So I've been looking at hardware for a while, and am about to build my new computer (unfortunately, not this one... my budget was $800). Anyway, I saw a LOT of dream builds before IB and Kepler, but not many afterwards. I decided to make MY dream build (opinionated)... practical. Meaning no 512GB SSDs in RAID
So after I got done, I realized that the final tally came up to a pretty even $2500... which I would guess is the highest anyone would reasonably go for a GAMING build. Anyway, here's the build with reasoning:
I forgot to remove a 16.99 optical from the linked version, by the way. So, basically, tell me what you think! I like it, and some components can be changed (CPU cooler, case, and possibly the PSU. Optical). Obviously, this would run on Mac OS X Lion... just kidding Good 'ol Win7 64bit for this.
1: well since you are blowing 2500 dollars, i7 makes some sense although you do know that i5s perform the same
2:for the motherboard, if you want to go even more extreme, the asus p8z77 ws can support quad gpus. if not, the gigabyte ud5h has the same features as the sabertooth for a cheaper price. but then again its your cash
3:western digital back drives perform a bit better or the seagate barracuda 1tb 64mb
4: vertex 4 has been pretty good lately and is pretty darn fast. also known to be waaaay more reliable than the vertex 3
5:id rather blow the money on the asus directcu2 680s. they are triple slot beasts. then again, having a 690 looks awesome
6: take a look at this psu. looks better and is modular too http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62224&vpn=P1750BNLG9&m...
btw if you are to go with the WS board, get a xl-atx case like the phantom or the p280 from antec
im jealous at your build
Just so you guys know, I will probably edit the original to show what different people have added. Not now, 'cause I'm too tired, but it'll go up there. I see your point about the i7 vs i5, but I was fairly sure (although not certain) that you could just turn off HT... it never made a difference because I only recommend the i7 for media/video editing builds, and stick with i5s for gaming.
Um... guys, I'm not buying this build. It's just a theoretical dream build.
Ah... frozonic... how am I going to get better than ASUS Sabertooth? Like... that's overkill as it is.
Like the big troll pointed out, if you wanted to run two of those 690's you would want a board that ran dual cards @ x16. The Asus WS Revolution and the Asrock extreme9 are two boards that do that...although it still gets narrowed down to 16 lanes once it hits the cpu. Socket LGA 2011 would be ideal for two of those cards... 32 lanes on the cpu instead of the 16 lanes that a 1155 cpu will read.