Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)
Budget Range: $2000-$3000 would really like it to stay around the $2000 or lower area though
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, showing off to friends and lan parties
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: everything
Do you need to buy OS: no
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and thats all pretty much
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I want something that i can show off(led lights) and i want a fairly quiet PC(don't put the fans into the budget of the computer). i also have a hard time on what fan and CPU heatsink i should get and of course i want every part at least good quality
i want a white PSU to match with the storm but i do not know if i will/can reuse an old PSU after a good 5 years
I've found building around a color scheme *NEVER* works and really limits what you're able to buy later on. The Silencer is an excellent choice though, but 1200W is overkill for any rig.
also for the Ram i need to know if it will fit and yes i want these ram since it has some flashing LED lights which looks awesome
I really don't like buying and don't recommend vanity PC parts like this - the flashing lights are a gimmick and nothing more. Your RAM will be hidden by your CPU fan anyways so it doesn't really matter what you put there. But what does matter is speed - 1866 RAM, you don't need more than 1600 and anything above will lead to Intel voiding your CPU's warranty if they find out.
I'd switch that cooler and get a Noctua D14 instead.
16Gb of better RAM. Slowed it down but switched brands.
Swapped the power supply! 1200 Watts is overkill!
It looks very nice. The RAM is red, the case lights up red, and the CPU cooler is red. The power supply can light up red to add to the effect. Add some red LED fans and you've got an amazing PC, inside and out.
Just read the RAM thing. If you really want lit up RAM then go for it. You're paying a premium for it though.
Yeah you will get no benifit from crossfire/SLI unless you either have 120hz, a high resolution monitor (1440 and up), or multiple monitors. You may want to consider adding a monitor to your budget. I hear those Korean IPS monitors are excellent. I can also vouche for a good 120hz monitor, as I own one and it is awesome. You may as well take your gaming to the next level with that budget--the monitor is in my opinion the most important aspect of your gaming rig.
And from what I have read--no, 3x CFX is not worth it. The returns on your investment really start to plateau at 2x because the scaling takes a nose dive after the 2nd card. The only reason you would need 3 cards is if you are running an array of monitors, you are doing benchmarks, or you are trying to extend your epenis.
In fact, I recently read a review on New Egg by a guy who got 3 7970ghz editions and literally couldnt run all three at the same time because of how ungodly hot they became. His cards were so close together and his case so cramped that they heated up into the 90s, and then he goes on NewEgg to bitch about the card and gives it a 1 star review.
My point is that you will likely see very little performance increase from 3 gpus, and you will almost certianly have some kind of heat issues. The truth is that 3 way CFX and SLI is just not practical for most people. Without some kind of advanced cooling solution I would stick to 2 GPUs max, and only then if you are willing to get a hi res monitor or a 120hz monitor.
TL;DR -- 3 gpus aren't worth it because they are too hot and you dont get much performance boost. 2x CFX 7970ghz is only worth it with 120hz, hi res, or multiple screens.
lower the power supply to a xfx xxx 850w. you dont need a gold power supply
id rather get a white fractal define R4 with a window.
take out the tracers. in a black and white build, green just looks stupid in the middle of nowhere but that is up to you to decide. not to mention you wont see any ram under the heatsink. or they just might not be low enough to fit
you might want to consider the msi z77 mpower as well