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Old December 16, 2012, 09:19 PM
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^^^ Spending the kind of coin your spending I'd go straight to the 2011 Socket and the "unlockable" 6 Core Processor. As a matter of fact I'm usually always on the bandwagon for the next best thing, but since putting together my present Rig with the 980X and 580 Classy's I want to get the most out of it ;) Think my mobo is into year 4 ...whooaa!

When I was considering going to the 2011 Socket, was going to go with 6 Core unlockable CPU 3930K (not extreme this time) and had my eye on the Asus Rampage IV Extreme Mobo. As for GPU's, would throw in a couple of 680 Classifieds (w the 90mm Fans), 16Gb RAM is tons, Corsair 1.2 kW PSU and decent Case...done deal. Bootable SSD, SSD for Gaming and a decent WD Black for Porn ;)

You'll love that Dell 27" 2560 x 1440....awesome monitors, takes gaming to a whole new level for me (coming from 1920 x 1200 Res), would have gone for the U3011 2560 x 1600 Res, but I was able to get the 27" for $750 vs $1500 for the 30".
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Old December 16, 2012, 10:40 PM
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I would pick up the switch 810 from nxzt over the HAF better for watercooling and overall much better looking case.... the haf is so ugly.

The new phantom 820 is decent too but with that kind of coin always go all out on components you dont ever plan on changing (i.e. psu / case / watercooling parts / sleeving) and then consider what you need for this generation or until you upgrade again 7970s are great but 7950s might be the better investment etc.

I personally would go with the ud5h board and 2x 7950 corsair dom plat ram sticks and a kickass monitor / WC setup.
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Old December 17, 2012, 01:02 AM
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For sound cards, you said you already have speakers.

If it's just headset or pc speakers, don't spend more than the Asus AV100 equipped $80 something PCi-e card. perfect for gaming, good for music.
Newegg.com - ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

If you have audiophile grade speakers, and plan to use your rig as a source, then HT Omega will do them justice. It's an amplifier grade sound card.
Newegg.com - HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

I would stay away from those WD 2TB blacks. Noisy and power hungry. AKG was right that 2nd gen blacks solved this problem, but the only one out is the 4TB version.
Newegg.com - Western Digital WD Black WD4001FAEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Here is my recommendation and a review round up of every relevant HD in the market.
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda STBD3000100 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Kit


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Old December 17, 2012, 01:23 AM
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No I am using a fiio e7 DAC/amp for the moment but I may add a sound card.

I am going to go with the dell 27" monitor. Thanks for the help on this point. This leaves some free money for my system so I curious what about going to LGA 2011 and a 3930K?
Do you plan to do HD steaming of PC games? If so then LGA 2011 and a 3930k would be a decent consideration as the software based steaming platforms tend to use H.264 and will make use of all the cores/threads it can get. Otherwise LGA 2011 sounds like overkill to me, but 2011 does have a better upgrade future then 1155 as IB-E is coming out for 2011 next year I think. Also since its a 6 core it does have more future potential then a quad core. Theres no shame in spending the extra for 2011 as long as long as you keep in mind its not the best value for a gaming oriented rig.
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Old December 17, 2012, 09:14 AM
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Adding an alternate build to the front page.

As for speakers im just running a pair of Klipsch THX 2.1 computer speakers though later I would like to add in a pair of some nice bookshelves. But I will have to look into a sound card. I listen to alot of lossless music so it would be beneficial to finally have something on my pc that can reproduce it.

I also like the idea of the switch for my first build ill add that one.

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Old December 17, 2012, 11:58 AM
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RJBarker is right. 2011 would be a good idea. The extra lanes will come in handy when doing multi-GPU config and if the OP is going multi-27" (eventually) multiple GPUs are the only real way to go to get good fps.
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Old December 17, 2012, 01:08 PM
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personally I do not see a need for LGA 2011, with PCI 3 x 8 on 2 cards you might get a 1-2% difference in speeds between the 3770k vs 3930k (read up on 8x vs 16x) and with a good overclock the 3770k will be more than enough to feed the cards or you can buy a board with an extra PLX chip if you're that concerned about 2 x pci 3 @ 16

As for board like i said previously either go with the UD5H or you can go with Maximus V whichever flavor suites your tastes better. I've always been one to say even if you have the money don't waste it on bells and whistles that don't even make a noticeable difference its way better to save the money for quicker upgrades or better peripherals. Getting LGA 2011 for your purposes is just a plain waste of money to boast e-peen and sport a small performance increase. UNLESS YOU'RE DOING VIDEO EDITING / VERY CPU HEAVY APPLICATIONS.

Consider starting a nice loop with your build it will provide you with ENDLESS amounts of entertainment and you can also customize the looks of your computer, it was the best part of building my comp for sure.
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I updated a few things on there. I am still undecided on which way I am going to go. But I am about 80% sure I will be doing the 3770K.
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Alright dropped the LGA 2011 after some further research. I still may add some watercooling to replace the H100I later on. I think I am into the final setup just waiting to get home from holidays now to make the order. If anyone has any further suggestions please feel free. Thank you all for your help.
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Old December 18, 2012, 09:09 PM
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Alright dropped the LGA 2011 after some further research. I still may add some watercooling to replace the H100I later on. I think I am into the final setup just waiting to get home from holidays now to make the order. If anyone has any further suggestions please feel free. Thank you all for your help.
Everything looks great.
Few things to keep in mind if you go with the 800D though:
  • If you got kids in the house keep a close eye on the machine since at least 1 some of your drives are going to have to be mounted in the hot swap bays. The 800D only has two non-hot swap 3.5 inch internal drive mounts, the rest of the mounts are the 4 hot swap bays. Depending on if your using the SSD's or the HDD's for the boot drive(s) I would mount the boot drive(s) in the 2 drive mounts in the bottom of the case and if your SSD's are the boot drive(s) make sure those SSD's come with the 2.5 to 3.5 inch converter tray as the bottom 2 mounts use hard drive rails not sleds.
  • Consider the USB and SATA 6 upgrade kit as I believe the 800D only ships with USB 2 front panel ports and a SATA 3 interface for the hot swap bays (correct me if I'm wrong). NCIX carries both but the USB 3 is not the 20 pin internal header, it uses the USB 3 pass-though cables you have to then route to the back of the case then plug in to the back of your mobo.
The 800D is still a great case despite the possible caveats I described above, but its still something to keep in mind.

Other case options in or around the 800D's price range would be the Cosmos 2 or the HAF X from CM, The NZXT Switch 810 or Phantom 820 if your reconsidering.

PS Ya before I said the HAF X was overkill but since you mentioned a possible custom water loop then the HAF X is far from overkill then.
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