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Old March 24, 2011, 10:41 PM
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I've saving up for almost 6 months to have my dream rig.
Right now, I have a case: Corsair 800D
a powersupply: 1000w Kingwin 80%+ Bronze Efficient
I got these two on sale. I got them for 250 bucks.
So I need help to finish this build. Right now I'm aiming for air cooling
but I have some specs that I want to get:
GTX 590 / Ati 6990
3 24" Monitors( Doesnt matter if LCD/LED)
Intel Core I7 990x (For sure I will get this one)
not sure about the motherboard.
so basically thats it, My budget would be $3000 including tax in canadian dollars
I need your suggestions and advice to make this rig at its best with that limitation in budget.
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Old March 24, 2011, 11:02 PM
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You need to figure out what kind of monitors you want before you can realistically work with your budget. (type of panel, resolution, stand/mounting) They can cost you anywhere from $500 to $2000 for a triple monitor setup. If you cheap out on the monitors, you can pretty much build any high end system you want and have enough leftover to watercool it. (which is what the 800D was born for) OTOH if you want some quality monitors, you aren't going to have much budget space left for your system.
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Old March 24, 2011, 11:07 PM
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$3000 is kind of excessive really when you could almost get a similar performance from a Core i7 2600K while being a bit behind the Core i7 990x.

With a 1000W it is not possible to have a multi GPU setup with dual GTX590 or HD6990 as they are very power hungry. Furthermore you could only do a dual Crossfire with a HD6990 or dual SLi with GTX590 as they have only one bridge. A X58 motherboard should be able to support till 4 way SLi but limited by the fact that I mentioned above.

I think it is a better choice to get a SB rig than what you want now.
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Old March 25, 2011, 05:58 AM
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I don't really know it this is really accurate, but I still post it : PassMark Intel vs AMD CPU Benchmarks - High End

On those chart, you can see that the 990x is 3rd, and the 2600k 9th, but is 600-700$ cheaper, so more budget for monitors and/or other pieces.

EDIT: Checked some forums, the 2600k can be easily OC the 4.5 and still stable, and even be OC at 5.0, but I won't recommand that high...

EDIT 2: I found a benchmark 980x vs 2600k, both OC, running wiht a GTX 580. Even at clock to clock, they are almost equal, and the 990x is barely better than the 980x. See here: Gaming Performance 980x vs 2600k with GTX580 - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

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Old March 25, 2011, 07:06 AM
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Thanks for those answers, but i7 2600k is not an overclockers dream, so yeah im going to stick to my 990x but yeah ill eliminate the eyefinity setup...
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Old March 25, 2011, 07:40 AM
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Thanks for those answers, but i7 2600k is not an overclockers dream, so yeah im going to stick to my 990x but yeah ill eliminate the eyefinity setup...
How is it not an overclockers dream when you could achieve 5.7-5.8Ghz max on air depending whether the 2600K that you get is the 1% golden chip that could reach that figure.

The 990X can achieve that number and beyond 5.8Ghz but you need more cooling than the SB setup.

If I were you I'd wait a little while longer and see how SB-E performs as it is the direct replacement for the LGA1366.
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Old March 25, 2011, 07:50 AM
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the 800D is just a high quality brand name gigantic HOT BOX, some 50$ cases are better suited for air cooling! If u have an 800D just watercool it, u have the budget and this case is amazing for fitting multiple big rads/reservoirs/pumps etc...plus with a 3000$ budget unless u go for some pro-grade 3x IPS display setup that will cost u ur entire budget (thinks of the U2711) water cooling should still be within ur reach with money to spare!
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Old March 25, 2011, 09:00 AM
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I would consider LED for its efficiency and I think better overall pic. Personally, I spent the money I would have for the monitors to buy a 55" LED Samsung tv.

Graphics are phenomenal, and I play PS3, Wii, and others on it. Obviously personal preference comes into play here.

Consider getting 1 590 or 6990 if you want to max out your graphics without concern 4 your psu.

If you like ocing then consider the Rampage III Formunla board. Works great and has great features other lesser boards don't have. Whatever you choose, make sure there is sata 3/ usb3, no brainer really.

Also 4 the cpu get the 980 instead and use the money for your graphics. I run my 980 at 4ghz without even pushing it.

It sounds like you're going to have a kickass system. Enjoy the build and resulting unit!!!



Edit: Consider the SR 2 and cpus 4 sale in the BST. Now that will kick butt!
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Old March 25, 2011, 11:49 AM
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An issue to keep in mind is that while the GTX 590 is set up to connect and run multiple monitors, it doesn't have the kind of frame buffer the 6990 does.
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Old March 25, 2011, 01:26 PM
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I wouldn't run a gtx 590 in that case... That case loves to keep hot air in and the 590 gets super hot and if you aren't going for eyefinity anymore You could build a system for $1000 that will run everything you need. Overall I think this is silly

P.S per core I like the 2600k better

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