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August 8, 2012 12:11:34 PM

Hey guys! I recently joined this forum and I've really enjoyed giving my input on certain subjects, but now I need some advice from you guys! I recently finished building my computer and my dad being the tech junky that he is, has to one up me! Basically he asked me to put together a list for the computer I would've built if money wasn't a factor (he wan't the absolute best you can possibly build), it took me quite a while to convince him to go the custom route (he usually just buys the most expensive computer on the market, he currently has a completely maxed out 2009 mac pro) but now that I did it surely will save him a few thousand dollars. So pretty much I'm asking you guys: if money wasn't a factor, what crazy overkill PC would you build? Also he will do no gaming at all so he doesn't need like 4 way SLI or anything, 1 GTX 680 will be fine!

P.S. I'm really not trying to brag or anything, I'm just trying to get my dad what he wants, so please no "rich people" comments! Thanks :) 

Also I forgot to add that we will be doing it at the end of this month, not sure if anything new will come out by then, but if there's something "enthusiast" level, please let me know.

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August 8, 2012 12:24:27 PM

Well, for the price the GTX 680 is at now, you could get a 7970 GHZ edition cheaper, and it performs better:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6025/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-e...

But as far as anything else, for gaming, there really isn't a point in anything more than an i5, even productivity stuff, you can get by with an i5 just fine. So Even with unlimited funds, I'd probably go for something practical. (I wouldn't go LGA 2011). At least an LGA1155 i7 is more reasonable imho.

This + that video card I linked to, its not up on PCpartpicker yet
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e7Ge
August 8, 2012 12:29:44 PM

nekulturny said:
Well, for the price the GTX 680 is at now, you could get a 7970 GHZ edition cheaper, and it performs better:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6025/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-e...

But as far as anything else, for gaming, there really isn't a point in anything more than an i5, even productivity stuff, you can get by with an i5 just fine. So Even with unlimited funds, I'd probably go for something practical. (I wouldn't go LGA 2011). At least an LGA1155 i7 is more reasonable imho.

This + that video card I linked to, its not up on PCpartpicker yet
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e7Ge


Well thank you, I know he doesn't need anything crazy, but that's what he wants! I don't see why he would go from 2 intel xeons to an i5 :D  Can you guys go completely overboard overkill and put together a list of the absolute best components?
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August 8, 2012 12:40:23 PM

If I had no money limits it would be an EVGA Classified motherboard with dual Xeon E5 2690's and max 96GB of RAM, with a couple 7990's or 690's. As well as a few SSD's, Blu-Ray burners, and any other bells and whistles I could get.

If I had that kind of money, lol.
August 8, 2012 12:45:03 PM

Quote:
If I had no money limits it would be an EVGA Classified motherboard with dual Xeon E5 2690's and max 96GB of RAM, with a couple 7990's or 690's. As well as a few SSD's, Blu-Ray burners, and any other bells and whistles I could get.

If I had that kind of money, lol.


Sounds good! Windows only supports 64gb RAM though no? What do you think is the fastest SSD at the moment? Intel? OCZ? Kingston?
August 8, 2012 12:49:34 PM

Basically what you have but with X2 GTX690

Total pointless overkill though if he doesnt game just whack an i7 (1155 socket) with the soon to be released GTX660ti
August 8, 2012 12:52:21 PM

Quote:
Basically what you have but with X2 GTX690

Total pointless overkill though if he doesnt game just whack an i7 (1155 socket) with the soon to be released GTX660ti


I know it's pointless, I tell him everyday but he kind of has the mindset that he needs to have the best computer possible. Guys this isn't some fantasy thing :D  we are actually going to build this, I know roughly what it's going to be like (xeons, 64gb ram, ssd etc.) but what I'm having trouble with is actually picking the best of the best brand and all for each component. So if you guys could give me like a full list of just the ultimate PC you would build with specific specs and all, please do. Just imagine everything is free :D 
August 8, 2012 1:21:17 PM

I'd start with three 120 Hz 27" screens .......$1800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and 2-4 of these which outperform the 7970 Ghz Edition for less money:

10.0 rating http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

Alan Wake 77.8
AvP 53.0
Batman Arkham City 90.7
BF3 72.9
BattleForge 129.9
CoD4 223.1
Civilization 4 85.9
Crysis 55.4
Crysis 2 67.4
Dirt 3 229.4
Dragon Age II 67.7
Hard Reset 92.4
Metro 2033 28.7
Stalker CoP 99.2
Starcraft 2 113.3
Shogun 2 62.4
Skyrim 79.1
WoW 142.5
Total 1770.8
Cost per frame $ 0.24


8.5 rating http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edit...

