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Nothing wrong with that at all, However the TX is old psu and is not modular have a look at the Hx/Ax. The TX will drive you mad.
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I'll try to ask questions in the order people post

Wouldn't using two seperate HDD's become confusing, or even taxing on the system. I know you don't use both at once (usually unless transferring files) but just having one on standby makes an impact right?

As for AMD, they're responsible for ATI cards right? What would be the benefit of one over the other brand?

What exactly is folding?

Would running two cards in crossfire really be more powerful than a GTX 580, and would I run into any stuttering problems I've heard of or even compatibility issues?

Whats the difference with Ax/Hx PSU's over Tx?
Edited by InfamousLegend - 7/22/11 at 4:41am
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Wouldn't using two seperate HDD's become confusing, or even taxing on the system. I know to don't use both at once (usually unless transferring files) but just having one on standby makes an impact right?

As for AMD, they're responsible for ATI cards right? What would be the benefit of one over the other?
Nope, no performance hit at all, and the only confusion is remembering to install things like Games/Steam (large files basically) on the HDD, and then your programs on your SSD. I've been running my setup as it is in my sig for about 3 weeks. Couldn't be happier, the SSD's speed is ridiculous !

Yeah, some people will call them ATi, but they are called AMD cards since AMD rebadged them a few months back. Both sets (AMD and Nvidia) have cards right through the range that are similarly priced, what I have found is Nvidia tend to have more extras (PhysX, CUDA) whereas the the AMD cards tend to be cheaper

Edit :

Just seen your other questions ;

http://www.overclock.net/folding-hom...need-know.html

Check that guide for everything about folding.

Crossfire would have more brute power than a single 580, but the in game performance changes on a game to game basis. You may hit things like stuttering on a crossfire setup too. I'd go with a single card.

AX is a newer platform and modular, and the HX are the Modular versions of the (old, non v2) TX based on a different platform (they are both CWT made units, with some differences IIRC)
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Nope, no performance hit at all, and the only confusion is remembering to install things like Games/Steam (large files basically) on the HDD, and then your programs on your SSD. I've been running my setup as it is in my sig for about 3 weeks. Couldn't be happier, the SSD's speed is ridiculous !

Yeah, some people will call them ATi, but they are called AMD cards since AMD rebadged them a few months back. Both sets (AMD and Nvidia) have cards right through the range that are similarly priced, what I have found is Nvidia tend to have more extras (PhysX, CUDA) whereas the the AMD cards tend to be cheaper
Is PhysX something I would use often enough to be worth purchasing a Nvidia card, or is it only for super high end games, and are CUDA cores really that much more powerful?

To give an idea of what games I'll play I would want to be able to handle WoW, Eve Online, Battlefield 3, with the possibility of popular games people on the boards would recommend.
Edited by InfamousLegend - 7/22/11 at 4:46am
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Is PhysX something I would use often enough to be worth purchasing a Nvidia card, or is it only for super high end games, and are CUDA cores really that much more powerful?
IMO, no. It gives some pretty cool effects in some games, but not enough to be the deciding factor. CUDA is very useful if you have software that uses it. That being said, I would still go with a single 570/580 over two AMD cards. You may want to look at some more powerful AMD cards though

Edit : Your setup would be more than adequate for those games, they wont know what hit them !
    
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TX is the older line - All cables are fixed and cannot be removed

HX is semi modular it has - 24pin, 8 + 4/4 eps , and 2 pci-e 6+2 fixed. the molex, sata and other pci-e are modular,

AX is fully modular no cables are fixed. And.. when the system is idle/ little load the fan turns off so that it is silient.
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Is PhysX something I would use often enough to be worth purchasing a Nvidia card, or is it only for super high end games, and are CUDA cores really that much more powerful?

To give an idea of what games I'll play I would want to be able to handle WoW, Eve Online, Battlefield 3, with the possibility of popular games people on the boards would recommend.
It's a nice feature in the games that supports it. I personally don't care much for it, since I have a hard time telling the graphical difference.
Physx is a software engine that takes use of Nvidia's CUDA cores and using those to render. AMD/ATI uses the CPU to render Physx.
Only a very few amount of games supports Physx.

And indeed, a 500W PSU will be plenty even for a GTX 580.

If you strictly only game, as mentioned, the 2600K will proove no benefit over the 2500K at all. the 2600K primary has HyperThreading, which benefits in apps that can use up to 8 threads. Games cannot.

You can also get, as mentioned, 2x GTX 560's (no TI) or 2x HD 6870's. Or even 2x GTX 460 - they will all give you better bang for the buck while outperformind your current GTX 570.

If you choose multiple GPU's, remember to add a PSU with 4x PCI-e connectors. Like the XFX 650W. Very solid PSU and will serve as more than plenty. Even if you wish to add another GTX 570 later (if you buy it in the first place, of course).


Any questions ?

Edit: Btw, consider the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard which is $20 cheaper.
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Don't forget an aftermarket heat sink fan! I just got done putting together my 2600k + P8Z68 Pro build and completely forgot my 775 waterblock won't fit the 1155. Now I'm stuck on the stock Intel crap heat sink fan.
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Nice build man,

Hit us with some pic's once you get going.

I am with Deano on the SSD though, the lowest cost preformance gaining parts availible todat are SSD's

The whole desktop experience just is boosted to another level

best of luck
SSDs will not improve gaming performance other than load times (if he has the game installed on the SSD). I think they are overrated. Yes they decrease the boot time dramatically and make applications load faster, but other than that I see them as overpriced and lacking in capacity.
    
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I also just read SLI and Crossfire will give a lower min FPS when compared to a single comparable GPU, Is it really worth running two cards? I'll look into dual HDD's such as RAID but it sounds expensive, and what does it do exactly? I understand it can split read/write between two drives, so downloading and loading is quicker, but does it do anything else?

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