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It's the build in my sig, but I'll post some more specs here for good measure:

System:
CPU: Intel Core i7 950
MB: eVGA X58 FTW3 (Was under evaluation due to future upgrade possibilities, but ****, I reckon I'll have it for quite some time, and getting a new MB wont be a problem by then.)
RAM: 6g (3x2gb) Corsair Dominator-GT 2000MHz PC3-16000 CL8 (8-9-8-24) (I will be overclocking these, hopefulley beyond 1866MHz to make them useful. (You can view the progress in my buildlog when I receive the parts.))
GPUs: 2x eVGA GeForce GTX 460 1gb SC EE (SuperClocked External Exhaust)
System HDD: Crucials RealSSD C300 2.5" 64gb SATA-600
Storage HHDs: 2x Seagate Barracuda XT 2tb SATA-600 7200rpm
Optical drive: Lite-On iHBS112 12xBD Blu-ray
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D14
PSU: Seasonic X-750 Modular 750W 80 Plus Gold
Case: Silverstone Fortress FT02B

Peripherals
Screen: Dell 27" Ultrasharp U2711
Mouse: Logitech Performance MX
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition (Nordic Layout)
Speakers: Altec Lansing Expressionist BASS FX3022 2.0
Headset: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930
Fan controller: NZXT SENTRY LXE External Fan Controller (Changed from NZXT Sentry2 Touch Fan-controller)

Any guidance, especially regarding the MB, GPUs, PSU and RAM would be highly appreciated!

I'm especially annoyed that there hasn't been made (or atleast I cannot find), a MB with more than two SATAIII connectors, seeing as I'm looking at buying 3 or more of them.

And expect to find a buildlog in the (very) near future!

UPDATE: So I reckon none could find (or there hasn't been made) any MBs with 3 or more SATAIII connections, or any fan controllers more adequate than the one I've found? If so, this is the build I'm ordering tomorrow(!?)
Edited by Shield - 2/4/11 at 5:21pm
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post #2 of 16
What will this be used for?
post #3 of 16
Nice, most parts are top notch.

One thing though, I seen many people not liking EE graphics card.

EDIT : Also, drop that fan controller, go for something better like Scythe server / Sunbeam rheobus / FC Lamptrons.
    
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I'll evaluate your build for you. It's way too expensive.
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post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by purpleannex View Post
I'll evaluate your build for you. It's way too expensive.

Not helpful.

OP, The build you have there is very good and will serve you well, i would also like to point that the Fan controller is not very good, and would recommend something better like the ones that 'Cee' has described. Also the GTX 460 SC EE is the same as i have, they overclock very well, BUT they can run pretty hot with high ambiant temperatures and can become loud at 70c and higher, but the reason i opted for the EE is to have lower case temperatures to help keep the rest of my system cool.
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post #6 of 16
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Thanks for the replies.

The system will be used for gaming, HD-video streaming to my TV and some CAD drawing.

I opted for the EE GPUs, due to the orienteation of my MB in the Silverstone FT02B (I/O at the top), such that the heat will follow the airflow in my case (going from the bottom towards the top.

I will concider dropping the fan controller. The reasons I went for it in the first place, are that: 1 - It's black, 2 - It's simple, meaning it doesn't have a lot of knobs and indentations etc. and 3 - Touchscreen is sweet.

If you can dig up a fan controller with similarity to the one I've come up with, please let me know.

Edit: @Buzzin92: How is that dedicated PhysX setup working for you? Does it mprove performance noticably concidering the SLI setup, and if so, was it easy to configure?
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post #7 of 16
great build. As said before, just get a different fan controller and your good. The only thing you might want to consider, is the sandybridge 2600k. If you can hold off until all the sandybridge motherboards get fixed in a few months, i would try and go with it. It runs cooler, overclocks better, trades blows with the 980x, and costs about 330 USD. Intel won't be making any new cpus for the 1366 socket, so if you plan to upgrade from a i7 950, you will need to get a new board as well. Sandybridge also has AVX, which is now supported by windows 7 SP1, and will give you even more performance, and higher GFLOPS than a 980x.
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i think its a great build, GJ on parts selection, u will love the mobo, and everything else for that matter, the only thing is i dont know if u would want ram thats that fast and that much money, i think its kind of a waste, just get the 1600mhz ram from corsair for 60$
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i would recommend a sb as they are easy ocers. tests show that most games will have same performence by a range of 3 gps comparing 4gb 6gb and 8gb ram. high speed is good, if you have the money, go with6 gb. i recomend gskill ram with a cas len of 7 there crazy fast.

sorry not 3 gps 3 fps.
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post #10 of 16
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition (Nordic Layout) <---- plz dont buy this keyboard unless you are never gonna touch it with your hands.... and it's just a waste of money and yes i used to own one.

I'll say you should probably cheap out on some of the parts like bd drive ram and that keyboard maybe one of the 2tb drive, get a 850w psu and swap in 2x560ti. You can always add things like fan controller and speakers later but i got the same monitor and u definitely need more gpu power to run some games at native resolution with eye candy on.
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