Some help with an extreme intel build please

Approximate Purchase Date: 05-18-2012

Budget Range: 10k - 12k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: run anything @ high res and extremely fast

Parts Not Required: HID and speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg (except cooling)

Country: US of A

Parts Preferences: brand not an issue except mobo (asus) - see wish list

Overclocking: YES

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - (dual for original build expandable to quad) - this is my first mufti-GPU build - would like to have choice of best (not necessarily most expensive) of both worlds and links to good discussions comparing the two technologies (have already developed too many headaches researching this) or i would love your opinion (if you have built and tested both)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: custom water cooling incorporating radiators on both exhaust ports and blocks for the GPUs as well as CPU (this is my first custom water build as well) - using a Thermaltake Level 10 GT case - specs: - would like a touch control and display panel that would cover two 5.25 bays with pump and reservoir in trays - AC will be pumped into rig by its own external unit and thermostat

Any useful advice and tips on the GPUs (Air vs water on dual, same t paste as cpu if water... etc) and water cooling configuration is greatly appreciated - also would it worth the hassle to install water blocks on the chipsets with only two rads?

You should notice there are two mobos in the wish list (help deciding) - stable high oc (5gHz ++) is VERY important (will never use anything exotic like liq nit) but number of practical options is also important - i already have AMD FX-8150s running stable (43c idle & runs hot on prime95 78c-85c) @ 4.85gHz with h100 (ASUS Crosshair V Formula/Thunderbolt mobo)

Wish list:

Thank you for taking the time to read this and respond - cr

ps - this is for a customer - i can't afford this sh.. and certainly can't afford to fu.. it up!
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More about some extreme intel build please
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme i7-3960X 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($1019.98 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($63.25 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($354.47 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($279.98 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($619.00 @ B&H)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1007.86 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1007.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case ($199.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($195.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($86.63 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Dell U2711 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($799.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U2711 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($799.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U2711 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($799.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.99 @ B&H)
    Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($86.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $7678.92
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Depends if you want a liquid cooling system or not, but I left $4000 for you to get that sorted out :P. Personally I like air better, as it is safer (most of the time), and offers similar overclockerability.
  2. Thank you Merueth - i like your choice of GPUs and will seriously consider them!
  3. again... thanks to Merueth for actually posting something and to the rest of you who took the time to read... i am on a deadline here so i will close this thread and go to the more specific forums for my gpu and cooling questions
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