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OK, so my friend has asked me to build him a PC. I essentially have no budget as he says he has a free €20,000 (£17,856) (being a programmer, he probably gets paid very well), but would prefer if it stayed under €3000 (£2678). This is what I have so far:

Processor: Intel CORE i7-980X Extreme (Six-Core) - £810
Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Extreme X58 LGA1366 - £269.80
Memory: G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1333 (x4 Modules) - £32.87 per Module
Case: Cooler Master HAF X - £139.98
Hard Drive: WD 2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s - £119.81
HDD 2: WD 300GB 3.5" SATA-II Velociraptor 10,000RPM - £129.29
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W Modular - £121.99
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX460 OC 1GB SLI - £148.96 per Card
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2E 90GB 2.5" SATA-II (Boot Drive) - £134.98
Cooling: Corsair H70 Water Cooling - £89.99
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TOTAL: £2245.24
post #2 of 49
Personally I'd recommend a 970 over the 980x if you must go 1366 (I'd look into 1155 personally). Allocate the saved money from the 980x into a graphics upgrade (470/580).
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post #3 of 49
Why 460 SLI on this budget
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I HONESTLY would not go for the last gen 980x, even if he is a programmer, I doubt he could utilize the extra 4 cores.
A 2600k, and a P67 Pro would probably satisfy his needs. And if it doesn't it should be able to hold him over until Sandybridge E in Q3-Q4 2011 comes out.
Your memory choice is wrong for that platform, you need a tri channel kit if you stick with that setup.
Why would you get a sata II ssd? And why would you still need the velociraptor? I would get a Sata III SSD and then get a 2x 2tbs and do raid1/5 for redundancy that he would need as his computer is for professional uses.

REVISED BUILD

Processor: Intel CORE i7 2600k
Motherboard: Asus P67 Pro B3
Memory: Corsair 8GB of RAM (Get the cheapest 1600 cas 9 1.5v ram (must be 1.5v or lower)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X - £139.98
Hard Drive: 2X WD 2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s
PSU: Corsair AX 850.
Graphics Card: A Single 580 should be more than enough.
SSD: I would not go OCZ, I doubt he benchmarks, so the reliability of a intel SSD would be a better choice.
Cooling: Corsair H70 Water Cooling - £89.99
Edited by Omega329 - 6/8/11 at 7:46am
    
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All that budget and all you got is sli 460's? Wheres the 580's/6970's?
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post #6 of 49
i would suggest i7 2600k, 560 Sli or higher, and a SSD.

the ram that you put u should either get 3 or 6 to use the tri channel for the 1366.
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Originally Posted by TLCH723 View Post
i would suggest i7 2600k, 560 Sli or higher, and a SSD.

the ram that you put u should either get 3 or 6 to use the tri channel for the 1366.
pretty much this. More ram for compiling and programming and a 2600k
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post #8 of 49
Don't buy individual memory modules if it can be avoided. You want to get a kit that are pre-matched from the factory. Also, triple channel for 1366. You need 3 or 6 sticks of RAM, not 2 or 4.

I thought more ram too, but I think he actually has 4 individual 4GB sticks configured there.

Really no need to pay for a velociraptor for an extra drive either. I would get a couple good 7200rpm 1TB drives ( Samsung F3 or WD Black ) and raid 0 them for data. The SSD as a OS drive is good though.
Edited by glakr - 6/8/11 at 7:39am
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post #9 of 49
Like these guys are saying: Switch the 980x for the 2600k with a premium mobo, and get some gtx580 sli going.

Change your PSU to the Corsair ax1200

Change the case to the Fractal Design Xl

Don't waste any money on the velociraptor. They really aren't worth it and will likely be phased out in the near future because of their cost to capacity ratio is about to be surpassed by SSD's which are cooler, quieter, cheaper to make and a heck of a lot faster.
Edited by cook - 6/8/11 at 7:38am
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post #10 of 49
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Originally Posted by cook View Post
Like these guys are saying: Switch the 980x for the 2600k with a premium mobo, and get some gtx580 sli going.

Change your PSU to the Corsair ax1200

Change the case to the Fractal Design Xl
The AX850 would be fine for 580 sli
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