I’m putting together a new rig for a late September/early October purchase. I’m still in the planning stage but ready for some input. This will be my fifth or six build but I always tend to go overboard during the planning stage and need good folks to help keep me grounded when I’m just being all-out ridiculous (like adding expensive items that will net me zero additional functionality because hey, marketers love me ). Still, it looks like I'll end up spending 3K plus or closer to 4K when all is said and done but I’m cool with that because it fits in my current budget.
Uses for new rig: Primary use will be split between gaming and lots of hobbiest img/vid editing. I have some digital SLR’s, cams, microscopes with mounted cameras, and some other toys that I fool around with on a regular basis. I’m using Adobe products for that work… photoshop, illustrator, flash, premiere, after effects, etc. Folding at home as well.
Parts: I’m keeping my old rig on hand so this build will need new parts from the ground up with the exception of some HDD’s, accessories, and my current monitors. Hopefully by January or February I can put together a triple monitor setup but my wife will kill me if I buy three monitors before I finish redoing our kitchen . Still, triple monitors are the future plan. Rig will be water cooled with SLI and OC’d. This will be my first water cooled rig, and although I’ve read quite a few guides on the subject I could definitely use some assistance on water cooling parts and where to buy. I plan on water cooling the GPU’s and CPU’s.
Initial Parts List
(incomplete and all flexible… missing WC components, specific GPU brand, speakers): Current total is $1889 and rising.
Waiting has definitely been a consideration (isn't it always), but I didn't think we'd see anything coming for PCI 3.0 until 2012, and also wasn't sure if LGA1155 wouldn't prove to be the better long-term investment.
Thanks very much, mjmjpfaff! Your suggestions have given me a lot to think about.
That Corsair case has me reconsidering the Silverstone which is saying a lot considering how pleased I've been with the Silverstone cases I've worked with previously and the excellent reviews I've seen on the TJ07. I also really dig the fully modular Corsair PSU.
The Asrock Z68 you suggested has reduced some of my concerns about being able to build a semi-"future proof" rig. I don't mind bypassing LGA2011 if Ivybridge and PCI-3.0 remain a possiblity. In fact going this route seems preferable unless I'm not seeing the bigger picture (which is a distinct possibility).
I have been eyeing those EVGA GPU's. First thought was that it seemed like a hefty markup for WC-ready cards, but seeing as how I will be building the entire WC system from the ground up at least that saves me a wee bit of cash on water blocks. This is what I tell myself, anyway.
I'll be looking into the Plextor SSD's as well. Bit-Tech had a nice update comparing Vertex 3's and Cruical 4's with the new firmware and that's what had me eyeing the Curcials.
Here's something to look at if your going with a tri monitor set up. That 3GB MSI Lighting down below is king of the hill atm for 3GB 580's. Seeing how there aren't any games out atm that take advantage of hyper threading, I would go with a 2500K until the Ivy Bridge cpu's come out this spring and maybe by then there will be some games that utilize hyper threading. That 1200W psu is a total waste imo in regards to pushing two of those cards. This 1050w psu down below is more than enough juice. That case down below just came out a few days ago on newegg, and it's large, has great cooling/airflow not to mention it has built in fan controllers. That CM h/s is due out on the market any day now and runs on par with $70+ heat sinks.
I made a big purchase on newegg last night for most of the revisions listed above, and I did so using a lot of your recommendations, mjmjpfaff.
I'm now in the process of planning for WC components. This is my first WC build so parts planning has been a bit overwhelming. I'll be cooling the CPU and the two GTX580's so now I'm trying to decide whether or not I can get away with a single loop. Updates soon. Any hey, advice from anyone is still appreciated!
Started a new thread as follow up in the WC section for anyone who's interested. I'll be posting my build log there as well. All of my non-WC components have arrived. Just waiting on the WC stuff now. Good times!