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February 17, 2011 5:30:48 AM

Below is a list of the newest build. I am aiming to build a Solid system with high end performance

I will be using 3 Displays on this system its a Combo between work station and Gaming/entertainment

I will constantly have open Photoshop, Notepads, FF Windows, IE Windows, Outlook Express, PuTTY and FTP etc..

probably be watching TV or DVD on one monitor as well and monitoring a running Game on the other

a complete multi-tasking

Below is the list of the current build

I have not chosen monitors yet -- i am planning a say 22 inch middle monitor and 19 inch monitors on left and right sides

please give opinions and input here.. I know I went to the max on the CPU and I pushed the RAM fairly far but its to ensure no issues when multi-tasking

Thanks

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Purchase Date Within next month

RAM 1 CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G
Item #: N82E16820145235
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $179.99




HDD 1 Seagate Barracuda St320005N1A1AS-RK 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Retail
Item #: N82E16822148636
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $174.99



HDD 2 1 Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148357
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$20.00 Instant
$144.99
$124.99



Graphics 1 EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130550
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$269.99
$259.99


CPU 1 Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Nehalem 3.46GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7990X
Item #: N82E16819115079
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $1,049.99


Motherboard 1 EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813188066
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$259.99


PSU 1 CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139007
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$50.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$279.99
$229.99


CASE 1 Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129100
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$8.00 Instant
$167.99
$159.99


OS 1 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #: N82E16832116762
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy $179.99

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Anonymous
February 17, 2011 5:42:47 AM

980x???
The i7 2600k is better than the 980x and costs $300 instead of $1000!

A 1000w PSU for a single graphics card?

Why blow $1000 on a 980x when a 2600k is better or the same for $300.

And who uses a 1000 dollar CPU with a SINGLE GPU?

Get the 2600k and use the remaining $700 on two GTX 570s in SLI,
Each GTX 570 costs $350, so 2 will be $700,

So get a Sandy Bridge motherboard, if you wont use the Sata 3Gbps connectors or wait for the fix.

That is a horrible build, a single GTX 470 with a thousand dollar processor when there is a faster processor for $300!
February 17, 2011 6:11:49 AM

how do you see the i7 2600k is Faster then the i7-990?


The 1K PSU is to allow the addition of a Graphics Card at a future Date plus any accessories attached. its over kill right now to allow for future expanding without issues

Same applies to using 1000 dollar CPU for Single GPU -- its just for future updates

and I am using the SATA 3 Connectors for the 2 Hard Drives

I wanted to leave ability to upgrade and add additional items to the unit without needing to replace the CPU, RAM, or Motherboard

and I even left the RAM at 12GB and the motherboard I chose can support up to 24GB
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February 17, 2011 6:37:49 AM

Between the i7 990x and the 2600k I don't see the performance to cost ratio there.

You can get just as much (to the point where it doesn't really make much difference) performance out of both of them.

Save your money on the CPU and upgrade your graphics.

February 17, 2011 6:54:20 AM

wait sometime and go for sandy bridge system.the difference will be minimal between 990x and 2600k.or you can find out wat the bulldozers are all about in a couple of months time when amd give more info them in march.i agree with the others regarding the gpu.with this kind of budget you can so for may be 3 way sli or crossfire with either gtx 570 or radeon hd 6970.
but my advise would be wait for a little while if you can and find out how the sandy bridge systems line up in a few weeks time.then you will be able to make the right decision.dont go the build you just mentioned as you may regret later.
February 17, 2011 6:54:51 AM

ohh perhaps that is what mn96 had meant but the i7 990X is faster no matter what

it has more cores, higher cache, etc..

guys i have over 10K i can spend on a System ... money is not an issue

but if the mass opinion is to switch to the quad core i7 perhaps I should.

its not often I have the ability to buy any component I want lol ... so when this build is Done the end goal is to NOT have to update things for quite some time.. I need a Stable system to run everything i can throw at it for the next few years


My plan is a 3 Monitor system -- I work online at home and I do open tooo many apps and windows so I can be running work on one monitor, watching TV or or BDs on another and have a game running on the 3rd

you see imma be multi-tasking to the extreme here

Keep the input comming...


