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Build plan for this summer hopefully, advice/suggestions please!

post #1 of 6
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Hey OCN! I'm looking for feedback on a build I have planned for this summer if everything goes well... My current rig is about 6 years old now and upgraded to its maximum potential, it's time to start a new 'core-system' for the next 6 years! Now I'm looking to future-proof this system as much as I possibly can, when I say future-proof I basically mean buying the best and most powerful components I can at the time and going from there.

The system will primarily be used for triple-monitor gaming at 5760x1200, video editing, photoshop, overclocking (of course!), occasional folding if I get back into it, and general computer use (browsing the web, emails, etc).

Here's what I have slotted so far:
http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/Pub...umber=13247985

And for those of you that are lazy:
Intel Core i7-990X 3.46GHz LGA 1366 Six-Core Desktop Processor
EVGA X58 4-WAY SLI Classified XL ATX Motherboard
G.SKILL PI+ Turbulence 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Memory
2 x EVGA GTX 590 CLASSIFIED 3GB GPU's
Intel X25-M SSD
CORSAIR AX1200 1200W PSU
Corsair Obsidian 800D Case

I plan to do a custom water-cooling loop in the future, but will most likely start the build air-cooled to keep the initial starting cost a bit lower. That said, should I go with the Megahalems or a Corsair H70?
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post #2 of 6
Looks pretty good i would go the h70 personally, but its up to you.

Was just going to say aswell have you considered waiting for ivybridge?
as there will be 8 and 12 core cpu's. But this build looks pretty sick anyway.
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post #3 of 6
Wow , pretty sick computer.

SKI is right , wont be a good idea to wait for IVY BRIDGE?
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post #4 of 6
After reading abit on this forum and other forums, wouldn't 2x 6990 be a better choice if you're going to watercool?

Seems like temps and noise is the only benefit from going 590's.
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I can't ever bring myself to buy AMD/ATI again, the last three computers I've built for myself and family and the last two systems I built for friends have all had driver issues. I switched to Nvidia exclusive system building 4 years ago and from what I've read AMD/ATI still hasn't ironed out enough of the issues to bring me back.

As for me personally, I use a few programs that run CUDA a lot (Adobe products, Badaboom, etc) and I enjoy PhysX. I also run an Nvidia Surround triple-monitor setup and like Nvidia's approach better than AMD/ATI's Eyefinity.

Anyhow, this is more of a list to get an idea of the cost right now. By the time I can afford it (hopefully before August) there will probably be some slightly newer stuff out that I'll substitute into the list. If Ivy Bridge architecture is out by then I may invest in it if everything sounds good at launch, but I doubt it will be ready by then. Do you think the improvements in Ivy Bridge will be worth waiting for?

With the listed hardware, do you guys think the Corsair AX1200 will provide enough power? The first big "upgrade" after the initial build will most likely be a 6TB RAID-5 array using 4 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black drives.
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Sorry for double-post/bump but I've created a thread with all my water-cooling questions here:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...questions.html

If you're knowledgeable in that area please help me out!
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