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.
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.
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
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
^ 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.
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
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
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.