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    Dreadlord Ripox's Avatar
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    If you had the next computer you buy/build to be 100% free, what would it be?

    As the title says, if the next computer you buy or build would be absolutely and utterly FREE, what computer would you buy or build?

    Personally, since money is no object in this scenario, I'd buy the most overpriced and maxed out Alienware Desktop. They look sick and although they are overpriced, money is no object here so I'd go with that.

    After kind of maxing out the specs on alienware's website here is what I got:
    Alienware Aurora R4 ALX Case
    Processor: 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3960X (15M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.2 GHz) [Note: its 6-core]
    OS: Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
    Video Card: 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 690
    Hard Drive: 512GB SSD 6Gb/s MAIN + 1TB 7200RPM Storage
    RAM: 32GB (4 X 8GB) Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
    Price: $4,879

    It does indeed look like a beast tbh:
    i.dell.com/das/xa.ashx/global-site-design%20WEB/4084c9a6-116e-ed4b-3817-445cb92a7b76/1/OriginalPng?id=Dell/Product_Images/Dell_Client_Products/Desktops/Alienware_Desktops/alienware_aurora_alx/tab_imagery/aurora_alx_design_top.jpg

    Interior: demo.idg.com.au/images/pcw/Alienware_Aurora_ALX_lights.jpg

    (Sorry, can't post links so you'll have to copy-paste)
    It has built-in theater lighting so you can see inside better. It also is liquid cooled and looks really, really sick. Also uses vents in addition to the liquid cooling.

    Pretty sick. I'd never pay for that, though. Fuck 5,000$ computers LOL.

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    Something with an intel hexa core (or possibly overpriced AMD cpu) and beast gpus for rendering etc plus a million SSD's in PCI-E slots for faster write/read speeds!

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    The i7 3960x exstreme
    The asus rampage exstreme
    64gb gskill 2133
    4 gtx 690s
    2 large ssds
    and a nice modular seasonic or corsair power supply

    ---------- Post added 2012-10-02 at 03:00 PM ----------

    Oh and the case would be a coolermaster cosmos 2

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    I'd probably go with this:

    FX-8350
    NH-D14
    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
    32GB of ram
    MSI R7970 Lightning x2
    512GB SSD
    1TB HDD
    SeaSonic Platinum 860W
    NZXT Switch 810
    Last edited by Noobadin; 2012-10-02 at 04:29 PM. Reason: I can't spell switch

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    Something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($999.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P9X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($368.59 @ Mwave)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($899.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital RE4 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($214.95 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital RE4 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($214.95 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital RE4 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($214.95 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital RE4 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($214.95 @ B&H)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($539.00 @ B&H)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($539.00 @ B&H)
    Storage: OCZ R4 1.6TB PCI-E Solid State Disk ($10139.96 @ Mwave)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1057.86 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1057.86 @ Newegg)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($164.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl ATX Full Tower Case ($139.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($355.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1199.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1199.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1199.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit) ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
    Keyboard: Das Keyboard DASK3MKPROCLI Wired Standard Keyboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $21262.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    I think that storage setup will work. SSDs in RAID 0, RE4s in RAID 5 for backup. Not sure if I'd need a RAID controller card though.

    CPU cooler either with the H100 or put in a full water loop with the CPU, GPUs, RAM, chipset which would add another grand or so to the price.
    Last edited by Butler Log; 2012-10-02 at 03:43 PM.
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    I would start by building a climate controlled warehouse...

    wait wait wait, perhaps i should at least attempt to be reasonable?
    COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1
    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard
    AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Eight-Core
    Kingston HyperX 8GB
    Crucial M4 64GB SATA III MLC (SSD) For OS
    WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM x2 for storage
    EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Classified 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 x2 SLI'd
    COOLER MASTER 1500W ATX 12V V2.3 SLI Ready not overkill.
    PLEXTOR 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE
    Hooked up to it's own solar farm.

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    Guys, you can't run 4 GTX 690s.
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    something so extreme, that the big companies would want it.. and buy it from me. then i'd live my life in luxury forever and ever

    but in all seriousness, i'd get one with dual xeon CPUs, PCI-E SSD's and a 690GTX.. and a nice custom designed case... and of course some high end monitors!

    all in pure gold..
    In Memorial of the Sword Guy

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    CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Full custom liquid-loop including CPU and both GPUs (~$800)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($374.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($388.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($388.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1008.49 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1008.49 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($187.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Caselabs TH10 ($529.95)
    Monitor: Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1199.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1199.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1199.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit) ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.47 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser Mouse ($71.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $9218.28

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    Pretty modest I guess, but this is exactly what I would buy down to the exact part regardless of how much money I had to spend on it. Would more than likely swap the Vertex 4s for Samsung 840s if they were available.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.26 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme9 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($349.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($163.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($163.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($163.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($388.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($388.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($142.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $3862.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    i7-4770k - GTX 780 Ti - 16GB DDR3 Ripjaws - (2) HyperX 120s / Vertex 3 120
    ASRock Extreme3 - JBL S300A - FiiO E10 - EVGA Supernova 650G - Corsair H80i

    build pics

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    future-proof. waiting/saving til 2013, when the new consoles come out. then i'll start shopping around
    you wanted the best? well they didn't make it. so here's what you get

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    Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

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    Only consumer-level hardware?

