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post #21 of 25
No kidding donny. I would get a SSD (120GB+ for games/OS) and water cooling like you stated. Those are probably the only things you would truly need to increase your PC experience. Other then that you have a pretty well built rig.
post #22 of 25
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Thanks guys. I'm leaning towards the SSD & WC for sure.

Semi tempted to get a second 6990 though this bitcoin mining is already super addicting. In theory if I buy a 6990 first...then I'll make the money back faster and be able to get an SSD & WC setup. We'll see how the first couple weeks of mining goes.

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post #23 of 25
Nice setup! Saberooth X58 with the 6GB/s Controller (Marvel 9128) will actually bottleneck with the Vertex 3.
I am in the same predicament with the limited controller as people say that you might as well plug the Vertex 3 into the Sata II Intel Port...
The Vertex 3 is technically too fast for our motherboards...
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/983614-...3-corsair.html

I contemplated upgrading to sandy bridge due to this, as the throughput of these 6GB controllers suck (1X PCI lane). I then considered an additional PCI-X Controller card to max the throughput but read the drivers aren't as good and caching on these don't compare to Intels controller (correct me if I am wrong).

Last but not least, looking at your case and motherboard don't seem to allow for CF spacing the cards... Your board seems to be the same setup as my MB and case which means that you won't be able to use that third PCI-X slot on the dual GPU card as half the card will be blocked by the case (with 7 removable PCI slots). Doing the watercooling setup would be beneficial with two 6990's since both GPU's will be hugging each other and have no space... Below are pics of my setup and what I mean by no spacing...



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post #24 of 25
+1 on the ssd, definately since your budget allows you to fit a sizable amount of games on a big capacity model on there at a time and you can have some breathing space to swap and go for speedy load times when benching bf3 max graphics etc etc..
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post #25 of 25
Dude buy the 120gb solid state drive and see how it goes.. with that video card you have why even over clock? are you telling me there are games that you can not max out?

What's the point?

Go the SSD for more performance where it is needed and save the $200.00.
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