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December 11, 2011 9:33:26 PM

Okay so I get my $10,000 xmas bonus in 2 weeks and I really wanted a computer so I emailed this company a friend recommended me and this is what I got. Thought would be greatly appreciated. If you think I should ask for something different he said they would bend in any way for there customers. I would especially like comments on the water cooling cause i dont know what to ask for and feel like im taking his word.

Case: Obsidian 800D
Proc: i7 - 3960k
Mobo: Asus Rampage IV
RAM: 16GB -1600MHZ Ripjaw Series
SSD: Crucial 256GB SATA III SSD
HDD: WD 2TB 7200 RPM HDD
ODD: Lite On BluRay Burner
CDRD: Sabrent 48 in 1 Card Reader
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
VGA: Tri Sli 3x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 1536MB 384-bit
PSU: Enermax 1350W 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular PSU
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Watercooling Accessories:
Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste on CPU block
Silver kill coil after each pump
Swiftech Apogee XTL waterblock
Koolance RP-1000BK Reservoir and Pump
2nd pump-Swiftech MCP655
3 seperate radiators
-Danger Den Black Ice GTX 120 - back of case
-Danger Den Black Ice GTX 240 - bottom of case
-Danger Den Black Ice GTX 360 - top of case
6x - Cooler Master 120mm Fans - one for each rad spot

The loop looks like
res/pump->cpublock->240rad->bottom 580->2nd pump->top 2 580's ->120rad ->360 rad -end loop

He also said professional wiring is free and so if overclocking but the overclock will be determined by me after he sends me the "safe zone" to oc to based on temps and what not. The kicker is the price. With shipping and handling and tax, $7,300. Thoughts?

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December 11, 2011 10:03:55 PM

My first thought would be that anyone spending that much on a computer is desperately trying to compensate for some inadequacy they think they have

But just so I can have a great laugh please mention the monitor you are going to use
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December 11, 2011 10:23:27 PM

^+1

Even a $1500 is already going to max out most games, anyone who would spend this much is currazy...
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December 11, 2011 10:30:23 PM

Spend around ~1500-2000 and skip wc'ing. It is a lot of work. Your 7500 dollar build will be worth around ~3500 to 5000 next spring.
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December 11, 2011 10:32:10 PM

so much for the recession huh.... save your money... buy one of the $3000 builds people posted for the contest... or even the $5000 builds people are building for the contest now... this is super expensive...
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December 11, 2011 10:45:56 PM

The thread title demands picutres.
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December 11, 2011 10:52:22 PM

For $7,000, that better come with a minimum of at least 3 30" monitors.
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December 11, 2011 11:06:00 PM

OP, I think we are sounding b*****. Really we are trying to find the best deal for you. If you really want to spend that much, I'll be glad to help you, I just want you to know that a 2000$ computer would run games on ultra too. Than you could make a whole new one in 6 months with Ivy Bridge and all that.

Something like this comes kinda close to your budget. I can't go all the way up, because honestly thats hard. Unless you really want watercooling, which I can't help with.

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All up to you.
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December 11, 2011 11:14:28 PM

Unless you already have amazing monitor(s) you definitely want to reserve some of your budget for that.

As others have posted, you will stop receiving any visual or other gameplay benefits after somewhere around $2,500 (spent wisely.) The extra power could conceivably help the rig stay current longer, but my guess you'll upgrade long before than anyway just because you can and you want to.

So my sincere advice is to consider other ways to use the remaining thousands to improve your gaming/hobby room. If you don't already have a large HDTV and great (surround) sound, definitely add that. (Nice to be able to watch tv while you're doing other stuff on the computer, and some games are better on a large hdtv while seated on the sofa.) If you're not in love with your desk, chair, and any other furniture, upgrade those. Maybe even splurge on a couple autographed works from your favorite gaming artists.

Good luck - enjoy!
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December 12, 2011 12:01:32 AM

Can't help myself -- here's some more options for you, each of which I am highly confident that you will end up enjoying more than the computer upgrades past $2,500:

Audiophile headphones. I love my Sennheisers but this is a personal taste area. Once you get used to great sound you'll never want to go back.

Good quality receiver and speakers. You should be taking digital out from your computer and running it into a receiver and high quality speakers that make you want to listen to stuff over and over on them. If you are using the crap stuff aimed at computer users get rid of it now.

Current gen laptop, tablet, and/or ereader to your taste. If you think you don't one of the last two, there's a decent chance you'll feel differently once you try.

One of the really good massage chairs (not the el cheapo kind you've seen in the mall.) I've heard great things about the high end Human Touches.

Silent beverage fridge for your game room, kept stocked with all your favorite power drinks, beers, or other beverages of choice.

Consider using a high quality 40" HDTV as your primary monitor. You'll need a big, deep desk to do this. Its fantastic in general but particularly for gaming. You'll never go back.

And if none of that does it: negotiate a good price on a weekly visit from an escort service to help cheer you on and fully enjoy your gaming service.
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December 12, 2011 12:06:45 AM

@ brucek2 - That just made my day. I'm actually going to keep all that in mind for myself when I get spend crazy on things. =P
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December 12, 2011 12:18:38 AM

I tried my best but I couldn't spend $5k

Case - $ 290 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 300 - Corsair AX1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 470 - ASUS Rampage IV Extreme http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 600 - Intel Core i7-3930k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Ther...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 190 - (4 x 4GB) Muskin Redline DDR3 1600 CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 490 - EVGA 580 GTX Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 490 - EVGA 580 GTX Superclocked Same
HD - $ 255 - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 310 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader $ 50 AeroCool FP-01 55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor $ 290 ASUS VG236HE Black 23" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor $ 290 ASUS VG236HE Black 23" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor $ 290 ASUS VG236HE Black 23" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard - $ 95 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $ 60 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 140 - Win 7-64 Home Professional http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $ 4,768

I mean I could spend more money but a condition I set was that it would have to result in a significant performance gain, either in gaming or other apps that I could envision you using....a 3rd GFX card is possible but at this point an extra $600 for 5% return was too hard to justify.
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December 12, 2011 9:48:12 PM

Oh, and you could if you don't already get the fastest internet possible for your area at your house!
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December 14, 2011 6:39:46 PM

Okay then i just got back to him, what about this?

