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June 5, 2011 4:38:58 PM

My first gaming rig. I just can't decide on the right motherboard. I7 2600k, 16GB Dominator Ram, 110 GB PCIe 4x SSD, 3 TB 7200 rpm HDD, Antec Kuhler 620 liquid cooling, and a single hd 6990. I'm leaning toward the asus Maximus IV extreme, but I've got a buddy telling me that I should go with MSI's big bang. Suggestions for a good case that's no more than 400 bucks would be appreciated too. I'd take any good advice really, if there's a better liquid cooling system for the 1155 out there let me know. I think using a 1000w psu will do, but also want to leave room for expandability. For any unforseen future upgrades. Money's not a big deal, so let me know what the best is.

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June 5, 2011 6:49:04 PM

Hey there Dave, welcome to the forums.
Please fill out this form, it will allow us to help you a bit.

But first, did you already purchase the items listed above? I think that the build needs a bit of adjusting. Please fill the form for the whole build.

First thing I see is the 6990. That's one noisy card. Might I suggest getting 2x 6970's, or even 2x 6950's? Cheaper and faster. Also, quieter.

Please fill the form so we can see what we have to work with.

June 5, 2011 8:31:44 PM

Waiting til black friday, to purchase everything at once and also to be sure I don't rush into a decision I'll kick myself for later on down the line. All my past computers have been bought off the shelf or i picked the components, and had alienware build it, like my laptop. But after researching and kicking myself for my past mistakes, I'm convinced I won't make the silly ones this time. But til I put together the sweet system, I'll just have to live with being a boob. Any and all input is valued, I'm extremely green when it comes to custom builds. My experience consists of watching a lot of videos on youtube. I was just going to use the single graphics card, but if it's going to be annoying to listen to, my wife will get on me for it, so thanks for that heads up. My cap on this project is about 5k, so if you have a good idea for a sweet build that will stay under that, let me know.

Thanks for the reply!
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June 5, 2011 8:37:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Black friday

Budget Range: 5000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Internet / Media center

Parts Not Required: Everything is necessary

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (It's all i know)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: High end

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No preference

Monitor Resolution: Looking to run a 24" to 30" dual monitor set up

Additional Comments: Quiet is almost necessary, but a little noise in idle won't upset the lady of the house. A "REALLY" good water cooling system, is my main idea, but I have no clue what that would, be. Watching youtube now with high hopes.

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June 5, 2011 9:37:19 PM

Ok Dave, Let's talk through this one.

-Why $5,000? Once you get past about 2.5k, it get's impractical.

-Let's say you want a 2.5k system. I will include a 3 monitor Eyefinity monitor setup. Even that is pretty overkill. However, it has it's benefits....

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) $315

GPU: MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB (flashed to 6970) x2 $560


XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit x2 $700

A few case choices here. Pick which one has the featureset/look you like the best. If you don't like any, be sure to look around and find one that you like.



Antec Twelve Hundred V3 $160

PSU: KINGWIN Lazer Gold Series LZG-1000 1000W ATX 12V v2.2 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD $189


OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply $199

There are other PSU options, I just like the ratings on these.

Mobo: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $219

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 $99

SSD: I can't really help you on that one, no longer know which one's are the fastest. Here's a link to a Tom's article on it.

Storage HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s x2 $130

I don't know much about water cooling, I've always used air. Here's a VERY good air cooler, bit expensive though.

ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler $80

And onto the monitors.

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P $180 (x3, $560)

Windows 7 OEM, $99:

That comes out to 2463 before rebates ;) 

Keep in mind you'll need to add an SSD, making it a bit over budget. But this system is really as good as it gets. Anything more is just impractical.

Hope that helps!
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June 5, 2011 10:32:08 PM

I do not like either PSU. There are better brands and models out there.

But isn't it fun spending someone else's money?
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June 5, 2011 10:49:06 PM

Lol, kinda. Any suggestions for a PSU?
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June 6, 2011 12:07:19 AM

Really no reason to get a 2600K. The 2500K is just about as good, and money, while apparently plentiful, still doesn't deserved to be burned outright. Stop at 8gb RAM. Corsair is always a good choice, especially when money doesn't matter.
950 should be good, I think.
SSDs eat money, but you could get 3x120 gb for beastliness.
June 16, 2011 1:44:46 AM

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