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Well its a good thing then that 850watt quality PSU's can be had for about $180. You suggested some in the $230 range initially, totally overkill imo. I appreciate your input but I want to kind of strike a balance between value and power. If I could afford it I'd just do tri-sli 580s and run 3 30-inch monitors. I can't do that though, so i'll stick with more attainable performance.

If a good 850 watt PSU can handle an upgrade to SLI down the road, then what's the point of getting 1000+ watts?
1000w is totally useless in your case, just get this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5&Tpk=ax%20850

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1000w is totally useless in your case, just get this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5&Tpk=ax%20850

Hope it helps .
+1
great find man,
@OP,
its the best psu money can buy
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1000w is totally useless in your case, just get this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5&Tpk=ax%20850

Hope it helps .
Yup thanks I just added it to my list. It looks perfect for what I need
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Go for the HX850. It's a tad better than the XFX and it's only $129 on sale now. IT's semimodular, but the ones that arent', you're going to use anyway.
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I would suggest Scythe Mugen-2 Rev.B SCMG-2100 as a cooler for the same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=SCMG-2100
I've got it and it's a total beast. at ambient 29 degrees C the cpu at 35C. Plus you can move the fan upwards and it and install a taller memory. I was at fist worried about the memory not fitting with this size of cooler and purchased a low profile. But when I installed the system I saw I could move the fan up and install a higher profile.


It's a bit of tricky to install but you do it only once and it's the best for it's money and from price/performance ratio.

You can see some pics of how I installed it from the link in my sig.

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If a good 850 watt PSU can handle an upgrade to SLI down the road, then what's the point of getting 1000+ watts?
The higher the reserve capability of the PSU the less it has to sweat at medium loads and the longer it will live. + you never know to what you will want to upgrade in a year. maybe you will prefer to sell your card and get other 2 monsters. This way you won't have to exchange the PSU. If I could get at the same price a bigger wattage PSU and from a reputable manufacturer I would go for it.
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And you need two DVD burners because? I support your choice on the 580 though, because then you can always get another later.
    
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And you need two DVD burners because? I support your choice on the 580 though, because then you can always get another later.
I don't need two, I just like having 2 drives. I don't need blu-ray since my PS3 sits in the next room with my 40" sony LCD and that's where I watch movies. Do you have a better suggestion? Those burners are so cheap that it seems like there is no point in getting different ones.
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If they are that cheap then yea why not. But make sure you still buy a quality fan controller. Reason being is that some take two 5.25" bays, so make sure you'll have room.
    
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post #29 of 29
If you're looking for a quality fan controller, I recommend the Sunbeam Rheosmart 6 channel model. Can handle a lot of fan power.

As for PSU, NEVER cheap out. If $100 between the 2500 and 2600 is nothing to you, then $50 for a decent PSU shouldn't be. Plus, the PSU is probably the heaviest thing in your computer, thus the most to ship back for RMA's. I have the Corsair AX850 and it's great. Plus, it's got a 7 year warranty, so you're set for PSU's for the next 7 years.

I'm looking to get familiar with a 580 in the future as well, but I plan on waiting a bit until companies start pushing out 3GB models. Some people are gonna argue that 3GB vs. 1.5GB is overkill but whatever. I want to future-proof as much as possible with the highest single-GPU card I can find. I read MSI is releasing a 3GB Lightning on the near horizon. I would also spring for a "custom" cooler model as well, like the Windforce model from Gigabyte or the Lightning or TFIII from MSI. The DirectCUII from Asus takes up 3 slots though, so that may not be peachy.

For coolers, if you're spending ~$70 on an air cooler, why not just go with the Corsair H50? Granted you need to put the rad some place, but it's all-in-one liquid cooling. Haven't seen many comparisons recently on air vs. H50/H70, but it's a consideration.

And for case, I'd recommend the HAF X only on the strength that I've used it and not the DF-85. The HAF X is HUGE. It was a dream to build a computer in. A little bit more expensive, but it's worthy it for it's size, nifty features and excellent cable management. As an Antec 900 owner, I know Antec has never been that great when it comes to cable management.
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