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Well I'm planning to build a new PC that is on the high-end of the scale (imo) with my budget capped at about $10k. Looking for a critique of chosen components and any suggestions. I've put plenty of low-mid budget systems together for friends and upgraded lots of systems, but this is the first one I've actually done for myself and first that has a budget this high.

So here we go:

OS - Windows 7 Ultimate I own a couple of unused Legally purchased copies that were supposed to go in friends' systems that never came to fruition so I kept the OS's for future use

Case - HAF X (replacing all of the stock fans with Blue LED fans and adding in the optional top fan and the 80mm fan for the VGA bracket...I might leave the front Red LED fan for a bit of variation as those are my two favorite colors, but will have a backup blue one if I don't like it)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

Motherboard - ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131390

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231359

CPU - Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.46GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115079

CPU Fan and Heatsink - Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

GPU - 3x ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB for Tri-Crossfire Setup (will unlock to 6970 BIOS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121431

Power Supply - ENERMAX MAXREVO Series EMR1350EWT 1350W ATX12V / EPS12V v2.92, v2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194092

SSD - Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G3B5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167048

HDD - 4x Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148506

Card Reader - Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820223103

DVD Burner - LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

Blue Ray Burner - LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106369

Sound Card - Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102021

Speakers - Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121050

Keyboard - Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053

Mouse - Tt eSports MO-BLE001DT Black 9 Buttons USB Wired Laser 6500 dpi Element Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826254012

Monitors - 6x ASUS PA Series PA238Q Black 23"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236201

Monitor Stand - Super Hex Monitor Stand holds up to 6 26" Monitors
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Super-Hex-Monitor-Stand-Monitors/dp/B0036Q30HK"]http://www.amazon.com/Super-Hex-Monitor-Stand-Monitors/dp/B0036Q30HK[/ame]

UPS - Tripp Lite SU2200RTXL2UA Smart Online 2200 VA 1600 Watts 7 Outlets 2U Rackmount Extended Runtime UPS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842111065

Printer - I already own a HP Color Laserjet

Water Cooling - Not sure if it will be needed or not with the HAF X case and I don't really know much about setting the cooling system up, so I'm still researching that and will determine if it's needed and what to do once the system is built and running

Fan Controller - Would like to put a nice touchscreen fan controller in as well, but most of the ones I've seen don't have great reviews so still looking around for that and might just go with a non-touchscreen

TV Tuner - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface (Haven't decided if I'm going to incorporate this or not)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116036

RAID Controller - Haven't decided how to add it in and which to get yet

I may end up needing a riser card and if so I will add a couple more things. Any thoughts, suggestions, criticisms welcomed. This will be a multi-use computer for gaming, video/picture editing, movies, music, and general use. I'm going this route simply because I can and have been wanting a setup similar to this for a while.
Edited by maakshif - 8/17/11 at 7:43pm
post #2 of 13
Your setup will be awesome once it's built. The only thing I would recommend is that if you have $10k, might as well get an SSD that's bigger than 80GB. Maybe get a 256GB Crucial so that you can fit games and some other stuff on there (I know the performance difference is marginal vs HDD, but why not with $10k?).

Other than that.... drool.gif
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Originally Posted by Zzari;14621695 
Your setup will be awesome once it's built. The only thing I would recommend is that if you have $10k, might as well get an SSD that's bigger than 80GB. Maybe get a 256GB Crucial so that you can fit games and some other stuff on there (I know the performance difference is marginal vs HDD, but why not with $10k?).

Other than that.... drool.gif

Thanks. I have thought about swapping that out for the Intel 510 Series 250GB SSD for that very purpose and that might be the way I go.
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I would seriously consider water cooling such a beast. Have you considered running two 6990's? A large SSD for a boot drive, plus the odd game seems only appropriate for this machine as well.
You could post this list to the DangerDen forums and ask for suggestions.

Ienvy the rig, but not getting 6 monitors mounted.
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I'll definitely check out Danger Den and look more into adding water cooling. I would absolutely run two 6990's if MST hubs ever get released. Right now the only 6 port HD 6000 series cards out are the Asus 6950 and 6970 and the 6970 is sold out everywhere right now, at least the places I've checked.

I'm actually thinking of changing my monitors to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001429

I don't like the price of them and can clearly do a custom setup much cheaper, but the bezel on those monitors are amazing and if I'm going big on the system might as well got big on the monitor setup biggrin.gif. That's still to be determined though.

This is actually going to be a build that is put together over several months. I have all the money plus a little extra put away, but the wife has put a monthly cap on me which I'm going to hopefully have time to take advantage of to custom paint the case and plan some mods to while gathering all the parts. I'm in awe and extremely intrigued reading through the Case Mod worklogs.
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If you have 10k then I really wouldn't get an LGA 1366 based build. This is just my opinion, but if possible, wait till LGA 2011. If not, then I think with 10k you should be able to build a dual xeon system.
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I don't think a dual Xeon build is what I'm looking for. It's not that great for crossfire, plus I wouldn't be able to overclock.

I have thought about waiting for LGA 2011, but I've been planning this so long and ready to get it built, I dunno if I can wait that out, but on the flip side I've been waiting so long, it's not going to kill me to wait a little longer.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by maakshif;14636642 
I don't think a dual Xeon build is what I'm looking for. It's not that great for crossfire, plus I wouldn't be able to overclock.

I have thought about waiting for LGA 2011, but I've been planning this so long and ready to get it built, I dunno if I can wait that out, but on the flip side I've been waiting so long, it's not going to kill me to wait a little longer.

The problem with waiting is that there's always something new right around the corner. Whether it's CPU, GPU, Chipset, SSD, etc...there's always something that you could wait for.

If you've been waiting a while and want to upgrade now, then do it. If you want to wait for LGA 2011, then do it. Either way you can't go wrong - they're both going to be awesome for the foreseeable future.
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While an awsome rig it is i cant help but think to myself, if this was me i would not blow 10k on 1366 hardware when i knew that intel were soon to be releasing the new enthusiast x79 socket 2011 platform. which would blow this out of the water for the same price if not less
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Well I have decided to hold off and see what comes out over the next few months. If there is a motherboard that is released similar to the Rampage III Extreme Black Edition then I'll definitely be upgrading. Another thing I'm waiting on to see if it ever gets released are MST Hubs or Displayport 1.2 Monitors and I want to see if the new generation graphics cards get released and what they bring to the table. Also want to see if the make any other Eyefinity 6 cards, hoping they make some 6990's with 6 displayports biggrin.gif.

I'm going to be sticking with the HAF X Blue Edition case, DVD and Blue-Ray drives, card reader, sound card, speakers, UPS, keyboard, and mouse that I initially listed. I'm going to swap the monitors for the Samsung MD230x6 (expensive but I love the ultra-thin bezel and they look good), going with Corsair AX1200 for power supply, 256GB Samsung 470 Series SSD, and 4x 1TB Samsung F3R HDD.
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