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You don't have to build it, just list parts here for the best computer you can configure, doesn't matter the price, but all the components have to be compatible and there has to be enough room ^_^ It should be a complete computer package with all peripherals. . I'll start:



CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 OCed to 4.25GHz

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus Extreme

Video Card: 2 x PNY VCQFX5500 Quadro FX5500 1GB (SLI Mode)

RAM: Corsair DDR3 1800 2GB x 4 (Total 8GB)

Case: Cooler Master Stacker 830 Evolution

Water Cooling System: Zalman Reserator 1 V2

Internal Hard Drives: 4 x Hitachi A7K1000 1TB (Total 4TB) in RAID 0 Configuration

RAID Card: Areca ARC-1280ML PCI Express 8x RAID Card

External Hard Drives: 5 x Hitachi A7K1000 1TB in AMS DS-2350S eSATA External 5 Bay Enclosure

Optical Drives: 1 x Sony 4x Blu-Ray and DVD Burner + 1 x LG HD-DVD/Blu-Ray ROM DVD Burner

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 7.1 Channel

Media Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-FD200 All-In-One Card Reader + Floppy Drive 3.5"

Power Supply: Silverstone ZM-1200M ATX12V 1200W PSU (will this be enough to power this beast?)

Monitors: 2 x Apple Cinema Display 30"

Speaker System: Creative Inspire P7800 7.1 Channel System

Keyboard: Saitek Wired Eclipse Gaming Keyboard

Mouse: Logitech V320 USB Optical Mouse

Wireless Card: Gigabyte GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless

Router: D-Link DGL-4500 Extreme N Gaming Router

Bluetooth: D-Link DBT-120 USB 2.0 Bluetooth Adapter


TOTAL COST: $18,419.73 from Newegg


If I may add, this is a perfect example of how overpriced the Mac Pro is. This is a COMPLETE package with water cooling and dual 30" displays plus great sound and power for only $18,000. The highest end Mac Pro costs $25,000 and has barely as much features and slower processors.


This beast might not be hackintosh compatible, but its one of the best you can get.

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OK, this isn't a complete list of stuff, but what about this new Dual Penryn board from Intel (a taste of things to come), to get the juices going.


Dual Core 2 Quad anyone??






She's a biggie! This is aimed at gamers apparently and is an SLi board, so will have limited appeal to hackie users. Also a couple of quad cores are going to break the bank too!


Go here for more details!


Here are a few figures someone else threw up:


Considering it would be a waste to put anything less than the best components in this beast, £250 would make this MB the least expensive component.


2 x Q9650: £1000+

3 x 8800 Ultra: £1000+

4 x 2GB: £604+

30" Monitor: £1000+

3 x Raptor150:£440+

Case + 1200W PS: £300+

Skulltrail MB: £250

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Thats crazy, plain crazy. I was thinking about a dual socket board for my list, but I thought they were Xeon only. Didn't know there were dual Penryn boards ;)


Also, dude we need DUAL 30" displays. Single won't cut it for a beast this big :P

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lol AMD anyone?


quad socket 1207 Tyan Footprint server board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813151089 - $746

1200W Power supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817153054 - $390

P8 Adapter:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812887002 - $4

P4 Adapter:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812200084 - $6

3.0ghz AMD Athlon 64 FX-74:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103866 x4 - $1000

Norco 4U rackmount case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811219003 - $110

Seagate Barracuda 1TB drives

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822148274 x4 - $1200

High Point PCI-e RAID card [x16 compatible]:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16816115026 - $250

Samsung 22" Widescreen Monitor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824001240 - $270

Logitec EX110 Keyboard and Mouse set [i have one]:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16823126174 - $30

64GB ECC fully registered DDR2-667 RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820148118 x16 - $3904

20x DVD Burner:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827151155 - $30


enough for you? Run RAID in a RAID1 set across all 4 drives. pwnage.