DJRulz, I was posting this as u were posting yours -- so none of the above is in reply to your post


however am I missing something on Sandy bridge isnt that just the name of the series? or is there something else there?
February 17, 2011 6:57:53 AM

Will a SLI benefit a multi - monitor situation more then single?

I mean say im running BD, DC Universe Online, and Tons of work windows on monitors will SLI really be beneficial


--Should also Add--

I will never buy another AMD Product so AMD suggestions are probably going to be ignored just a heads up lol - i wont even sell AMD Chips or ATI Cards .....

However I have heard recently the ATI Cards are doing slightly better lol



-------QUICK NOTE ON SANDY--------
There are Benchmarks and reviews out there that show this chipset is not exactly good for a gaming system. plus it cant even support DX 11

I do play games guys... the i7-2600k will according to what ive read actually perform poorly for Gaming




-------q4 2011---------
I think I see where you guys are going with Sandy... the new CPU is supposed to be unveiled at Q4 it is supposed to use the LGA2011 which im not even sure any Motherboards are out for that yet?

perhaps I should wait and build this system with the new Sandy when its relased on a LGA2011 Mobo
February 17, 2011 7:24:45 AM

I suggest if you are going 1366 get 3 4gig chip instead of 6 2 gig. In multi threaded programs the 990x will kill the 2600k, but in programs that are single threaded or a max of 4 the 2600k will perform on par with the 990x. I dont care for the antec 1200, but if you really like go for it. I perfer the cooler master atcs 840, corsair 800d, silverstone raven rv01 or rv02, or the cooler master half x. As I have worked with all these including the 1200 the above are superior to the 1200 in many ways. Check out ocz ssd,s as they are some of the best performers in the market. Defently go with 2 gtx 570's or 2 580's as will greatly increase the performance.
February 17, 2011 7:32:03 AM

ya but now im stuck on if i should build now or wait nearly a year and take the new CPUs comming out

I mean they are even introducting Ivy Cpu's which will outperform Sandy Bridge

Ughhhh -- Tech changes sooo fast these days.. they already have something planned for After ivy based on Haswell Microarchitecture
February 17, 2011 7:44:21 AM

Depends on when you need the computer. There will always be something to wait for. One could always build now then upgrade the mobo and cpu at a later date if desired.
February 17, 2011 7:46:17 AM

lol 5am time for sleep ---

thanks for the input so far guys... it seems with how the tech is changing so fast let me re-phrase my OP a bit

If you had unlimited money, and needed to build a 3 monitor system

that can handle watching Blu-ray, running a MMO, and having about 3 Putty Sessions, 4 FTPs, and about 20 FF Windows(several tabs each) and a random mix of IE, Instant Messengers and at times Chrome and Safari running to along with some Notepads open

What would you guys build? NO AMD CPU's Possibly ATI cards if need be for multi monitor support. A system that will last for some time without actually having to be updated. and it will run Windows 7 ultimate 64bit naturally

Thanks guys for everything



Anonymous
February 17, 2011 8:06:47 AM

I meant to say that the small performance difference between the two is not worth the $700 and was wondering why your GPU was mediocre for such a high end system, a GTX 470 is something you'd use with an i5 or Phenom II X6, or upper middle range processors.

With that sort of system, you need multiple graphics cards in SLI,

If you really don't mind the amount of money you will spend,
You should get;

24GB ram if you go with the 980/990x and 32GB RAM if you go 2600k or SB.

FOUR GTX 580s in SLI

A full loop liquid cooling system with 2 radiators to cool your CPU and 4 GPUs.

FOUR SSDs in RAID 0.

That configuration is the best possible now and this would be the fastest possible system, if you are willing to go that high.

If you are sane enough not to go for this crazy over kill configuration, not a problem,

I was just wondering why your GPU is a GTX 470???

A GTX 470 is mediocre for that system, you need at least two high end cards in SLI or Crossfire,

Also, consider an Eyefinity setup.

February 17, 2011 8:20:48 AM

If I had unlimited funds for a build currently I would go
evga sr-2 motherboard
2 xeon 6 core
2 to 4 gtx 580
24gig to 48 gigs ram
several large capacity ssd's
2 plextor blue ray burners
3 30" monitors
upgraded sound card
2 loop water cooling setup
February 17, 2011 2:22:22 PM

hehe i guess the above one will beat the server thats install in my office(COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS).HEHE.but seriously i wud lv to have a budget like this to build my rig.well sangrelx u can look forward to the above build suggested by chef7734.cooling and the psu are very important so never frgt abt that.i made a rig with the psu you have decided to buy.its nice.you can go for it.and about graphics card the radeons out do the gtx ones nyday.still one of the fastest cards in the world is a radeon one.5970 hd
February 17, 2011 3:13:02 PM

lol good builds but thats wayyy more crazy then i intended

my budget can cover those builds but I am not going to go crazy and build something I wont utilize atleast half of the specs...

need something a little toned down .. wont need to go crazy on storage I have a 320GB HD now that has 100GB left of space sooo maybe a 60GB SSD for the OS and some base APPS and a 320GB Barracuda for Slave Drive

Monitors cant be too large im sitting 3 feet back I dont wanna turn my head half way around to see the left corner of the screen lol ....

thinking monitor wise like a 25 middle, and 2 19s on the sides ....
I need a video card with the ability though to max to all 3 screens during DVD/BD Playback as well so I can utilize it all when time comes

keep the suggestions comming just toned down a bit im taking notes on all of it..
Anonymous
February 17, 2011 4:02:12 PM

First decide on sticking to the 1366 or going for an 1155 build.

Go for a larger SSD as windows builds up a lot of junk.

Important Note

Fermi based NVIDIA cards only support up to 2 monitors on a single card.
For 3 monitors you will have to be running two or more cards in SLI.
SO, you HAVE to get multiple graphics cards if using NVIDIA,

even if not, such a system has to have high end graphics, it would be a sin to use only one card in that sorta build.




February 17, 2011 4:14:17 PM

Mn96 -- i was going to base my motherboard purchase off of which chip I go with

I would prefer to buy a motherboard and chip combo that can be updated with new chips in the next year or so if possible

and as for NVidia Cards I had not been 100% sure on that until now.. I know 2 DVI's can run at same time but I wasnt sure if the HDMI output could be used also as a third monitor

it looks like SLI is definetly a go on that part...

and the SSD since you are 100% correct windows does tend to accumulate junk LOL .. I will probably go bigger .. not much bigger maybe like 80GB or 120GB SSD
but im only running Windows and some base apps like antivirus, spyware, malware etc.. and probably Photoshop and Flash off the Main Drive the rest will run on the standard Slave drive
Anonymous
February 17, 2011 4:20:15 PM

Actually it won't be till next year till they release the updated 1155s, it's maybe in April so you could just wait.
February 17, 2011 4:28:18 PM

ughha whole year with money burning my pockets LOL..

is there nothing out there now that will not be a dead purchase in 2 years? gotta be some Socket Type not going out in 2 years?

find a motherboard that wont be outdated in 2 years, and put a high end cpu in it.. then update that cpu when the time comes?
Anonymous
February 17, 2011 4:34:40 PM

I fear buying a high end PC, I try to imagine it with me in the next few years but it ends up looking like a P4 today.
February 17, 2011 4:47:36 PM

exactly thats why im doing so much digging and research ... buy something today thats fairly high end but leave it ability to add new chips to when the time comes

if anything today exists that will be able to do that

so when i buy this shiny new motherboard and put a 3.4ghz cpu in it and a year and half from now omg... i can buy a 5.0ghz cpu now and this motherboard supports it

if thats even possible lol u get where im going i wanna be able to atleast upgrade the cpu in the motherboard 1 time if need be....


OR Might be better yet -- build a system now that will in at minimal 2 years time STILL run everything i throw at it with no issues

I might not have the money to upgrade in a year or so... I do have the money now lol
February 17, 2011 5:57:11 PM

SangrelX said:
exactly thats why im doing so much digging and research ... buy something today thats fairly high end but leave it ability to add new chips to when the time comes

if anything today exists that will be able to do that

so when i buy this shiny new motherboard and put a 3.4ghz cpu in it and a year and half from now omg... i can buy a 5.0ghz cpu now and this motherboard supports it

if thats even possible lol u get where im going i wanna be able to atleast upgrade the cpu in the motherboard 1 time if need be....


