My $11,000 System, Is it overkill?

I decided a week ago that i was going to go all out on a new PC. I've ordered all the parts, just waiting on my parts from Danger Den to be delivered so i can put it all together. Here are the specs:


3x EVGA 03G-P3-1591-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Hydro Copper 2 3072MB 384-bit

GIGABYTE G1.Assassin LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.46GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core

Kingston HyperX T1 Black Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

2x OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (raid 0 system drive)

8x Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s (raid 0 storage)

Intel RAID SATA 8 internal port w/ 256MB cache memory PCI-E 2.0 x8 Controller Card (RT3WB080)

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92

SILVERSTONE Temjin Series TJ11B-W Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1850 (updated version of 1800) MCE Kit 1128

Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA

Koutech IO-RCM630 Multi-in-1 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Front Panel Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Port (3.5")

Creative HS-1200 USB Connector Circumaural Digital Wireless Gaming Headset

3x ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cordless Desktop Standard keyboard & Mouse Kit

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

Complete Water Cooling system and Cable Management kits from Danger Den


Needless to say my wife thinks i am insane, But 11k is less than 1 months income for me. You can't take it with you, so enjoy it now. Right? Basicly i am posting here to ask the community if any of these parts are incompatible or less than top of the line, as i still have unopened boxes i could exchange anything i needed to at this point.
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  1. mkincy1102 said:
    I decided a week ago that i was going to go all out on a new PC. I've ordered all the parts, just waiting on my parts from Danger Den to be delivered so i can put it all together. Here are the specs:


    3x EVGA 03G-P3-1591-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Hydro Copper 2 3072MB 384-bit

    GIGABYTE G1.Assassin LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.46GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core

    Kingston HyperX T1 Black Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    2x OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (raid 0 system drive)

    8x Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s (raid 0 storage)

    Intel RAID SATA 8 internal port w/ 256MB cache memory PCI-E 2.0 x8 Controller Card (RT3WB080)

    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92

    SILVERSTONE Temjin Series TJ11B-W Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1850 (updated version of 1800) MCE Kit 1128

    Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

    LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA

    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA

    Koutech IO-RCM630 Multi-in-1 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Front Panel Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Port (3.5")

    Creative HS-1200 USB Connector Circumaural Digital Wireless Gaming Headset

    3x ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

    Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cordless Desktop Standard keyboard & Mouse Kit

    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

    Complete Water Cooling system and Cable Management kits from Danger Den


    Needless to say my wife thinks i am insane, But 11k is less than 1 months income for me. You can't take it with you, so enjoy it now. Right? Basicly i am posting here to ask the community if any of these parts are incompatible or less than top of the line, as i still have unopened boxes i could exchange anything i needed to at this point.


    Can I have your job? :D :D :D

    Don't bother with the 990X. I you *MUST* have a 6-core, wait for the new i7 Sandy Bridge 6-cores due out in a few months.
  2. This post = ROFL

    I could build a machine that would put that one to shame for $3500 or less.

    You made a big (expensive) mistake going with s1366. You should have come here for advice before you purchased.
  3. geekapproved said:
    This post = ROFL

    I could build a machine that would put that one to shame for $3500 or less.

    You made a big (expensive) mistake going with s1366. You should have come here for advice before you purchased.


    there've been two of these crazy posts. This and the guy who wanted a $9000 PC for his high school graduation money.

    I think *everyone* told him to buy a nice used car.
  4. geekapproved said:
    This post = ROFL

    I could build a machine that would put that one to shame for $3500 or less.

    You made a big (expensive) mistake going with s1366. You should have come here for advice before you purchased.


    Well thats actually why i am here, i can return things if needed. Post up some parts for your $3500 recomendation. I'm open to sugjestions.
  5. I would suggest Core i7 2600K CPU, it is damn fast and will put that 990 in its place reasonably easily in most of the benchmarks/real world applications.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

    For the motherboard I think Geek would surely be able to help you on this one. Generally because I tend to buy Intel motherboards, as I never overclock etc. and rock solid stability/reliability over few %age of performance is more important for me.
  6. mkincy1102 said:
    Well thats actually why i am here, i can return things if needed. Post up some parts for your $3500 recomendation. I'm open to sugjestions.


    Ok then first off return the motherboard, cpu, ram, and all the velociraptors, then we'll start from there.