    CPU: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 - $430
    Motherboard: intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition - $1030
    RAM: 64GB Corsair Platinum 2133 - $800
    Graphics card: nVidia GeForce GTX 690 - $1000
    Graphics card: nVidia GeForce GTX 690 - $1000
    SSD (Boot): OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 960GB - $3300
    SSD (Games, Software): 2x OCZ Octane, 1TB RAID0 - $4400
    HDD (Storage): 4x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black, RAID0 - $760
    PSU: Corsair AX1200i - $350
    Cooling: Fully custom loop - $1500 (?)
    Case: CaseLabs STH10 - $570

    Monitors: 3x Samsung S27B970D - £3300
    DAC: ASUS Xonar Essence One - $600
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD800 - $1500


    Total: $20540, give or take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butler Log View Post
    Guys, you can't run 4 GTX 690s.
    Why not? 2 in SLI and 2 for other tasks e.g F@H farm.
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    WoW has been a CPU-bound game for much of its lifetime.

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    why not a 7990 instead of a 690 :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marest View Post
    Only consumer-level hardware?

    CPU: ASRock X79 Extreme11 - $600
    Motherboard: Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition - $1030
    RAM: 64GB Corsair Platinum 2400 - $800?
    Graphics card: eVGA GTX 680 4GB edition - $600
    Graphics card: eVGA GTX 680 4GB edition - $600
    Graphics card: eVGA GTX 680 4GB edition - $600
    SSD (Boot): Crucial m4 128GB - $100
    SSD (Games, Software): 2x Crucial m4 512GB (1TB total) - $700?
    HDD (Storage): 4x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black, RAID0 - $760
    HDD (Redundancy): 4x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black, RAID0 - $760
    PSU: Seasonic 1000w Platinum - $220
    Cooling: Fully custom loop - $1500 (?)
    Case: SilverStone TJ11B-W - $660

    Monitors: 3x Dell U3011 - $3400
    DAC: ASUS Xonar Essence One - $600
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD800 - $1500
    Speakers: 2x Adam Audio A7X - $1400
    Subwoofer: Adam Audio Sub10 MK2 - $1000


    Total: $probably more than Marest's, give or take.
    Bolded and italicized what I'd change. :P

    ---------- Post added 2012-10-02 at 05:57 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Butler Log View Post
    Guys, you can't run 4 GTX 690s.
    Technically, saying 4 GTX 690s can mean just two of the actual cards.

    Like Cyanotical says "quad GTX 690" because it is four chips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marest View Post
    Only consumer-level hardware?

    CPU: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 - $430
    Motherboard: intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition - $1030
    RAM: 64GB Corsair Platinum 2133 - $800
    Graphics card: nVidia GeForce GTX 690 - $1000
    Graphics card: nVidia GeForce GTX 690 - $1000
    SSD (Boot): OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 960GB - $3300
    SSD (Games, Software): 2x OCZ Octane, 1TB RAID0 - $4400
    HDD (Storage): 4x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black, RAID0 - $760
    PSU: Corsair AX1200i - $350
    Cooling: Fully custom loop - $1500 (?)
    Case: CaseLabs STH10 - $570

    Monitors: 3x Samsung S27B970D - £3300
    DAC: ASUS Xonar Essence One - $600
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD800 - $1500


    Total: $20540, give or take.
    This ^ but I would knock off 2 of the 2 Tb drives, probably only run 2 SSDs, Id get a Corsair Obsidian 800d case, and probably a fully custom sound system rather than a headset. Oh and it would be an extra $45k because Id like an emperor scorpion gaming workstation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by demonskies View Post
    This ^ but I would knock off 2 of the 2 Tb drives, probably only run 2 SSDs, Id get a Corsair Obsidian 800d case, and probably a fully custom sound system rather than a headset. Oh and it would be an extra $45k because Id like an emperor scorpion gaming workstation.
    Isn't the 800D missing USB 3.0 on the front panel?
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    It is but I could live with out 2 usb 3.0 front panels spending 60k on a computer
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