System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, 3d graphics design, software development
Parts Not Required: Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 depending on the monitor I end up with
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC but it's not a requirement
This is a link to my current plan. I am a little worried the case might be a little tight for the two MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition. I welcome any thoughts or suggestions. I would also welcome suggestions for other monitor options. I would really rather 1920x1200 but it's looking like I will settle for 1920x1080.
Hi there looks like a good system but you can cut down costs.
For example your motherboard, the ASrock extreme 7 (for 3 way sli and more features) is similar, or even the extreme 4 (you are only doing 2 way sli right?)
You could get away with the 2500k or 2600k, but it looks like your going for the best so its really up to you. It also depends if you need hyperthreading.
The graphics cards are good but I would go for the 570 its not that much performance difference. But again if you are going for the best the 580s will serve you well into the future. (If your game and can take the humiliation go the 2 590s
For the PSU you could go the CM silent pro (for your quiet system, it's cheaper too) and there are other cheaper PSUs again if you want to cut down a bit.
May I ask why you got 2 SSDs I would just go one 120gb (unless you really need it for your developing) and the WD you have in there.
Yes. I am thinking 2 way SLI but its possible I will add a 3rd later. I did think about going with two 590s but most of what I have read suggests it's over kill and will eat up more power. So I figured starting with two high end 580s and adding a 3rd later might be an option. I had been looking at other board that could support it but I really want a case that will have very high end cooling for the GPUs. I am too lazy for water cooling so I was shooting for best in class air.
I like the motherboard suggestion. I had thought about going with one of the extend atx boards from Asus or Gigabyte but I think I will look into using the ASRock Z68 Extreme7. Maybe a HAF X case. I will have to look around a bit more. I did think about moving up to the TJ 11 but it just seems insane at the cost.
I am not attached to having 3d support in the monitor. I do modeling and rendering not really gaming with 3d glasses but I liked the fast refresh rate with that monitor. I did think about going with a Dell IPS but wondered if I might run into trouble with the 6ms response time. If other have knowledge of how it is with games I would be very interested to hear others thoughts.
I will be running this system with two monitors. The other is a 1080p 24" which is part of why I want the most GPU that makes sense and I use graphics software that takes advantage of CUDA so I am hoping this might help give me a little extra kick. Gaming will be the main use for the system, mostly FPS and MMOs.
The two SSDs are really for development. I wanted one to use as a cache for the 2TB drive and the other for a boot device. My current system has a 120G ssd and it gets full faster than I like.
Change the ram to any 1.5V. Add 16GB if you do rendering.
Change the case to a HAFX/932 or a 600T.
For a 3GB 580GTX SLI, you should be really looking at higher resolutions. Given that you got 5K to lay down, it is great to have one of those ultrasharp dells. It will just give you a different feel. Really vibrant colours which might help you in your graphics and games too. No worries about the response time as 6ms is more than enough.
This looks like a solid idea. Thank you. I will go this way likely with the cooler setup I had listed and maybe get both the acer and the dell monitor. Of course while I was thinking about it the MSI cards sold out at newegg so I will have to shop around some for those but I plan to for all the parts anyways.
Also to the overkill comment I agree. I just tend to rebuild every 2-3 years and try to get the best within reason each time. It's overkill but I will enjoy it
For gaming purposes I dont know about you but I dont like too big of a screen when I'm gaming. My current 23" has more than enough space left on it even with all the addons I have. So I'll go with a 24" for you cause of the 2ms which means very fast response time. You could also get a second one of these to do your rendering and 3D design and what not. I again dont know about you but I cant stand two monitors that arent the same size and type.