    Intel i7-2600K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Intel Z68 motherboard of your choice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760
    16GB of 1.5v DDR3-1600 of your choice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

    see comparison chart below. 990X wasn't available, but 980X was. Remember the 2600K is at stock 3.4ghz speeds, it can easily overclock to 4.5ghz (some over 5ghz) without a sweat and it's 1/3 the price.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/142?vs=287

    Besides, Intel is coming out with even faster processors soon and Ivy Bridge next year which will drop right into your s1155 Z68.
  7. ScrewySqrl said:
    there've been two of these crazy posts. This and the guy who wanted a $9000 PC for his high school graduation money.

    I think *everyone* told him to buy a nice used car.

    there was 3 of them one was the most expensive pc it wasn't actuqally being built for my parts list

    i7 2600k + mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.701066

    3 gtx 580s you dont need really need 3 of them

    a good AIR cooler

    psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139014

    ram 16 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231473 8gigs is a little overkill.

    storage http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227724 and only 2 580s or

    2x http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemList=N82E16820148349 and 4 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    the storage is unnessesary but you only need the 1 ssd drive.
    as for case how about this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163180

    the monitors are personal preference

    media drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348


    EDIT realistically
    My cpu +mobo suggestion 550
    ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455 70
    2 580s what about 1k?
    MY blu ray drive 130
    hdd 4x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 360
    ssd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706 210
  8. if you want insane, get 2 590's
    2600K cpu
    z68 motherboard

    drop the insane raptor raid system you had planned, if you want fast storage all around for what? games? just add a couple more SSD's, for movies - don't use this system, build a different one designed just to be a HTPC (put the tv tuner there) and build a server as well with all your storage. - you don't use this system for movies as it will idle at like 300watts - water cooling is pretty nice, but i don't think necessary.

    take your 11K, and split it among 3 high end systems
    a really nice HTPC (most money going to a fanless PSU & kickass case) will run about 1K
    a good server will have core components such as an i5 2400 and (put your raid here, but instead of 0, set it to 5) also get a case to handle 10-12 drives and drop in some 3TB drives (3 or 4 to start),,, better to add as you need them as drive capacity increases, or if you want to set it and forget it, put in 10 drives,, even that will only cost 3-4K in total with all the drives.
    still leaves you with 6-7K for a top end system

    2 590s 1500$
    2600K 400$
    MB 400$
    Case 400$
    RAM 400$
    PSU 400$
    Cooling ?? 1500??
    SSD storage ?? 1K??
    accessories (DVD/Bluray/Card reader/Audio card) 700$
    Total ~~5500 - overbudgeting for everything

    hey I'll put it all together for you for 2000 if you want to make sure everything plays well ;) - AND to make sure you burn the 11K you were looking to spend
  9. Unless you are going to be doing a lot of audio/video creation or some other heavily multi-threaded application the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K is a better processor. With this change you will moved to a P67 or Z68 board. Also with the change of processor you are going to be changing the RAM. Boards that support the 2nd generation Intel Core processors will top off at 4 DIMM slots so step back to 16GB of DDR 3 and focus on the 1600. Another thing to be aware of is that you want to make sure the memory that you use is 1.5v or below. If you use higher voltage memory you can push the tolerance on the processor’s memory controller and damage the processor and void your warranty.

    Also while you can run SSDs off from the controller that you have selected the value behind doing it is very minimal. Simple rule is unless you are in an enterprise class environment don’t RAID SSDs.

    Also moving to the 2nd generation Intel Core processors most likely you are going to step down to running 2 video cards. With the “6” series boards when you try to go change to SLI or Crossfire it will drop the PCI-e x16 slots to x8/x8 but the good news is that there is very little performance lose from this. Maybe something like the Asus Maximaus IV-Z would fit your needs well.

    In the end while there are lots of ways that you can spend your money they may not yield the best system for your needs.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  10. Just my two cents. Drop the Hauppauge WIN-TV HVR 1850 MCE kit and go with a Ceton Corp InfiniTV TV Tuner card and nice Harmony Universal remote.

    -Wolf sends
  11. There are good points being made about similar productivity out of cheaper systems but I think there are two things that need to be said...

    First, 8 drives in RAID0 is a BAD idea. If any one of those drives goes down you lose ALL of your data. With 8 drives the odds are one of them going down are way too high. If you're going to buy 8 drives use a realistic RAID like RAID5 or RAID10.

    Also, I'm not sure you'll be able to run water cooling to your video cards with the setup you've got. Your mobo has 4 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and the first three will have video cards while the last one has your RAID card. Between the first three you'll have your sound card and your tv card in those PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and I don't know how you're going to get water cooling in there.

