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Old 08-05-2010, 06:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Build - $2,400

CPU - i7-980X
Mobo - ASUS P6X58D
RAM - XMS3 12GB 1600MHz (6x2GB)
GFX - GTX 480 Fermi
PSU - Corsair 1000HX (1000W)
HDD - WD Black 1TB
HDD - OCZ Agility 60GB SSD

$2,514.93 with combos and instant savings

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32" and 37" LCDs, Win7 Ultimate, 1TB worth of other drives, HAF932, and a V8 cooler (until I order water cooling)

Plan on a second GTX480 and water cooling within 4 months after initial purchase, hence overkill PSU.

Critiques?
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Links to the actual components, there are a lot of different XMS3 memory kits. How much are you paying for 12GB and at what speed? With a 980X and watercooling I would get the fastest memory available and cut it down to 6GB. You can always add 6GB more if you really need it.

I have this memory and it's screaming fast and costly. It says out of stock but they should restock soon.
https://shop.corsair.com/store/item_view.aspx?id=766411

This doesn't look bad for the price.
Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI + Turbulence II 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL6T-6GBPID

Those basic spec's are screaming for a SSD.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: New Build - $2,400

+1 for a SSD. especailly with your budget you have to throw in a 64gig SSD for a boot drive. and maybe a game or 2. nice build.
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Actually this build was intended to include an SSD drive. Thanks for the reminder. Added.
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is there any reason you went with a 480 over a 5970?

You should just get 6 gigs of ram, you wont use more than that.
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The 12GB stays. PhotoShop, and various video editing tools. I am down from 24GB.

480 for tri or quad SLI down the road. Future proofing myself.
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ah good point.
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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That's a pretty pimp set up (One suggestion)
I would recommend getting an Intel SSD. They are better on wear and tear and will most definately last longer than any other SSD on the market.

I'm going kind of same route. Here's my set up. $3184.92. I still need to pick a case, cooling system and sound card. I already have my 6 monitors but those cost me about like $1300 with the stands and everything. So basically $5,000 for my computer system from scratch.

Processor:

Intelģ Core™ i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition (12M Cache, 3.33 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intelģ QPI)

Motherboard:

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Ram:

2x CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model CMT6GX3M3A2000C8

Harddrive:

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH160G2R5 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU:

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Video Card:

XFX HD-587A-CNF9 Radeon HD 5870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I would recommend getting two SSD's of the same size so you can RAID 0 that ****. No need to worry about longevity with those babies.
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Oh wow true. I totally didn't even take into consideration Raid 0. Yeah I'm probably now going to get 2 80GB SSD's instead of the 1 160GB SSD. Awesome suggestion thanks:P I am close to finishing off the final touches of my system. When I do I would love some peoples insight on it
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