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Need help with build! 4000-5000$ budget.

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October 18, 2011 3:43:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 4000-5000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,editing,watching films

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: (e.g.: Norway

Parts Preferences: Id like to use intel chipset (i7 2600k or extreme version 990x) some AMD eyefinity graffic cards (2 or 3)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 btw: (i need 3 screens for my eyefinity settup)

Additional Comments: i want to have a solid case with watercooling, so this expensive build is going to come out safe when i throw it in my trunk and drive across continents.

"I am looking for the fastest possible hardware out there, to create a monster faster than the bat-mobile"

This is what i've putted together so far:



Screens: 3xBenQ 24" LCD G2420HD & Adapters

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH X58, Socket-1366 ATX, X58, DDR3, 3xPCIe(2.0)x16, CFX&SLI, SATA6Gb/s, USB 3.0, FW, TUF, CeraM!X

Powersupply: Chieftec Nitro Series BPS-1200 1200W PSU ATX 12V V2.3, 80 Plus Bronze, Modular, 6x 6+2pin PCIe, 10x SATA, 140mm Vifte

SSD: Corsair SSD Force Series™ GT 120GB SATA 6 Gb/s (SATA3.0), 555MB/515MB/s read/write, 85k IOPS (4k aligned)

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-990X Extreme Edition Socket-LGA1366, Six Core, 3.46Ghz, 12MB, 130W, QPI: 4,8GT/sec, Boxed w/fan

Ram:(overkill i know) Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 24GB Kit w/6X HyperX 4GB DDR3, CL9-9-9-27, 240pin

Ram cooling fan: Kingston HyperX Cooling Fan dual 60mm fans, supports up to 6 Memory Modules in a Motherboard Array

cdroom: Lite-On DVD/Blu-Ray Reader, iHOS104-37 SATA, 4x BD-ROM Read, 8x DVD-ROM Read, Bulk, BLACK

case/cpu cooling: Thermaltake Level 10 GT LCS Big Tower Vifter: 1x 200mm Front, 1x 140mm Bak, ATX, m/eATX, Innebygd væskekjøling

Harddrive: Western Digital VelociRaptor® 600GB 10000RPM, 32MB, 3,5", SATA 6GB/s (SATA 3.0)

GPU: (2x) XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 "Dual Fan" PCI-Express 2.1, 2xDVI, HDMI, 2xmini-DisplayPort, 800MHz

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October 18, 2011 3:55:20 PM

im sry but i dont understand?, the intel core i7-990x is Socket-LGA1366, and the ASUS SABERTOOTH X58, is Socket-1366
how can that be wrong? :ouch: 
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October 18, 2011 4:07:29 PM

If you want to waste money you might as well wait until I7-3960X comes out alongside LGA2011 next month.

At least get decent monitors if you are spending way too much as well. 5K computers running on TN panels makes angels cry.
October 18, 2011 4:18:55 PM

Either way, you SHOULD go with Z68. The i7-2600k is a much better deal than the 990x.
October 18, 2011 4:36:04 PM

but who can afford 3 screens with S-IPS panels :D ?
October 18, 2011 5:13:22 PM

aBeck said:
but who can afford 3 screens with S-IPS panels :D ?


Apparently you. But, you can get 3x24" e-IPS at 300-500 a piece. If you don't spend a grand on a processor and still want to spend 4k. Then there you go.
October 18, 2011 5:48:36 PM

CPU - Get the i7-2600k !
PSU - Why not the Corsair AX1200 (80plus Gold) ?

PS: Newegg delivers in Norway?
October 18, 2011 6:03:30 PM

This is a build i think you will like. I will explain under each unit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This case will fit any cooler and vid card you want to put in it. It has very good airflow.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair is in top of the PSU market. 1200W will grant you enough power for any SLI arrangement out there, and still give you some upgrade availability.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Beast of a MoBo, as my brother says. Can do anything today has to offer, and great for OC's. Quad SLI capable.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same processor you had, just underclocked and half the price. You don't need much more than the i7 2600k, but since you picked a 6-core, this is the one you want. You can crank this puppy to 5.0GHz or close to it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Best on newegg, and quite frankly, one of the best if not thee best air cooler out there. You will want this for max cpu performance.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

while the 590's are the elites, these 580's in SLI will perform ver well, and even give you 3 monitor display with absolutely no issues. They are a fraction of the price, and allow for better quality monitors.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16Gb of RAM is way overkill, but its $75 for 2 sets, and quite frankly, with your budget, why not?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

M4 is probably the best SSD series on the market right now, and with dual 512GB running in RAID0, you will be cookin! and have plenty of room to store all your kick ass games!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LiteON is one of the most reputable companies for drives, and it is equipped with LightScribe, Blu-Ray burner.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1ms response time...do i need to to say any more? 27" and one of the best prices for this quality i believe.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

on the house for your gpu's. happy gaming!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

on the house for your RAM

I through in a regular cd/dvd burner just in case you dont want to wear down your blu-ray drive, and total is $4,981.83. You will be getting back $65 in MIR on top of this, so in actual price:

$4,916.83
October 18, 2011 9:09:28 PM

aBeck said:
but who can afford 3 screens with S-IPS panels :D ?

