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lol, we'll see. i am definitly tempted.
So first orders are done:
MDPC (Nils around and kicking again thumb.gif )
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I decided to go with EK instead of koolance. They look better biggrin.gif
And Aquacomputer:
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Next up caselabs wheee.gif

$465 for shipping....ouch thumb.gif did you try this discount code "pcapex" for 5% off biggrin.gif not sure if it works anymore.
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Yea definitely look me up, I'm located in HK Island.. Lets do Lunch biggrin.gif I pm'd you my email...
Regarding the SB-E in HK, there's a huge waiting list also... I'm going to wait for all the first timers batch to clear first, in case there are bugs or what not, I just recently finished my "Hamster" build (P67 and SB 2500K) and I wan't to enjoy it a bit before tearing it apart... I am aiming for a Asus RIVE and currently indecisive between the 3960X or the 3930K, this will be my final iceing on the cake for my hamster build...
The other option is the Gigabyte Assassin line MB, price is not much higher then their top of the line UD7 and about the same as a RIVE, but comes with a onboard SB XIFI with nakamichi capacitors and Killer NIC...
Also the other problem I am foreseeing is I don't see Corsair 2133mhz DD3 ram available anymore, although I have 4 sticks of 2x2 GB, I would still be able to populate the quad channel, but I'd like to see 16GB on my 2011 instead of just 8GB, this will just allow me to run more multi threads and VMs without having to even look at the ram capping out..
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$465 for shipping....ouch thumb.gif did you try this discount code "pcapex" for 5% off biggrin.gif not sure if it works anymore.

Yeah, the shipping cost made me cry but it's still way cheaper than in Hong Kong.
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Next Tuesday biggrin.gif Italian and French wine thumb.gif
Yeah, the shipping cost made me cry but it's still way cheaper than in Hong Kong.

Yep sounds good to me, sent you an email with my contact info..

Looking at your shopping list, I can understand why it's so expensive for the shipping.. That's some heavy stuff you have in there, blocks, delrin, fittings.. it all adds up.. biggrin.gif
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Case: Case Labs M8 (I will add a list of accessories after order)

- Good biggrin.gif

CPU: Intel i7-3930K

- Good biggrin.gif

Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme received

- Good biggrin.gif

GPU: 3 x GTX580. I plan of re-using my sig GPU, MSI GTX580 Lightning but I don't know yet as it has a great air cooler and I plan of WCing everything. Plus I'd like to keep my sig rig around and it wouldn't work all that great without GPU

- EVGA classifieds, the ones that already come with the full cover block. 2nd best is those lightnings though. You can even sell TFIII coolers on them here on the marketplace I imagine. (if you WC them)

RAM: G.Skill RipJawsZ 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz received

- For this much dough, I would expect some faster RAM... get two dual channel kits rated 2000mhz+ @ CL7? not an issue if you don't wanna bench, but I don't buy anything unless I plan on benching it tongue.gif

HDD: 2 x 2TB WD caviar black in RAID1 - 240GB Vertex 3 for progs and OS

- can't complain. HDDs are expensive now. TBH I'd probably just run 4x 256GB fast SSDs in RAID 0. Then you can mirror it to an HDD for reliability. I realize that's a bit expensive, but you can afford it tongue.gif

PSU: Enermax Platimax 1500

- HCP-1200 is better. But you should get two Seasonic Platinum-1000W, to populate both of the PSU bays that M8 has.

Optical: BR from pioneer, I have been very lucky with them so far
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate or Win8 if it's out by the end of the build
Monitor: For now the ASUS in my sig rig


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Case: Case Labs M8 (I will add a list of accessories after order)

- Good biggrin.gif

Oh yeah rolleyes.gif
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CPU: Intel i7-3930K

- Good biggrin.gif

That's been changed to i73960x wink.gif
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Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme received

