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June 11, 2011 4:16:53 PM

Hi this is my first time posting and my first time building my own PC. I really came into this having no idea what was what in a computer but I've spent quite a lot of time reading around and I think I now have enough basic knowledge to accomplish this task.

Anyway the computer I am trying to assemble will be used purely for Gaming, nothing else just Games from offline to online pretty much every type of game you can imagine. My budget to accomplish this is well unlimited, the only exceptions is that the parts must be available for the UK apart from that I'm willing to spend a lot of money.

So far I've come up with this:

Case:  Cooler Master HAF 932 Advance ATX Full Tower Case $159.99
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Black Edition ROG Motherboard $599.99
CPU: Intel Core i7-990X $999.99
RAM: Corsair CMZ12GX3M3A2000C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit $224.99
Hard Drive: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive $59.99
Hard Drive 2: Intel 510 Series (SSD) $284.49
Cooling: Corsair CWCH70 Hydro Series H70 CPU Liquid Cooler $108.99

That's around $2,500 but I'm still missing a few things which leads me to my questions:

What is the best combination of Graphics Cards? This motherboard supports both Crossfirex and SLI so I'm not sure and this part is the most important.

Do I need a better power supply? If so which one?

Can I used two SSDs to store everything on? They seem to have a lower memory so I thought I'd need a HDD as well but I'm quite confused on this part.

Is there some essentials I've forgot about?

Is there anything that can be improved on the stuff I've already posted?

And the main question is, will all this actually work?

Thanks for any help :)  .

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June 11, 2011 6:08:52 PM

the 990x runs on par or worse with the i5 2500k which is 225$ in gaming!! whats your resolution i would put some of that money to a tri-monitor display (~400$)

i5 2500k 225$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case 120$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -great case the haf series suck in a lot of dust and the paint chips over time

ram 85$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -8gb is all that is needed for years to come

motherboard 190$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... -duel ethernet ports for better internet connection

psu 154$- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-850HX-850-Watt-Prof... - 850w is all that is needed with 2 6970's

HDD 60$- http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern...

SSD x2 440$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -fast and lots of space

gpu's x2 772$- http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Radeon6970-Graphics-R6970-Lig... - runs on par against 2 gtx 580's

cpu cooler 80$- http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Heatpipe-Bearing-Cooler-NH... -best air cooler on the market and cools better than most liquid coolers

monitors x3 345$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -hope you have space because if you are just using 1 monitor there is no reason to spend 2500$ on a gaming rig

Total- 2471$ that is a beauty
June 11, 2011 7:29:38 PM

Oh wow thanks that's extremely helpful, I'm a complete noob when it comes to computers =P.
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June 11, 2011 7:45:25 PM

you are welcome. will you buy those monitors? and how high do you think you want to oc the 2500k?
June 11, 2011 11:01:49 PM

Sorry for the late reply, I don't know about that specific monitor but I will use your advice and buy more than one. The monitor and speaker system were the only two things I thought I had enough knowledge on to pick myself =P.

As far as OC goes, I assume that's Overclocking, I have never done it before but I would like to push it as far as I should go.
June 11, 2011 11:08:34 PM

for gaming i think 4.2-4.7 ghz is good (i actually think 4.5 is overkill). you can go up to 4.4ghz without touching the voltage and just turning up the cpu multiplier to 44x. that is the easy way overclock.
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