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March 16, 2011 8:14:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within next 2 months

Budget Range: 4000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: photo editing, gaming, surfing the internet, multitasking, watching movies, downloading large files, some video editing.

Parts I'd like to buy for my future system (unless im convinced otherwise?):

COOLER MASTER HAF X
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Haf-Ultimate-Gaming...

ASUS RAMPAGE III EXTREME
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1366-Republic-Motherboar...

CORSAIR AX1200W
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-Performance-...

INTEL COREI7 990X
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-Extreme-3-46GHz-B...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 12GB (@ 2000 mhz?)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Dominator-Channel-2000MHz...

ASUS 1.5GB GTX 580 OC
http://www.amazon.com/GeForce-Graphics-ENGTX580-2DI-153...

OCZ VERTEX 3 120GB SSD
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/computers/new-intel-ssd-510-o...

PLEXTOR PX-LB950SA BDBURNER
http://www.plextoramericas.com/index.php/blu-ray/intern...

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HD for storage.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon (free shipping hehe)

Country of Origin: california, usa

Parts Preferences: i really like the haf x by coolermaster cuz its roomy, has good air flow, and is hopefully quiet.

Overclocking: Yes, definitely, hopefully can get 4.5ghz from processor while getting 2000mhz from memory?

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if i need it...?

Monitor Resolution: dell 27in isp monitor res: 2560 x 1440

Additional Comments: i would like my pc to be very quiet. i had built a watercooled koolance system 7 years ago and it seemed like the psu was the loud (pc powern cooling) performance, and quiet is what im going for... oh and also i was wondering, if i get the 1200w psu would it be quieter than getting say an 950w psu since its designed to handle more power? whats ur guys opinion on powerful yet quiet psus? btw i will be watercooling this system, so if you have suggestions for that as well, much appreciated! ( was thinking all koolance?) :D 

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March 16, 2011 8:42:43 PM

Lots of horrible wastes of money there.

First, the i7-990X isn't that powerful. The i7-2600K actually matches it in most cases at stock, yet costs $700 less, overclocks a lot higher and has an upgrade path. I can't think of a worst waste of money right now than the LGA1366 CPUs.

Second, there is no reason to get the HAF X. There are a lot better high end cases that cool as well (or better) and are better known for being quiet.

Third, no one will ever need a 1200W PSU. Period. You could SLI 4 GTX 580s on that, which isn't recommended.

Fourth, the Rampage boards are overpriced.

So, here's what I'd look at:

CPU: i7-2600K $329
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Deluxe $240. Though I actually like the Pro version better for $50 less, but it doesn't seem to be on Newegg right now.
RAM: 2x G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4 GB (16 GB total) 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 $230 after promo. Any RAM with speeds above 1600 mhz is a waste of money.
PSU: Silverstone 1000W $230. Still overkill, but less so.
Case: Silverstone Fortress FT02B-W $250. It's known as a great performing case, and it's also fairly quiet.
HSF: Noctua NH-D14 $75. I've heard that 5.0 GHz is possible with the Sandy Bridge CPUs. If it is, you'lll get there with this. Liquid cooling isn't recommended, as it's really expensive (about $500 for a good setup) and isn't significantly better than air cooling.

The other parts are fine.

Since you'd still have a lot of your budget left, have you considered pairing the HD 6990 with a nVidia Quaddro card? You'd get absolutely amazing gaming performance (it can do a five monitor setup on it's own) and great non-gaming performance through the Quaddro card. However, the 6990 is simply massive, and fairly loud, so it might not be ideal for you. Just some food for thought.
March 16, 2011 8:51:50 PM

The ROI of that CPU is nothing. Use that money on a new camera lens or a couple SSDs. If you're going to spend $4000, then wait for Ivy Bridge, otherwise a $1500 i7 2600K/P67/GTX 570 rig is plenty.
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March 16, 2011 9:00:23 PM

Go with 2600K dual gpu's and a raid drive setup perhaps, and the MB is overpriced. But get a board with PCI-16x2

4000K will build a monster system.

Good luck.
March 16, 2011 10:35:52 PM

thank you guys so much for the input! so if i get a sandy bridge processor, will i be able to upgrade to the new sandybridge E processor that suppose to come out later this year?
March 16, 2011 10:41:00 PM

yup, thats the word so far. You may consider a amd 6990 or gtx 590 as well. If you trim a few other areas 4K could build a 6990x2 setup. Fastest GPU money can buy.

2600k
Sabertooth board
12 gigs ddr3 1600
2 TB raid 0
blueray
win 7 pro
amd 6990(x2 maybe)

I think you could build a system like that for 4K
March 16, 2011 10:55:56 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Lots of horrible wastes of money there.

First, the i7-990X isn't that powerful. The i7-2600K actually matches it in most cases at stock, yet costs $700 less, overclocks a lot higher and has an upgrade path. I can't think of a worst waste of money right now than the LGA1366 CPUs.

Second, there is no reason to get the HAF X. There are a lot better high end cases that cool as well (or better) and are better known for being quiet.

Third, no one will ever need a 1200W PSU. Period. You could SLI 4 GTX 580s on that, which isn't recommended.