Case: Obsidian 800D
Proc: i7 - 3930k
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth X79
RAM: 16GB -1600MHZ Ripjaw Series
SSD: Crucial 256GB SATA III SSD
HDD: WD 2TB 7200 RPM HDD
ODD: Lite On BluRay Burner
CDRD: Sabrent 48 in 1 Card Reader
Sound: On Board 7.1
VGA: Sli 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 1536MB 384-bit
PSU: Enermax 1350W 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular PSU
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Watercooling Accessories:
Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste on CPU block
Silver kill coil after each pump
Swiftech Apogee XTL waterblock
Koolance RP-1000BK Reservoir and Pump
2 seperate radiators
-Danger Den Black Ice GTX 120 - back of case
-Danger Den Black Ice GTX 360 - top of case
4x - Cooler Master 120mm Fans - one for each rad spot

The loop looks like
res/pump->cpublock->120rad->2 580's ->360 rad -end loop

$5300
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December 14, 2011 6:50:48 PM

If he can throw in 3 monitors, keyboard, and mouse, then I'd say okay.. Otherwise, do you really know the difference between a $2000 and $5300 setup will gain you? Do you have a gaming machine already? Why throw money away just for bragging rights? You might as well spend $2000-3000 now and save the rest for a year or two to upgrade.
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December 14, 2011 7:52:28 PM

I think these guys have stressed the point enough but I'll say it again anyway. There is seriously no need to spend any more than 2-3k on the system itself and maybe 1-2k for peripherals.
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December 14, 2011 11:00:47 PM

hell, I spend about 10% of the OP's budget on any of my PCs. And my systems are plenty fast. I replace them after 2 years. 3 at most. And the $750 computer I build in 2013 will give this a run for its money. The one I'll build in 2015 or so will eat this one for breakfast.
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December 15, 2011 5:38:48 AM

You still haven't told us about your plans for display(s) and speakers / sound system. Both of which will probably have a bigger impact on your satisfaction and enjoyment than many of these other details.

That said, since you seem determined to spend well past the point of diminishing returns, I would at least advise you to be clear with the vendor about your expectations for overclock achieved and maximum noise level. The reasons for expensive, exotic cooling systems are to enable higher levels of overclock than you otherwise could, and potentially to do so at less annoying noise levels. But neither of those outcomes are guaranteed, and especially so if the vendor is really only obligated to install the equipment, vs. actually achieve specific goals with it.

You should also reasonably expect a gold plated warranty for at least three years at this price. If there's a problem, will you be out of action for days or weeks while your computer travels to and from? Or will they send you a replacement right away?

Finally, even with excellent execution, this much computer comes with downsides. It will likely consume power, generate noise, and generate heat to much greater extent than a more mainstream build. You need to be sure you (and your family/housemate(s)) are comfortable with that. The internal assembly may also be sufficiently past your own level of experience so that you are not able to further modify the system yourself, which probably won't be a problem in its first month but may be a big bummer in a year or two.
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December 15, 2011 6:05:55 AM

@ OP - You are gonna be using this primarily for what? Gaming is it? Also, are you in the US, or elsewhere?

Also, shouldn't you be getting a new set of wheels with that bonus, or maybe a pool in the backyard or something?
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December 15, 2011 7:04:56 PM

The last few computers I built were just over $2K and they rocked... at the time I built them of course.

Unless you plan on some serious OC'ing, you could probably swap out the water cooling for a high end air cooler.
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January 26, 2012 4:56:31 AM

Hey OP , i just got around to finishing my new build .
Cpu:I7 2600k
Mobo:evga z68 FTW eidition
Ram:8gb corsair vengeance low profile(4gbx2)
Graphics card: gtx 560ti 448 core edition in sli
SSD:intel 320 120gb from another build
harddrive: western digital velociraptor 600gbx2 in raid 0
power:enermax platnium 1000w
case:Cooler master storm trooper
cpu cooler: Corsair H80

Thats only like 2500usd on newegg and it kicks my 2 years old i7 980x lga1366 builds arse.
YOU DUN NEED TO SPEND THAT MUCH.
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February 11, 2012 12:35:15 PM

nakatabrother said:
Hey OP , i just got around to finishing my new build .
Cpu:I7 2600k
Mobo:evga z68 FTW eidition
Ram:8gb corsair vengeance low profile(4gbx2)
Graphics card: gtx 560ti 448 core edition in sli
SSD:intel 320 120gb from another build
harddrive: western digital velociraptor 600gbx2 in raid 0
power:enermax platnium 1000w
case:Cooler master storm trooper
cpu cooler: Corsair H80

Thats only like 2500usd on newegg and it kicks my 2 years old i7 980x lga1366 builds arse.
YOU DUN NEED TO SPEND THAT MUCH.


Really? And i guess with that 980x build you put what, 3 year old graphics cards?
2 Years a go I built a 980x with 3 WC CTX 480s, SSDs etc, i think 3d max numbers were in mid 50s, can your 2500 touch that? I didnt think so.
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February 11, 2012 12:38:28 PM

3d mark that is, i can get a copy of the scores, can i see yours? It would be interesting to see them.
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February 11, 2012 12:44:11 PM

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