Development Workstation - Up to $3000

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid-Late August
Budget Range: Up to $3000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Software Dev, Web Dev, Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard (Logitech G11), Mouse, Monitors (Dell 2405FPW and Planar PL2010M LCD), Possibly video cards (2x 8800GTS 640MB in SLI)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,
Country: US
Parts Preferences: Intel Core i7-3930k (I want 6 cores), Samsung 830 256GB SSD
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Probably with current 2x 8800GTS
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 and 1600x1200
Additional Comments: Software and Web dev is most important. I frequently have multiple database servers (MySQL, Postgres, Mongo, etc) and web servers (Apache, Tomcat, Glasshfish, etc) running on my system, alongside memory and processor hungry IDEs and Adobe tools.

I don't play a ton of games, and the ones I do play aren't the most demanding (Diablo 3, for instance). I would also like to have a fairly quiet machine.

Here's my current list of parts I'm thinking of for the new system. Other than the CPU and probably the SSD, I'm not attached to much. Especially interested in motherboard and RAM recommendations.

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D
Power: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W
Mobo: ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
Video: Probably my current 2x 8800GTS 640MB
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR3 2133
This RAM is kind of a placeholder for now. Would be happy to spend more for better memory.
SSD: Samsung 830 256GB
HDD: 2x Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB Solid State Hybrid Drive in RAID1
CPU Fan: Intel BXRTS2011LC Liquid-cooled Thermal
Are these quieter than a Noctua NH-D14? That was my other option.
Case Fans: Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm

I think the above list ends up being around $2200 or so. Add in ~$150 for the OS and I'm at about $2350. If that's where I end up, I'll probably order a Dell 27" LCD whenever they release the successor to the U2711. Or, I may dump the 2x 8800GTS and get a GTX670.

Thanks for the help.
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  1. i would definitely upgrade those vid cards, huge bottleneck
  2. cybersheep said:
    i would definitely upgrade those vid cards, huge bottleneck

    Not for software and web development it won't. They'll get upgraded at some point, no matter what, but right now they're the least important thing to me. If I don't upgrade them now, I'll probably just pick up a used GTX670 or 680 later next year, whenever the GTX7XX series has been out for a while. Or, heck, even a GTX570 or GTX580 will be far more than I need and probably be around $100-$150 by then.
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