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Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2007, 03:20pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
I would just go for the top of the line Intel Core Quad. Dual Xeons isn't worth it in my opinion, if this is for gaming. And even if its not for gaming, the top end Intel Core Quad can compete with Dual Xeons anyway. Also going with a standard Intel socket 775 cpu will let you use standard DIMM memory such as the DDR2 G.Skill modules you have picked out. You can't use the DIMM memory on that board, like others pointed out.

The Xeons, and that mobo, are considered "Server" rather than "desktop" components I believe. And FB-DIMMs aren't all that great for gaming computers. Just take a look at the Mac Pro and you'll see how it struggles in benchmarks (for gaming) due to it's memory.

And if this is top of the line, I would go for a top end 1000W PSU from the same maker. And why not go for the X-Fi Elite with the breakout box?

Man, that is alot of hard drive space. Your client must really have lots of HD Videos or something to store?...

update, Newegg doesn't have the top of the line QX6800, and it seems hard to find, but the QX6700 is a bargain for $970:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115011
Yes it's a 2.66Ghz Quad Core compared to the 2.93Ghz Quad Core (QX6800), but why not overclock it for the guy (3.2Ghz should be good stability/performance mix), since your putting a water cooling system in anyway, right?

Adam Kolak
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BoT Apr 13, 2007, 04:18pm EDT Report Abuse
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i think this would be options
1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131170

2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131152

neither of those does the full x16 in dual card setup and i don't know about the
intel 5000 chipset supporting sli.

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mothow Apr 13, 2007, 05:35pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
Thats insane.What did you do hit the lottery or did Visa just approved you for a Black CC or maybe you got a major bonus at work?

Thats just to much PC for me by about $19,000 so far out of my league i dont even know what else to say.

ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 / i7 4790K / Corsair H80i / 4x4GB Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 1600 / 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black / 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSD / 2x Evga GTX 670 FTW 2GB in SLI / Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty / Corsair HX1000w
Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2007, 05:47pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
Mothow, I think he is building it for someone else. He has a little business that builds computers for people with a buddy of his.

Adam Kolak
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Sean Costello Apr 13, 2007, 06:43pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
Dont forget the KillerNIC

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Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2007, 07:02pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
And the Ageia!

Adam Kolak
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Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2007, 07:52pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
I looked around and the only place I could find a Core 2 Quadro QX6800 2.93Ghz CPU for a reasonable price was Dell.com:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=A070...s&l=en
They have Intel's fastest desktop CPU for just under $1100 in stock. Most places don't have it and places that do seem to be selling it for mostly over $1500.

Adam Kolak
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Greg M Apr 13, 2007, 09:21pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
Guys that keep posting about changing the mobo and CPU and RAM... hold on... I'm not at home this weekend (sister had a baby) and I don't have time to fix them.

I'm going back to the QX6800 and sticking w/ that RAM.

Do you guys think I should put in an Ageia PhysX card? I am going to put in a Killer NIC, but I don't think there will be room for 2 8800GTXs, a Killer NIC, a SATA controller, a Sound card, and a PhysX card

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Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2007, 10:00pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
Do you guys think I should put in an Ageia PhysX card? I am going to put in a Killer NIC, but I don't think there will be room for 2 8800GTXs, a Killer NIC, a SATA controller, a Sound card, and a PhysX card

Greg, me and Sean Costello were joking about the Ageia PhysX card and KillerNIC. I recommend not getting either even for an "Ultimate PC".

Also, I think you made the right decision to go for the QX6800 like some of us recommended, including myself.

Adam Kolak
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phil Apr 13, 2007, 10:22pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
, ok so you're going with a QXchip, that's good.. it'll work better for gaming.. i have dual xeon's and gaming isn't so good (well could be better). but never the less it's ot what the damn thing is for anyways!

for your system then, i'd look into (maybe some guys could help looking into this, i'm really busy ATM)
ASUS P5NT WS motherboard.. it's got 3 full graphics slots, looking at the ASUS page i THINK (look into it) you run the two outside slots 1,3 at x16 .. and #2 at 1x, thus giving you (after the 8800's block slots)
one short pci-e x1 slot,
one full-length pci-e x1 slot
one pci-x x1 slot (will run PCIe cards aswell)
http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=1529&...amp;l3=485

.. this would let you run your 2x 8800, SAS, NIC, and Sound .. sorry i've you want physics you better substitute one of those, and find a PCIe version at that.

this board is also supposed to be a pretty good clocker.. i haven't checked any reviews.. but i know a guy, who knows a guy .. lol .. the board layout isn't to bad either... but like a say it all depends on the config of the x16 slots, (which ones will run x16 mode).

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pfft ..f**k that! (almost sounds like work)
Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2007, 10:25pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
Since your putting in two of Nvidia's fastest videocards, I would go with a motherboard that has an Nvidia nForce 680i or 680i LT chipset. It will give you full 16x SLI. I don't think you can do SLI on the 975X boards.

Adam Kolak
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Shadow_Ops_Airman1 Apr 14, 2007, 12:50am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
ya Least amt of headaches with the GF 8 series, NF 4 and i believe 5 have problems with them.

AMD Athlon XP-M 2500+ (133x14= 1867MHz) (209x11= 2299MHz)
DFI LP NF2 Ultra-B (Hellfire 3EG Rev2)
Antec SX800, Neo HE 500, 4 Antec 8CM Fans
Thermalright SI-97 1 Antec Tricool 12CM Fan
CL SB XFi Xtreme Music
2x Barracuda HDs (250/400)
2x Samsung Write
Greg M Apr 14, 2007, 01:00pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
That ASUS board was the one I had originally. I liked the 4 PCI-e slots (2: 16x,, 1: 8x, and 1: 1x). It also came HIGHLY reccomended by people on NewEgg.

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phil Apr 14, 2007, 01:27pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
2x mushkin 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 5-4-4-12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146688
(649.99 each)
$1299.98

ASUS P5NT WS (C55 Northbridge, no problems with 8800's in x16 SLI)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131173
$269.99
combo deal with 1 seagate 750gb drive you listed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N82E1681...amp;page=1
$509.98

Adaptec 2183100-R PCI-X SAS Controller (2x4 sas/sata internal, 1x4 sas/sata external)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816103036
$749
.. this will give you good fast hardware raid for both 8 internal drives (sas and sata arrays), aswell as 4 external drives (seeing how he does have external storage in the safe).. it also supports snaphot backup.

PC Power turbo-cool 1kw PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703007

you might also want to look at amatrox triple head 2go (beware of analog and digital versions), to turn three 1280x1024 monitors into one big wrap around 3840x1024 for gaming.
...if desktop space is an issue, best to be mounted on a stand like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824996803
or a wall unit.

.. the only "problem" is that the PCI slot is blocked, leaving you with the onboard sound (RealTek ALC888 8-channel High Definition), using a broadcast quality PCIe soundcard ($1000+), until consumer versions of PCIe cards show up, OR go with USB sound, like this (seeing how you mentioned mild video editing):
http://www.soundblaster.com/products/product.asp?category=1&am...duct=11226
(yes has vista support)

... either way you'd still have a full length x16 and short x1 PCIe slot left to expand(both would run at x1 speed)

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can't access HWA unless I use a proxy... lol

pfft ..f**k that! (almost sounds like work)
Sean Costello Apr 14, 2007, 01:37pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
I wasn't joking :(


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Adam Kolak Apr 14, 2007, 01:45pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
Oh well I was. Again, I wouldn't bother with the KillerNIC or the Ageia Physx card.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
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DFI LP P35-T2RS | Xeon Quad @ 3.2Ghz | 4GB DDR2-1000 | 8800GT 512MB | See Profile
Sean Costello Apr 14, 2007, 01:52pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
unless there's extra room

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Adam Kolak Apr 14, 2007, 01:58pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
I still wouldn't bother no matter how many free PCI slots you got left.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
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DFI LP P35-T2RS | Xeon Quad @ 3.2Ghz | 4GB DDR2-1000 | 8800GT 512MB | See Profile
phil Apr 14, 2007, 02:39pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
8800's handles physics pretty good anyways, im not sure of what performance gain you'd get.

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can't access HWA unless I use a proxy... lol

pfft ..f**k that! (almost sounds like work)
Adam Kolak Apr 14, 2007, 03:19pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Yet another "Rate this build" type thingy...
I doubt it would be worth getting a PhysX card. Better of putting that $150 towards any other part of the computer.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
adam@hardwareanalysis.com
DFI LP P35-T2RS | Xeon Quad @ 3.2Ghz | 4GB DDR2-1000 | 8800GT 512MB | See Profile

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