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You can use my rig as a 'blueprint' of sorts.
I didn't opt for a 980/990x since the 970 can do what they do quite well at half the price. Also, for gaming, you really don't need 6 cores. (Actually, an i5 2500k + Z68 FTW mobo + 8GB of ram would be ideal. Change up as you see fit. I'd recommend a larger case for more cooling, as I'll be upgrading cooling and case shortly. (the 800D is a monster in its own right, but requires heavy modding for larger rad support)

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If the budget is supposed to include monitors? They will take a fair chunk of the money. Maybe 3 ISP panels ether 23" or 27". All so the sound system can get pricy if you go for some thing that actually sounds good. A decent amp 5 speakers and a active subwoofer $1000 puff gone. No point in trying to spend the whole budget on computer itself.

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Indeed. Components add up very quickly. If $5500 is your overall budget, you may surpass it once the monitors/speakers/etc come into play.

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I would amend my earlier build to include these bad boys, 2.2 ghz ram sounds pretty awesome

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As others have said the components and budget really depend on if your 5500 includes the monitors or not, since that would be a pretty significant chunk of your budget. If you could get back to everyone on that it would be easier to make a more accurate build you could go off of.

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I am looking to build a fully water-cooled gaming rig for approximately $5500. Some components I have decided for sure on are:
  • Graphics Cards: 580 3GB Tri-Sli (yes, I play at very high resolutions).
  • Storage: One 120GB SSD Drive and one 1.5TB SATA Drive (not sure which models to get though).
  • Optical Drive: One Blu-Ray Reader/DVD Writer (not sure which model to get).
Can you all please make suggestions as to what are the best components for the entire build (case, CPU, motherboard, RAM, water-cooling system, etc.) to get for my budget?

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Spend $3k on the computer and use the rest to do this:

1) Rent a BMW M5 for a couple days.
2) Drive to El Montecito (in Las Vegas, Nevada).
3) Go to the night club.
4) Enjoy your favorite drink, and get a Dry Gin for me.
5) Save the rest and repeat as many days as you can

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As others have said the components and budget really depend on if your 5500 includes the monitors or not, since that would be a pretty significant chunk of your budget. If you could get back to everyone on that it would be easier to make a more accurate build you could go off of.

My $5500 budget is for my system only. I already have monitors, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals.
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then you should really get the build i posted with the new ram, the th-10, and assorted blocks and rads, id go with black blocks, silver fittings and red tubing redface.gif
maybe consider a 4th 580 if you want

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Well OP - which would you prefer? AMD or Intel - this way those of us with configurations have a better idea of what to look for. Obviously AMD is the better value per dollar spent, however the Intel build will have more performance as of now. Currently with the new processor generations coming out things are still up in the air short term (Bulldozer in September, Socket 2011 in Q1 of 2012)

If you decide the AMD route I would strongly recommend "gimping" yourself on the short term, getting a slower quad or even the x6, and getting the highest end bulldozer possible in september for the 8-core goodness (and 4ghz+ clocks).

If you go the Intel route I wont be of much help admittedly as I've been an AMD person for awhile and havn't kept up on Intel as much as a good nerd should have.

Also - what games do you play, what are your current monitors and other devices you have? having a small list will help us provide better components for you smile.gif

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