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Don't question my sanity, it's for my son and he deserves it. This is intended to be a surprise so I can't exactly discuss it with him, but I'm pretty sure that he won't be disappointed.

Here's the new stuff that's planned:
EVGA SR-2 Motherboard & (2) Intel 5680 Xeon CPU's
OCZ 250 gb SATA II SSD w/ 128 mb Cache
6 x 2 gb Mushkin RAM, (4) EVGA 480 GTX GPU's
2 x Mushkin Joule 1200w. PSU's, Creative Labs X-Fi S/C & a Plextor 5-way BluRay

I have an old PC Power & Cooling tower that I'm going to try and use (plain vanilla, albeit steel, quite heavy and large) along with some other sundry drives, mem readers, I/O panels and controls. The tower was previously set up with a remote water cooling system that will also be updated and used with Koolance water blocks for the CPU's and GPU's.

The old water cooling system used an aquarium chiller that was overkill at the time, but now I'm thinking of doubling the set-up to isolate the CPU coolant loop from the GPU's.

I also have 4 x 300 gb W.D. VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm H.D.'s that were previously in another system in a RAID array that I had thought of adding, but I think I'll wait until my son gets a look at this and then let him decide how much and what kind of additional storage he'd prefer.

Most of the inspiration for this comes from Truby's rig, featured on another site and in his own YouTube vids, but my major departure from his is in the case mods (this has none to speak of) and cooling (he uses a full on Koolance remote system with fans and this will be remote but using chillers).

The original budget was $5k, and of course that got torched back when I decided on the SR-2 platform. So now the goal is to keep it under $8k, which seems a little more realistic. I'm also hoping that economically challenged resellers might do some more price cutting while I hem and haw to the last moment waiting to see if Intel will offer an unlocked version of the CPU's. Mr. Murphy says that if they do it won't be until the day after I place my order of course.

My son is studying game design and programming, does some web design work and of course loves to play games as well. He also helps me with some CAD/CAM programing for a CNC that I built for my shop. I know that he's also got a nice DSLR and video cam that he works with, but to what extent his new computer is important to his use and enjoyment of those things I do not not know.

Anybody with a crystal ball have an idea how long we might expect this rig to remain relevant? Between Groves and Gates I realize things can change rapidly, but I'd feel a lot more comfortable with the expense if I knew that it would last him for at least the next three or four years without becoming obsolete. Any suggestions (other than seeking psychiatric help) are welcome.

Oh yeah...my next project is probably going to be a 50KW solar power station in the back yard to power this thing.
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post #2 of 69
wow...


Anyway back on topic, if it is going to be a workstation, I really don't know if it will last four years. For gaming it definitely will not be obsolete though.
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nice father you are?
Edited by reflex99 - 11/7/10 at 10:28pm
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So dad, what are you getting me for my birthday?

You may want to avoid that case, though. I'm not even sure if it can hold the motherboard, or the two power supplies.

If you really want to be a hilarious, cruel, then amazing dad:
Get a really old, beige tower case. Mod it to fit the SR-2 and everything inside.

Then, for his birthday, present him with the computer, along with a 13" CRT monitor.

When he looks all sad that you got him a PoS, you have him load up CPU-Z, then you take off the side of the case and WHAM!

... then you get a real case.

Trust me, this system is going to last him for YEARS. If it doesn't last 5+ years, I'll be amazed and personally "pay" for a "new" system "for" him"." Aren't quotat"ion" marks fun?
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Honestly, I'd love that system if I was your son, but if you plan on spending that kind of money on a system right now, why not wait for the 580s?
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Honestly, I'd love that system if I was your son, but if you plan on spending that kind of money on a system right now, why not wait for the 580s?
this, From what it looks like, they are going to be quieter and cooler
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Four way SLI? You sure about that?
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Four way SLI? You sure about that?
Oh, and dont forget a physx card!
This is pretty similar
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Ummm... wow............................................... ............
I wonder what your son did to deserve that. Anyway, thats like the best rig you can currently have. I would though wait for the gtx 580s.
    
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Wow. That will last at least 3-5 years. Probably even longer. look how long the socket 775 is lasting.
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