Originally Posted by nathanak21
Get a 3930k over the 3960x. Save some money
Thanks for the thoughts nathanak21. If the next intel unlocked processor has not come out within the next few weeks (my timeframe for buying), then I might very well drop down to the 3930k. I've read a lot of really good things about its OC potential, and plus, I probably won't be able to resist getting the newer CPU once its released. So, not really "saving" money.....but wasting less. Almost the same thing.
Originally Posted by succesfulvoid
This is an extreme build, deserving the horribly priced 3960X! But yeah, I would go for a 3930K and get moar SSD's instead, but its your call. This is going to be one epic build, I love watching these get built.
Thanks succesfulvoid! More SSD's would always be good. I've enjoyed watching a ton of the CaseLabs build logs, so I'll try and do it justice and entertain you along the way.
Originally Posted by 3930K
Thanks 3930K! No question where you stand on the CPU issue, as I gather from your screen name.
Originally Posted by stren
subbed +1 on 3930K over 3960X, however I'm glad you're hoping for something better to come out first (so am I - real unlocked 8 core anyone?)
Also 4x680's for someone who doesn't really game? 2 should be enough to max out a U2711. If you're going all out though consider going with 3 of the korean 2560x1440 IPS monitors that can push 120Hz (120hz.net), then at least 4 680's are justified
Nice choice on the areca card
if you're going all out then get some nicer memory - corsair are going to be releasing that dominator platinum which will have some serious epeen.
PSU- check out johnnyguru's review of the lepa 1600W gold. Should take care of your PSU needs without the mess and fuss of two.
Thanks stren! Have enjoyed watching you proselytize the virtues of CaseLabs cases here on OCN. You're probably one of the reasons I ended with this case. You carry the banner well. And as I've dug into it more tonight, I continue to be amazed at the quality and wonderful thoughtful touches that have gone into designing this case. It is far and away better than any case I've owned or seen.
If I could get an 8 core to OC, I wouldn't feel quite as inferior to all you SR-X builders.
I agree that 4 GPU's is a little overkill, but with all the PCI lanes on the Asrock Extreme 11, I can run them all at 16x on PCIe 3.0! That should provide benchmarks like we've never seen before. With the Asrock board, the 3rd and 4th cards don't cause you to drop down from 16x to 8x. All four cards at 16x. I've simply got to take advantage of that....even if I don't game much. Would feel like I was wasting the motherboard if I did anything less. Plus...when I say I don't game much, I mean on the computer. I've logged some hours on my Xbox360. Will be neat to compare the two on the same game. I have considered moving to a 3 monitor setup. Will check out the monitors you mentioned.
I've read good things about the Samsung memory, but I'll definitely check out the Dominator Platinum. Appreciate the heads-up. I've already got the two PSU's, so I'll probably stick with that initially. The Corsair PSU fans simply don't spin at all until they get quite a bit of load. By splitting the load between 2 units, I hope to be able to keep the fans from spinning under all normal conditions. Only have the fans kick on under super heavy loads.
Originally Posted by Electrocutor
I'm not sure I'm confortable calling that a computer case... it's completely empty, unlit, non-populated, and it already looks like a work of art.
Thank you Electrocutor. I was expecting something amazing, and CaseLabs didn't disappoint. It is a fantastic case.
For everyone....I welcome a review/critique of the selected components in the opening post. The funnest part of a build is picking out the stuff, and I welcome the combined accumulated knowledge of the OCN community.