- Good biggrin.gif

Really nice MB indeed
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GPU: 3 x GTX580. I plan of re-using my sig GPU, MSI GTX580 Lightning but I don't know yet as it has a great air cooler and I plan of WCing everything. Plus I'd like to keep my sig rig around and it wouldn't work all that great without GPU
- EVGA classifieds, the ones that already come with the full cover block. 2nd best is those lightnings though. You can even sell TFIII coolers on them here on the marketplace I imagine. (if you WC them)

Dude you should really read a post before answering to it tongue.gif I already bought the water blocks for the GTX580 and the MSI lightning is not an nvidia standard card, therefor wcing is a no go.
EVGA is very difficult to find here, so I might go with gigabyte or ASUS. Doesn't really matter, both brands are solid.
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RAM: G.Skill RipJawsZ 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz received

- For this much dough, I would expect some faster RAM... get two dual channel kits rated 2000mhz+ @ CL7? not an issue if you don't wanna bench, but I don't buy anything unless I plan on benching it tongue.gif

Where did you find a 2000mhz+ kit with CL7? It doesn't exist rolleyes.gif And 1866Mhz is more than fast enough for an insane OC and won't affect any CPU benchmarks.
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- can't complain. HDDs are expensive now. TBH I'd probably just run 4x 256GB fast SSDs in RAID 0. Then you can mirror it to an HDD for reliability. I realize that's a bit expensive, but you can afford it tongue.gif

That's been changed, 2 x 128GB Crucial M4 in RAID0. 4 SSD in RAID 0 would be useless and wouldn't give me enough space anyhow. I need at least 3TB for data
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PSU: Enermax Platimax 1500

- HCP-1200 is better. But you should get two Seasonic Platinum-1000W, to populate both of the PSU bays that M8 has.

You really got to read the posts ... I plan on installing a RAD on the side on the PSU side, I'll loose one PSU bay. And the platimax is made by enermax, not seasonic. HCP-1200 is better: are you high? rolleyes.gif The platimax 1500W is the only 1500W PSU that's 80+ Platinum certified. This PSU is crazy expensive in the US and I wouldn't have bought it there but it's surprisingly cheap here for some reason. If I had gone with a 1200w I would have chosen the corsair ax1200 over the Antec any day of the week but that's personnal preference. Those corsair PSUs are rock solid.

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That's right, SBE hasn't been released in HK yet. I bought the MB on the mainland. I will likely have to buy the CPU in China too...
It's got to be the first time ever that something is available in China before Hong Kong.

Interesting, were they much cheaper there?? My border crossing permit expired...rolleyes.gif

Had a lovely warm winter holidays courtesy of work... hehe. Was originally on business. Thought it'll be the perfect opportunity to buy cheap hardware, initially shopping for everything to build my current SB-E system. Buying everything from Hong Kong meant I'd save at least 20% on costs due to no sales tax. Then there's money I'd saved from when the exchange rate was $16.25 for £1 - Kinda glad I saved some money back then. biggrin.gif

Sourcing the Asus RIVE mainboard was no problem, everyone had it in stock though prices did vary, eventually I got one from Mong Kok, only because those guys in Sham Shui Po wouldn't budge on the prices, after some lengthy bartering I ended up paying with HK$3300 cash... Good price?

Finding a source of processors took some work, couldn't find the 3930K no matter where I looked or asked. Everyone who had them were simply sold out!! ... Disappointed! mad.gifmad.gifmad.gif However I did find a source for the retail version of the 3960X without the crap cooler, made an offer for HK$8600 and he accepted. Actually the seller in Sham Shui Po offered me a choice of four units, supposedly different batches but they're all the same!! - suspected they're grey imports but that didn't matter, I'm exporting mine!!! Price wise, I got an awesome bargain but only due to the original exchange rate smile.gif Locally, my HK friend felt it to be rather expensive, though for me, it's was still cheaper then local UK prices. So that alone was a worthwhile investment right?! wink.gif

Originally planned on buying two 6990's only they were discontinued the week before mad.gif and those who had instant stock were store display models, other shops with stock wanted me to wait upwards of 3hrs!!! rolleyes.gif (I'm sure stores lose business for making customer wait!!). Since I'm there on business I didn't have time to mess about... Tossed the idea aside and settled for a pair of GTX 580's HK$7000 for both - Owes a mate a huge favor for that (under cost) LOL - things HK stores will do inorder to keep a returning customer happy!!! thumb.gif

Shopping for high speed ram in Hong Kong was a no go.. Not if the parameters was cheap and fast. Settled for Corsair Vengeance 16Gb 1600mhz (4x4GB pk) at HK$ 870. At the same time, purchased the awesome Corsair AX1200 PSU for a mere HK$2000 cash and the 120Gb OCZ Vertex 3 paid near retail for it.. but that's no biggie considering the savings made elsewhere.

