3000 Dollar build.

Approximate Purchase Date:
A few days
Budget Range:
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, Multimedia, Surfing.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Speakers. (Just the box)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Parts Preferences: I want to play a 30" Monitor with max settings on games like crisis and soon to be - skyrim.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to get the best PC I can for the money.
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  1. 1. what will this be mainly used for,if its heavy multi threaded workstation yes its good but if its for gaming the intel i7 2600k performs better in gaming the a 990x

    something like this will give you the best gaming performance

    dunno if you getting a white phatom but they also make a matching psu

    just change to this
  2. The 990X really isnt worth it, i would do a 2600K and a large SSD because a high speed system is wasted without high speed storage, the most important aspect of a snappy system is quick hard disk performance not CPU performance so a good SSD will just make things seem much better.

    Killer NICs are also a total waste of money, your ISP is a much bigger factor than your NIC will ever be so i would move money from that onto a better cooling system because the H60 isn't better than a great air cooler, its just about as expensive too. For a system of that magnitude, if you are going to do it, you might as well do it right with a real liquid cooling system to keep those GTX 580s cool too.
  3. Kaause said:
    Hi all,
    Before I bought the parts and things for this new build I am making, I wanted to share it here and see your opinions. Please do not comment saying "OmG 3000 DoLlArZ FoR A BuIlD WhaT Nubz!" I just want opinions on the hardware, and I will probably only get this chance once in my life for an expensive build like this.

    I am willing to increase m budget to $4000 dollars if need be, I am also not interested in an SSD right now.

    Motherboard: ASUS III Rampage extreme edition
    Ram: 16GB 1600MHZ ram.
    Cooling: H60 Cooling.
    Graphics 1: GTX 580 3gb version
    Graphics 2: GTX 580 3gb version
    Core: Core i7 990x
    Case: NZXT Phantom
    Optical drive: Simple bluray combo drive.
    Sound card: Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium
    NIC: Killer 2100
    PSU: 1200watt (Forgot the name, sorry)

    Please tell me your opinions and what you think I should change if any, thanks!

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <----- copy and paste this on here please. It's the sticky at the top of this forum

    The socket 1336 is pretty much dead, 3GB cards are for tri monitor set ups, the NIC card is a hose job, 1200w for two of those cards is a hose job.
  4. Pretty much eveything that has been said is accurate.
    Move on, with pretty much everything said.
  5. Workstation or Gaming ?

    I'm gonna assume both:


    1st...do ya need Z68 ? Read the Z68 section and if there's anything there that benefits you, grab the 1st board. I haven't had anyone ask me to build a box yet that would benefit from anything Z68 offers:



    Z68 $335 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760
    P8P67 $305 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700


    2600k if doing CAD, video editing or any other workstation type apps, 2500k if not.


    CAS 7 mainly for the Workstation stuff

    CPU Cooling

    Corsair H series are loud, don't outperform the better air coolers and have fit issues in many cases with multi slot GFX MoBos. V6 GT is the best performer but too dang loud. Thermalright Silver Arrow comes in just under it followed by Hyper 612 which ain't on shelves yet despite being tested way back in July


    Case / PSU

    Don't see shoving all that in a $125 case. Suggest HAF-X, Antec DF-85, Antec 1200V3 where ya can augment GFX card cooling with intermediate fans, window fans and, yes, with all that air blowing thru the case, inlet air filters. For PSU, the AX1200, HCP-1200, EMR1350EWT, ST1200 should be on ya review list.


    Asus or Plextor 320SA


    On Board MoBo is more than sufficient


    On board MoBo is more than sufficient

    HD / SSD

    Seagate Barracude XT and 550 MBps SSD


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