Alan Wake 93.5
AvP 68.3
Batman Arkham City 96.4
BF3 72.3
BattleForge 162.3
CoD4 181.5
Civilization 5 86.3
Crysis 58.3
Crysis 2 69.0
Dirt 3 210.4
Dragon Age II 65.1
Hard Reset 97.0
Metro 2033 35.5
Stalker CoP 102.0
Starcraft 2 114.7
Shogun 2 57.7
Skyrim 75.9
WoW 117.0
Total 1763.2
$ 0.27


Asus Z77 WS w/ i5-3570k (up to 4 GFX cards) $552
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition $235 after $25 MIR + $30 off w/ promo code EMCNBNC33, ends 8/13
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair AX1200 $285
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x Chronos Deluxe 240 GB in RAID 0 - $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x 2TB Barracuda XT $420
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 Asus BR writer $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16GB Mushkin Blackline $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech G19 KB $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech G9x $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Phanteks Cooler $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TIM $7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Now that that's all done, ya could get 95% of the performance for about 1/3 the price.
August 8, 2012 1:24:08 PM

Why Xeons? All these people here that scream Xeon for ultimate builds need to understand something, unless your doing a task that has been designed for multiple CPU's its not only overkill but has the possibility of underperforming.

If you really want to go nuts on the CPU stick with SB-E on the 2011 socket.

Far as brands go I would

CPU - Intel
MOBO - GBYTE or ASUS
RAM - Corsair
CASE - This one as anything else is for poor people http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php
PSU - Seasonic
GPU - EVGA (if Nvidia)
SSD - Intel (and lots of them just for the sake of it no HDD's they are fo poor peasants)
August 8, 2012 1:28:12 PM

iamcacao said:
What do you think is the fastest SSD at the moment? Intel? OCZ? Kingston?


Can't answer as brand names are useless since each builds SSD's for different markets..... for example the OCZ Vertex 3 / Mushkin Chronos are entry level SSD's but the Vertex 3 Max IOPS and Chronos Deluxe are Tier 1

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...

Tier 1 = Mushkin Chronos Deluxe, Patriot Wildfire, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Kingston HyperX 3K, OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G, Corsair Force GS, Samsung 830 SSD, Plextor M3 Pro

Only 1 of the above is under $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 8, 2012 1:45:26 PM

Quote:
Why Xeons? All these people here that scream Xeon for ultimate builds need to understand something, unless your doing a task that has been designed for multiple CPU's its not only overkill but has the possibility of underperforming.

If you really want to go nuts on the CPU stick with SB-E on the 2011 socket.

Far as brands go I would

CPU - Intel
MOBO - GBYTE or ASUS
RAM - Corsair
CASE - This one as anything else is for poor people http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php
PSU - Seasonic
GPU - EVGA (if Nvidia)
SSD - Intel (and lots of them just for the sake of it no HDD's they are fo poor peasants)



I know what you mean, I want him to get something like a 3930k/3960x but he categorizes stuff with price not performance. So yeah, he's pretty much stuck on the Xeons. It makes me kind of mad, but hey what can you do? Anyway thanks for the brand suggestions!
August 8, 2012 1:47:01 PM

iamcacao said:
...he asked me to put together a list for the computer I would've built if money wasn't a factor ....


The one "drop dead with envy" component I would include in a "no limits" build would be this:

http://www.wacom.com/en/Products/Cintiq/Cintiq24touch.a...

Oh, and I'd build the thing in this case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that....

i7
64 GB RAM
2 SSDs, one for OS, one for applications
4 10,000 rpm WD Velociraptor HDDs, in a RAID array.
Blu Ray burner
Maybe an M-Audio sound card.
August 8, 2012 1:52:45 PM

videobear said:
The one "drop dead with envy" component I would include in a "no limits" build would be this:

http://www.wacom.com/en/Products/Cintiq/Cintiq24touch.a...

Oh, and I'd build the thing in this case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that....

i7
64 GB RAM
2 SSDs, one for OS, one for applications
4 10,000 rpm WD Velociraptor HDDs, in a RAID array.
Blu Ray burner
Maybe an M-Audio sound card.


