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post #11 of 81
Ya, get rid of the SB-E CPU. IvyBridge i7s match it and trades blows in highly threaded apps. Get another 690. Go with a SeaSonic PSU. A 1kW should be plenty. Do NOT get the H100. It's a stupid high failure rate. I suggest either one of these HSF. Phanteks & Noctua. Samsung makes some RAM that overclocks like nuts and is a better buy than the Gskill. Heat spreaders on RAM actually hindered their performance now. I also agree that there is no reason to have Win7 Ultimate. Hell, he'll probably be just fine on Home Premium unless he really need domain support. I doubt it though.

And for the love of God, show him some newer, more stylish cases for this kind of rig. That case is 2007 old.
I'm a fan of these cases! (I'm only suggesting cases that I have seen and worked with before. These are cases I use for customer builds)

Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Arctic White
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green
Corsair Graphite Series 600T White
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black
Corsair Carbide Series 300R
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SilverStone RAVEN RV03B
Antec Eleven Hundred

Have fun! These kinds of builds are always awesome!thumb.gif
    
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post #12 of 81
I'd say go 2x680 instead of the 690. It's also sexier that way! biggrin.gif¨

EDIT: Get a 256GB SSD with the money you spare from buying a 3570K instead of the 3960X. You really don't need that.

And if the budget allows it, go full water loop? Instead of a H100.

Oh yeah, and you might as well go 1TB HDD instead of a 500GB too. They're not really that expensive, when looking at the budget you're standing with.
Edited by OkanG - 9/6/12 at 7:03am
 
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post #13 of 81
I would try to convince your friend that going with the 3770k and 3-680s is a better investment than lga2011 and a single 690.
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What resolution will they be playing at?

This kind of needs to get answered. anything more than a single 680 is overkill for any single screen (even 1600p) @ 60 Hz
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post #15 of 81
Save yer money and build a decent 1500$ Rig.

Your paying an extra 2k for components that either just came out and are new... or are "Extreme Editions" that dont offer an 800$ perfomance increase.

Save yer money dont be silly! rolleyes.gif
     
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post #16 of 81
Are you only using a single 500GB Hard drive? And a Seagate?!?

Get a single Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black.
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post #17 of 81
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Made a few changes, added the hard drive and ssd, changed the OS to win7 pro
and all the gtx690s are limit 1 per customer right now on newegg and he seems to really want the i7 extreme

But why does he want the extreme edition...epeen??

It will seriously do NOTHING more than a standard i7 Ivy bridge in terms of gaming...You will notice ZERO difference.

Now if he will be using this rig to fold while not gaming...or some serious photo/video editing, then that is a different story...
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post #18 of 81
I think he should keep that SB- E CPU but get 3930K to save some cash , especially if you're planning on quad SLI with two 690's.
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post #19 of 81
Change the case! Goodness, that thing is ancient.

Get something much better like a NZXT Switch 810 or something. You could change the CPU, and get a awesome case, and a full blown water loop with a 480mm Rad.
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post #20 of 81
Get the 3930k. And go full water. No point to get the 3960x. And if you go water take 2x7970.
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