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Mobo - Skulltrail ~$500 (A little much)

CPU - 2x Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 - $2400

Video Card - 4x NVIDIA 8800Ultra - $3200

RAM - Corsair DDR3 1600 - $1750

Case - If I've got the money, custom built - $1000

CPU Cooling - 2x Prometia Phase Coolers - $1600

Water Cooling - ZALMAN Reserator XT & Water Blocks for Video & North and south bridge - $900

Power Supply - Silverstone 1.2KW - $400

Internal Storage - 2x WD Raptop 150GB - $380 (RAID 1)

Internal Storage - Super Talent SSD 32GB - $500

External Storage - 7x Seagate 1TB Hard Drives in External Enclosure - $4035

Optical Drives - LG Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Burner & Plextor 18X DVD Burner - $350

Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 7.1 Channel $265

Monitors: 2 x Apple Cinema Display 30" - $3600

Speakers - Logitech X-5500 - $250

Mouse - Logitech G9 - $75

Keyboard - Razer Tatantula - $80

Networking - Cisco switch (own) & Linksys Gaming Router - $180


Total: $21645.

Wow. I realy know how to spend money!

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No Skulltrail or whatever here, but this the best base system I could come up with that is available RIGHT NOW: (This is only the system, peripherals will come later)


Asus P5N-T DELUXE 780i

- http://www.xpcgear.com/p5ntdeluxe.html - $ 269.99

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=2399 - $1099.99

VIGOR GAMING CLT-M2I 92mm Thermal Electric CPU Cooler

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16835702002 - $ 129.99

2GB DDR2 PC2-9600 1200MHz 128x64 240pin CL5 Kingston Hyper X Memory (x2)

- http://www.compuvest.us/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=227183 - $ 362.74

EVGA 8800 Ultra Black Pearl (Single-slot solution) (x3)

- http://www.lhdigital.co.uk/product_info.ph...oducts_id=93446 - $3103.65

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card

- http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=SC7SB046A0 - $ 135.96

Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD Hard Drive (x2)

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136011 - $ 349.98

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive (x2)

- http://www.provantage.com/seagate-st31000340as~7SEGB034.htm - $ 599.06

Thermaltake Shark Aluminum Case

- http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=CA-7000BWA - $ 144.20

OCZ Technology ProXStream 1000W ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

- http://www.keenzo.com/showproduct.asp?M=OC...3065&ref=GB - $ 249.97

LG Electronics GGC-H20L LightScribe Blu-ray/HD DVD Combo Drive

- http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GGC-H20L - $ 293.55

Philips SPD7000BD Blu-ray Writer

- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=2537 - $ 499.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate X64 Edition

- http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MS66R00838 - $ 188.49


TOTAL: $7,427.56


New Asus 780i motherboard supports 3-way SLi, or as I like to call, Tri-SLi. EVGA's Black Pearls are 8800 Ultras miraculously implemented in a single-slot card, making Tri-SLi much more accessible. 3 8800 Ultras will wipe anything out anyways, so there. Of course, nothing but Intel's latest and greatest will be used here, and to complement it, 4 GBs of Kingston's fastest DDR2 modules will be used. This motherboard unfortunately doesn't support DDR3 memory, but when you have 3 8800 Ultras who cares? To cool down the monster processor for higher OCing, I suggest using Vigor's Peltier or Thermal Electric (TEC) CPU cooler. Creative's X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card offers great sound so no need to go overboard with extras here. Two 10,000 rpm Raptors in RAID 0 for lightning fast access times paired with two more 1TB HDDs for all the storage you'll ever need. Great HD-DVD and Blu-ray options from LG and Philips. OCZ's 1 kilowatt multi-GPU PSU should provide enough juice to run everything without a hitch, and a stylish Thermaltake Shark aluminum case to hold it all in. And what good is an uber system without an uber OS? Vista Ultimate x64 has everything plus support for 4 or more gigabytes of RAM so everything will run correctly. This rig is geared for gaming by the way, hence the absence of any Quadro FX cards or the like. As for Quad-SLi, to me, it hasn't been implemented in the same way as 2 or 3-way SLi has been. Nvidia's latest MCP so far, the 780i chipset seems to be geared more towards Tri-SLi. I could be wrong, but I'll just wait till Nvidia releases a proper MCP for Quad-SLi.