Getting an awesome build and blowing money are two separate things. No sense getting a more expensive processor, when a newer cheaper one beats it. I also must say I don't think the money is being managed well. Too little spent on GPU's (especially for 3 screens) and too much spent on stuff like the RAM cooling fan and the Velociraptor.
October 18, 2011 9:19:00 PM

Yeah to be honest those RAM fans are pointless, you don't need the cooling so it's just adding noise for no reason.
October 18, 2011 9:36:24 PM

I would buy this for the system itself:

Intel Core i7-2600k - $314.99
16GB Corsair Vengeance LP - $104.99
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z - $349.99
Crucial M4 256GB - $382.99
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB in RAID 0 - $119.98
3 x MSI Lightning Xtreme GTX 580 (Fermi) 3GB - $1782
Corsair AX-1200 - $279.99
Coolermaster HAF 932 - $159.99
Noctua NH-D14 - $85.99
LG Blu ray Burner - $69.99

Total - $3750.88

3 x ASUS VG236HE 23'' 120Hz - $959.97

Grand Total - $4610.87

Only really put those monitors in for 120Hz but get the 3d glasses too and you have 3d surround.

EDIT: If you don't care about 120Hz I would get 3 of those Samsung 27'' monitors.
October 18, 2011 10:03:36 PM

Thanks for the help guys! many wice opinions, ill come back with an update for my final purchase tomorrow!

ABeck---
October 18, 2011 10:29:16 PM

one question tho "Casualbuilder"
does that gpu support "eyefinity" or is there another mode expect from "amd's eyefinity" that gives the same "extra side wiev" in games?
October 18, 2011 10:45:25 PM

UMM, i think AMD is the only "Eyefinity" gpu, but nVidia has PhysX. I won't start on why i think nVidia is better for fear of hurting people's feelings. Ill just say thats what i recommended cuz thats what i believe is better. especially for multi-monitor setups.
October 18, 2011 10:48:35 PM

thanks Casuabuilder, im a amd racist aswell but ive mad the eyefinity settup as an exception, but if you say so! ill go with nVidia, 2 secounds and ill throw in the final build :D 
October 18, 2011 10:49:34 PM

awesome. again, from benches and a lot of personal research, a GTX580 smokes any single card from AMD/ATI. I think you will be happy!
October 18, 2011 11:02:32 PM

okey Casualbuilder ive put together what you settup and it looks awfully awsome :) 
But (im sry im not to familiur with overclocking) i thought the processors without a "k" in the intel series was not unlocked? am i wrong? or how do you make that procedure? guide or links please ! ;D
October 18, 2011 11:04:14 PM

you are wrong in this sense. the 9xx's for intel is their six-core processor line. My bro has this chip, and had it OC'd to 4.5 on stock HSF. With that Frio? you are in the range of 5.0GHz.
October 18, 2011 11:07:41 PM

BTW, thank you for choosing my build. Make your own decision about this though, as other people have stated other option. Please post your final build though so the people running $1,000 systems can druel...lol
October 19, 2011 12:00:50 AM

hehe, Casualbuilder if you dont mind taking a look at my current build.
Im wondering if my current build actually can be upgraded to look somewhat near what im aiming for ;) 
take a look and comment if you have time ;) !
PS: soon done with the "main" build :) 

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 B3, Socket-1155 ATX, P67, DDR3, 2xPCIe(2.0)x16, Crossfire, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, FW, BT, EFI

SSD: Corsair SSD Force Series™ F60A, 60GB SATA2, 2,5", 285MB/275MB/s read/write, incl 2,5" to 3,5" bracket
PCU: Corsair TX650M 650W PSU ATX 12V V2.31, 80 Plus Bronze, Modular. 2x 6+2-pin PCIe, 8x SATA, 140mm Vifte
GPU: Gainward GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB PhysX PCI-Express 2.0, GDDR5, 2xDVI, HDMI, 822MHz
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2300 Processor Socket LGA1155, 2,8GHz, 6MB, Boxed
ram: Kingston ValueR. DDR3 1333MHz 4GB, CL9 Kit w/2x ValueRAM 2GB DDR3
mintor: Samsung 21,5" LED Syncmaster S22A300B 1920x1080, 2ms, VGA/DVIH Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar® Green™ 1TB SATA 3Gb/sec, RPM = IntelliPower, 64MB
October 19, 2011 12:02:49 AM

can you name such a board striker?
Ive decided to pick the i7 2600k
October 19, 2011 12:03:24 AM

