hi i'm new here been reading alot and put these components down after researching for 2 weeks. Unlimited budget rig but going into overclocking litlle by little
pc 2700k build
motherboard: Asus maximus iv extreme-z this is still not pcie 3.0 but i heard it might upgrade after a bios change? Is this true? Plus ivy bridge compatibility ofcourse on the website they don't state these. I'm ok with buying a new board if ivy bridge is worth it in the future... I heard this is the best board for overclocking for the mean time.
Cpu: 2700k 3.5ghz i7
2500k is all you will need for gaming, a nice 4.5ghz + should be sufficient for upto 580sli/590/6990, tri-sli/xfire or quad would require a higherclocked cpu 5ghz+
ram: Mushkin redline 2133 16gb 4x4 2133mhz
populating all 4 ram slots would hinder your ocability, i would settle for 8gb as even that would hardly get used
hard disk 1 crucial m4 128gb sata 3
nice choice, this is a very solid ssd
hard disk 2 2tb sata 3 black caviar
the price of hdd's atm is sky-high, unless you can find a great deal, settle for a 1gb wd black, or samsung f3 1tb and purchase more storage when the prices come back down.
sound card: Fatality champion by sound blaster or any other suggestions since i'm gonna connect this to a really high end home theater receiver pioneer sc-37. Will this output 7.1 through the optical cable?
not up on sound cards, usb gaming headset
Case: Haf x
will definately provide good air-flow for an "on-air" build, but there are other cases more suited for water cooling where you heading in that direction, say a 800d or tj07
psu silverstone 1500w
silverstone psu's are good, make sure you go with a 80+ silver or greater when purchasing though, there is also no need for a 1500w psu unless quad-sli 580's were on the cards, with just 2x 580's and all your peripherals, an 850w 80+ silver would be adequate
cpu cooler h100 or top custom waterloop with apogee cpu block, 4*140 rads, dual 655 pump. (since the custom waterloop would cost as much as a single phase change cooler do you think i should practice ocing with the h100 first then switch to phase change later? And can phase change setups run 24/7 there isn't a lot of material on the subject in google and articles here date back to 2009...)
i would go with a xspc rasa 750 rs360 instead of the h100, im sure it can be had in the us for around the same price (as the linked item is in aud) and it will provide much better temps then the fully enclosed corsair unit.
gpu cooler: Water loop or if i can find a way to freeze everything i would.
if going with gpu cooling as well, i would suggest a full custom loop
dvd writer plextor 24x
video card radeon 6990 4gb or 590 gtx 3gb or 580 gtx 3gb, which one should i get? I keep on reading articles that radeons crossfire architecture has improved and can beat sli by 50%...but loses in single gpu benchmarks... So i'm more inclined to go for radeon since quad gpu's would be in my end build when games start to catch up.
i would suggest sli 580 3gb's, should you consider extreme gaming at triple-wide gaming resolutions, the vram is a definate benefit, as well as the 580's being very powerful cards, although new architecture is on the way, in the form of amd's 79xx series, and nvidia's kelper i.e: 6xx etc)
custom waterloop setup which will cost as much as a homemade single phase setup.
Cpu block swiftech apogee
radiator 4 x 140mm
will the dual pumps be able to push water across 3x (4x 140mm) rads?
Will i be able to get to 5.5ghz or maybe just going straight to phase change is cheaper?
Can i phase change my gpus also? Or do i need a waterloop as well for the gpus, chipset, memory etc?
in-experienced in custom loops, and would be of no help in this section! :d
i have an unlimited budget but i want a bang for the buck. Kinda hoping i could get to the lower 5+ ghz with the h100... Then i wouldn't need to go the extra mile in a few months...