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Hey all. Sorry to post this here but I couldn't quite find what exactly would fit this thread...

I'm using a 4 year old Dell XPS that overheats in SC2... it's quite sad. I'm looking at putting together a brand new PC to fill out my signature here and I've come up with some creative ideas. I've got a budget of about $5,000 and I plan on spending just about exactly that on this PC.

Unfortunately, I have very specific needs when it comes to this but would like some advice on my current design. If you have some time please feel free to read through this and provide some help. I would really appreciate anything.

Case: Thermaltake Level 10 - $699.99 - Just looks like an overall great case. No bad reviews as of it and I wouldn't have to worry about anything not fitting. QUESTION HERE: Is it possible to watercool this beast? I've read some things about it but apparently it may not even be worth it since it's somewhat decently cooled.

GPU: ASUS ENGTX580 x 2 - $524.99 x 2 - Don't wanna hold out for the 595s since they just don't look like they'll be worth the hype. I could be wrong, but that's where someone could convince me. Either way, I've somewhat made up my mind here. QUESTION HERE: Do motherboards support 4 way SLI?

Sound: ASUS Xonar Essence ST - $209.99 - Looks like the best. Has the technology. Any suggestions here? Mainly used for gaming and guitar.

Power: Corsair AX1200 - $279.99 - Some reviews said it was loud. Was going to take my chances with it until I came across this website. Definitely has the power for what I'm looking for though. Hopefully it'll fit in the case.

SDRAM: 12GB Corsair Dominator GT 2000mhz (3x4GB) - $349.99 - I was going to go with the 2133mhz or even the brand new higher clocked ones but the current motherboard didn't support that much. The price seems decent.

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Extreme - $379.99 - This was my originally pick until I came across the SR-2. Any thoughts here?

Optical: LITE-ON iHBS212 LightScribe - $129.99 - Seems like one of the top Blu-Ray players for the money. Anyone have thoughts on this?

Storage: OCZ IBIS OCZ3HSD1IBS1 240GB - $699.99 - I mainly would use this computer for gaming/computing (ie: Photoshop) and 240GB is more than enough for me. I have a laptop and an external hard drive that I would keep for storage so speed is a necessity and I would like the best SSD so help here would be great.

Monitor: I was waiting for the Viewsonic V3D or the ASUS Designo ML VG236 to be released as it would definitely cover my gaming needs. But if they aren't released within the next month then I will probably pick up an ASUS VG236H for $499.99...sad.

CPU: Intel 980x/990x - $1000 - Any news on when the 990x will be released? I understand the difference is minimal, but if I am planning on a recent build and the 990x should be out soon for the same price as the 980x, I might as well wait, right?

Total for the computer alone currently comes out to around $4799.90 disregarding a monitor. Willing to put in another couple hundred for a better motherboard or whatnot depending on what you all say. Watercooling would be a great investment in my opinion but I am really not looking to "maintain" this as much as I would like to use it.

Sorry for the freakin' 5 page essay but I appreciate anyone who read it and would also be grateful for any help .

Thanks all!!
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Stay away from the level 10.....
Get a Lian Li or a silverstone case (The TJ07 if you want to watercool). Theres the Corsair 800d though only get that if ur going to watercool for sure.

Dont get an I7, instead go Sandybridge.
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You should realize the i7 2600k processor is probably going to be a better gaming choice than the i7 980x, and it's a lower price to boot. You can redirect that saved money into other things. That will be $700 saved on the processor which can go directly into the below mentioned suggestion:

Sound: If I were spending that much, I'd be buying an external receiver and running lossless audio (via HDMI) to a receiver. I'd then get a couple $300 each bookshelf speakers. Receiver would cost about $400-$600 to get great quality sound. But if you want to go with a simple sound card that works.
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Armorsuit, ARMORSUIT, GET ITTTTTT

Also, get Sandy Bridge, specifically i7 2600k, they're unlockable stuff and you WILL destroy the i7 980x and from what I've heard, overclocks like a motherchicken CHAMP!

If you have that type of money, triple monitor and 3D it, watercool it as well with dual loop for your CPU and GPU, both separate that is.

That's one of my dream builds there man, and I'm tossing it out like that for you to take it
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Thanks for the input! I'll try to address everything that concerned me.

Why not the Level 10? I was looking at reviews and videos and it seems to be an extremely nice, solid case, with fans for each drive. I understand if I wanted watercooling how this might be a pain in the ass with this case, but is there any other reason why to get a Lian Li or Silverstone other than the Level 10? I've had my hopes set on it for a while.

As for the processor, I've been up in the air about. The money is not an issue as I've already set some aside for it. My research has shown that the 980x performs equally as well as Sandy Bridge and is superior and many applications. According to the benchmarks that I've seen, they go back and forth in gaming. If I was going to get a Sandy Bridge, I would be waiting for the EE/Ivy Bridge. My reasoning for a 980x/990x is that it is going to be the last of it's kind and as more applications come out they will support more cores. If it can be proven to me that Sandy Bridge outperforms the 980x/990x in all areas, I would certainly be open to changing. But as for right now, the 990x hasn't even been released, I can't even find one, yet I still want to wait for one. Will it be worth the wait or will Ivy Bridge be out before the 990x is?
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Bumpin guys, sorry.

Anyone else have any input?

By the way, with the sound card, I have a pair of Denon AH-D7000's and a decent pair of Klipsch speakers so internal sound would seem the way to go, wouldn't it?
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Essence ST is slightly worse in measurements than STX. ST's got more speaker functionality (add on card), STX is future-proof with the PCI-e.
Both cards have fail drivers, and you can expect to wait two years after OS release date, for them to support any future OS (properly).

As for your choice in hardware, every single component is wasteful, besides maybe the GPU.

Hope those monitors are true 24 bit and not some TN crap, btw..
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Thanks for the input! I'll try to address everything that concerned me.

Why not the Level 10? I was looking at reviews and videos and it seems to be an extremely nice, solid case, with fans for each drive. I understand if I wanted watercooling how this might be a pain in the ass with this case, but is there any other reason why to get a Lian Li or Silverstone other than the Level 10? I've had my hopes set on it for a while.

As for the processor, I've been up in the air about. The money is not an issue as I've already set some aside for it. My research has shown that the 980x performs equally as well as Sandy Bridge and is superior and many applications. According to the benchmarks that I've seen, they go back and forth in gaming. If I was going to get a Sandy Bridge, I would be waiting for the EE/Ivy Bridge. My reasoning for a 980x/990x is that it is going to be the last of it's kind and as more applications come out they will support more cores. If it can be proven to me that Sandy Bridge outperforms the 980x/990x in all areas, I would certainly be open to changing. But as for right now, the 990x hasn't even been released, I can't even find one, yet I still want to wait for one. Will it be worth the wait or will Ivy Bridge be out before the 990x is?
I guess personally I can't see why one wouldn't get Sandy Bridge now, overclock the hell out of it to 5GHz+ (in which case I can't see how the 980x is superior), and then get Ivy Bridge when that comes out. At the same price-point as a single 980x now.
    
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