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I consistently see all these topics that are started, admittedly I start a couple myself, talking about budget builds. But then, literally about two days ago, I got to thinking about just making a new monster machine like I had a while ago.

So instead of making a budget build and slowly upgrading just one or two parts, I'd just get an entire setup and max it out as best as possible for a set price of around $2750 or less. Here's what I came up with:

(Any changes or advice would be helpful)

Intel Core i7-2600K
ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard
SONY Black Blu-ray Burner
Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor @ 1920x1080
(Case is undecided, prefer Mid-Tower this time over my usual mATX choices.)
ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card
16GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600
(Either an Antek Kuhler or Corsair H series cooler)
GTX 590 (My mind is set on this choice)
Logitech G9x Gaming Mouse
Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard
SeaSonic X Series X-850 Gold Certified PSU (primarily for the 590)
120GB OCZ Vertex Series SSD (OS drive)
x3 Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDDs in Raid 5

This build has some sentimental value attached to it as well since my first custom build about two years ago was named 'Skynet'. Right around when the 295 came out or so and I had a 295 in that build as well so I'd like to continue the trend here with another dual GPU card.

For the case, I want something that's professional looking, like the Lian Li Full Tower cases, but definitely offers some fairly decent cooling.

Think you can help out?
Edited by Imglidinhere - 7/23/11 at 1:59am
     
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several suggestions.
grab a 2600k if you're going to spend 3k.
choose a different z68 board. i like msi video cards but i hear way too many bad things about their boards to even give it a go
16gb is overkill, grab 8gb
you need a ssd in this build if you're going to go all in.

i'll sub this and make suggestions later. tis 4 am and i must go to sleep. hopefully that gives you a range to think about.
    
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several suggestions.
grab a 2600k if you're going to spend 3k.
choose a different z68 board. i like msi video cards but i hear way too many bad things about their boards to even give it a go
16gb is overkill, grab 8gb
you need a ssd in this build if you're going to go all in.

i'll sub this and make suggestions later. tis 4 am and i must go to sleep. hopefully that gives you a range to think about.
Gotcha. Will snag an i7 instead. Good idea.

I'll snag the ASUS variant Z68 board then.

As for the RAM, isn't 8GB overkill for most machines? I'll change it to 8GB for now. Probably won't need that much for video editting and stuffs anyhow.

For the SSD, I'd have to see what it'd be used for. The Raid 5 setup would probably move faster wouldn't it? I imagine having a separate drive for your OS has it's benefits. I'll look into it again.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stupidcha View Post
several suggestions.
grab a 2600k if you're going to spend 3k.
choose a different z68 board. i like msi video cards but i hear way too many bad things about their boards to even give it a go
16gb is overkill, grab 8gb
you need a ssd in this build if you're going to go all in.

i'll sub this and make suggestions later. tis 4 am and i must go to sleep. hopefully that gives you a range to think about.
Agreed. And maybe it's just me, but a full sized atx board would allow you more expandability in the future and such. Maybe I just like to tinker, but extra connectors and slots always make me feel like I got my money's worth.

You might want to look into the WD RAID drives like this one. I don't have personal experience, but they might be a better option for you.

The RAID would be slower than any reasonable SSD. It also makes your computer nice and quiet (having a bunch of 7200 RPM drives in the background is aggravating). Writes would be faster, and the system will feel zippier.

edit: I'd also put thought into whether or not you really want a BD player. I got one for my newest build, and I feel like a sap. Never used it once for BD, I'd much rather have 2 DVD drives.
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post
Gotcha. Will snag an i7 instead. Good idea.

I'll snag the ASUS variant Z68 board then.

As for the RAM, isn't 8GB overkill for most machines? I'll change it to 8GB for now. Probably won't need that much for video editting and stuffs anyhow.

For the SSD, I'd have to see what it'd be used for. The Raid 5 setup would probably move faster wouldn't it? I imagine having a separate drive for your OS has it's benefits. I'll look into it again.
i know i said i was going to sleep but lol OCN is so addicting.

more people would be able to help you better if you tell us what you're going to be using this computer for.

honestly, if you're wanting to drop 3k on this project, that can be easily done.
    
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The primary usage is gaming and such. No multi-monitor gaming though, so the 590 should suffice for any game currently out there.

The other usage in mind is to help out my dad when he really needs to use it for video rendering. He's getting into rendering for 1080p a lot recently, having gotten a few new HD cameras and such, and his Core 2 Quad tends to lag behind the i7s of today. So that would be another point of interest. Not only that but he's been teaching me a bit about editing and all that so I can help him out a bit more down the road perhaps.

I got the bluray drive because I would much rather like to be able to buy a bluray CD and watch it on my computer. This happens all too often since none of the good movies make it to DVD for longer than a month before they're gone and stuck in back order for months on end while the blurays are taunting you in the isle.

I fully understand that Bulldozer might release before this build is fully finished and that Sandy Bridge-E might be as well (If early release rumors prove true), but I really want a computer that will hold onto things for a while. If my old machine managed for two years with only one upgrade, that upgrade was doubling the ram from 4 to 8GB, I think that this one should do equally well with me.

So with that out of the way, whatcha got for meh?
     
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get the Asus Maximus M4E-Z if you want the best of the best mobo, in my opinion.
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I'm going to bed, but I'll throw this into the conversation for the rest of yall. For video editting, this might be better. IDK! I'm tired, good night!
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post #9 of 11
what's the RAID for? RAID5 using onboard is a terrible idea, and getting an extra drive is better than buying a controller for smaller arrays.

Samsung F3s are better value than Blacks for most uses.
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I want RAID5 because problems arise all too often with me and my HDDs. I've had three die on me in the past five years and all of them had some rather important info on them. Raid5 has the Data Striping I'm looking for and is easily recoverable if something were to go wrong, just replace it with another hard drive of the same size.

What's the average cost for a RAID controller?
     
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