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August 12, 2011 6:27:00 PM

EDIT: Nothing can last 5 years in top , so I delete "future proof" from the title...
Hello everyone!
Please take a look at my configuration and let me know what do you think. Please feel free to suggest what I should change.
Will run FPS Games and Racing Games
CAD/CAM: CATIA V5/V6 ; SolidWorks, AutoCAD
Movie and photo editing
Large Databases/Number calculations
I would like to keep this computer 5+years , add only another GPU when needed and maybe more storage so I picked a 1200W PSU.
Overclocking , YES but Stable- 3.8Ghz would be ok (I guess?)
COOLER - I know might be an issue w/ 4 sticks of ram, what do u think??
I am in doubt about the Motherboard as well.
Yes, I do need monitors too, I think 2 would be enough. Size? min. 22inch; Resolution: 1080p I guess ? Will spend 10hours/day at the computer sometimes...

P.S.
I have speakers and mouse :) 


Current wishlist:

1 LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support $79.99 -$10.00 Instant $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers $209.99 -$20.00 Instant $379.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1x MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $599.00 $599.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior $159.99 $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $239.99 -$30.00 Instant $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $269.99 -$30.00 Instant $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K $314.99 $314.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B $164.99 -$30.00 Instant $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $405.99 $405.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99 -$5.00 Instant $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 Saitek Cyborg V5 CCB44026N0B2/06/1 Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard $56.99 $56.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer Black SATA Model 1260i $24.99 $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $11.98 $11.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $89.99 $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Subtotal: $2,758.85

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August 12, 2011 6:56:05 PM

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(Newegg/Amazon/TigerDirect)
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August 12, 2011 7:37:56 PM

That's a pretty good list you have there, with one noticeable exception....the power supply. Coolermaster isn't exactly a top tier PSU manufacturer. Think Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, Antec, and even OCZ (their ZX line). Also the wattage is quite high, as you can comfortably power two GTX 580's on a quality 850 watt unit, with room to spare. Think if 1200 watts as a requirement for 3-way SLI GTX 580s. Any of the PSUs listed below will do well, and most would recommend them over CoolerMaster. Take note, they are in no particular order and include outputs from 850 to 1200 watts.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure those Corsair Vengeance sticks will fit under the Nocuta heatsink. The heatspreaders might be too tall. However, G.Skill Ripjaws X sticks will. They are cheaper too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

...and these ones are faster and only $130 after the promo code that ends on the 14th.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lastly, is there any particular reason you aren't going with a Z68 chipset? I would think with the video editing you might want to reap the benefits of Quick Sync through a Virtu-enabled motherboard. Here are a couple good ones.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than those three things, I think you have a very good, jealousy-inducing rig in the works. Oh, you can drop the Arctic Silver too, the stuff that comes with the Noctua cooler is very good. Btw, that Nocuta cooler is lots of overkill for a 3.8GHz overclock. You will get good temps at 4.8GHz...just saying.

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August 13, 2011 8:10:26 AM



Thank you nd_hunter for your suggestions.
I will use the Corsair 1200W professional series and has 7 years warranty. Had a bad experience with Antec PSU.
I will use G.SKILL Ripjaws as suggested as well.

I will use a Z68 MB no problem , but I still need help to decide about a good one.




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August 13, 2011 11:28:46 AM

These two would be solid Z68 boards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now I don't know if the system would last 5 years. I mean at the rate we're going. We have 7xxx releasing this year, Kepler next year, Maxwell in 2014, then we have Trinity coming in next year as well, Ivy Bridge too, and Bulldozer this year. Now sorry this is all out of order. But I'm just saying, spending that much now is a huge waste of money. You should just be spending around $1000 now and just save the rest on upgrades on the future. Per say, $500 for Ivy Bridge (Since the older i7's were pretty pricey), $400 for 7xxx/Kepler. Just a thought.
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August 13, 2011 11:47:55 AM

If i were you i would get:

For now: 1.5K Build (Including monitors)

And then in 2-3 years get a

1.5k+ Build again.... But without monitors so you save :D  And yeaaaah!

Because look, You can spend 5,000$ now, and in 3 years it'll be worth nothing. Technology has lost it's stability...

Just saying, From MANY experience of PC's and Laptops going old. My old Compaq Laptop probably was ~1k and it was top of the line for like 6 months, then it was considered thrash in 2 years when dual cores came out.
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August 13, 2011 5:39:06 PM

I found two boards that I like better,with better reviews:
GA-Z68XP-UD5: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Maximus IV Extreme-Z, w/ great overclocking capabilities http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I agree with the last two posts, no system can be made future-proof, and I realize how silly I was when I put this title.
This system would do great 1 year, than I would have to add another GPU ( would be cheaper by than too).

In 2005 I spent $1700 on a 17inch Pavilion ZD w/ P4@3Ghz, 1Gb ram, 256Mb X600, 80 Gb HDD - This is what I am still using, worth $150 now! I put Win7 and 2Gb ram, I can surf the net, play CS Source decent, acceptable in CAD too, but slow. I can still wait a ivy bridge but than will come something else better and so on...

I have to meditate:
1.Go for this build
2.Go for a $1500 build
3.Go for a laptop
4.Wait
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August 13, 2011 6:05:52 PM

^ Go with a $1500 now.

Check out my $1000 build in my siggy and you should be good to go. The two motherboards you're are looking at are overpriced and you defiantly don't need them. The boards i recommended will provide plenty of performance for you. For way less too.
Great overclocking isn't needed when almost every P67/Z68 board even the cheap ones can get the 2500K/2600K up to 4ghz, any more than that and you're just lucky. Not all SB chips are made to the same grade, any more than 4ghz and you should be more than happy.
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August 23, 2011 12:15:52 AM

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