    While I'm commenting, I would have to agree with other posts that an i7-2600K with a $300 mobo is going to perform as well, if not better, in most situations than the chip/mobo you've picked. And three 580s is...certainly overkill.
  12. The 580's i have come from the factory set up for water cooling, they were $700 each.

    changing to a 2600k proc and 1155 mobo
    16 gigs ram
    2x 580's
    1x SSD
    4x 1.5 tb hard drives rather than the raptors reduces the total price by about $4100
  13. Wolfshadw said:
    Just my two cents. Drop the Hauppauge WIN-TV HVR 1850 MCE kit and go with a Ceton Corp InfiniTV TV Tuner card and nice Harmony Universal remote.

    -Wolf sends



    I have the Ceton infiniTV in my HTPC, love it, 4 tuners, its a great card. But i have all 4 tuners in use through media extenders.
  14. Oh goody
    another

    "hey look at me "

    thread
  15. danraies said:
    First, 8 drives in RAID0 is a BAD idea. If any one of those drives goes down you lose ALL of your data. With 8 drives the odds are one of them going down are way too high. If you're going to buy 8 drives use a realistic RAID like RAID5 or RAID10.


    Good thinking, i hadn't concidered that.


    danraies said:
    Also, I'm not sure you'll be able to run water cooling to your video cards with the setup you've got. Your mobo has 4 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and the first three will have video cards while the last one has your RAID card. Between the first three you'll have your sound card and your tv card in those PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and I don't know how you're going to get water cooling in there.


    The water conectors come out of the top side of the cards and are about 1 inch above them. all other cards should fit under the water tubing.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130665
  16. Outlander_04 said:
    Oh goody
    another

    "hey look at me "

    thread



    Would you like some peanut butter to go with that jelly?
  17. ^^i was worried about mixing a massive RAID array with a gaming system as well because of the other high end components and space required for all the hard drives will not be good for heat, even with the cooling.

    i make almost that much a month myself and i still won't spend that kind of dough on 1 system,,, i think i just may be more frugal (or too cheap) to do that..
  18. mkincy1102 said:
    Would you like some peanut butter to go with that jelly?

    LOL never heard that one before, I'm gonna use it
  19. mkincy1102 said:
    I have the Ceton infiniTV in my HTPC, love it, 4 tuners, its a great card. But i have all 4 tuners in use through media extenders.


    So get another card and TunerSalad for recording purposes.

    -Wolf sends
  20. Another idea would be to set up a NAS with the 4 hard drives, would be less heat and better airflow, and you definitely have the money for it
  21. If you have the money, just go to iBUYPOWER and build the most expensive i5 2600k system you can.
  22. rholdy123 said:
    Another idea would be to set up a NAS with the 4 hard drives, would be less heat and better airflow, and you definitely have the money for it


    That is another great idea. I've been looking for a 4 drive external raid enclosure with usb 3.0 connection. The only one i have found looks cheaply made though. NAS is a bit too slow.
  23. Wolfshadw said:
    So get another card and TunerSalad for recording purposes.

    -Wolf sends

    Awesome thanks! I didn't know this program existed.
  24. Thanks for all the great ideas and input. I'm glad i poped in here.
  25. mkincy1102 said:
    The water conectors come out of the top side of the cards and are about 1 inch above them. all other cards should fit under the water tubing.


    You're right, I missed that.
  26. Get a Pioneer BluRay drive. It is a much better drive. Burning a few 25G coasters will make you wish you bought one.
  27. i7 2600k, save the money and then get ivy bridge
    sabertooth p67
    crossfire 6990's
    12 gb ddr3 ram
    2tb HD
    watercooling
    a nice case
    3 1920x1080 monitors

    PS. I can haz ur jawb?
  28. onefearlesssniper said:

    12 gb ddr3 ram


    4x3GB? No triple channel memory on sandy bridge
  29. that's right, my fault. 8gb will be fine then, if you want go 16
  30. well you could do 12 in the form of 4 GB (2x2gb) + 8 GB (2x4gb). But at this price point, why?
  31. ScrewySqrl said:
    there've been two of these crazy posts. This and the guy who wanted a $9000 PC for his high school graduation money.

    I think *everyone* told him to buy a nice used car.



    I also told him to buy a used car lol :P That was one crazy person heh
  32. You should save and buy a Porsche gt3 instead.
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