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Hello everyone!

As my current PC is slowly reaching the 5 year mark, it's showing its age more and more. So, it's time to retire Old Faithful and build something new. Something hopefully as reliable as my old PC.

I've been reading all the "help me build a PC for gaming" threads, but most of them are working with a small budget. I have about $5000 set aside for my new rig. Obviously spending less money is better than spending more money and not having any for other things, ie. beer. So if it ends up being much cheaper than $5000, that's a good thing.

With all that in mind, what I'm looking for is something that will keep up for the next 4-5 years of gaming. If it can be upgraded further down the road, all the better! I'm not an overclocking enthusiast. I may tinker around with it for a bit, but it's primarily there for games to be played on.

I will want to SLI, most likely, unless someone talks me out of it with a very convincing argument.

So far, I've gotten as far as this: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ar/b89

Except I have NO idea what the ideal RAM is for that board, as well as a good CPU cooler, so I just clicked on what seemed to be a solid choice. Water cooling seems to be waaaaaaaaay too much of a hassle, so that's out.

Also, I'd rather get 2x Asus ENGTX580 DCII, but I'm not sure if they'll fit on the board, being fat-ass cards.

Gentlemen, I bow down to your greater expertise. Any help is greatly appreciated
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What resolution/monitor will you be using? Because if it's just a single monitor, a single 580 can handle pretty much anything out there now. I'm not sure you really need a $370 motherboard either if you're not going to overclock much.


edit: 2000th post baby.
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5k should be PLENTY for almost any build you want to do. You're diving very far into the realm of diminishing returns...

Anyway if it were me, I'd look into an SR-2 build (2 processors!) and quad-SLI GTX 580s. However, if you're running SLI watercooling would be a huge advantage because the cards being so close together restricts airflow. It would also help out on the SR-2 because you don't have to try and fit 2 huge heatsinks in.

I'd also look into getting a big old SSD, and a RAID array of standard HDD's for storage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-070-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115079 (times 2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130655


Though this would be overkill for any game that will come out in the next 2 years most likely, unless your resolution is insane.

Speaking of which, get a huge pretty monitor or 3 and put them on articulated arms for a very clean desk
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Personally i would go for the 8gb gskill ripjaws CL8's
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I have two 24" screens running at 1920x1200, but I've been thinking of getting a third one for tri-screen capable games, hence the SLI.

As for the motherboard, I figured that it would be a more reliable motherboard. The enthusiast motherboards are usually more solid and dependable than the cheaper run-of-the-mill boards. The goal here is to make something that'll be a solid performer for a good 5 years.
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Looks good, except I would get 2x Vertex 3 120GB's and put them in RAID 0 instead of a single 240. I know it costs a bit more, but you will get double the speed. RAID 0 and SSDs scale almost perfectly. And with the p67 platform, the sata ports have a direct link to the CPU, so the max throughput is around 20 GB/s, unlike X58 and anything before it which capped at around 700 MB/s. So, with two Vertex 3's you should be seeing aroung 1GB/s reads and writes as long as you put them in RAID 0 and attach them to the p67 sata3 ports.
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Thanks for the advice guys

I will most likely go with the RAID 0 setup that willdearborn recommended.

One more question. Anyone know if two of these bastards will fit onto the Asus Maximus IV Extreme board?
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Thanks for the advice guys

I will most likely go with the RAID 0 setup that willdearborn recommended.

One more question. Anyone know if two of these bastards will fit onto the Asus Maximus IV Extreme board?
Cool. Glad I could help. I own the Maximus IV and those cards will fit, excpet they will be pressed right up against each other. For the normal reference design 580's this is not a problem because of the shape of the cooler, but the fact that these cards exhaust into the case, they might end up running hotter than you hope. I personally would just look at getting 2 reference 580's. And then you have the option to go 3-way down the line.
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Originally Posted by calavera View Post
What resolution/monitor will you be using? Because if it's just a single monitor, a single 580 can handle pretty much anything out there now. I'm not sure you really need a $370 motherboard either if you're not going to overclock much.


edit: 2000th post baby.
Really? That strong of a card? Hell, my 6870 runs pretty much every game at maxed settings with a playable framerate at 1920x1080. A 6950 is nice too, just to be sure.
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Cool. Glad I could help. I own the Maximus IV and those cards will fit, excpet they will be pressed right up against each other. For the normal reference design 580's this is not a problem because of the shape of the cooler, but the fact that these cards exhaust into the case, they might end up running hotter than you hope. I personally would just look at getting 2 reference 580's. And then you have the option to go 3-way down the line.
I thought the fans would both be intake, I figured that was the reason behind taking up 3 slots, to provide a larger exhaust. I guess I was wrong.. Ah well.

If that's the case, any recommendations on GPUs? I'd rather not go away from Nvidia, as using ATI has always left a sour taste in my mouth.
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