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I7 gtx 580 sli system

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $5,500 Max likely under $5k

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

Country: US

Overclocking: Maybe

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.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18819786

Thank you
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  1. 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?)

    There are cheaper cases eg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815012 (not that much cheaper but I like this case)
    Or somthing from antec or coolermaster.

    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.

    Finally the monitor http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=224-8284&~ck=baynoteSearch&baynote_bnrank=5&baynote_irrank=0
    This is a bit of a different resolution and it doesn't have 3d but it is a very, very good monitor
  2. 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.

    Thank you for your suggestions.
  3. 5K is a lot of money to put in a Rig, let me try to work something out here for you...
  4. Best answer
    Alright this is what I got and at a much better price than yours. If you want I could get 2 monitors for you, 1 for gaming and the other for rendering and still be way below your mark.

    COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition - $210.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119239

    Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) - $370.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115095

    ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 - $270.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

    2 x G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $88.00 ($44.00 ea)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - $48.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118223

    MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB - $1190 ($595.00)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127589

    Kingston HyperX SH100S3/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III - $470.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139600

    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II - $100.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM - $270.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

    ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM - $50.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W - $240.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171055

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - $140.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

    Total: $3446
  5. Remember to check amazon for better prices, sometimes the odd item is cheaper there.
  6. Holy *** !!!

    I would make a pretty decent 1000$ build and wait for the next generation of videocards and IvyBridge platform which are right around the corner .

    But if you plan to spend big now you'll regret it pretty sooner than later . This is just my honest opinion , but i may be wrong ;)

    Anyways , GL .
  7. Nice rig of not overkill.

    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.

    It looks something like this: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12775689

    Have fun!
  8. Emelth said:
    Alright this is what I got and at a much better price than yours. If you want I could get 2 monitors for you, 1 for gaming and the other for rendering and still be way below your mark.

    COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition - $210.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119239

    Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) - $370.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115095

    ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 - $270.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

    2 x G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $88.00 ($44.00 ea)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - $48.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118223

    MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB - $1190 ($595.00)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127589

    Kingston HyperX SH100S3/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III - $470.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139600

    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II - $100.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM - $270.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

    ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM - $50.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W - $240.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171055

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - $140.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

    Total: $3446


    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 :)
  9. Best answer selected by sbir.
  10. 1920x1080P
    ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

    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.
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