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That Phanteks is a good HSF and Samsung's RAM is pretty fantastic. Good call on getting a sweet monitor to combine the extravagant budget.

Have you considered a fan controller? That + some aftermarket fans on his case might up the "cool" factor for him without significantly increasing the cost. A CLC/AIO (e.g. H80i, Eisenberg, etc.) might do that for 'em too, but you know him better than we do.

Definitely snag a quality sound card, with that kind of budget. Make sure to get him a good set of headphones to go with it, or he'll be wasting its potential! I really like my Fiios E7, and couldn't tell the difference between that (on FLAC, with AD-700's; I ain't rich) and an Asus DX.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by AndyM95 View Post

But running two 7970s at x8/x8 PCIe 3.0 will only limit performance a couple of percent if at all, right?

I've seen tests that show it hampers it up to 5% on higher resolutions. I recommend 2011 for two reasons though. First, it's best for tri-fire setups and if your friend runs Eyefinitiy in the future, a third GPU helps smooth gameplay more. Second, I'm assuming that your friend will not only use the two 7970s for the life of the build. Most people who buy systems like that hold onto it for years and swap out the video cards a few times. Future cards should see a bigger performance gain from running in x16/x16 than current gen cards. So it's a move to, as much as I despise the phrase, "future-proof" a little since it will give better future performance.
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I just built this rig and I love it!

If I had the money I'd go with the previous suggestions as well as 3 x 27inch 120Hz monitors, as long as your friend has the desk space. thumb.gif Would that require Tri-fire?
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The 3820 is great for people who want the extra PCIe lanes of 2011 at a similar price to the 3770k, but don't want to pay the premium for a 3930k. If OP's friend can fit the 3930k into the budget, go for it, but you buy 2011 for the PCIe 3.0 lanes.
Yes, especially if you play at higher resolutions or across multiple monitors. LGA 2011 allows you to run the cards at x16/x16 PCIe 3.0 while you're only running at x8/x8 PCIe 3.0 with 1155. The boards which do allow you to run at x16/x16 do so through the use of a PLX chip that adds latency.

I just read an interesting article about that! http://www.anandtech.com/show/6170/four-multigpu-z77-boards-from-280350-plx-pex-8747-featuring-gigabyte-asrock-ecs-and-evga
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