That looks nice! I'll show him that :D  Thanks for your suggestion!
August 8, 2012 2:19:11 PM

I would keep an Eye on Gadgetar.com for better pricing. But between AMD and INTEL, INTEL is the way to go for now/
August 8, 2012 2:23:33 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
August 8, 2012 2:54:25 PM

Ok, I don't think the world is ready for this yet, but here it is:

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz

Memory: 64GB G.SKILL Trident X Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)

Graphics: (2x) EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 (This is better than 4x GTX 680s because it is more power efficient and runs cooler)

Dedicated Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion (70SB135400000) 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card with Sound Blaster I/O

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

SSD: Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW480A3K5 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC (This is hands down the best consumer grade SSD available in my opinnion)

Extra Storage: 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 7200 RPM 64MB Cache

Optical Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back

Cooling: ZALMAN CNPS20LQ Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler (I prefer this over liquid cooling kits because it is an annoyance to manage them. This will easily get you to a 4.6GH+ overclock)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1



3D Kit: NVIDIA NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 Wireless Glasses Kit Model 942-11431-0007-001

Monitors: (3x) ViewSonic V3D245 Black 23.6" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD 120Hz 3D Monitor 300 cd/m2 20,000,000:1

Sound System: Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers THX Certified

If you get all of the above on newegg.com it will run you just over $7000 after tax. This will blow the pants off of anyone.
August 8, 2012 3:04:10 PM

You guys moved my thread on me when I was editing :fou: 

My "unlimited funds" system, with the goal to be a quick video editing system.

- Case: Learn how to do metal working and fabricate myself a widened version of my Chenming ATX-801F that can allow for 140 mm intake fans (as opposed to 92s), top exhaust fans, and internal baffling for thermal control.

- MB: Keep my Supermicro H8QGL

- CPUs: Probably go with Opteron 6284SEs or possibly 6242s. The 6242s are only 2+2 module units but are clocked 3.2 base vs. 2.7 base for the 4+4 module 6284SEs and are only 115 watt CPUs.

- RAM: 16x 8 GB ECC UDIMM DDR3-1866 running at 1.50 V with 9-9-9 timings pre-flashed into the JEDEC portion of the SPD. If that can't happen, have Corsair make those sticks with the fast timing in XMP and I'll overwrite the DDR3-1333CL9 JEDEC values with the XMP values. I did it once with no problems :sol: 

- Monitors: Have somebody make a new IBM T222 but with modern 10-bit IPS panels and DisplayPort connectors. I'll take four of them and put them in portrait mode. If that can't happen, give me four 10-bit 4K monitors and I'll run them in portrait mode. Hey, this is fantasy right? :D 

- GPU: Any modern GPU that can run the setup above well. That will mean an Eyefinity card or likely a professional Quadro or FirePro with a bunch of VRAM. It doesn't need to be ueber-fast in games, just able to do a composited desktop on the massive setup above and let me play some pretty untaxing Linux games.

- HDDs: 60x 300 GB Seagate Savvio 15K3 in five 12x2.5-into-3x52.5" drive cages. Will run them in a 20/20/20 RAID50 setup for 12 TB of very very fast storage. No more "seeking for keyframes" for me. If I need more storage, perhaps swap the Savvios for 1 TB 10K rpm units or absolute worst case, use 4 TB 7.2k drives which I should be able to fit 25 of them in the case with 5x3.5-into3x5.25" drive cages.

- Disk controllers: Three very beefy units such as Areca ARC-1882s or LSI 9280s. They need to provide 20 SAS ports apiece.

- SSD: Bootable PCIe SSD such as an OCZ Z-drive. All of that PCIe bandwidth chewed up by this, the GPU, and the disk controllers is why I picked a board with 84 lanes of PCIe coming from two northbridges.

- PSU: A very stout 1500 watt unit with a bunch of fanout disk power cables.

- Sound: Keep my Xonar and get a better set of headphones. I'm not really an audiophile. The headphones are mostly there to block out the noise from the fans and 15k disk drives.

- Desk: A sturdy metal table that can handle four monitors and still give me plenty of space to work.

- Network: 10 GbE Ethernet card, this thing needs to be backed up, why not do it quickly?

- Other: Put an additional window air conditioner in the computer room.

How's that one? It should be sufficient for working with HD video don't you think? :D 
August 8, 2012 4:18:41 PM

Now this is what I call fun! :D  here is my Newegg wish list for the absolute best, "Incredible overkill", "Balls To The Wall" desktop PC! :bounce: 

The ASRock X79 Extreme11 LGA 2011 is the Absolute Best, Fastest, "Incredible overkill", "Balls To The Wall", Mother of all Motherboards on planet earth. (check out the links) Even if their are other motherboards that can slightly best it in pure OC potential there is also a lot more to a super fast PC and this motherboard has it all!

