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April 4, 2011 7:34:29 AM

This will be my first build and I am open to any propsed build ideas. I also came up with my own build idea and I need to know what you guys think and if there are any improvments I can make or any compatibilty issues that need fixing.

Budget 0-5000

Edit: System usage importance from greatest to least 3d gaming, internet, video rendering and programming.
Country of origin: USA
Preferred website: any however amazon and newegg are preferable.
parts prefrence: None really first build.
aprox purchase date: september 2011
parts not needed: none
P.S sorry for bad spelling ang grammar its really late here and I wrote this up quickly

Proposed build: Cost is about 4400 US dollars

Case: NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis - Phantom Black

Motherboard: ASUS LGA 1366 - Intel X58 - Republic of Gamers - ATX Motherboard Rampage III Extreme

PSU: Corsair Professional Series Gold High Performance 1200-Watt Power Supply CMPSU-1200AX

CPU: Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition i7-990X 3.46GHz 12MB LGA1366 CPU BX80613I7990X

Video Card: 3 way sli EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Ram: Corsair Vengeance 12 GB ( 3 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i7 SDRAM CMZ12GX3M3A1600​C9

Disk drives:1x LG Electronics LightScribe 10x SATA Blu-ray Combo Internal Drive UH10LS20 (Black), 1x Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

Storage devices: 1x Intel 120 GB 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive 510 Series SATA Version 3 at 6 GB per Second SSDSC2MH120A2K5​, 1x Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive (WD1002FAEX)

Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Monitor: ASUS VG236H 23-Inch 120 Hz 3D Ready Panel Monitor with nVidia 3D Vision Kit - Black

Extra fans: 1x NZXT 140mm Performance Case Fan FN 140RB, 1x NZXT 200mm Performance Case Fan FN 200RB.

Mouse: Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming Mouse (Metal)

Keyboard: Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000

Speakers: Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with Subwoofer

Router: Cisco-Linksys WRT400N Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router.

P.S. does anyone know if this good enough to run Crysis and Crysis 2?

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April 4, 2011 8:14:11 AM

You might want to read this

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti and Radeon HD 6950 are significantly more powerful than the GeForce 8800 Ultra, both can be purchased for less than $300, and the two cards can handle the highest graphical settings in the Crisis 2 multiplayer demo at 1920x1080. Indeed, even the Radeon HD 6870 and GeForce GTX 460 1 GB can smoothly play the game at 1080p using its Advanced setting.

Tri-SLI is way over the top especially if you are only using 1 screen and i'm guessing 1080p resolution max, try 1 first then add another if you not happy. If you using the 3D glasses you might need to since you practically half your frame rate there.

Most of the game coming out are multi-platform and therefore limited by the consoles.
April 4, 2011 8:46:40 AM

aprox purchase date: September 2011

With AMD's Bulldozer and Intel's LGA 1356 chipset on the horizon, no need to start planning so soon. :sol: 
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April 4, 2011 9:16:49 AM

I always overlook the dates
April 4, 2011 2:31:54 PM

1) Detail planning for September build is premature.
2) Gaming on a single 1080P monitor does not need sli. A GTX560ti will perform adequately in most games. A GTX580 is the most you can use. If planning on a three monitor surround system, then sli will be needed. A single fast graphics card is better if it will do the job. Who knows what will be available in September.
3) With your budget, and a single monitor, consider a 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor. It will cost about $1000. A GTX580 will be good at that resolution.
4) Sandy bridge at stock competeswith a I7-980X. If you will do a conservative oc on either, the sandy will outperform the i7-990X in gaming, and most other tasks. Look for a 2600K and associated p67 motherboard.
5) 1200w psu is probably overkill. A single GTX580 needs a quality 650w psu. SLI should be ok with a quality 850w unit, 950 at most.
6) You will want a good cpu cooler. Prolimatech megahalems, or noctua NH-d14 are the best.
7) If you love the NZXT case, fine, get it. Otherwise, look some more, I think there are better cooling cases out there.
8) Is there some feature of windows 7 professional that you need? Home premium is sufficient for most home users.
9) For what it is worth, my DLINK DIR-655 gaming router has been trouble free, check it out.
April 4, 2011 5:11:44 PM

adding to what geofelt said, i agree, you're not going to ever need more than a 1000w PSU. i would also add that if you are really looking for graphics muscle then two GTX580's are all you need; this is not only because they will destroy most games but also because in order to keep them cool you should space them at least one slot apart so they can get enough airflow.

though i do agree that the Phantom is not the best cooling case around, i have to say it is one of the best looking cases, especially when it's aglow.
April 4, 2011 5:58:19 PM <---- A good read with benchmarks/review in regards to the Sandy Bridge vs the 1336 990 Extreme <----- 1336 i7 980X vs 1155 i7 2600K benchmarks

Here's a few ideas...

Mobo's... $329.99
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $259.99
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Cpu... $328.99
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

RAM... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING $25 off w/ promo code EMCKGGJ23, ends 4/6
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL $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

Burner... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Blu-ray Burner BD-5300S-0B - OEM

Hard Drive... $64.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKGHA33, ends 4/4
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Now if you plan on running dual 580's in SLI a 1000w psu is ideal. $219.99
ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ ERV1020EWT 1020W (Peak 1120W) ATX12V / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Cheaper yet effective... 560's in SLI with a 750w psu. Those cards in SLI will crush Crysis and for a lot cheaper. Here's a factory over clocked 560 down below... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Truepower 23754 TP-750 BLUE LED 750-Watt PSU NVIDIA SLI Certified 80 Plus Bronze Advanced Hybrid Cable Management Power Supply $234.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Now for the 3D.... $399.99
BEN Q XL2410T 23.6" LED Backlit Monitor (NVIDIA 3D Ready) $174.54 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
nVidia GeForce Wireless 3D Stereo Glasses Kit with Emitter <---- review of that monitor <----- BenQ XL2410T

For a decent sound set up... the headset, mic and sound card make for a great sound set up for the headset... $78.50 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones with Sound Channeling $12.21 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Zalman Microphone Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone Retail $29.99
ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Xonar DG Sound Card

And for a decent mouse and keyboard... $64.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110 $58.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse