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July 4, 2011 12:14:37 AM

hi,

so i want to build an extremely powerful gaming pc and right now i have a couple of ideas. I want to know if there is anything i can do to improve my system. I really dont have a budget... maybe something like 40k but i highly doubt it will get even close to that...lol. I want to do the nvidia 3 vision on it too. iF possible, i would ike to buy everything from newegg. I will also be using this computer for animation/video editing.

Heres what i got so far:

moniters: Alienware OptX aw2310 23-inch full hd gaming moniter- http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Alienware-23-inch-Widescreen... -i am going to get 3 of these to get the 3d surround effect

cpu: Intel Core i7-2600K sandy bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - I definitely want to get a more power cpu with more cores, but this is what i could find for now

motherboard: I dont really know... lol i know its weird cause that's one of the most essentail pieces but i didnt know what to get (as you might have been able to tell, i am very new to this computer building)

gpus: this is the other part that i dont know about but i want the most powerful nvidia 3d gpu out there and i want to do crossfire

hdd: SAMSUNG spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - I'm planning on getting two of these

ssd: OCZ RevoDrive X2 OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0240 PCI-E 240GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - this will mostly be for the OS and other things like that

case: not sure but i want something sexy, flashy, with good wire managment, and water cooling

psu: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: Corsair CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Preformance Liquid CPU cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fans: Delta AFB1212HHE-F00 120mm Case Fan - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 2 of them

memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

blue-ray burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

speakers: Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional 70SB088600002 7.1 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Im not sure which version of windows 7 i should get... home premium, proffessional... ect

mouse: razer mamba - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: razer blackwidow ultimate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

headset: razer megalodon - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

thanks for all the help in advance :) 

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July 4, 2011 1:55:29 AM

Did you say $40k!!!! Um, I think it would be pretty hard to build a $40k computer!

Otherwise, your CPU is the best there is right now (I don't recommend investing in dead-end platforms so I can't recommend going 1366) but the 2500k is probably better for strictly gaming. You lose HTing and some L3 cache but games don't utilized HTing anyway and you'll save $100.

For gpu's two or three GTX 580's will do you nicely. If you plan on Tri-SLI you'll need a mobo with enough PCI-E lanes so I'd recommend either a Z68 Asus Maximus or Gigabyte UD7. As far as brand, EVGA makes nice reference cards and have lifetime warranties. MSI makes some killer custom-PCB cards (like my Lightnings) if you are going to be doing any serious overclocking. Lastly, if you intend to run games at max in Nvidia surround you'll need the 3GB VRAM versions of the 580. VRAM isn't added when you SLI, each card still uses its own VRAM.

You won't need 16GB of RAM but if you got the money there's nothing wrong with G.Skill. I prefer Corsair Vengeance for Sandy Bridge myself.

Stay away from OCZ SSD's for now, they are having all kinds of firmware issues. Stick with Intel for reliability (320 series is very nice but 510 series is the hi-performance line).

Case is subjective. Btw, cases don't include watercooling, that must be bought and installed seperately. Corsair makes great cases for cable management and watercooling and they look great too.

As for PSU, 1200W is not necessary unless you go the Tri-SLI route. I run dual GTX 580 Lightnings with an AX850 just fine.

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July 4, 2011 3:00:22 AM

ok thanks for all the help what about this...

mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for gpus i wasn't sure which where the vram versions (sorry... im just really knew) but what about these - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - i guess ill do sli with those

ssd - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - do you think i should just do a regular ssd instead of a pci-e to free up a pci-e and possibly do tri-sli?


psu - so is it bad for your system to have too much watts or is it just not nessesary. If its not bad for your system ill probably keep it just for future upgrading incase i want to do tri-sli in the future

case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

thank you again for all your help
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July 4, 2011 3:56:58 AM

found a better set of speakers- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ive read reveiws on the bass not being that great for the Z906's and the sp2500 has an amazing bass

motherboard- you will want something running those 2 590's at x16 so a pricey motherboard with an nf2000 bridge would be nice- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i looked at even higher end boards and this is the only one that would fit 2 video cards, a sound card and a ssd

gpu's- 2 gtx 590's they aren't in stock but you can go to other online stores- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case- i dont know man pick from these see what you like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

os- here is a comparison between the os's i think you will find everything you need in windows 7 home premium.

for your mouse only do wired because wireless causes problems when gaming

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July 4, 2011 4:00:15 AM

majin ssj eric said:
Did you say $40k!!!! Um, I think it would be pretty hard to build a $40k computer!

Otherwise, your CPU is the best there is right now (I don't recommend investing in dead-end platforms so I can't recommend going 1366) but the 2500k is probably better for strictly gaming. You lose HTing and some L3 cache but games don't utilized HTing anyway and you'll save $100.

For gpu's two or three GTX 580's will do you nicely. If you plan on Tri-SLI you'll need a mobo with enough PCI-E lanes so I'd recommend either a Z68 Asus Maximus or Gigabyte UD7. As far as brand, EVGA makes nice reference cards and have lifetime warranties. MSI makes some killer custom-PCB cards (like my Lightnings) if you are going to be doing any serious overclocking. Lastly, if you intend to run games at max in Nvidia surround you'll need the 3GB VRAM versions of the 580. VRAM isn't added when you SLI, each card still uses its own VRAM.