Best buy : i7-3960X biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
Saved over four hundred notes, compared to local UK prices. Kinda wish I gotten all four units. rolleyes.gif
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The profit margins in HK are amazingly low and competitiveness of those PC hardware re-sellers is amazingly high, so I have heard and so that's what everyone is saying.. Supply and Demand I guess..

I myself am sitting on the sideline now thinking, if it will be worthwhile to upgrade from my P67 / 2500k platform to a 2011 / 3930k or 3960x.. I've always knew that the extreme line of processors were more for e-peen rights then point of reason, I',m not trying to break any benchmark records either.. At a price range of $3K for the board and talking about $8K for the extreme and if I remember right, the 3930k was listed at $4xxx.. At that price and if I really required that much muscle for my rig, I'd prefer to just go all out and go for a upcoming SR-X with dual 2011 xeons.
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The profit margins in HK are amazingly low and competitiveness of those PC hardware re-sellers is amazingly high, so I have heard and so that's what everyone is saying.. Supply and Demand I guess..
I myself am sitting on the sideline now thinking, if it will be worthwhile to upgrade from my P67 / 2500k platform to a 2011 / 3930k or 3960x.. I've always knew that the extreme line of processors were more for e-peen rights then point of reason, I',m not trying to break any benchmark records either.. At a price range of $3K for the board and talking about $8K for the extreme and if I remember right, the 3930k was listed at $4xxx.. At that price and if I really required that much muscle for my rig, I'd prefer to just go all out and go for a upcoming SR-X with dual 2011 xeons.

Ultimately it'll depend on you, your actual requirements and does the budget allows for it? Personally as a gaming rig, I think your current system is as good as any. However if you're more like me who's gonna me crunching numbers near 24/7, then the extreme might be a better option provided your applications will use all twelve threads.

Myself, well.... I'm always hungry for more power. Rendering HD content on my 2008 MacPro wasn't lightening fast, even with 24GB of RAM and fast RAID but it did the job. However everyday returning home after experiencing the awesome processing power that my work place has with it's real-time rendering farm made my home system feel more like a analogue watch in a digital age. mad.gif Wish I can have a mufti-system rendering farm in house, that would be so damn awesome!! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
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BTW....

I wouldn't mind making this SB-E rig into a water cooled system... My biggest though is, will upgrading to a completely water-cooled system make it any quieter?
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rendering farm made my home system feel more like a analogue watch in a digital age.

I have seen some farms in my time, imagine 200 tesla crunching away... Put that in your home and can you imagine the power bill ? thumb.gif

Not to mention how many times it'll trip your circuit breaker as most homes dont carry anywhere near the amperage that is available to a commercial facility.
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BTW....
I wouldn't mind making this SB-E rig into a water cooled system... My biggest though is, will upgrading to a completely water-cooled system make it any quieter?

well from my personal experience, going quiet and cool then you'd have to go BIG, depending on your heatdump, if you are cooling multiple 580's and a xtreme CPU, then you'd probably need at least 3x 360 in a double wide case..

low rpm fans + a insane amount of radiator surface area = super quiet and a low delta..

I did a sort of "evolution project" from reference to "water cooled out the box" to "full custom loop"... in my sig.. If you read that, you'll see the huge difference between high RPM and low RPM, 360*5 to 360*12.. huge difference..

My end result at the moment is my power supply is so bloody noisy when under load, figuring out how to deal with that.. rolleyes.gif other then that, everything is gravy...
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