Yeah, you can definitely work with that! The i5-2300 is a great little processor, but you can't overclock.
So, why do you want to upgrade? Seems like you have a damn fine build for now.
October 19, 2011 12:50:00 AM

Ok, i would upgrade to the i72600K with that board, you wont see much if any difference with the rampage III. upgrade to the psu i recommended, get the SSD's i said, the gpu's i said, the RAM, and the monitors. Get the HSF and case if you dont have a full tower case. Overall, i think you could knock off at least $1,200 upgrading your current build.
October 19, 2011 1:45:29 AM

Just a quick link to Nvidia's Eyefinity equivalent.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-surround-system-...

Looks like you need 2 cards, but in the need, 2 cards give you more performance at those screen resolutions anyway.

I agree with many above, 2600k(LGA1155) is a good cpu. and not ALL I7 9XX(LGA1366) cpus are 6 core.
October 19, 2011 10:06:48 AM

the 970's and above are. and yeah, 2 580's will do him just fine.
October 19, 2011 10:25:53 AM

Dang I wish I had half that amount to spend on a new PC it would still be a beast.

October 19, 2011 2:41:57 PM

I did some research and i have a friend in the hardware business that can knock of 50% of any hardware. thing i they don't have ASRock motherboards, any other board recommended for the ivy-bridge, also.. should i wait for the ivy processors? whats your opinions?
October 19, 2011 3:15:16 PM

i think the ASUS Maximus IV should handle anything you need, or the Rampage III from ASUS. They SHOULD be upscale adaptable, but we aren't sure yet.
October 19, 2011 3:19:27 PM

Wow... that's a lot of money.
October 19, 2011 3:20:28 PM

lol, im jealous...but as long as we get pics and something to druel over, im ok with giving all this advice for a pc i would love to own.
October 19, 2011 3:28:31 PM

casualbuilder said:
i think the ASUS Maximus IV should handle anything you need, or the Rampage III from ASUS. They SHOULD be upscale adaptable, but we aren't sure yet.

There's no point blowing money on a super high end motherboard when it has features that the OP won't use.
The Rampage III is LGA 1366 and will NOT be upgradable to Ivy. The Maximus IV is LGA 1155 and while it MIGHT be upgradable to Ivy, it will not have PCI-E 3.0.

OP, I would suggest this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... They just shipped so your friend might not have em yet.

Lastly, I would not wait for Ivy. Right now Sandy Bridge completely blows everything else outta the water. When it's not good enough a simple processor swap and you're on your way.
October 19, 2011 3:31:55 PM

1366 is on its way out? its their hex-core line...why would they not make that socket to fit hex-core Ivy Bridge? Not trying to argue, i just assumed that they would. My bad.
October 19, 2011 3:41:31 PM

Mkay so.

Motherboard:ASUS Maximus IV Extreme B3, Socket-1155 E-ATX, P67, DDR3, 4xPCIe(2.0)x16, CFX& SLI, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, BT, EFI
GPU: (2x) ASUS GeForce GTX 580 1536MB PhysX CUDA PCI-Express 2.0, "MATRIX Platinum", 2xDVI, native-HDMI, DisplayPort, 816MHz
PCU:Corsair AX 1200W PSU ATX 12V V2.31, 80 Plus Gold, Modular, 6x 6+2-pin PCIe, 16x SATA
Ram:Corsair Vengeance™ DDR3 1600MHz 16GB CL9 Kit w/4x 4GB, CL9-9-9-24, 1.5V, Vengeance Blue Heatspreader, 240 pin
SSD: Crucial m4 SSD 2,5" 64GB SATA 6 Gb/s (SATA3.0), 415MB/95MB/s read/write
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor Socket-LGA1155, Quad Core, 3.4Ghz, 8MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan
Hard-drive: Western Digital Caviar® Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3.0), 64MB Cache, 7200RPM, 3,5", Dual processor
Screens: Samsung 27" LCD Syncmaster P2770FH 1920x1080, 70000:1, 1ms, VGA/DVI/HDMI
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT LCS Big Tower Vifter: 1x 200mm Front, 1x 140mm Bak, ATX, m/eATX liquid cooling inside.
cd room: Lite-On DVD/Blu-Ray Reader, iHOS104-37¨


Comments comments comments (btw this is the best ram i can get from that store as they dont have sniper or the other nice ones :( "
October 19, 2011 3:45:24 PM

we have the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 but there is not a huge difference between that board and the asus IV in price
October 19, 2011 3:46:52 PM

difference is only 150$ :) 
October 19, 2011 3:47:17 PM

Well, the GEN3 board is going to be upgradeable to Ivy Bridge, so I think it's a good choice.
October 19, 2011 3:49:15 PM

casualbuilder said:
1366 is on its way out? its their hex-core line...why would they not make that socket to fit hex-core Ivy Bridge? Not trying to argue, i just assumed that they would. My bad.

