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March 26, 2011 8:14:47 PM

Hello I am new to this community. I am overwhelmed with all the great information that is accessible here. It has been a learning experience. I am fairly new to the extreme PC gaming community and I was looking to spend around 2500 dollars on a new build. After all my research I have come up with this build. My requirements were to have a PC that can play any game out there right now (with great results), to be upgradable when it gets older, and to be able to succeed with 3 full hd monitors.

Approximate Purchase Date: Will be the last week of March

Budget Range: approx 2500 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Fantasy Baseball (Haha),Gaming, CAD, graphic design.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect, or ibuypower (they have some great discount for us military members)

Country of Origin: (Although I am currently stationed in Canada, I will have it shipped to my military address to avoid taxes and custom fees, since Canada is uber expensive...damm taxes!)

Parts Preferences: I am a fanboy of corsair and intel i7's

Overclocking: Yes (although I have no idea what I am doing right now, I plan to get good at this)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (My setup currently wil have one dual GPU, I want to allow room to have this option in the future)

Monitor Resolution: (3 full hd 22inch)

Additional Comments: I picked the AMD 6990 because I like the idea that it performs similar to 2 6970 in crossfire, and when I need more graphic in the future I can get another 6990 and hopefully it will be a lot cheaper. This the same reason why I picked a 1200 Watt PSU so that when I upgrade this PC I have enough power to fit 2 amd 6990 in crossfire.

Corsair Graphite Series 600T
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Intel Core i7 960 Processor - 3.20GHz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Dominator Triple Channel 6144MB PC12800 DDR3 Memory - Tri Channel, 1600MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048MB)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Radeon HD 6990 Video Card - 4GB, GDDR5, Dual-GPU, 4x Mini DisplayPort, DVI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, Eyefinity 6, CrossFireX Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Corsair F120 Force Series Solid State Drive - 120GB, 2.5", SATA II
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Western Digital Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1.5TB, 3.5", SATA-3G
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Corsair CMPSU-1200AX 1200-Watt Power Supply (I know I don't need 1200w right now, but I picked it so that when I upgrade ie second amd 6990 gpu I will still be okay.)

Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler - 120mm Fan, Copper Cold Plate, Aluminum Radiator
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

NZXT Sentry II 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Lite-On Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ASUS USB 802.11n Network Adapter - USB, 300Mbps, Wireless-N, 2 on-board PCB antenna
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Kingwin All-In-1 Internal Card Reader & Writer
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Thank you in advance for your help. I feel before I invest in this system I should get some unbiased advise from the real experts, which are you guys.

Cheers!









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March 26, 2011 8:42:39 PM

This motherboard down below runs dual gpu's (slots 1 & 3) @ 16x and 16x, and tri SLI @ 8x. It's the over clocking king atm with these P67 boards @ 5.7ghz. The RAM recommended for these 1155 boards is low voltage RAM (1.5v or less). These boards are the easiest to over clock with by far. Also before you purchase that 6990 take a look at the benchmarks first, and also don't forget that NVIDIA has CUDA and PhysX in regards to the programs you plan on using.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... $329.99
Intel Core i7-2600K BX80623I72600K Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.40 GHz, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... $39.99
Corsair CAFA70 A70 Air Series Performance CPU Cooler - 120mm

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=287 <----- i7 950 vs i7 2600K

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4239/nvidias-geforce-gtx-... <----- GTX 590 vs AMD 6990
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March 26, 2011 8:50:13 PM

With a budget that high it might be more worth it to use a custom watercooling system. You might as-well go with the corsair h70 instead of the h50 too.
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March 26, 2011 8:55:40 PM

^ True

But I think something you need to know OP is that water cooling isn't even needed on these chips. Plenty of people using 30-50$ air coolers run 5.1+ghz on a good grade 2500K/2600K. High OCs aren't guaranteed because it all depends on the grade of the CPU, not all are made the same.
http://www.overclock.net/12167976-post523.html

Another thing, your better off buying 2 580 GTXs or 2 6970s. They'll perform better than a single 6990 or 590 not that you need that much performance anyway.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-590-dua...
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March 27, 2011 6:57:04 PM

I have been researching this build for a while and the whole time my mind was set on an intel i7. I never even thought about the 2600k. After doing some more research the 2600k does not sound like a bad idea. I think I will save some money and go for the 2600k with asus p8p67 deluxe for the mother board. It is the best mobo ibuypower (ibuypower has awesome military discounts) has and even though it runs 2 dual gpu's in x8x8, you dont really get that much of a performance lost right??? As far as the 6990 I picked it because I can easily upgrade by getting another one in the future when games will require such a beast. I don't think I will have much problem playing any game right now with it. I did do some research vs nvidia gtx 590 (590 is my only option since I will 3 hd monitors) and I wasn't all that impressed with the benchmarks vs 6990. Would anybody be able to give a real unbiased opinion on why the 590 will be better than the 6990 in the future even with sli and crossfire added. Thank you
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March 27, 2011 8:12:34 PM

^ You should really build this yourself. Even though iBuyPower has really good discounts. You'll save a lot more by building it yourself. A lot of the things they have in their builds are misleading. That includes CyberpowerPC. They say they give you a 1000w power supply certified from iBuyPower, in reality it only outputs like 500-600w.

So honestly, you should build it yourself. Just a suggestion.
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March 29, 2011 5:19:13 PM

Thank you all for your help. This is what I went with.

Intel i7 2600K
Asus p8P67 Deluxe
8 Gb Ram Corsair Dominator
2 x GTX 580 3Gb SLI
Corsair Force 120 GB SSD
1 TB Hard Drive
Liquid Cooled
NZXT Sentry touch screen fan controller
Blu Ray palyer DVD burner
Enermax Revoultion 1020 watt Power Supply
All in a discreet corsair graphite 600T Case

Three 23 inch Full HD 3d Monitors

I am excited. Thank you all.

Cheers,
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March 29, 2011 5:22:09 PM

Best answer selected by usstrejo.
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November 5, 2011 4:29:51 AM

30 Years Experience:

Hi, The only thing more exciting than building a computer yourself, is building the first one. But it's not a one-time deal, it goes on and on and on.

Divide your money into three parts: 1. CPU and MOBO, 2. Peripherals, 3. Software.
Every year, upgrade one of them.
Spend all the money you can afford on the CPU during your first build. Next year, upgrade your memory and HD's. The third year, upgrade your software. The forth year, start over again with a new CPU and MOBO.

This process will allow you to always be on the cutting edge with something and the rest of your rig will only be a year or two out.

Get used to spending money. It's fun to shop all the time for the rest of your computer life.

Have fun.
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