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January 31, 2011 2:02:49 AM

G'day Everyone.

This has taken me nearly 3.5 years savings to afford this upgrade. Also my first time on this site, Sorry if i have laid it out wrong.

Wondering if my soon to be new system (hopefully within 2 weeks) needs tweaking.

Sytem i Curently have,

Case to be reused Thermaltake Spedo AP VI90001W2Z (200mm exhaust in top, 2x 140mm in back, Intake 200mm in side panel, 140mm front 3 1/2 hdd bay)
Motherboard Gigabyte ex38 DQ6
Ram Corsair DDR2 4x 2gb 1333 (sorry but don't know rest of info)
CPU Intel Core 2 duo E8400 @ 2.999 ghz Stock Cooler
C Drive 750gb WD green 32m cache
D & E Drive 1.5tb WD green 32m cache (TV Series)
F & G Drive 2tb WD green 32m cache (Movies)
Mouse reused Razer Deathadder Left 3500dpi
Keyboard Junkie $20 kb
Monitor reused :(  Chimei 720p 1680 x 1050 (i know Rubish)
Power Suply reuse? i-power 1200w & Cyberpower 2000va Ups
GPU have 2 EVGA 275 1729 mb (curent mb dosnt support sli :( 


Will reuse Case, Mouse, Power Suply & UPS, D to G Drives for now, @ monitor.

Main Usage will be Folding, Gaming & Watching Movies.

New Setup so far

Case reused Thermaltake Spedo AP VI90001W2Z (exhaust 200mm in top, 2x 140mm in back, Intake 200mm in side panel, 140mm front 3 1/2 hdd bay)

Motherboard MSI BIGBANGXPOWER Intel X58 Motherboard - Socket LGA1366, Intel X58, Intel ICH10R, DDR3 2133MHz (OC), SATAIII 6.0Gb/s, 7.1CH Audio with THX, USB3.0 SuperSpeed All Millitary Specs
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram x2 Patriot PX7312G1600LLK Viper Xtreme 12GB PC12800 DDR3 Triple Channel Memory - 3x4096MB, 1600MHz, 8-9-8-24, Non-ECC, Unbuffered
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU Intel BX80613i7980X Core i7 980X Extreme Edition Processor - 3.33GHz, LGA 1366, 6.4GT/s QPI, 12MB L3 Cache, Six Core, HyperThreading, Gulftown, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

C Drive 2x in raid 0 Western Digital 1TB, Caviar RE4, SATA-II, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache,24x7 Reliability
http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/39557-wd1003fbyx

Mouse reused Razer Deathadder Left 3500dpi

Keyboard Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard, Tiltable Color Display, Customizable Backlighting Colors, 12 Programmable Keys, On-The-Fly Macro Recording
http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/31836-920-000984

Monitor reused :(  Chimei 720p 1680 x 1050 (i know Rubish)
Projector Optoma HD66 HD DLP 3D Ready Home Theater Projector - 2500 ANSI Lumens, 720p, 1280x720, 4000:1, 16:9 already have 120" full hd compatible, Micro glass beading Screen
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU/Ram Cooler Cooler Master V10 Thermal Electric Cooling CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2,AM2+,AM3,1156 10 Heat Pipes
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

GPU have 2 EVGA 275 1729 mb in sli

Ang sugestions would be apreciated, Thank you.
PS, already have 2 pair or Nvidia 3d Shuter glasses, Samsung 3D monitor died after 7 months and samsung refused to repair it as i bought i from the US and not Australia, also to buy new setup from Australia will cost me about $2000 more than from TigerDirect.
January 31, 2011 3:58:01 AM

Why would you spend so much money on a last gen platform. Why not get a sandy bridge CPU?
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January 31, 2011 4:08:13 AM

I'm not up on Sandy Bridge CPU's, And i can find no references to them at tigerdiect, i am pretymuch limited to them or Supewbiz as they are the only 2 USA Siteses that deliver to Australia, Also looking localy is out of the Question as the price is 30 to 75 % dearer.

Eg My daughters Laptop cost me aprox $1,650 delivered with full internation warenty, Where purchased from Australia would have cost about $3,200.
eg2 980x processor tiger delivered $1,130 or $1,400 localy.

Thank you.
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January 31, 2011 4:24:15 PM

In my opinion this is a tough time to build a top end system. You have the top last gen systems (X58, LGA1366) beginning to get phased out but the new top end systems (Z68, LGA2011) aren't going to be introduced until Q3 2011. I'd be hard pressed to recommend shelling out $4K right now for a system that'll be obsoleted in the next 6 months. I'm familiar with the argument that if you always wait for the next big thing you'll never buy anything but in this case I think its justified.

But if you can't wait, here are my suggestions:

Case/keyboard/mouse/monitor: Personal preference.

MOBO: Good mobo but do you need all those PCIe slots? Are you going to be doing a tri- or quad-GPU setup? Also, make sure this board will fit in your case. I think it will but its a big-ass board so double checking is a good idea.

RAM: OK, not great. maybe look at a G.Skill, Mushkin, or Corsair kit.

CPU: It's the current performance king.

GPUs: The GTX 275s are a little dated but still way-overkill for your monitor's resolution.

Hard drives: For such a top end system, you should get a SSD as your boot drive. Depending on how many programs you have installed a 80gb-160gb will be fine (OCZ, Intel, and Crucial are the big names here). Then you just get some storage drives for all your media and seldom used programs. Samsung Spinpont F3's are excellent if you need more storage than you already have

Cooler: Massive, but a good cooler. Make sure it won't conflict with anything (RAM slots, Expansion cards, the thing is HUGE)

Hope this helps.

