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Is it me, or have we been seeing extremely high budgets recently. Did everyone suddenly get promotions? lolol
Yea that's what I have been thinking too, some really high budgets these days but if you got it why not spend it you only gonna die and leave it behind...
post #22 of 64
Get yourself a good 128gb ssd and it will seem just as fast from a functional standpoint.

You don't need 3 video cards, get 2 gtx 580's and an i7 2600k. Go for a solid z68 motherboard and you'll be fine. Spend anything extra on a nice custom watercooling loop, it will keep your machine running cool and allow plenty of room for nice overclocks to your gpu's and cpu.
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Yea that's what I have been thinking too, some really high budgets these days but if you got it why not spend it you only gonna die and leave it behind...

(not referring to the op of this thread)
Most people that post threads like this are exagerrating there actual budget and plans. I mean who buys 3 580's for a single monitor? And all those "I may go sr2" threads. cmon now.

Pics or it didn't happen. Thats all I have to say.
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Hello everyone. Thanks for all the replies. As i stated in the original post, I wanted a motherboard that was capable of sli 3 580s (something I would consider down the line if necessary). From the replies, it seems everyone is in agreement that a larger ssd would be better than raid 0 on 2 smaller ssds.

Rob/Alice - As this is my first build, water cooling seems very ambitious for me. A maintenance free setup like rob mentioned is appealing.

Epitope- For the audio I have not decided on speaker/headphone choice yet. I own a 5.1 klipsch system with a receiver that I am considering disconnecting from my tv. I'm also considering M-audio AV40s or a Psyko headset. I know very little about pc audio cards and was wondering what most people use as it does not seem to be as commonly discussed as say GPU selection.
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i would go for i5 2500k, gaming does not use hyperthreading. Use the extra $100 for porn.
lol
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Hello everyone. Thanks for all the replies. As i stated in the original post, I wanted a motherboard that was capable of sli 3 580s (something I would consider down the line if necessary). From the replies, it seems everyone is in agreement that a larger ssd would be better than raid 0 on 2 smaller ssds.

Rob/Alice - As this is my first build, water cooling seems very ambitious for me. A maintenance free setup like rob mentioned is appealing.

Epitope- For the audio I have not decided on speaker/headphone choice yet. I own a 5.1 klipsch system with a receiver that I am considering disconnecting from my tv. I'm also considering M-audio AV40s or a Psyko headset. I know very little about pc audio cards and was wondering what most people use as it does not seem to be as commonly discussed as say GPU selection.
If you are getting a sandy bridge cpu, there is no reason for any type of water cooling. Thus, you can save money buy not getting the corsair series cooler. I strongly suggest a good air cooler like the d14 or silver arrow which will perform better than any corsair hydro series with similar fans. Alot of people like the corsair hydro coolers, but performance/noise wise your better with air.

Im sure someone will come on here and argue the h100 outperforms the d14. Keep in mind the h100 has 2500rpm fans, and the d14 has 1300rpm fans.
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$3000 rig and you're going to use an HX1000? That's argueably the worst psu ever released by Corsair, I'd say an Antec HCP 1200 is in order as it's basically the best PSU we currently can get.
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post #28 of 64
For your budget I would do something like this-


For lasting performance I think Samsung's SSD line is excellent,which is why I chose that brand.I would rec. the 850w TT PSU instead of the 1200w,but since you think you might add another GTX580 I allowed for that.
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post #29 of 64
Why do u need a dedicated sound card??
These days most of the top of the line graphic cards supports all various types of dolby formats and sounds.
post #30 of 64
guys, don't be so damn cheap.

i'd go the 6970 route myself, 2 tops.
as far as the ssd goes, make sure the read write times are 500mb/s +
don't really need watercooling on sandybridge imo, just a good air cooler.
i like the 800D, stick with it. great case, a lot of expandability.
as far as a sound card goes, im loving my xonar essence stx with sennheiser pc360s.
the ax1200 is a good choice.
    
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