New gaming build $3500-5000

Approximate Purchase Date: Next month

Budget Range: 3500-5000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, storage harddrives

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tiger direct, any

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: sandy bridge, 3x 24"+ monitors

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 5760 x 1080

Additional Comments :Building a new pc been deployed for the last year this is what i came up with from the lil research iv had the chance to do. Ganna be running a multi monitor set up and watercooled. check it out lemme know if theres something better i could pick, cheaper for same quality, so on. i have one 4x 140mm rad already from my last pc so ill have 2. Pumps and tubes ill pick out. No idea about monitors at this point but if you would help pick some out or give me some ideas

3632.91 so far

Intel Core i7-2600K - $314.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL - 209.99

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1200M 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 & SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $319.99

3 x SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - 364.99

3x Koolance VID-AR697 Radeon HD6970 VGA Liquid Cooling Block - $138.00

2x OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $206.99

DD double wide 29 - 500?

not on the website but roughly $500 for the set up i want

Black Ice SR1 Low Air Flow Optimized - 560 Radiator - Black - $187

thanks in advance for the help!

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  1. You can unlock 6950s to 6970s, will save you a bit of money.
  2. No all 6950's will function unlocked, so not something you should expect.

    That said, I don't see mention of case or OS anywhere. Do you need those?

    PSU wise, you could actually get away with a good 850W, such as the Corsair AX850.

    Anandtech was only able to get 835W at the wall for total system power with 3 6970's. With 85% efficiency, that's 710W of actual power use.

    Granted you could pick up an AX1200 if you really want to.

    If you'll be doing extensive video editing you might want to go Nvidia for CUDA.

    Mobo wise just grab an asus revolution for $260

    2 of these G ksill ddr3 1600 cas 9 kits for $180 total after promo code. Cheaper and better than above.

    Monitor wise, I'd recommend going with some nice IPS monitors. Also, give 3240 x 1920 a try. I found it preferable to 5760x1080. It's more immersive with less wasted peripheral vision.

    I'd recommend dell ultrasharps $218 each on provantage right now.

    SSD wise, for reliability go with an Intel 120gb. For absolute best performance go vertex 3 120gb.
  3. Mobo wise just grab an asus revolution for $260 [...] -_-Product

    only has 2x crossfire

    switched the ram out, like the monitor choice, case is the dd double wide 29.

    thanks for your thoughts
  4. Any SB chip only have 16 lanes for PCIe 2.0, no motherboard out there can magically turn this into something greater.

    However, with a NF200 chip, a mobo can divide available bandwidth as needed between the chips. While not a huge difference, it's a couple percentage at 4mp and will only grow with a higher resolution.,2910-16.html

    Paying a lot more money for a mobo w/o a NF200 chip is kinda silly.

    The asus extreme does not magically, have 40 PCIe 2.0 lanes. It's still restricted to 16 lanes total. It just allows each port to access a higher number.

    Likewise, the revolution doesn't have 32 PCIe Lanes, it's still limited to 16 lanes total, but the NF200 chip allocates bandwidth amongst the up to 4 connected GPU's to maximize bandwidth to each.
  5. Having had the 'fun' that I've had with crossfire, I might go the way of SLI. Of course the 69xx cards are probably far better than my 5850s, but I still don't feel great about crossfire drivers. I'm sure others will speak out in support of the 6970 trifire, but I wanted to toss my $0.02 in the ring.
  6. The 69XX cards scale very well, better than Nvidia in fact.
    Performance increase from 1-2 cards is 185%. So 100% increase in cost for a 85% performance increase.

    3 way performance though, is a different story. You're adding a 200% cost increase for a 136% performance increase.

    Ratio's for Nvidia cards are slightly worse.
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