Fourth, the Rampage boards are overpriced.

So, here's what I'd look at:

CPU: i7-2600K $329
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Deluxe $240. Though I actually like the Pro version better for $50 less, but it doesn't seem to be on Newegg right now.
RAM: 2x G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4 GB (16 GB total) 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 $230 after promo. Any RAM with speeds above 1600 mhz is a waste of money.
PSU: Silverstone 1000W $230. Still overkill, but less so.
Case: Silverstone Fortress FT02B-W $250. It's known as a great performing case, and it's also fairly quiet.
HSF: Noctua NH-D14 $75. I've heard that 5.0 GHz is possible with the Sandy Bridge CPUs. If it is, you'lll get there with this. Liquid cooling isn't recommended, as it's really expensive (about $500 for a good setup) and isn't significantly better than air cooling.

The other parts are fine.

Since you'd still have a lot of your budget left, have you considered pairing the HD 6990 with a nVidia Quaddro card? You'd get absolutely amazing gaming performance (it can do a five monitor setup on it's own) and great non-gaming performance through the Quaddro card. However, the 6990 is simply massive, and fairly loud, so it might not be ideal for you. Just some food for thought.


what case would you recommendthats coolsas well as the haf x and is quiet?
EDIT: actually u did recommend a case, lol sorry, nevermind
March 16, 2011 10:57:59 PM

templarklimek said:
yup, thats the word so far. You may consider a amd 6990 or gtx 590 as well. If you trim a few other areas 4K could build a 6990x2 setup. Fastest GPU money can buy.

2600k
Sabertooth board
12 gigs ddr3 1600
2 TB raid 0
blueray
win 7 pro
amd 6990(x2 maybe)

I think you could build a system like that for 4K


hey thanks for ur input! id love to have 6990x2 but i hear they're obnoxiously loud... :(  i was trying to keep the noise down considering my current build is soo loud...
March 16, 2011 11:02:30 PM

They are louder, if thats an issue then consider 6970x2 or gtx-580 x2. As for myself I don't mind if they are a little louder, what a monster you would have with 6990x2. :o 
March 16, 2011 11:04:54 PM

Talking about being overpowered, I doubt you'd truly have use for a 6990. Plus, you're right on the fact that they sound like a small single engine aircraft.

What's your monitor setup/resolution? If you're just on a single 1080p/1920x1200 monitor, then a single 580 is really plenty of power. If you're running 1080p triple eyefinity, then you're talking something a little more powerful, like two CrossFire'd HD 6970's.

Don't fall into the same mindset as everyone else, where more FPS equals better quality. Considering the fact that most monitors can only display up to 60 (120 if it's 3d ready), there's not much need to be able to say "I can push 500fps in Crysis!" short of bragging and benchmarking. Those are some awfully expensive bragging rights.
March 16, 2011 11:07:15 PM

someguynamedmatt said:
Talking about being overpowered, I doubt you'd truly have use for a 6990. Plus, you're right on the fact that they sound like a small single engine aircraft.

What's your monitor setup/resolution? If you're just on a single 1080p/1920x1200 monitor, then a single 580 is really plenty of power. If you're running 1080p triple eyefinity, then you're talking something a little more powerful, like two CrossFire'd HD 6970's.


i got a dell 27inch, the res is 2560x1440... what do u think i should have? i was thinking of the 580, or waiting for the 590? is it enough to have fluid fps in new video games like crysis 2 on such a high res monitor? hmm
March 16, 2011 11:09:39 PM

running at 2560x1440 go with a sli setup or dual gpu setup. The gtx 590 may not be any quieter than the amd 6990. Time will tell. 22 mar release date.
March 16, 2011 11:20:03 PM

The quadros are good for photoshop, other wise, get a HD 6800 series card or up
March 16, 2011 11:22:17 PM

Everyone really seems like AMD over NVIDIA huh... is there a reason for that except that their flagship GPU is a lil faster than the NVIDIAs right now? i mean doesn't it just go back n forth on whos faster... haha
March 17, 2011 11:02:04 AM

AMD's GPUs tend to be more powerful for gamers for less. However, the best single GPU on the market is the GTX 580. It's also nearly $500. AMD's "competing" card is really the 6950 2 GB, as it can be turned into a 6970 with a BIOS flash. It's under $300. So as far as value goes, AMD is much better.

However, you're not just a gamer. AMD's GPUs tend to be weaker in non-gaming applications. I'd say you should go with at least one GTX 580, if not two.
March 29, 2011 1:14:56 AM

anyone know why all the cool asus motherboards are out of stock? i can't find the p8p67 ws revolution or p8p67 deluxe anywhere! help! btw the reason i want the ws revolution is because im told it does pci express x16 on both graphics card together right?
March 29, 2011 5:46:24 PM

It's because all of the LGA1155 motherboards were essentially recalled immediately after the original launch. The market then had a lot of people who have a LGA1155 CPU, but didn't have a motherboard to use it. So the demand for the boards (and it's ANY LGA1155 board, not just Asus) is extremely high right now. There are a lot more people who need/want one than the manufacturers can provide, even after focusing on the models that are in the highest demand. Give it a few weeks and the supply should stabilize.
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