Oct 2, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date:
A few days
Budget Range:
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, Multimedia, Surfing.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Speakers. (Just the box)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Parts Preferences: I want to play a 30" Monitor with max settings on games like crisis and soon to be - skyrim.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to get the best PC I can for the money.
1. what will this be mainly used for,if its heavy multi threaded workstation yes its good but if its for gaming the intel i7 2600k performs better in gaming the a 990x

something like this will give you the best gaming performance

dunno if you getting a white phatom but they also make a matching psu


just change to this

The 990X really isnt worth it, i would do a 2600K and a large SSD because a high speed system is wasted without high speed storage, the most important aspect of a snappy system is quick hard disk performance not CPU performance so a good SSD will just make things seem much better.

Killer NICs are also a total waste of money, your ISP is a much bigger factor than your NIC will ever be so i would move money from that onto a better cooling system because the H60 isn't better than a great air cooler, its just about as expensive too. For a system of that magnitude, if you are going to do it, you might as well do it right with a real liquid cooling system to keep those GTX 580s cool too.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <----- copy and paste this on here please. It's the sticky at the top of this forum

The socket 1336 is pretty much dead, 3GB cards are for tri monitor set ups, the NIC card is a hose job, 1200w for two of those cards is a hose job.
Workstation or Gaming ?

I'm gonna assume both:


1st...do ya need Z68 ? Read the Z68 section and if there's anything there that benefits you, grab the 1st board. I haven't had anyone ask me to build a box yet that would benefit from anything Z68 offers:



Z68 $335 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760
P8P67 $305 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700


2600k if doing CAD, video editing or any other workstation type apps, 2500k if not.


CAS 7 mainly for the Workstation stuff

CPU Cooling

Corsair H series are loud, don't outperform the better air coolers and have fit issues in many cases with multi slot GFX MoBos. V6 GT is the best performer but too dang loud. Thermalright Silver Arrow comes in just under it followed by Hyper 612 which ain't on shelves yet despite being tested way back in July


Case / PSU

Don't see shoving all that in a $125 case. Suggest HAF-X, Antec DF-85, Antec 1200V3 where ya can augment GFX card cooling with intermediate fans, window fans and, yes, with all that air blowing thru the case, inlet air filters. For PSU, the AX1200, HCP-1200, EMR1350EWT, ST1200 should be on ya review list.


Asus or Plextor 320SA


On Board MoBo is more than sufficient


On board MoBo is more than sufficient


Seagate Barracude XT and 550 MBps SSD