Need some advice for a multi system build

Okay so I feel almost "ashamed" for making a thread like this but I need help deciding how to put my systems together. I recently tore my builds down and want to optimize each for maximum performance. I have a bit of cash(I'd say conservatively $400.00 or so) to purchase a few new parts if need be but I know with what all I have there is something I can do to make it work best :D . I would like your opinions on how you would combine the components. The only requirements I have are that airflow and cable management must be addressed.

Chassis:
1x Coolermaster CM Storm Trooper
1x Antec 1200
1x Apevia x-cruiser

Mainboards:
1x EVGA X58 SLI E758? (its the older model without SATA and USB 3) LGA 1366
1x Gigabyte X58A-OC LGA 1366
1x Biostar N68S3+ AM3

CPUS:
1x Intel Core I7 920 D0
1x Intel Core I7 960 D0
1x AMD Phenom II X2

Coolers:
1x Coolermaster V8
1x Coolermaster V6
1x AMD Stock cooler (its pretty much stuck where it is)

Memory sets:
1x Corsair Dominator 6Gb (3x2Gb) DDR3 1600
1x Patriot Sector 7 24Gb (6x4Gb) DDR3 1600
1x G-Skill Sniper 8Gb (2x4Gb) DDR3 1600

Power Supplies:
1x Corsair AX1200 1200w
1x Coolermaster Silent Pro 1200w
1x Coolmax CUG 950w
1x Apevia 600w

GPUs:
1x Geforce 8800GTS
2x Geforce 9800GTX+ Sc
2x Geforce GTX560Ti
1x Geforce 8600GT

S1(Sata 1.5Gb/s) S2(Sata 3.0Gb/s) S3(Sata 6.0Gb/s)
Hard Drives:
1x 1Tb S2
2x 500Gb S2 (NOT MATCHING :( )
1x 1Tb S3
1x 240Gb SSD S3
1x 3Tb S3
1x 750Gb S2
1x 2Tb S2

I have been doing research and playing around with configurations for over a month now and none of them are hitting the sweet spot really. My idea is to have one lean and mean machine for gaming, one for file servicing (i've backed all my data up to an array of external drives but would like to get an internet ready file server running), and one for HTPC/media for the family. I have a few operating systems to choose from to run all this: Win7 Professional 64bit, Winserver 2008, and Windows Home Server. I know this is a huge list of parts to choose from and a lot of combinations but that is why I am asking. I need a new view on this. So I am eager to see what we come up with. I can post how I have it set now if that helps.
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  1. Chassis = Cooler Master
    MOBO= Gigabyte
    CPU= intel i7 960
    Cooler= CM v8
    RAM= 24gb one
    PSU= Corsair AX1200W
    GPU= GTX560TI in SLI
    240GB SSD S3 for boot and other stuff
    1 3TB S3 HDD for storage

    it might cost you more than 400 but it is good imo, well if you can go for the 1155 socket at i5 2500k or i7 2600k IF only but your pocket your choice ^_^

    this should serve you well for quite some time, for multi purpose PC, both for gaming, cad and other stuff ^__^ movies/Music etc.
  2. Tavo_Nova said:
    Chassis = Cooler Master
    MOBO= Gigabyte
    CPU= intel i7 960
    Cooler= CM v8
    RAM= 24gb one
    PSU= Corsair AX1200W
    GPU= GTX590TI in SLI
    240GB SSD S3 for boot and other stuff
    1 3TB S3 HDD for storage

    it might cost you more than 400 but it is good imo, well if you can go for the 1155 socket at i5 2500k or i7 2600k IF only but your pocket your choice ^_^

    this should serve you well for quite some time, for multi purpose PC, both for gaming, cad and other stuff ^__^ movies/Music etc.


    I've no idea why you would want to sink all that money into a 590 when the OP has x2 GTX 560Ti's laying around....
  3. AdrianPerry said:
    I've no idea why you would want to sink all that money into a 590 when the OP has x2 GTX 560Ti's laying around....



    sorry i got a big typo over there, was reading stuff about 590 on another tab going to change it


    thanks btw ^_^
  4. This is how I had the systems set up:

    Gaming Rig:
    CM Stormtrooper
    I7 960
    Gigabyte mobo
    24Gb ram
    2x GTX560s
    240Gb ssd
    1x 1Tb sata 3
    1200w coolermaster
    coolermaster V6 (had to remove a fan and shroud to fit the ram in and i'd like to get it back on)

    File Server and CAD system:
    Antec 1200
    I7 920
    evga mobo
    6Gb (corsair)
    2x Geforce 9800GTXs
    1x Geforce 8800GTS
    All remaining HDDs
    1200w Corsair
    Coolermaster V8

    Parts I had laying around from a recycled build:
    Amd board, Gskill ram, 200Gb hdd, apevia case, coolmax psu, 8600gt, etc.

    I suppose the way I had it is fairly well fine "tuned" but I am being plagued with cable management and routing issues. That many hard drives is causing a serious problem inside the case along with 3 GPUS. I think maybe removing the 8800GTS will help a lot. But I'm also considering moving the file servicing system to the Storm Trooper case because the HDD drives can be mounted horizontally which allows for great cable management even though the antec 1200 can "hold" more drives.
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