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Hello Everyone, here is what i have planned for my new computer, used primarily for gaming and some folding as well as general work. I plan on frequently upgrading in the future. please critique and i am open to suggestions

The budget is 2,000 and i already own a 32gig Intel SSD a 1TB western digital hard drive and a 1000 watt Antec Truepower PSU,

Case- Caselabs M8
My reasoning for this is if i was to invest in a rock solid case now, i will not ever have to buy another case again. Also since i am interested in water cooling this seems to be the ultimate case to meet both of my needs.

Cooling- XSPC Rasa Kit RX360
While definitely not the end of cooling for my computer, i thought this would be an appropriate setup to learn the ropes of water cooling with that could be expanded to truly optimize the giant case at a later date.

CPU/RAM- 2600k/ 8gigs of Ripjaw
These seem to be the standards and universally recommended.

Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 PRO or ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
The motherboard is definitely something i am unsure of and you could some advice on, while the Gene does not have as many PCI slots it does seem to be an all around better performer and the cheap price tag could help with the budgeting elsewhere although it would be tiny in the case (not a performance problem just would look funny)

GPU- EVGA GeForce GTX 580Hydro Copper 2
Seems to be powerful enough to handle most games and the built on water block is certainly a nice touch.

What do you think?
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Looks good. Go with the Pro board and skip the GPU. Go with an aftermarket block or go with a better nonreference

You can also go with 4gb of ram for gaming
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Switch to a 2500k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
It out performs the 2600k in some games. Proof: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/50

Switch you MoBo to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...G-_-13-157-250

Switch your gpu to dual gtx570 in SLI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...G-_-14-130-621
    
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Hello Everyone, here is what i have planned for my new computer, used primarily for gaming and some folding as well as general work. I plan on frequently upgrading in the future. please critique and i am open to suggestions

The budget is 2,000 and i already own a 32gig Intel SSD a 1TB western digital hard drive and a 1000 watt Antec Truepower PSU,

Case- Caselabs M8
My reasoning for this is if i was to invest in a rock solid case now, i will not ever have to buy another case again. Also since i am interested in water cooling this seems to be the ultimate case to meet both of my needs.

Cooling- XSPC Rasa Kit RX360
While definitely not the end of cooling for my computer, i thought this would be an appropriate setup to learn the ropes of water cooling with that could be expanded to truly optimize the giant case at a later date.

CPU/RAM- 2600k/ 8gigs of Ripjaw
These seem to be the standards and universally recommended.

Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 PRO or ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
The motherboard is definitely something i am unsure of and you could some advice on, while the Gene does not have as many PCI slots it does seem to be an all around better performer and the cheap price tag could help with the budgeting elsewhere although it would be tiny in the case (not a performance problem just would look funny)

GPU- EVGA GeForce GTX 580Hydro Copper 2
Seems to be powerful enough to handle most games and the built on water block is certainly a nice touch.

What do you think?
Case is perfectly fine, Usually the case is a big deal when asking this question.
Cooling: It'll do.
CPU/RAM: Processor is fine, but if your not going to fold to much and its for gaming just lower to a i5-2500k. Sense your not really going to utilize the hyperthreading that i7-2600k has. RAM can be lowered to 4gb if just for gaming and not to much multi-tasking
Motherboard: IMO I think you should get the PRO. But it all depends how much your willing to spend.
GPU: No problem with this, perfect for a single 1080p monitor or something of the sort.
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the 2500k vs 2600k difference is entirely margin of error. They are the same chip, one with HT enabled and a higher default multiplier, the other without.

For a gaming only PC, 2500k would be the rec, but as this is also a folding rig, the 2600k would be the CPU of choice.

Mobo wise if you plan on running 2 GPU's, then any x8/x8 board from a reputable vendor is fine. Plenty of these in the $180 range. Asus P8p67 pro's, GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 for ex.

If you want to use 3 GPU's, then you'll need a NF2000 chip mobo. The best bet would be the asus p8p67 ws revolution for $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131714

Anything more and you start having significant bandwidth issues with SB.

GPU wise, the folding guys can give you a better analysis of what GPU's to get, but in general, Nvidia GPU's are better at folding than ATI.

However, in terms of gaming, 2 6950's in Crossfire will give you equal performance to 2 GTX 570's in SLI for a lot less money.
Even more important is your resolution. With 2560 x1600 or 3 or more 1080p monitors, you'll benefit greatly from the increased ram on the ATI cards.
On the other hand, if you want CUDA or 3D you're stuck with Nvidia.
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If you are not using more than 1 monitor, stick with a 580. SLi/CF setups are not worth the hassle for a single monitor imo.
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Thanks for the info, i just realized that i do have access to 4 roughly similar monitors (a 23 inch, a 24 inch, a 21 inch, and possibly a 27 inch) so i am considering switching the graphics card over to ATI for eyefinity purposes, what do you guys think of that? I do think i want to keep it at a 2600k Thanks for the input once again! Any further motherboard recommendations would be appreciated
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Thanks for the info, i just realized that i do have access to 4 roughly similar monitors (a 23 inch, a 24 inch, a 21 inch, and possibly a 27 inch) so i am considering switching the graphics card over to ATI for eyefinity purposes, what do you guys think of that? I do think i want to keep it at a 2600k Thanks for the input once again! Any further motherboard recommendations would be appreciated
About how much are you willing to put in for a card? Are you looking to crossfire?

If you are wanting to crossfire I would go with this:

Or:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ech-_-14102925
If you want a single card go with:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...YTE-_-14125395
Also if you want a single card use this MoBo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...G-_-13-138-320
    
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