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Old July 30, 2011, 10:13 AM
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Default Future proof build for a friend.

So I have a friend who has a budget of 3000 dollars after taxes and shipping. He is looking for something future proof that could handle anything he throws at it. So this is what I have so far.

Case: NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 - COOLERMASTER - RC-942-KKN1 - in Canada

Hdd: NCIX.com - Buy Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB SATA3 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM - Hitachi - 0F12117 - in Canada x2 for raid

cpu: NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i7 980 6 Core Processor LGA1366 3.33GHZ Westmere 12MB L3 Cache 130W 32NM Retail Box - Intel - BX80613I7980 - in Canada

Video card: NCIX.com - Buy EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card - eVGA - 012-P3-1571-KR - in Canada x2 sli

Ram: NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 12GB 3X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory - Mushkin Enhanced - 998776 - in Canada

Motherboard: NCIX.com - Buy ASUS Rampage III Formula Rog X58 DDR3 ATX LGA1366 3PCI-E16 X-FI Motherboard - ASUS - Rampage III Formula - in Canada

Psu: NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Professional HX1000W 1000W ATX 12V 80A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - Corsair - CMPSU-1000HX - in Canada

Cpu heatsink: NCIX.com - Buy Noctua NH-D14 LGA1155/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan - Noctua - NH-D14 - in Canada

So this is what I have put together so far. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I know there must be far better builds out there for less.
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Old July 30, 2011, 10:32 AM
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Change those Itachi drive if you want to stay away from any issue, and I would also swap that CPU for a I 2600K and OC it to the max. Software like game and such are not taking a big advantage from a lot of core, they prefer less faster core ( multithreaded soft aren't that popular ). It will also make your friend save a lot of money and use it to buy 2 580 instead of a 570. Then you will have a perfect not that expensive futureproof build.

Here are my suggestion

NCIX.com - Buy MSI GeForce GTX 580 Twin Frozr II OC 800MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card - MSI/MicroStar - N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-8GBECO Eco PC3-12800 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 1.35V Memory Kit - G.Skill - F3-12800CL8D-8GBECO - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 SLI Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-Z68XP-UD5 - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB - Intel - BX80623I72600K - in Canada
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when is he buidling?

as per abpve.

go ssd for os, wd green for storage. 2 tb's wil be fine.

and make it 2 or 4 sticks of ram for dual channel.
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I only object for the storage part : maybe a very fast SSD should be employed as boot/system drive. As for the storage maybe take 3 or 4 of those hard drives and build a RAID 5 matrix for storage.
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Put what Dan and Martin said together and then make your build with that.

That 980 processor is rediculously overpriced considering it is the locked version, the i7 2600k will give you more performance in gaming and even folding especially if you OC the crap out of it.

To tell you the truth future proofing is kind of hard right now because there is a smaller die size wave of graphics cards coming out this Q4 and they will probably kick ass so games will be able to have higher graphics settings.

Pretty much there is no such things as future proof (well if you want to play at max graphics with high FPS) but we try to give advice that will atlest make it mid-high range for a couple years.
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Thanks for all the suggestions! And my friend wants to start building the rig asap. He hasn't had a computer for over 4 months now and he's getting anxious.
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oh,and tell him about 8 core dozers for 200 bucks a pop
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Hey Martin why did you suggest 2 580's when one is nearly the same price as 2 570's?
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Because if you save near 500$ on CPU mobo ram and your friend want sli, why not getting the best card? Personally I would buy 1 580 and add a second later IF NEEDED.
I also sugest to use only 1 580 and use the 200$ yous ave from ditching the sli to buy a SSD for OS and important software.
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or tr 2 6950's?

hell the 1kw psu will be overkill still :)
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