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January 31, 2011 4:24:46 PM

Well, the most demanding thing you are going to do on this computer is gaming at 1280x720 (using the new Optoma HD66 HD DLP 3D Ready Home Theater Projector), and you want to use your existing EVGA 275 GPUs in SLI to do it.

You definitely don't need the power of the 980X CPU to do this. I am wondering where your current E8400 system (with one 275 GPU) falls short for what you want.

Why do you want a new computer?
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February 1, 2011 7:03:00 PM

Dude, if you're really going to spend all of that money a computer, take $2k and build a computer, and the other $2k and water cool it.

It will take a while to learn the ins and outs (I'm almost to the point of making a purchase for my first WC system), but it will be worth it in the end.
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February 11, 2011 5:22:53 AM

Sorry for the slow responce, and thank you for your replies,

ATM i am not folding@home on this pc as it is constantly crashing while running, i am mainly getting the 980x proccesor for folding and still be able to game, I also have decided to ad 2 evga 560ti superclocked to the order.

I have done some research on the sandy cpu setup but still belive that my curren't wish list is better. also i mostly game at 1680 x 1050 which the new projector will do. and in 3d. also i will be mostly watching most movies with the shuter glasses.

My current setup is playing up no end, and the reason for the xpower mb is so i can add a pcie 8 sata raid controler card for storage later down the track.
Thank you.
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February 17, 2011 1:53:34 AM

ok, i have just purchaced,

1x Optoma HD66 HD DLP 3D Ready Home Theater Projector - 2500 ANSI Lumens, 720p, 1280x720, 4000:1, 16:9
2x Patriot PV7312G1600ELK Viper II 12288MB PC12800 DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Upgrade - 12GB, 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24, 3x4096MB
1x Intel Core i7-990X BX80613I7990X Extreme Edition Processor - Six-Core, 12MB L3 Cache, 3.46GHz, Socket B (LGA 1366), Retail
1x Cooler Master V10 Thermal Electric Cooling CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2,AM2+,AM3,1156 10 Heat Pipes
1x MSI BIGBANGXPOWER Intel X58 Motherboard - Socket LGA1366, Intel X58, Intel ICH10R, DDR3 2133MHz (OC), SATAIII 6.0Gb/s, 7.1CH Audio with THX, USB3.0 SuperSpeed
1x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD
1x EVGA 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked Video Card - 1536MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11
1x Indigo Xtreme IX1366 for Intel Core i7 Processors (LGA1366 socket) - 2 Pack
1x OmniMount 3N1-PJT Universal Projector Mount
2x for raid 0 system drive, Western Digital 1TB, Caviar RE4, SATA-II, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache,24x7 Reliability
1x Logitech Z5500 500 Watts 5.1 Configuration THX Certified Dolby Digital
1x Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard, Tiltable Color Display, Customizable Backlighting Colors, 12 Programmable Keys, On-The-Fly Macro Recording, USB Corded
1x Atlona ATF14032B-4 Flat HDMI Cable - 12-FT, Black, HDMI 1.4


Cool, just need to wait for delivery. :) 

Yes the 580 gpu comes with mini hdmi to hdmi converter, also got a 5m optic cable to go to the speakers.

Will post the benchmarks in about 3 to 4 weeks as will have to wait about 2 1/2 weeks for delivery.

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February 17, 2011 1:56:31 AM

Best answer selected by certcomp.
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February 17, 2011 2:14:30 AM

certcomp said:
ok, i have just purchaced,

1x Optoma HD66 HD DLP 3D Ready Home Theater Projector - 2500 ANSI Lumens, 720p, 1280x720, 4000:1, 16:9
2x Patriot PV7312G1600ELK Viper II 12288MB PC12800 DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Upgrade - 12GB, 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24, 3x4096MB
1x Intel Core i7-990X BX80613I7990X Extreme Edition Processor - Six-Core, 12MB L3 Cache, 3.46GHz, Socket B (LGA 1366), Retail
1x Cooler Master V10 Thermal Electric Cooling CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2,AM2+,AM3,1156 10 Heat Pipes
MSI BIGBANGXPOWER Intel X58 Motherboard - Socket LGA1366, Intel X58, Intel ICH10R, DDR3 2133MHz (OC), SATAIII 6.0Gb/s, 7.1CH Audio with THX, USB3.0 SuperSpeed
1x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD
1x EVGA 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked Video Card - 1536MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11
1x Indigo Xtreme IX1366 for Intel Core i7 Processors (LGA1366 socket) - 2 Pack
1x OmniMount 3N1-PJT Universal Projector Mount
2x for raid 0 system drive, Western Digital 1TB, Caviar RE4, SATA-II, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache,24x7 Reliability
1x Logitech Z5500 500 Watts 5.1 Configuration THX Certified Dolby Digital
1x Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard, Tiltable Color Display, Customizable Backlighting Colors, 12 Programmable Keys, On-The-Fly Macro Recording, USB Corded
1x Atlona ATF14032B-4 Flat HDMI Cable - 12-FT, Black, HDMI 1.4


Cool, just need to wait for delivery. :) 


Wow.
That's a pretty exciting list you've got there. Please post up some results / reviews after you get it up and running.

One thing you might want to double-check, however is that HDMI cable. Your GTX 580 has 'mini' HDMI port, but I think that cable you list is regular size HDMI on both ends. Would stink to get all the stuff delivered, installed, and running but not be able to connect it so you might want to look closely at that part, but aside from that it looks like you'll get everything you could wish for from that setup.
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