OR Might be better yet -- build a system now that will in at minimal 2 years time STILL run everything i throw at it with no issues

I might not have the money to upgrade in a year or so... I do have the money now lol

If someone already posted this...then I missed it.

OK here's the clincher. The 1155 P67/H57/Z68 mobo's not only run the new 32mm Sandy Bridge cpu's, but they will also run the 22mm Ivy Bridge cpu's due out next year. So if your looking for the newest and latest with the chance of upgrading to newer technology...then the obvious choice imo is the 1155 set up with a 2600K. Especially seeing how it's been rumored that those Ivy Bridge cpu's will o/c to speeds near 6.0ghz.
February 17, 2011 6:24:18 PM

Why_me

Beautiful ........

LGA 1155 it is --- still not sure on that 2600k sandy it has some down falls sadly



---EDIT---

Curious ... no LGA 1155s exist on newegg?

NVM i see it was recalled... i read that on wiki last night too duh!! lol
February 17, 2011 6:24:55 PM

Why_Me said:
If someone already posted this...then I missed it.

OK here's the clincher. The 1155 P67/H57/Z68 mobo's not only run the new 32mm Sandy Bridge cpu's, but they will also run the 22mm Ivy Bridge cpu's due out next year. So if your looking for the newest and latest with the chance of upgrading to newer technology...then the obvious choice imo is the 1155 set up with a 2600K. Especially seeing how it's been rumored that those Ivy Bridge cpu's will o/c to speeds near 6.0ghz.



As of right now that is just rumors, plus 2011 will be released around the same time. Dont get me wrong, I feel the 1155 is a great option. Problem being the boars are all recalled and hopefully will be re released on time in a few months. If I needed something right now I would build off a 1366 platform and upgrade once 2011 came out and i could see the differences between 1155 and 2011. 1366 should be around for a while on server class cpus so the option to upgrade to a xeon later is a possibility.

To the op.
If building now build a 990x system with 12 to 24 gigs of ram. either 2 to 3 6970's or 580's. Get 3 24" monitors as you dont want them too large.

That system will run fine for several years and when you feel the need to upgrade you can swap out mobo and cpu and even gpu's. There will always be somtehing better in the near future.
February 17, 2011 6:34:26 PM

I'm waiting for LGA 2011. If you can't, I'd go with the 2600k, seeing as you want future compatibility. LGA 1366 is being replaced by LGA 2011, so it's pretty muich a dead socket.

On the graphics side of things, the GTX 470 is just piss weak for what you're planning. 3 GTX 570/580 in SLI sounds about right.

SSD: 120gb for OS, Apps,

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99 link

RAM: With that budget, and that workload, you might as well max out whatever the platform tops out at.
February 17, 2011 7:20:04 PM

well i might as well stick with the 990x on LGA 1366

like Chef said -- a good setup with that should last years before it has issues running new software thats comming out

thats the major end goal is to not require an update for several years
May 3, 2011 1:58:28 AM

Your gaming is going to be ran primarily from your GPU your CPU does have some play in this although all it has to do is just process the info while your GPU processes the rest so you should definitely go with a higher graphics cards check out the new nvidia cards that are two cards in 1 there pretty nice they take up some space but there crazy powerful... the intel 990x is by far the best processor out on the market and for gaming purposes you will be fine. Most people say the quad cores are better for gaming because the programming for the games are written for primairly quadcores however, your game will just use 4 cores and your cpu still will run faster than just about anything out there and you shouldn't even have to over clock it. Meanwhile, photoshop, and any other basic program will run great and you should run clean as can be. However, my recommendation is that you buy two 60gb solidstate drives and run them in raid 0 as this will allow your programs and operating system to run much faster boot up will be in the 30sec range even less. meanwhile but two normal 2tb hard drives and run them in raid 1 and store all your data there.
Anonymous
May 5, 2011 6:05:38 PM

Let's wait for LGA 2011 on this thread together lol
May 5, 2011 6:22:37 PM

I would build a i7 2600K system somewhat cheap right now to get you through the wait, and upgrade once 2011 is out. buy the chassis and PSU you want, and swap out as they come out :) 
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