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I think you might need to take out one of the fans on the bottom to fit something like a 5970.

It is not as tall as a normal case because the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees. It is deeper though, and airflow goes from bottom to top, instead of front to back.

looks like this with stuff installed (that is a 5870 i think)
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I think you might need to take out one of the fans on the bottom to fit something like a 5970.

It is not as tall as a normal case because the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees. It is deeper though, and airflow goes from bottom to top, instead of front to back.

looks like this with stuff installed (that is a 5870 i think)

I'm aiming for the 6970, is that a longer card than a 5870? I think the 6970 is 11"


The way everything is now arranged inside, it looks incredibly neat, and radical in it's difference with the graphics card going up and down vertically instead of horizontally.
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Ya so after thinking about the build quality AND engineering design, I'm going for the Raven RV02-BW Case

Awesome looking, fresh look, and it looks like it will cool better with it's bottom to top air flow design.

Build is at $1,339.93 now

Estimate ~$1,480.00 with FX series and Crossfire V
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The RV-02 is a pretty good case choice, though I might recommend a Lian-Li instead. Function over form winner is the HAF-932 (though I personally hate how it looks), and another choice that many people really like that has really good functionality is the NZXT Phantom (personally not a fan of that one either, but eh).

You might consider the CM 690II, though it doesn't really have the prestige associated with a Lian-Li or the Silverstone. I'm a bit biased, as I have the case myself, but I chose it because of it's fantastic functionality at a good price point. The Advanced version, at $80 AR, will give you near full tower features, fantastic airflow, great cable management, and loads of space inside for multiple GPU's up to 12" in length (the 6970 is 11", and is the exact same size as the 6950 I have that fits perfectly in mine) or watercooling or whatever else you may desire. That would save you $70 over the DF-85.

Heard a lot of negative things about the DF-85, though.

A 750W PSU is going to be way overkill for a single 6970, but might not be quite enough for two of them. You'll probably want at least 800W if you want to go XFire. A good 550 or 600W unit would power the system with a single card wonderfully. The TX650, a very popular choice at $75 AR, would save you $65 right there.

Those RAM are also REALLY expensive for just 8GB. I've seen the CAS9 1600 Ripjaws for $80 (2x4GB) on Newegg. There's a difference between the CAS9 and CAS7, of course, but you have to decide whether it's a $50 difference. The CAS9 can always be overclocked of course.

Another spot I see you could save $25 or so would be the HDD. The Caviar Black, while a high-performer, is really overpriced. The Samsung F3 1TB is $65 (seen on sale for $50 rather often) and in many cases has been shown to be even faster than the CB.

So, with the 690II, the TX650, the $80 Ripjaws, and the F3 1TB, that should shave off a good $200 and not reduce your functionality a single bit.
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I'm aiming for the 6970, is that a longer card than a 5870? I think the 6970 is 11"


The way everything is now arranged inside, it looks incredibly neat, and radical in it's difference with the graphics card going up and down vertically instead of horizontally.
I think the RV-02 is a great choice and I really like its revolutionary design. However, I have heard there can be airflow issues if you don't have proper cable management, and that it can get really quite cramped inside.

Still a great case though.
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The RV-02 is a pretty good case choice, though I might recommend a Lian-Li instead. Function over form winner is the HAF-932 (though I personally hate how it looks), and another choice that many people really like that has really good functionality is the NZXT Phantom (personally not a fan of that one either, but eh).

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Heard a lot of negative things about the DF-85, though.

A 750W PSU is going to be way overkill for a single 6970, but might not be quite enough for two of them. You'll probably want at least 800W if you want to go XFire. A good 550 or 600W unit would power the system with a single card wonderfully. The TX650, a very popular choice at $75 AR, would save you $65 right there.

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So, with the 690II, the TX650, the $80 Ripjaws, and the F3 1TB, that should shave off a good $200 and not reduce your functionality a single bit.

I wanted the HX versions of the Corsair series because they are modular and would help in cable management by not having unneeded cables sitting on the bottom. I'll look for those replacement parts right now. I guess it's either 650watt psu for single cards or 850watt for crossfire

If I do crossfire it'll be a high end set up and I might as well buy a new PSU then as well. so 650 watt it is


also I worry that because Samsung sold off their HDD section to Seagate that if I plan for Samsung I might not be able to get it. Maybe.
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Real quick, the Samsung drives don't come in anything bigger than 32MB cache and I'm aiming for 64MB. I think everyone grabbed up the 64MB versions since Samsung sold out it's division. dang.
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Real quick, the Samsung drives don't come in anything bigger than 32MB cache and I'm aiming for 64MB. I think everyone grabbed up the 64MB versions since Samsung sold out it's division. dang.
Ahhh I wasn't aware that they had sold out. Now I know why I couldn't find the 500GB F3 anymore. Shame, since Samsung had such a good HDD reputation. Maybe now Seagate will use their designs?

With a build in that price range, you also might consider getting the 6950 (which is only a few percent less powerful than the 6970 and as I'm sure you know can be unlocked directly into a 6970 with certain models) and putting that extra cash toward an SSD. I know virtually nothing about them though, so I'm no help there.
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Ahhh I wasn't aware that they had sold out. Now I know why I couldn't find the 500GB F3 anymore. Shame, since Samsung had such a good HDD reputation. Maybe now Seagate will use their designs?

With a build in that price range, you also might consider getting the 6950 (which is only a few percent less powerful than the 6970 and as I'm sure you know can be unlocked directly into a 6970 with certain models) and putting that extra cash toward an SSD. I know virtually nothing about them though, so I'm no help there.
I was avoiding getting an SSD till I was complete with everything high end. basically an SSD to top it off.


How much better would it be with an SSD as a system OS and game files drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227578

How's that?
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Also as for the 6950 to a 6970, I don't know if I want to try to do that, is it difficult / hard and are the risks large? I'm going to be using XFX so I may not have to worry about that probably if they hold that in warranty.
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