Maak's Planned Build

Well I'm planning to build a new PC that is on the high-end of the scale (imo) with my budget capped at about $10k. I have the money set aside plus a little extra, but the wife has me on a monthly budget, that was her deal for letting me do this, so I'm going to be purchasing the parts over the next few months. Hopefully during that time I'm going to be able to custom paint the case and plan some mods out, but not sure how much I'll do if anything more than painting.

Looking for a critique of chosen components and any suggestions. I've put plenty of low-mid budget systems together for friends and upgraded lots of systems, but this is the first one I've actually done for myself and first that has a budget this high.

So here we go:

OS - Windows 7 Ultimate I own a couple of unused Legally purchased copies that were supposed to go in friends' systems that never came to fruition so I kept the OS's for future use

Case - HAF X (replacing all of the stock fans with Blue LED fans and adding in the optional top fan and the 80mm fan for the VGA bracket...I might leave the front Red LED fan for a bit of variation as those are my two favorite colors, but will have a backup blue one if I don't like it)

Motherboard - ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3

CPU - Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.46GHz

CPU Fan and Heatsink - Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564

GPU - 3x ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB for Tri-Crossfire Setup (will unlock to 6970 BIOS)...If MST hubs ever get released I might consider running dual 6990's or if an Eyefinity 6 version gets released for the 6990

Power Supply - ENERMAX MAXREVO Series EMR1350EWT 1350W ATX12V / EPS12V v2.92, v2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Power Supply

SSD - Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G3B5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive

HDD - 4x Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Card Reader - Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate

DVD Burner - LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

Blue Ray Burner - LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM

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

Speakers - Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers

Keyboard - Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

Mouse - Tt eSports MO-BLE001DT Black 9 Buttons USB Wired Laser 6500 dpi Element Gaming Mouse

Monitors - 6x ASUS PA Series PA238Q Black 23"

Monitor Stand - Super Hex Monitor Stand holds up to 6 26" Monitors


Monitors + Stand - Samsung MD230x6 (Don't like the price of these, but the bezel is amazing and if I'm going big for the rest, might as well go big for the monitors)

UPS - Tripp Lite SU2200RTXL2UA Smart Online 2200 VA 1600 Watts 7 Outlets 2U Rackmount Extended Runtime UPS

Printer - I already own a HP Color Laserjet

Water Cooling - Not sure if it will be needed or not with the HAF X case and I don't really know much about setting the cooling system up, so I'm still researching that and will determine if it's needed and what to do once the system is built and running. This is the biggest thing I'm interested in learning about and possibly incorporating.

Fan Controller - Would like to put a nice touchscreen fan controller in as well, but most of the ones I've seen don't have great reviews so still looking around for that and might just go with a non-touchscreen

TV Tuner - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface (Haven't decided if I'm going to incorporate this or not)

RAID Controller - Haven't decided how to add it in and which to get yet

I may end up needing a riser card and if so I will add a couple more things. Any thoughts, suggestions, criticisms welcomed. This will be a multi-use computer for gaming, video/picture editing, movies, music, and general use. I'm going this route simply because I can and have been wanting a setup similar to this for a while.
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  1. this is what i would do with 10k-

    i7 2600k & Asus Maximus- 650$

    EVGA GTX 590- 720$x2=1440$

    16gb Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz & Corsair AX 1200- 380$

    Corsair H80- 92$

    Aftermarket fans- 16$

    Silverstone Raven RV03- 140$

    OCZ Revodrive 3 X2 480gb- 1660$

    Samsung F4 2tb- 160$ i dont see anybody using over 4tb's

    Card reader- 15$

    ASUS DVD Burner- 20$

    Lite On Blu-Ray Burner- 100$

    Creative Soundblaster sound card- 140$

    Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers- 348$

    Logitech G510 keyboard- 95$

    Logitech G9X- 72$

    Monitor stand- 149$

    Monitors- x6=1062$

    UPS- 62$

    I have a touchscreen fan controller and it is an eysore and i wish i got something like this-

    raid controller- no need for raid and if you want it the motherboard has one built into its sata ports

  2. *Drooling over the asus mobo*
  3. mjmjpfaff said:
    for 10k an enermax psu? i would go with a corsair ax1200 the best psu on the market. i would get at least a 240gb ssd. . 8tb's of space!!! really? i would be amazed if someone used up 4tb's. cpu cooler go with the corsair h100.
    case corsair 800d if going with water cooling

    Actually the reason I put the enermax in there is I have all of this in a wishlist on newegg, just for ease of keeping up with everything and watching price changes though not getting everything through them, but the ax1200 was sold out at that point and I never changed it. I also forgot to mention that I'm thinking of changing the SSD to the Intel 510 Series 250GB. I'm pretty stuck on the HAF X case so if I end up water-cooling it'll be setup with that case. I'll take at look at the corsair h100, hadn't seen anything above the h80, but haven't really been looking at those much lately either.

    I'm actually torn between the P6T7 and Rampage III Extreme and Rampage Extreme III Black. My biggest concern is the 3 GPU's and still having enough room for my Sound Card

    I probably won't ever come close to filling up the HDD's, but at least I'll have them, not great logic I know, but I can always add them to another build later.

  4. i edited my post above sandy bridge is the future. with a bios flash it should run ivy bridge.
  5. Budget??? that's out the window.
  6. Meh, I'll reconfig another one once I get home.
    And that build has a dedicated sound card!
    Monitors supports pivot
    Should have called that one "el cheapo", no?

    Edit: Here is another build for $10K

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1275 $349.99
    HSF: Corsair H60 $64.99
    M/B: Asus P8B WS $229.99
    RAM: G.Skill 16GB DDR3 1333 $129.99
    GPU: 2x XFX HD6990 $1,510.90
    SSD: Crucial M4 512GB SATA 6Gb/s $779.99
    HDD: 2x WD RE4 2TB $399.98
    ODD: Sony Blu-Ray writer $99.99
    SND: Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty $139.99
    MON: 3x HP ZR30w 30" LCD monitor w/DP $3,599.97
    PSU: SilverStone 1500w $365.48
    CASE: Cooler Master HAF-X (Blue) $189.99
    ACC: 2x Mini DP to Reg. DP cable 6ft $17.98
    KB: Logitech G110 $54.99
    MS: Logitech G700 $73.99
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 OEM $139.99

    Remove: Keyboard, Mouse, and OS

    Change Xeon to Core i7 2600K and board to Asus P8Z68 Deluxe
    $6353.22 (without keyboard, mouse, and OS)

    2x HD 6990 in quad CFX
    3x 30" 2560x1600 with Eyefinity at 7680x4800 has build in DP so all you need is a couple of cables instead of them expensive dual link adapters.
    IMO, 3 monitors is the optimal for Eyefinity, at 6 screens the CrossHair will be dead on where the bezels located.
    Both boards supports HD6990 quad CFX at x8/x8 (all SNB board don't support it a full x16/x16 except those with NF200). P8B WS has internal USB ports (not headers), and onboard diag leds/diag board for easier troubleshooting.
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