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Heloo friends! In the 5 months I've been on this forum I have learned more than I had in the past year, so cheers to you guys. Well, I caught the building bug, and am selling my sandy build (see below) on eBay. I'm looking at getting about $3000 for it (inb4 that's too much) and am planning my next build. So right now I've got some choices to make. Ivy Bridge or SB-E, FTW Classified 4gb GTX 680s vs reference 7970s with waterblocks, case, color scheme, storage, and sound card. I'm open to suggestion because you are the most helpful crowd on earth when it comes to computers.

P.S. I do a healthy mix of everything on my computer i.e. Music (Classic Rock), gaming (BF3, Skyrim) Video editing (Mainly Sony Vegas Pro), and I dabble in Photoshop. Other than that Google Chrome for about 50% of the time
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I just was writing a whole block of text...for about 20 min., but then the page accidentally refreshed itself...oh lawd. It's 3:31 am, I'm srry dude, I'll post later if needed tongue.gif what I do recall saying is: lovely budget smile.gif I even had trouble thinkering about what kind of advice would be of greater value to you since I never had to cope with such an enormous budget redface.gif. Good luck, and just ask if you still want my opinion on things...i'm just too pissed off right now xD after losing all that text..
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I just was writing a whole block of text...for about 20 min., but then the page accidentally refreshed itself...oh lawd. It's 3:31 am, I'm srry dude, I'll post later if needed tongue.gif what I do recall saying is: lovely budget smile.gif I even had trouble thinkering about what kind of advice would be of greater value to you since I never had to cope with such an enormous budget redface.gif. Good luck, and just ask if you still want my opinion on things...i'm just too pissed off right now xD after losing all that text..

Thanks man, sucks that that happened! Problem is with such a massive budget, that I don't want to get carried away like I did with my current build.
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Catleap 2560x1440p 1050w Seasonic Caselabs M8 Creative Recon3D 
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120gb Corsair Force GT 
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Intel i7-2600k @ 4.62GHz Asrock Professional 3 Gen 3 Z68 2 Sapphire Radeon 7970's 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 MHz 
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1 TB WD Caviar Black Samsung Blu-ray Combo Drive XSPC RX240 Watercooling kit. Windows 7 64 bit 
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120gb Corsair Force GT 
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Intel i7-2600k @ 4.62GHz Asrock Professional 3 Gen 3 Z68 2 Sapphire Radeon 7970's 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1 TB WD Caviar Black Samsung Blu-ray Combo Drive XSPC RX240 Watercooling kit. Windows 7 64 bit 
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Get a SB-E and 2 680's IMO.
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ok let's have a look here, not many people helping on this thread..which is pretty weird for ocn tongue.gif.

  • CPU: waiting for ivy bridge will probably be very rewarding for now, though the prices will be pretty painful tongue.gif I've never liked the SB-E, since they don't seem to be able to surpass the second gen K-series...like your i7-2600k. They also draw more power, they're bigger for some reason...ah well tongue.gif
  • GPU: the gtx680's is a GREAT choice. They draw less power, they're a bit smaller, they've got great clock speeds. It tramples on the 7970 like it's nothing imo... Though, if you don't like waiting for the 4Gb versions, a temporary crossfire 7970 solution might be welcome too.
  • mobo: an asus xtreme series board would definitely fit this kind of build, unless you're going for a certain color scheme
  • the rest: why I call this the rest? pretty obvious:
    • you're going for watercooling + you haz crazy budget, so that's pretty high-end on its own and together with those gpu's, it just begs you for a +1000W psu (any 80+ Gold psu will do a great job: corsair, silverstone, sea sonic, I've also seen nice color scheme centered builds with cougar psu's, get one that pleases you the most wink.gif.
    • Search for a really good watercooling case. You could go with the typical ones like the obsidian/graphite series from corsair, the HAF series from cm, the silverstone big tower cases, they all should fit your needs.
    • Fan controllers and fans can't be a hard choice, but I recommend CM's sickle flow fans, they're really quiet with good airflow! (not sure whether they're good for rads). I can't tell you much about watercooling since I never did a watercooling build myself, there's plenty of people around here that will be able to help you smile.gif
    • ram: g.skill and corsair are your best friends biggrin.gif, 16gis wouldn't hurt when doing some video editing.

I know I kept my reply really short this time. I can only give you an idea of what I would do when building such a rig. I'm describing a very very very high-end build here. I hope I'm not the one being taken away by the budget, but I wouldn't know what else since you've already got such an awesome build o: . If you're aiming higher than your current build, I'm afraid the only stuff higher than yours is the most recent tech tongue.gif lol
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[CM] R4-L2R-20AC-GP blue LED (3x) [Case fans] [Zalman] ZM-MFC1 Plus [Fan controller] Windows 10 Pro [Acer] GR235Hbmii & [Medion] Life P12037 (MD 21... 
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[Ducky] Shine 3 DK9008, MX Brown, white LED [Corsair] AX850 [Corsair] Obsidian 650D [Logitech] MX Master 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
[SteelSeries] QcK mini Creative Integrated 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5-660 @ 3.33Ghz [Gigabyte] GA-Q57M-S2H [EVGA] GTX560ti 2048Mb  [Samsung] 4GB (2x2GB) CL9 1333Mhz 
RAMOptical DriveCoolingCooling
[Corsair] 4GB (2x2GB) CL9 1333Mhz [Asus] BC-12B1ST (blu-ray) [Antec] 4x TriCool fans (140mm) [Corsair] stock fan (120mm) 
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[Antec] Three Hundred integrated [OCZ] Vertex 3 120GB 
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[Intel] i5-3210m @ 2.5Ghz [Lenovo] Intel Ivy Bridge chipset [Intel] HD 4000 [Samsung] 1600Mhz 8Gb (2x4) PC12800-CL11 
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[Toshiba] 500Gb 7200rpm [WD] MyPassport 500Gb 5400rpm usb3.0 [LG] HL-DT-ST GT50N DVD+-RW [Lenovo] stock cooling 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] Spinpoint F3 1TB [Seagate] 7200.10 2x320GB [RAID0] [Noctua] NH-D14 [CPU cooler] [MSI] Twin Frozr III [GPU cooler] 
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
[Ducky] Shine 3 DK9008, MX Brown, white LED [Corsair] AX850 [Corsair] Obsidian 650D [Logitech] MX Master 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
[SteelSeries] QcK mini Creative Integrated 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5-660 @ 3.33Ghz [Gigabyte] GA-Q57M-S2H [EVGA] GTX560ti 2048Mb  [Samsung] 4GB (2x2GB) CL9 1333Mhz 
RAMOptical DriveCoolingCooling
[Corsair] 4GB (2x2GB) CL9 1333Mhz [Asus] BC-12B1ST (blu-ray) [Antec] 4x TriCool fans (140mm) [Corsair] stock fan (120mm) 
OSMonitorMonitorPower
Windows 8.1 Pro [Panasonic] Viera [Acer] p221w 22" [Corsair] TX550M 
CaseAudioOther
[Antec] Three Hundred integrated [OCZ] Vertex 3 120GB 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5-3210m @ 2.5Ghz [Lenovo] Intel Ivy Bridge chipset [Intel] HD 4000 [Samsung] 1600Mhz 8Gb (2x4) PC12800-CL11 
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[Toshiba] 500Gb 7200rpm [WD] MyPassport 500Gb 5400rpm usb3.0 [LG] HL-DT-ST GT50N DVD+-RW [Lenovo] stock cooling 
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