-000969 G19 Gaming Keyboard $199.99 http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/device...
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I agnoized over these choices
X58 & i7-980X vs P67 & 172600K?
Thermaltake 1350 vs Corsair 1200. Worried about not enough watts is I add or with age?
NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 480 vs NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 580? Is the 580 just about 3D?
Also, is EVGA the best way to buy the NVIDIA? (Whatever happened to NVIDIA, NVIDIA cards anyway?)
Uses SATA 6GB for RAID or add card?
Should I upgrade the monitor?
Why is wattage from http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp lower than adding up parts?
What is a good set up headphones for the MoBo Realtek ALC889?

I see you have money to burn :) .

Get i7-2600k, Asus P67 Pro or Deluxe, one SSD, one GTX580, Plextor BR drives, Corsair/Seasonic 750 or 850W is more than enough - unless you really want SLI for some weird reason. Get 8GB RAM unless you plan running Maya rendering. That gaming keyboard is a joke for me, but it is your call here. Get SilverStone or Lian Li case, not that one, be sure to have front USB 3.0. The so configured system will run Dell 30" or Apple Cinema display ~$1000, or some nice 30" NEC for ~1500. For the difference to $5k go to Vegas or Caribbean on vacation.

If you are professionally running video rendering, you need Quadro FX, and 5 grands are not enough just for the video card, let alone a PC parts.
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January 28, 2011 3:38:49 PM
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January 28, 2011 5:02:31 PM

Thank you very much!

Yes, same idea exactly--uncork Windows (or any other disk bound O/S).

Excellent G2 on NVIDIA!!! Somebody else said the "595". Are there two coming out or is 595 just a wrong number? Wow, I think one of these would be plenty. Have you seen an speculation on the price? With one graphics card, I don't need the dual PCIe x16 slots on the motherboard and the ASUS (1 simultaneous 16x PCIe) will suffice.

I looked at the ASUS P8P67-M PRO. What made you pick it? Price? Again, I could drop down to this with one graphics card. The 595 prototype only has one PICe connector on it.

You are planning one of the SSDs, right? I am thinking two for RAID 0.

What made you pick Antec over Corsair for the PSU?

I don't know anything about the Blu-ray burners. I notice you picked a more-expensive Pioneer over my LG. How is Pioneer superior?
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January 28, 2011 8:26:51 PM

Best answer selected by loukur.
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