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May 15, 2011 7:46:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: mid-june

Budget Range: 4,500$-ish

System Usage: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Country of Origin: Canada

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I've had my eye on these parts so far.

Case: SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV01
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU: Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo: ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (SLI, will start with two but will eventually add a third)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM: OCZ 1600MHZ DDR3 6GB (x2)
http://www.microbytes.com/computer/ordinateur/product_i...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB (OS + a game or two)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HD: Seagate Barracuda XT ST33000651AS 3TB 7200 RPM (x3 - raid 5, need a fair amount of HD storage)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CPU Cooling: Prolimatech Armageddon
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

Optical drive: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I'm not sure about the case, im contemplating between the raven1 and CM Haf X 942 and im feeling a tad dodgy about the cpu cooling. I plan on OC'ing the cpu to about 4.4 (stock 3.4) and im not so keen on water-cooling, wasn't to sure what heat sink to go with. Any help/advice on the case/cooling and parts i've listed would be greatly appreciated.

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May 15, 2011 7:51:34 AM

first off
motherboard isnt even compatible with the cpu you chose. You need a p67 or z68 chipset not x58.
Also your memory is incompatible with your cpu. You need to pick a dual channel kit around 1.5 volts.

You might wanna get a better ssd as well like the new vertex 3 or the new intel ssds.


At your budget a full water cooling setup would be awesome, but if your not too fond of that idea heres an awesome air solution:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Also, since your gonna be getting 2 580's thats way way too much power for a single 1080p display. have you considered dropping $1000 or so on a 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 monitor?
May 15, 2011 8:06:57 AM

hah that could of been awkward, how about the GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I already have one of those GTX 580's and wasn't pleased with the FPS dropping time to time, my computer is hooked up to my TV (Sony Bravia LED 60") so no room for another monitor. Whats your thoughts on those two cases? I know Raven1 is fairly old but it seemed to get a fair amount of praise.

Cheers for your quick reply btw!
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May 15, 2011 8:28:03 AM

I think case is up to you. Its usually just a style thing once you get to more expensive ones. Just make sure whatever you pick will be able to fit everything you want to cram in there and that it'll have good air circulation to keep your system cool.
May 15, 2011 2:02:02 PM

Motherboard:
Asus Maximus IV Extreme : 365$.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or 
Gigabyte Z68X-UD7 : 350$.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Ram:
G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 1600MHz Cl7 : 130$.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Video Card: 
XFX Radeon HD 6990 4GB : 740$.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


SSD:
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB : 300$.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Rest looks fine :) 

May 15, 2011 3:03:00 PM

this motherboard will do, you dont need that high end of a motherboard for just gaming:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or this one http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... both can sli or crossfire cards
also i agree get the vertex 3 120gb
go with 560ti sli it has more than enough preformance for higher resolutions than 1080p untill you reach monitors at really high resolution which we still dont know if you are going to do.
I also think a 1000w psu is sufficient for the build you posted (750w is suffiecient for 560ti sli)
ur cpu cooler should be the scythe mugen 2 it is one of the best cpu coolers out there- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... -this memory will do
if you are just gaming an i5 2500k will work great you dont need a i7 2600k because you wont need or use the extra features
that is a lot of money spent on a case are you sure about it?- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (i still think spending 200$ on a case is rediculous so how about this case- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... or http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... oh look the rebate almost pays for the shipping :(  are you sure you want to buy from there that is crazy shipping costs?
May 15, 2011 6:48:39 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
this motherboard will do, you dont need that high end of a motherboard for just gaming:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or this one http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... both can sli or crossfire cards
also i agree get the vertex 3 120gb
go with 560ti sli it has more than enough preformance for higher resolutions than 1080p untill you reach monitors at really high resolution which we still dont know if you are going to do.
I also think a 1000w psu is sufficient for the build you posted (750w is suffiecient for 560ti sli)
ur cpu cooler should be the scythe mugen 2 it is one of the best cpu coolers out there- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... -this memory will do
if you are just gaming an i5 2500k will work great you dont need a i7 2600k because you wont need or use the extra features
that is a lot of money spent on a case are you sure about it?- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (i still think spending 200$ on a case is rediculous so how about this case- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... or http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... oh look the rebate almost pays for the shipping :(  are you sure you want to buy from there that is crazy shipping costs?



For the Mobo the Asus P8P67 WS Revolution is a good choice too it has NF200 bridge for better gaming performance, but I suggest he go higher-end if have the enough money

CPU : I suggest the i7 ,I tried both i5-2500K & the i7-2600K and there was a noticeable performance increase (I don't care about NUMBERS).

