Hi, Ive asked around and read some reviews and was wondering if anyone could provide some suggestions for the new PC i plan to build. My main idea behind this is something extremely high performance with price as no factor.
So far I have a few tentative components:
Processor: I7 990X 3.46ghz. This seems to be the mother of processors currently, is there anything better than this? Is there a stable CPU you can over clock the crap out of with proper cooling? I really would like to overclock on this new rig and run something incredibly powerful stable if thats doable.
I use a sandforce ssd, but have never tried them in raid mode. I see no reason to spend a grand on one cpu. Even the new e series sandy bridge is around $600 with six cores, but benchmarks show less then a ten percent improvement for gamers over the old four core models, such as the 2500K. I would recommend 4 identical sticks of 4 gb 1600 ram; don't spend an extra $100 for premium ram. That case you selected is just plain ugly. I recommend one with 2 120mm fans in front, and one 120mm in back. I hate noise from my pc. I also recommend the side facing hardrive cage on the bottom to slide in the drives without having to remove anything on the motherboard. Can't comment on video cards, since I'm not a gamer. I used a cable select silverstone power supply, and it worked fine, but was noisier than my ocz. Good luck.
Someone recently got a PC to run at 7.125 GHZ in a demonstration with a custom frozen helium cooler. If money is no object that is the current world record for demod speed. I can't see why you wouldn't want to shoot for that.
There is definitely a reason to SLI 590s. It will give probably 20% more performance and if there is no limit to the cash ceiling there is no reason you shouldn't take it.
The PC will run you 10 or 20 thousand, but who cares, right?
For SSDs the Crucial m4's and the Kingston HyperX both do in the neighborhood of 500MB/s under optimal conditions. I would go with one of them if raw performance is what you're after and money is no object.