Final Advice: Ultimate 3d Surround Machine ($4k)

Order date: Approx. 2 weeks

It never fails, I research and research and the closer I get to ordering day, the more I second guess. I know I'm about to drop a ton of cash, and I can afford it...but it doesn't mean I don't want the best bang for my buck. I'm shooting for the ~$4200 range:

Case:
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T: $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

Mobo:
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0): $184
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703

Proc:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge: $314
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB: $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315

Video:
MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition: $600 x 2 = $1200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127589

SSD:
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB - $219
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

HHD:
Western Digital Caviar 2TB Black: $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136830

PSU:
Corsair HX1000W: $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

Cooling:
CORSAIR Hydro H70: $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181013

Monitor:
BenQ LCD XL2410T: $300 x 3 = $900
http://shop.benq.us/ProductDetail.aspx?id=261

3d Vision:
NVIDIA 3D Vision: $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814998052

Sound:
ASUS Xonar Xense: $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132018
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  1. Looks pretty good. A few things though.

    -I would not get the 2600k. Drop to the 2500k. Sometimes it's been proven that HT has an adverse affect on gaming. However with a rig this expensive, might as for for futureproofing.

    -I would get an OCZ Agility 3 SSD instead. They are straight up faster.

    -That soundcard is stupid expensive. Nowadays, onboard sound is very good. You will be just fine with onboard. Spend that money on something else.

    -I would get 2 HDD's in raid 0. A faster, cheaper solution. Here's a very good HDD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0ZFWDVN9M52W528TAT58&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

    And that rounds up my suggestions! Have fun :)
  2. - The 2600k is there for a few reasons. OCing/Futureproofing and mainly for when I need to work from home (VFX and Video Editing).

    - The SSD was a compromise between speed, storage, and price. The M4 was based off of Toms Hardware guide.

    - I few of my friends said the same thing with the sound card. The reality of it is that it comes with the headphones I wanted. (Sennheiser PC 350) Since I spend 90% of my gaming time with headphones on, I also wanted a soundcard to drive the power they require. With the Xonar Xense, ASUS has already made that combination for me.

    - Jeez why didn't I think of RAIDing my storage as well. I feel like a fool. Build updated. Thanks fellow Android user!
  3. Abrin said:
    - The 2600k is there for a few reasons. OCing/Futureproofing and mainly for when I need to work from home (VFX and Video Editing).

    - The SSD was a compromise between speed, storage, and price. The M4 was based off of Toms Hardware guide.

    - I few of my friends said the same thing with the sound card. The reality of it is that it comes with the headphones I wanted. (Sennheiser PC 350) Since I spend 90% of my gaming time with headphones on, I also wanted a soundcard to drive the power they require. With the Xonar Xense, ASUS has already made that combination for me.

    - Jeez why didn't I think of RAIDing my storage as well. I feel like a fool. Build updated. Thanks fellow Android user!


    Haha, good for the 2600k i suppose.

    I still think the soundcard isn't needed, but whatever. That's just my view.

    And yeah, raid is for the win!

    Btw what phone you rockin? I still have my G1. Waiting to upgrade to a Atrix probably.
  4. Instead of raiding I would get the 2tb drive with a small ssd and z68 motherboard for ssd caching. It also uses the onboard gpu when you are not using your dedicated graphics to sace power.
  5. doginpants said:
    Instead of raiding I would get the 2tb drive with a small ssd and z68 motherboard for ssd caching. It also uses the onboard gpu when you are not using your dedicated graphics to sace power.


    With a $4,000 budget, it's very hard to suggest SSD caching. You see, SSD caching was designed for budget systems. The speeds are much lower than running an OS off it, but still faster than a plain HDD.
  6. doginpants said:
    Instead of raiding I would get the 2tb drive with a small ssd and z68 motherboard for ssd caching. It also uses the onboard gpu when you are not using your dedicated graphics to sace power.



    The thought has crossed my mind but as striker410 said, I don't think it'll be needed. Having straight SSD for OS and 1 or 2 games and RAID0 storage should be perfect for what I need.

    Oh and not to derail the thread but I'm running a Droid Incredible, upgraded from the OG Droid and rooted on day 1. Currently running UberROM with GingerSense. Want to upgrade but waiting for a Dual-Core HTC phone to come out for Verizon.
  7. Abrin said:
    The thought has crossed my mind but as striker410 said, I don't think it'll be needed. Having straight SSD for OS and 1 or 2 games and RAID0 storage should be perfect for what I need.

    Oh and not to derail the thread but I'm running a Droid Incredible, upgraded from the OG Droid and rooted on day 1. Currently running UberROM with GingerSense. Want to upgrade but waiting for a Dual-Core HTC phone to come out for Verizon.


    Haha yeah. I gave my G1 a pretty hefty speed bump over stock (think, %60 overclock :D). And I'm running CyanogenMod 6.2 with Android 2.2.1. Using ADWlauncher to get it all working.
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