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I understand that, you're completely right, but I would game on one monitor. And also he doesn't haven't to listen to my suggestions. I'm just throwing it out there. 1920x1080 is easily sufficient.
I would never game on two montiors. Gaming on one monitor is all i will ever do. I'd like to get a monitor that has 1920x1080 or 1650x1200. Even 1440x900 is good for me
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so new build for epic win

total is 2433.22 to allow for shipping
whoops wrong frozen cpu image in first pic
new cart in second pic


Edited by rdrdrdrd - 7/26/11 at 8:07pm
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lol, I didn't say you didn't think. I just said slow down.... I'm not really trying to insult anyone.
I wouldn't exactly call SSD caching "worthless". Unless of course, you are using it and find it completely worthless...

with that much money to spend, why not go for the board that will take the SLI 580's as WELL as provide onboard video?
Also, unlikely != impossible. But sure, let the OP do whatever he wants, that's his comp, not mine.

@OP: Why are you so bent on getting SLI 580's if I might ask? I guess most who own that will disagree, but I don't see how it is the "best" option given how much money will be dedicated to those cards.
I'd say get one 3GB version for now and try to hold back the upgrade edge a tad...
I'm getting two 3gb 580s. Heard it was the fastest.
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I'm getting two 3gb 580s. Heard it was the fastest.
Are you expected to run 3 monitors? if not just stay with a 1.5 GB version.

Seriously
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Are you expected to run 3 monitors? if not just stay with a 1.5 GB version.

Seriously
I do plan to run on 3 monitors, yes.
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I do plan to run on 3 monitors, yes.
you wont be able to afford it all with 2500
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no, not right now anyway. Cards haven't hit the ability to need the PCI speed yet. 2 or 3 generations of GPUs and it'll begin to be useful. in other words, the transfer between the card and the mobo is not the bottleneck yet.
Hell, My Abit IP35 Pro has PCI-E 1.1... And it only bottlenecks PCI-E 2 cards by less than 5 percent based on the reasearch Anan and Tom's did on PCI-E scaling.

PCI-E 3.0 is only useful for SSD add in cards, or rather that will be the first thing that begins to saturate the bus I bet. There are a few P67 boards I've seen that has PCI-E 3 already there and waiting for an Ivy Bridge CPU to enable it.

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Future proofing is garbage in PC builds. However, having PCI 3.0 is as close as you'll get to future proofing i suppose. the P67 boards with PCI 3.0 are fine too, z68 has stuff you dont need, like ssd caching and onboard video.

speaking of ssd's... GET AN SSD. i did an 1100$ build and got a vertex 3 120gb for 250$. it was DEFINITELY worth it. if you have 2500$ and you DONT get an SSD, i'd probably hang my head in shame for you. It's the LARGEST noticeable upgrade a computer can get these days and it destroys even two raptors in RAID 0
I second this. If I could afford a larger one I'd get one, if someone has the budget for one, GET IT. It's the biggest non gaming upgrade you could possibly do right now. However there are people like me that would rather use 2 large mechanical drives in Raid 1 instead. Backing up is next to impossible if you install stuff on more than 1 drive.

I know my 256GB SSD in my Laptop is large enough to hold all I need, and it's FAST! Windows 7 loads up from the end of the BIOS post in about 4 seconds flat - I mean FULLY loaded.

I just can't wait until 1TB + SSD's become mainstream, until then it's just not feasible in a lot of situations.

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Also, RAM is so cheap now, do your self a favor and get 16GB's. There is no reason not to. You can pick up a good set of Corsair Dominators for $125 on Newegg (DDR3-1600). Just do it now it saves time and hassle. If you do a ton of multitasking and/or keep your machine on 24/7 it's more than worth it. Especially at today's prices.

Edit: I mean Corsair Vengeance RAM, not the Dominators.

Also On the Z68 boards, Lucid Virtu is pretty good, it enables you to keep the Sandy Bridge GPU on and still use your Nvidia/ATI Add in card. Though the only benefit really is it allows you to use Quick Sync. In the Virtu-D mode, there is no power savings. SSD Caching is a nice feature, if you are willing to buy a new 311 Intel SSD card which are around $120. And the caching does work with Raid Arrays. But this entire feature is worthless if you do use a SSD as a boot drive.
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And you mention that now? Sorry but I feel like your pissing on everybody at the moment but it might just be me.

If so I would suggest go

Intel i5 2500k
Noctua NH-D14
8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600MHz timing of your choice really anyone will do 9-9-9-24 would do fine
Corsair AX850 or Seasonic X-850
ASUS P8P67 Pro
MSI GeForce 580 GTX 3GB Lightning (Get a second one later if you feel the need)
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Crucial M4 128GB
Samsung F3 1TB

Case I could suggest a lot

Cooler Master HAF X 942
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
NZXT Phatom
Corsair 650D

Just to name a few.

Dno if you can fit 3 monitors under that budget but I feel like your just trolling now. I see no reason to waste over $2500 for your first custom build.
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you wont be able to afford it all with 2500
Only getting 1 monitor for now, but I will be getting 3 in the future.

Quick question, is an 850w psu good enough for 2 580s at 3gb each in sli?
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I think that it might just cut it... for that kind of money though id watercool insteadand wait for the probably 6Gb gtx 670s or 680s before you get the extra monitors
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