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It's been about six months since I posted my last Ultimate Build, and it's amazing how much can change in only half a year. But alas, here I am with a refresh of my latest and greatest Ultimate Build yet!! (At least until another six months)


-- Ultimate Build 2 --



Asus P5N64 WS Professional

http://www.morecomputers.co.uk/extra.asp?pn=P5N64+WS+PRO - £ 221.05 (approx. $435.50)



Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9770 3.2GHz 1600MHz 12MB

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=QX9770BOX - $1412.17


CPU Cooler:

Thermaltake BigWater 780e 3U Bay Drives LCS

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7487/ex-...m_CL-W0169.html - $ 219.95


LCS Radiators (for EVGA Black Pearl VGA cooling blocks)

Thermaltake CL-W0072 Aqua TMG1 Radiator (x3)

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5309/ex-...r_CL-W0072.html - $ 173.97



STT Project X D3-2000 2GB (2x1GB) (x2)

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=W2000UX2GP - $ 525.90


Video cards:

EVGA 8800 Ultra Black Pearl (Single-slot solution) (x3)

http://www.nxsource.com/products/255145/eVGA/768_P2_N888_AR - $3004.65


Sound system:

E-MU 1616M PCI Digital Audio System

http://www.provantage.com/creative-70em896...00~7EMUC006.htm - $ 381.06


Hard drives (Primary storage)

Seagate 300GB Cheetah SAS 15K.5 RPM 16MB (x2)

http://www.provantage.com/seagate-st3300655ss~7SEGS1E9.htm - $1247.36


Hard drives (Secondary storage)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive (x2)

http://www.provantage.com/seagate-st31000340as~7SEGB034.htm - $ 397.58



Cooler Master COSMOS S RC-1100

http://www.provantage.com/cooler-rc-1100-k...gp~7COOL035.htm - $ 213.29



Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W ATX Power Supply W0133RU

http://www.provantage.com/thermaltake-w0133ru~7THER04J.htm - $ 279.96


Optical drive (Reading)

LG Electronics GGC-H20L LightScribe Blu-ray/HD DVD Combo Drive

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GGC-H20L - $ 163.77


Optical drive (Writing)

LG Electronics GGW-H20L LightScribe 6X Blu-Ray & 3X HD DVD-ROM

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GGW-H20L - $ 273.00


Operating system:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit w/ SP1

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MS66R02034 - $ 186.19




TOTAL: $8,914.35 (Whew! That was close, we ALMOST spent $9000!!)



Asus recently released their advanced workstation mobo, the P5N64 WS Pro mobo, which uses the nForce 790i Ultra SLi chipset, and includes a host of new features, including support for extremely fast DDR3 RAM as well as 4 PCI-Express x16 slots for Tri-SLi and Quad-SLi configurations. The sporty new blue heatsinks aren't too shabby either:) Of course, once again, nothing but Intel's latest and greatest here: the Core 2 Extreme QX9770, with faster 3.2 GHz core clock as well as 12, that's right, TWELVE MB of L2 cache, and to top it off, a 1600 MHz bus speed. (Is it just me, or does Intel revamp their line of processors like, every 3 months? It just keeps getting better and better. I can't exactly say the same for AMD on the other hand, whose greatest idea so far is yet another session of some serious core-cramming, targeted mainly at servers and workstations as opposed to mainstream users. Their latest concoction, a 12-core processor, would SURELY catch on like bush fire right? I mean, slap two of those babies together and what do you get? 14... 17... 19... Oh right, 24 CORES!! TWENTY-FOUR! That's gotta be the winning number right there.)

Now where was I, oh yes, the CPU cooler. This was not an easy decision, but I ended up picking the Thermaltake BigWater 780e 3U bay LCS for its convenient drive bay installation as well as compatibility with the Aqua TMG1 radiators, also from Thermaltake. As for the RAM, STT has great 2000MHz DDR3 memory that is highly compatible with most boards that support high speed DDR3 memory, like the Asus P5N64 WS.

Ah yes, the video cards. Choosing the ultimate video card setup was probably the hardest part of this whole process. In the end, I had to choose between 3 8800 Ultras, or 2 9800 GX2s. One would think that Quad-SLi would beat Tri-SLi hands down, but this was not so. While the 9800 GX2 in Quad-SLi came up on top in some benchmarks, most actual gaming tests showed that a much larger number of games showed vast improvement in a Tri-SLi setup, especially at 2560x1600 resolutions, than a Quad-SLi configuration. Numerous other factors also lead me to pick the 3 8800 Ultras over the 2 9800 GX2s: 1. The 3 8800 Ultras take up one less expansion slot than the 2 9800 GX2s and are placed further apart, which means more room, and more room means more airflow, and more airflow means better cooling, and better cooling means better performance, and better performance means I WIN!! 2. The 8800 Ultras are water-cooled, which means they will stay much cooler than the GX2s, and thus, can be pushed much further, and they will also be virtually silent. (Plus they look really cool). 3. The GX2s still have a sort of memory bandwidth cap, as is apparent with current multi-GPU cards. This is not so with 3 8800 Ultras, which are single-GPU cards.

I chose the E-MU 1616m PCI audio system on PCWorld's recommendation that they are simply the best sound cards in the world, nuff' said.

Now, one of my favorite features on the new Asus P5N64 WS Pro mobo is the inclusion of 2 SAS ports, which means I can get the fastest hard drive configuration on the planet: 2 15,000 RPM SAS HDDs in RAID 0. Can you say, "Uber"?

However, the 2 SAS drives "only" give you 600 GB of space, and to crazy power-users, this is simply not enough. Hence, I slapped on a couple terabytes of space just to be safe.

The Cooler Master COSMOS S RC-1100 case offers all the features anyone could ask for: spacious interior, excellent ventilation (fans can be placed on virtually every side: front, rear, top, bottom, side), expandability options through the roof, a spiffy dust cover bag, you name it. It even comes with a touch-activated power switch. Neato.

Those 3 8800 Ultras aren't slackers. They'll demand every ounce of electricity you have. You'll probably have to unplug your refrigerator just to cut back on your energy costs, but then again, if you can afford 3 8800 Ultras, energy costs shouldn't be a problem. Anyways, just feed your system with 1200 watts of pure energy and everything should work without a hitch. The Thermaltake 1200W PSU also includes 3 8-pin PCI-Express plugs so you're all set for the newest power-hungry video cards for years to come. Not that 3 8800 Ultras will become antiques any time soon.

LG has great Blu-ray HD-DVD combo drives, so even though HD-DVD crashed and burned, you can still get the best of both worlds. LG's burners also write to Blu-ray discs at a brisk 6x speed, quite speedy compared to other Blu-ray burners out there that only burn a 4x max, or even worse, 2x. Honestly, 25+GB at 2x speed?!! That's just crazy talk.

And to top it all off, you'll need an operating system. Since nForce chipsets and OSX don't mix, you'll have to stick with good ol' Microsoft. They've really gotten 64-bit right this time with Vista. 64-bit's the way to go, and the only way to get the most out of your 4 GBs of RAM.


Well, now you know what to do if you've got $9000 lying around somewhere :D

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Im sure alot of these would do Ok with osx86, whip any mac pro out there on some of these


Mine isnt much to brag about compared to these but it gets the job done


Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.5 GHZ

4GB DDR2 800Mhz

400GB Sata 3GB/s

160GB Sata 3GB/s

EVGA Geforce 9800gx2

Asus P5K Mobo

Samsung DVD-RW Dl Lightscribe burner

Antec 900 Case

Swiftech h20 120 Water cooling

Kingwin 700 watt psu

Razer tantula keyboard

Logitech mx518mouse

Acer 20" widescreen lcd


like i said it gets the job done, sadly im still trying to get osx86 to work, have to use my parents sata drive when they aint home lawl


As far as i see it this is ok for a 15 Yr old and $1400

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.5 GHZ -$350

4GB DDR2 800Mhz - $90

400GB Sata 3GB/s -$70

160GB Sata 3GB/s -$50

EVGA Geforce 9800gx2 -$327

Asus P5K Mobo -$120

Samsung DVD-RW Dl Lightscribe burner -$25

Antec 900 Case - $80

Swiftech h20 120 Water cooling -$140

Kingwin 700 watt psu -$140

Razer tantula keyboard - $18

Logitech mx518mouse - $40

Acer 20" widescreen lcd - $200 ($180 after mib whch i never did oops)


Ok sorry i hit 4 instead of 5


$1500....$1510 to be exact


i got the Case and Keyboard on sale and the 400gb on black friday

CPU was oem

and the GX2 was so cheap cause i had trade in from the 8800gt my mom had gotten me


So I personally only paid $1500


Im trading the GX2 for a GTS and some money cause i dont use the gx2 for anyrthing, all i paly is css, and i owe my mom $258 for a phone bill

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