Yeah I gotcha. Sometimes Intel doesn't make sense.

See, they used to have 2 chipsets. LGA 1156 (dead) and LGA 1366 (dying) but with the recent Sandy Bridge processors, they bundled both into one LGA 1155. Therefore LGA 1155 is the only chipset I would recommend, as it's been confirmed that it's the chipset Intel is pushing out Ivy Bridge on.
October 19, 2011 3:50:58 PM

thing is i sell and buy new setups twice a year, and the release date for ivy is estimated around 12 mars 2012? atleast over new year. And i need to get some sexualhardware frustrations out rather soon nau :) 
October 19, 2011 4:02:23 PM

i think ill name her "Roxanne"
October 19, 2011 4:06:57 PM

If you upgrade that often, and dont care about the money, get the biggest, most bad-assed system you can! thats awesome! i want to have a computer upgrade that often...I would highly recommend you saving money on a water cooling system though unless noise is your issue. the Thermaltake Frio is honestly 95% of any water cooling system out there outside of custom loop (hundreds of dollars). I would also get either an Antec 900 case, Cooler Master HAF X, or the new Corsair Obsidian case thats out there. They are sexalicious!
October 19, 2011 4:18:11 PM

ive had the antec case twice allready, but maby i can just use my current one.
antec skeleton, thing is the fan im going to use is 16cm tall, i think if i calculated right that the cpu fan will be 1mm below the roof fan x)

this is the case i have now.

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NzA0&lan...
October 19, 2011 4:25:28 PM

yeah, go enclosed, as the "windtunnel" effect is better for cooling with a push/pull configuration.
October 19, 2011 4:45:30 PM

im sorry im having a hard time to solve this
Final question.

its gonna be i7 2600k
and i fell for the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
so i look at that motherboard and it supports high ram sockets, what would be the best choise here? (ram)
the rest is decided :) 
2x gtx 580
crucial m4 6g/bs solid state drive
wd black 1 t
Corsair 1200w gold
27 samsung lcd 1 ms screeen (times 3)
lite-on bluray reader
October 19, 2011 5:20:50 PM

aBeck said:
im sorry im having a hard time to solve this
Final question.

its gonna be i7 2600k
and i fell for the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
so i look at that motherboard and it supports high ram sockets, what would be the best choise here? (ram)
the rest is decided :) 
2x gtx 580
crucial m4 6g/bs solid state drive
wd black 1 t
Corsair 1200w gold
27 samsung lcd 1 ms screeen (times 3)
lite-on bluray reader


Overall looks awesome, but you still need some fine tuning. for the parts you have.
October 19, 2011 5:30:27 PM

2600k good, for gaming i would like to see you save and put a 2500k in. same performance, even though you have the cash.

Go with MSI Twin Frozr II GTX580's, not the EVGA's. MSI's perform better and OC cooler.

MoBo is a great choice!

Crucial M4 is best on market, what size are you contemplating? I wouldnt go below a 128Gb with your budget, and if so, maybe even RAID0 a couple of them (totally OverKill!)

Corsair is my personal favorite 1000W + PSU.

Monitors are top notch my friend...i want 3 myself!

Get that Thermaltake Frio 0575 heatsink/fan though! its a beast! and it will get you amazing OC's! you can trade it out for the stock if you want to sell it for your next upgrade.




These are my last suggestions. as far as brands and specs for you. you got a good grasp, and these are minute preferences from here on out.
October 19, 2011 5:49:00 PM

I would suggest sticking with the 2600k. Hyper Threading might become useful.

EVGA offers lifetime warranty's on their cards, and they cover overclocking. Not saying you should stay with EVGA ( I have an MSI Twin Frozr II myself) but it's something to consider.

For an SSD, look at the new Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSD's. They are the fastest on the market but they DO come at a high premium. I would prefer a Patriot Pyro because of price.

Gonna disagree with the Frio. It was designed with LGA 1366 CPU's in mind, so it's big, loud, and generally obnoxious. The Noctua DH-14 is the favorite around here, and cools just as well as the Frio but is stealthy silent. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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