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January 6, 2013 2:58:51 AM

Hi :hello: 

Looking to put together a custom-built PC as am going to uni this September (Currently employed full-time) and am hoping to put together a "future proof" PC (for at least 5 years)

So far I have decided on these specs:

i7 3970X Six-Core 3.5 GHz
Asus Rampage IV Extreme Intel X79 Chipset (3-way SLI Support)
64GB RAM (1600Mhz)

But am undecided on graphics cards :S I want to run 3 of them - Is getting water-cooled cards worthwhile? And is there a big difference between 4GB vRam and 2GB vRam? :heink: 

Will I lose performance with two 690's and a 680 all on 4GB non-watercooled over the same watercooled? :heink: 

New to the whole graphics card world, so help appreciated :)  :D 

Oh, and I am assuming the CPU/Mother/RAM is enough to support the GPU? Don't want to waste a pile of money on GPU's and not be able to make use of them :na: 

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January 6, 2013 3:04:10 AM

dude... i7 3970X Six-Core 3.5 GHz is a trap
3930k is the same cpu with much lower price
January 6, 2013 3:07:39 AM

AMD Radeon said:
dude... i7 3970X Six-Core 3.5 GHz is a trap
3930k is the same cpu with much lower price


The 3930k runs at 3.2 Stock?
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January 6, 2013 3:52:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably the next couple of weeks

Budget Range: 5500-6000 Can push up towards 7000 if worthwhile

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Future-proof gaming and rendering

Are you buying a monitor: Yes - Three of them

Parts to Upgrade: Is a scratch-built, most interested in GPU atm

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: cyberpower

Location: UK (Manchester for me)

Parts Preferences: Prefer Nvidia over AMD

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - looking to run three cards in SLI config

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: N/A

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need a 5year+ future proof gaming/rendering PC
January 6, 2013 4:15:46 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor (£772.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£105.13 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB ATX LGA2011 Motherboard (£218.18 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£136.14 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£136.14 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£97.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£266.46 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) (£479.62 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) (£479.62 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) (£479.62 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case (£189.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£192.93 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£47.09 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£98.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £3698.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 06:18 GMT+0000)

Might as well go with djangoringo's monitors, what the heck, why not. Or why not go with two 690 in SLI for theoretically a quad-SLI setup.
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