I did too. The difference is this is sitting on my desk.
Intel 980x Extreme edition cpu
Gigsbyte Gi Assassin motherboard
24gb of Corsair Dominator ram
3x Evga GTX 580 3 gb Hydro Dopper 2 video cards
Samsung 830 256gb SSD
Western Digital Velociraptor 600gb sata3 HDD
Antec High Current Pdo 1200w psu
CoolerMaster Half X RC 942 case
LG Blue Ray burner
Pioneer dvd r/rw
LG 27" monitor
HP 30" monitor
Bose Companion 5 speaker system
Custom watercooling setup
Antec 1200w psu just for the water cooling , fans , pumps and lighting.
Kryos pure silver edition cpu water block
Bitspower ram water block
Aquatube chrome resivoir
7 Feser Triebwerk low speed fans
numerous fittings and clamps
Extreme custom modification of the case.
Picking the most expensive option in each category, doesn't necessarily produce improvements. Unless you are looking to be at the top of the chart on some benchmarking site, these $$ are wasted. You could cut the price and half and you wouldn't be able to tell which computer you were on.
For example, that Dell is a great monitor.... have one ..... but while IPS panel is perfect for photo editing......just average for gaming.
Kinda surprised the words gaming and RAID still appear in the same sentence.
I built a fairly extreme PC in Dec. of 2010. I didn't go all out on the video cards but the ones I got suite my purposes just fine.
Tower and all internals
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case______________279.99
Asus Rampage III Formula motherboard________________________________________________299.99
Asus OC Station___________________________________________________________________161.97
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Six-Core Desktop Processor_____________________________ 999.99
CORSAIR Hydro H70 CPU Cooler______________________________________________________103.99
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 24GB (6 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 and Airflow II Fan_________________________359.99
2 x SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 @ $249.99ea___________________________499.98
HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card________________________184.99
2 x Corsair Force 120GB SATA II SSD's @ $234.99 ea____________________________________ 469.98
5 x SAMSUNG F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA II Hard Drives (1 spare) @ 99.99ea______________________499.95
ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1LT LightScribe Support____________________________119.99
ASUS 24X DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3LT LightScribe Support_____________________19.99
Corsair 1000w HX Modular PSU_______________________________________________________229.99
Koutech Dual Channel USB 3.0 PCIe x1 Card (USB 3.0 X 2 internal) (for 2 additional front ports)_____34.99
3 x Vantec Thermoflow 120mm Double Ball Bearing Temperature Controlled Case Fans @ $12.99 ea___38.97
Vantec Stealth 120mm Double Ball Bearing Silent Case Fan___________________________________12.99
SAPPHIRE Active DisplayPort Adapter (DisplayPort to DVI Interface)____________________________26.99
12" Red Dual Cold Cathode Kit__________________________________________________________8.99
24 inch 3pin Case Fan Extension Cable - Black Sleeved_______________________________________4.98
18 inch 3pin Case Fan Extension Cable - Black Sleeved_______________________________________5.97
12 inch 3pin Case Fan Extension Cable - Black Sleeved_______________________________________5.97
4Pin PWM Extension 12inch Cable - Black Sleeved___________________________________________4.75
Computer Fan 3-pin "Y" Splitter Cable - Black Sleeved________________________________________2.49
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders______________________________179.99
Subtotal for tower and all internals (S&H not included)___________________________________$4,557.87
3 X Asus VE248H 24" Full HD LED Backlight LCD Monitors @ $209.99 ea_______________________629.97
Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Bluetooth Cordless keyboard & Mouse __________________________149.99
Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 Computer Speakers W/cooling upgrade____________________________240.00
Audio-Technica ATH-A700 Headphones_________________________________________________119.25
CyberPower PP2200SW (Pure Sine Wave) 2200VA 1500W battery back-up_____________________483.52
Subtotal for Peripherals (S&H not included)___________________________________________$1,622.73
Total approximate S&H (S&H on most items was free)_____________________________________$75.00
Total System Cost in 2010________________________________________________________$6,255.60
Since I built this thing I have added some things including about $1,000 towards audio improvements.
Almost 2yrs later and I'm still very pleased with this system.