ASRock X79 Extreme11 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard __________$599.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The reason I don't choose a Dual CPU motherboard besides the fact that no motherboard can come close to this one for sheer features is because all the LGA 2011 dual CPU motherboards use Xeon's and Intel is not (at this point) making any that are overclockable so 99.9% of your applications would actually run slower since they don't have the ability to use all those cores anyway.

Some links about this board:
http://whatswithjeff.com/asrock-x79-extreme11-lga2011-m...

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79%20Extreme11/

http://www.servethehome.com/asrock-x79-extreme11-lsi-sa...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQeVjgyFdEM&list=UUK2t9V...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 _______________________$929.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
64GB of ram gives you options to do other things with your ram as well, like creating large RamDisks or Cashe's

Intel Core i7-3960X___________________________________________________________________$1,029.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x EVGA Signature GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 ______________________$2,099.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These cards have dual GPU's so 2 cards = 4 way SLI

If you lean more towards the workstation type of usage you could use 4 Quadro's instead.

4 X PNY Quadro 6000 6GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Cards__________$15,992.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 X Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drives ___________________________$239.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For your 2 intel sata III ports (raid 0 is my choice)

8 X Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB SAS 6Gb/s Internal Hard Drives _____________________________$1,807.92
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here their is allot of leeway depending on what you want to do with your 8 LSI raid ports and how much you want to spend on hard drives. This is just my choice.

CORSAIR AX1200i 1200W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular Power Supply __________________________$349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System _______________________$128.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the best (maintenance free) closed loop water cooler with better cooling than any air CPU cooler. However if you want the best and you don't mind some periodic maintenance, a custom watercooling system with the ability to cool other things like GPU's, chipsets and mosfets and also cool your CPU better is the way to go.

2 X Pioneer Black 12X SATA Blu-ray Burner With BDXL Support ________________________________$197.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SilverStone Temjin Series TJ07B-W-USB3.0 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case___________$369.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can use 3 of you 7 - 5.25" Drive Bays for the extra hard drive bays you will need.

ASUS VG Series VG278H Black 27" Widescreen LED Backlight LCD_____________________________ $1,799.97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cordless Desktop Standard keyboard & Mouse Kit________$147.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Have it/Love it

CyberPower PP2200SW 2200VA 1500W UPS (Pure Sine Wave)__________________________________$552.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Have it/Love it

Subtotal with GTX 690's:_____________________________________________________________$10,254.76
Subtotal with Quadro's:______________________________________________________________$24,076.78

And if you want to add a nice (no holds barred) powered 5.1 sound system here is a nice one:

Blue Sky Sky System One 5.1 System____________________________________________________$5,599.00
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SkySys51?utm_sou...

Total with GTX 690's:________________________________________________________________$15,853.76
Total with Quadro's:_________________________________________________________________$29,675.78

Well there you go the best system, IMHO of course! :sol: 
August 8, 2012 5:27:02 PM

iamcacao said:
Sounds good! Windows only supports 64gb RAM though no? What do you think is the fastest SSD at the moment? Intel? OCZ? Kingston?
Windows 7 64bit Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate will support 192GB. However there are only a few motherboards that will support 128GB and I wouldn't recommend any of them.

There are quite a few that support 64GB that I like. :sol: 
August 8, 2012 5:39:31 PM

Well, for me, I don't care about speed as much as I care about storage. So, as I am a fan of TigerDirect, I'll use them for my computer of unlimited funds!

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

4x of these puppies, 32GB of memory would be awesome for a while. I remember when 32MB of memory was insane. lol

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

C Drive would be an SSD, of course.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

3 of these. That would keep me busy for a while.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

As I said, I'm not a massive gamer, but having some graphics power is nice.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

One of these puppies to keep it all going

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

A nice enclosure to keep it all in

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Backing up the tons of data I have is key.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Mandatory.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

2 of these!

And to ship all of this to san antonio, tx, it would run an extra 348 dollars.
Total: $4,568.37

That would be a hell of an upgrade from my current PC!

I have always leaned more towards AMD since the K6 days, not for performance reasons, although when the athlon/duron was out that was amazing!
August 8, 2012 6:20:40 PM

I'd get this for my dream PC:
Quote:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($142.27 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1007.86 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Das Keyboard DASK3ULTMS1SI Wired Standard Keyboard ($135.00 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Naga Hex Wired Laser Mouse ($74.99 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-29 17:42 EDT-0400)

Monitor would be a Yamakasi Catleap Q270.
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