You won't need 16GB of RAM but if you got the money there's nothing wrong with G.Skill. I prefer Corsair Vengeance for Sandy Bridge myself.

Stay away from OCZ SSD's for now, they are having all kinds of firmware issues. Stick with Intel for reliability (320 series is very nice but 510 series is the hi-performance line).

Case is subjective. Btw, cases don't include watercooling, that must be bought and installed seperately. Corsair makes great cases for cable management and watercooling and they look great too.

As for PSU, 1200W is not necessary unless you go the Tri-SLI route. I run dual GTX 580 Lightnings with an AX850 just fine.


for 3d gaming on 3 monitors id say at least 3. 2 590's would probably be better. he is doing animation and video editing so 16gb is nice and might come in use. the revodrive is last generation and is proved. it is also the fastest ssd on the market for now, the next version is coming out soon


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July 4, 2011 4:08:48 AM

hhhalo101 said:
ok thanks for all the help what about this...

mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for gpus i wasn't sure which where the vram versions (sorry... im just really knew) but what about these - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - i guess ill do sli with those

ssd - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - do you think i should just do a regular ssd instead of a pci-e to free up a pci-e and possibly do tri-sli?


psu - so is it bad for your system to have too much watts or is it just not nessesary. If its not bad for your system ill probably keep it just for future upgrading incase i want to do tri-sli in the future

case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

thank you again for all your help


2 590's is quad gtx 580 sli that will run every game in 3d max settings smoothly, 3 run bad company 2 on 3 screens (1080p) at around 90fps and in 3d it pretty much cuts it in half, so....... it will need the ax 1200.

the ssd is slower than the revodrive

the obsidian is a hot box. unless you want to do water cooling dont get it. i really have no idea on watercooling.
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July 4, 2011 4:12:53 AM

thanks for the help man

for the ssd i think im not goin to do the pci-e, so thatll free up a slot. for the 590's the link didnt work for me so could u just tell me the name and ill find it, im almost thinking of doing tri-sli, but im not sure what motherboard would be able to fit that, so ill probably stick to just dual gpus

as for the case, i will probably go with the corsair obsidian 800d

thanks again for the help
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July 4, 2011 4:18:03 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
2 590's is quad gtx 580 sli that will run every game in 3d max settings smoothly, 3 run bad company 2 on 3 screens (1080p) at around 90fps and in 3d it pretty much cuts it in half, so....... it will need the ax 1200.

the ssd is slower than the revodrive

the obsidian is a hot box. unless you want to do water cooling dont get it. i really have no idea on watercooling.

i just found a case that i like a lot better - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - i am going to replace the two top fand and the back fan with better fans to keep it cool, plus water cooling for the cpu, i think it will look sexy with some nice cold cathodes in there too

when you talk about the 590's which brand cause the like didnt work for me... sorry

as for the ssd i heard the revodrive had firmware problems, so do you think its worth the risk for faster preformance, im not sure. Id kind of rather a regular ssd than a pci-e just because its a little easier is there a fast ssd that is not pci-e?
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July 4, 2011 4:56:27 AM

hhhalo101 said:
i just found a case that i like a lot better - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - i am going to replace the two top fand and the back fan with better fans to keep it cool, plus water cooling for the cpu, i think it will look sexy with some nice cold cathodes in there too

when you talk about the 590's which brand cause the like didnt work for me... sorry

as for the ssd i heard the revodrive had firmware problems, so do you think its worth the risk for faster preformance, im not sure. Id kind of rather a regular ssd than a pci-e just because its a little easier is there a fast ssd that is not pci-e?


that case comes with an 1000w psu. the ax 1200 is better and since you have the money i would go with it.- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

"which brand cause the like didnt work for me" -wait what????? evga is a great brand if that is what you mean.

since you have the money go with the intel 510 series 240gb or bigger ssd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
get a couple of these
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July 4, 2011 5:51:32 AM

hhhalo101 said:
so for gpus how about 2 of these (i am thinking about going tri-sli, do you think that is overkill) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for the ssd do you think i should use a lot of ssd's instead of the regular 1tb hdd's i was going to use?

you cant go tri sli with those gpu's. they have 2 580's in each card so with 2 card you are quad sli'ing.
a mechanical hdd is fine for movies, music and pictures. it would really be a waste of money to use ssd's since you would only see under a second difference in load times. you use ssd's for your os games and most used applications. at most i would get 3 120gb's. i would start with 2 and see if you need more space and keep the 1tb hdd for the extra space.
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July 4, 2011 6:30:30 AM

ok... this is what i think i am going to do, im going to get one of the 1TB hdds that i was going to get originally. I will get 1 120gb ssd for the os and other things that need faster preformance. I will get another 250gb ssd for strictly gaming. Heres a link to the 250gb (Im not sure if the preformance goes down from the 120gb... tell me if it does) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 4, 2011 2:54:38 PM

the performance goes up with the 250gb. i wonder if 2 120gb's in raid 0 would be faster..... your idea sounds good though, raid is complicated.
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July 4, 2011 2:55:47 PM

and get the haf X w/out the psu. and then grab the corsair ax1200
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July 4, 2011 3:29:15 PM

ok i think i got all that i need... thanks for all the help mjmjpfaff
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July 4, 2011 5:00:30 PM

you got it.
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