Case : that was a good point ,there is no need to spend 280$ on a case !!
I suggest the NZXT Phantom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Or the CM Haf 932 it has about same features of the HAF X but it is little cheaper.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU:
Not sure but I guess as he said 1000W is enough
May 15, 2011 7:09:22 PM

4500$ you say?

I7 990x 1000$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

XFX 6990 HD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS Rampage III Formula 280$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR GTX 2GBx3 450$ (2400mhz)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Caviar Black 160$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 290$ (maybe 2 in raid 0 for 1gb/s transfer :) )
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Thermaltake Level 10 GT 280$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Noctua NH-D14 100$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...


COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series 280$



That is around 3500$, This is realy maxed
May 15, 2011 8:05:35 PM

Gaming rigs don't need the horsepower of a 990X no matter how much money you want to dump in it. There are better parts you can buy with the cash (like an expensive self assembled cooling system as opposed to a cheap $100 preassembled kit)

MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($349)

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($314)

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($749)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($80 for 2 kits)

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($599). Buy 2 for a RAID 1 setup to maximize data redundancy.

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($65). Buy 3 or 4 of these depending on how much storage you need.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($850)

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($240)

With a UD7 and a decent water cooling solution, you can easily crank a 2600k to 5.5 - 5.7 GHz. Even that's way more CPU power than you need. I also refuse to recommend the HD 6990 to anyone who doesn't want their computer to sound like someone tossing metal screws into a woodchipper.

As for cooling solutions, look for places like this with decent water blocks, pumps, and reservoirs. http://www.koolance.com/default.php
May 15, 2011 8:31:01 PM

zkevwlu said:
Gaming rigs don't need the horsepower of a 990X no matter how much money you want to dump in it. There are better parts you can buy with the cash (like an expensive self assembled cooling system as opposed to a cheap $100 preassembled kit)



Yeah youre right, I just checked http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php and saw the difference between a 990x and a 2600k is only 7% and the price of a 990x is 3x more then a 2600k... So with the money you save you can like zkevwlu says make a great water cooling system

but intel ssd 510 is over priced and worse then the new vertex 3 max iops (550mb/s write and read)
510= 600$
vertex 3= 350$ (and then 2x in raid 0 and ur pc will fly)
May 15, 2011 9:51:36 PM

560 ti sli and 570 sli is cheaper and better than a 590 too. both the 590 and 6990 are wastes of moonnnneeeeyyy!!!!!
vertex 3 is alot better than intel 510
ammar711 did u try it in gaming and you saw how much better the fps were with fraps or something else because of the hyper threading??? ha funny games dont use hyper threading
and zkevwlu the same samsung hard drive is 60$ on amazon no taxes no shipping and are you seriously suggesting he spend 850$ on a mere case you must be joking
and id say 1000w is the most you will need so stop with the silly suggestions
May 15, 2011 10:25:28 PM

$4500 for a gaming rig? LOL

May 15, 2011 10:51:24 PM

ya i would only use at most 2500$ of that
May 16, 2011 12:12:09 AM

Yeah, my thoughts too. $4500 to play games? Good grief thats nuts.
May 16, 2011 12:11:31 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
560 ti sli and 570 sli is cheaper and better than a 590 too. both the 590 and 6990 are wastes of moonnnneeeeyyy!!!!!
vertex 3 is alot better than intel 510
ammar711 did u try it in gaming and you saw how much better the fps were with fraps or something else because of the hyper threading??? ha funny games dont use hyper threading
and zkevwlu the same samsung hard drive is 60$ on amazon no taxes no shipping and are you seriously suggesting he spend 850$ on a mere case you must be joking
and id say 1000w is the most you will need so stop with the silly suggestions


The advantage of the GTX 590 & Radeon 6990 that u don't have to use many Cards

2 x GTX 590 = 4 x GTX 570 u can add one gtx590 but u can't add a gtx570 because most of the motherboards don't support more than 4 GPU's
May 16, 2011 12:39:04 PM

And mjmjpfaff (dude ur name is hard :p ) his budget is 4500$ , so spending 90$ more for a better CPU is not something BIG!!

BTW isn't 4500$ TOO Much for Gaming??
May 16, 2011 2:24:57 PM

it isnt hard to spend but why spend money on something if you arent going to use it??
May 16, 2011 2:30:52 PM

also ammar711 who is going to drop another 750$ when they just spent 4.5k on a great computer. you know the card wont be on sale in the next 2 years. also i think gtx 570sli 580sli or 6970cf is the best bet for him. if he is going to go 3d get nvidia. if he is going to go just 3 monitors go with the 6970cf or 580sli the 6970's scale so well they are almost as good as 580 sli
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