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well, i'll throw my three cents in right off the bat, tri sli ? shove it where the sun don't shine I've had problems with it... when I first made a system with tri-sli 570's mind you just quad crossfire that, yea, quad, since your spending five thousand on a piece of equipment go with 4 6990's or the best ATI is rolling out, cause, it has been bench marked the fastest(not really confirmed, it just has the marks to prove it, yet to see the 580's might check theirs out later just correct me if im wrong lol ), just imagine 4.. makes me envious, but if its not been suggest already, that is my suggestion, also i'll post you a set up for, that amount, with links after a bit, and go with a intel board, intel for this is the best, don't bottle neck with a AMD, amd is for budget pcs, sorry amd sorry.. and make sure you get the unlocked multiplier, you can get some of them going to about say 4-5ghz easily with water cooling, and have eight cores to boot, good luck with this, i'll post set up later
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Well OP - which would you prefer? AMD or Intel - this way those of us with configurations have a better idea of what to look for. Obviously AMD is the better value per dollar spent, however the Intel build will have more performance as of now. Currently with the new processor generations coming out things are still up in the air short term (Bulldozer in September, Socket 2011 in Q1 of 2012)

If you decide the AMD route I would strongly recommend "gimping" yourself on the short term, getting a slower quad or even the x6, and getting the highest end bulldozer possible in september for the 8-core goodness (and 4ghz+ clocks).

If you go the Intel route I wont be of much help admittedly as I've been an AMD person for awhile and havn't kept up on Intel as much as a good nerd should have.

Also - what games do you play, what are your current monitors and other devices you have? having a small list will help us provide better components for you
He has $5500 just for the system. A top of the line AMD won't even touch that budget. Why would he need value when he has such a huge budget just for the system?
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well, i'll throw my three cents in right off the bat, tri sli ? shove it where the sun don't shine I've had problems with it... when I first made a system with tri-sli 570's mind you just quad crossfire that, yea, quad, since your spending five thousand on a piece of equipment go with 4 6990's or the best ATI is rolling out, cause, it has been bench marked the fastest(not really confirmed, it just has the marks to prove it, yet to see the 580's might check theirs out later just correct me if im wrong lol ), just imagine 4.. makes me envious, but if its not been suggest already, that is my suggestion, also i'll post you a set up for, that amount, with links after a bit, and go with a intel board, intel for this is the best, don't bottle neck with a AMD, amd is for budget pcs, sorry amd sorry.. and make sure you get the unlocked multiplier, you can get some of them going to about say 4-5ghz easily with water cooling, and have eight cores to boot, good luck with this, i'll post set up later
You can't put four 6990 in xfire sadly, maximum allowed is two.
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I'm seriously considering 6970 Tri-CF now since it is apparently known to scale better than 580 Tri-Sli, and apparently the 6970 Tri-CF has = or > minimum framerates (you know, the ones that actually matter in gameplay), though maybe slightly less maximum framerates (the ones that matter less). I am considering 6990x2 also (Quad-CF), but I have heard that Quad SLI or CF setups can have microstutter problems. Is this true?

I really like the fact that AMD 6000 series graphics cards have MLAA which works with virtually any game.

Opinions?
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I'm seriously considering 6970 Tri-CF now since it is apparently known to scale better than 580 Tri-Sli, and apparently the 6970 Tri-CF has = or > minimum framerates (you know, the ones that actually matter in gameplay), though maybe slightly less maximum framerates (the ones that matter less). I am considering 6990x2 also (Quad-CF), but I have heard that Quad SLI or CF setups can have microstutter problems. Is this true?

I really like the fact that AMD 6000 series graphics cards have MLAA which works with virtually any game.

Opinions?
It's up to you to go quad scaling. But the reality of it is, scaling gets worse whenever you increase the number of it. That means two way scales better than tri, tri scales better than quad. I don't know much about the micro stutter though. But with your budget, value doesn't matter any more, it's all about more performance right? So I'd go quad if I were you. But if you're afraid of the micro stutter problem though, you can work around it by just xfiring one 6990 and one 6970. This you get trifire. But be warned though, the 6990's are nowhere to be seen, the availability on them is really limited. Even the 6970's are next to none.
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It's up to you to go quad scaling. But the reality of it is, scaling gets worse whenever you increase the number of it. That means two way scales better than tri, tri scales better than quad. I don't know much about the micro stutter though. But with your budget, value doesn't matter any more, it's all about more performance right? So I'd go quad if I were you. But if you're afraid of the micro stutter problem though, you can work around it by just xfiring one 6990 and one 6970. This you get trifire. But be warned though, the 6990's are nowhere to be seen, the availability on them is really limited. Even the 6970's are next to none.
How would tri-firing 6990 + 6970 help with microstutter versus just tri-firing three 6970s? Please explain.

Thanks.
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How would tri-firing 6990 + 6970 help with microstutter versus just tri-firing three 6970s? Please explain.

Thanks.
What I meant was if you're afraid of micro stuttering on QUAD, you can work around it by TRI, either with 6990 + 6970 or 6970 x 3. 6990 + 6970 consumes less power though. And also less heat.
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Okay, I am really leaning towards two 6990s (Quad-CF) unless they are not available, and in that case I might just wait for Southern Islands. Microstutter in Quad SLI/CF is probably just a way exaggerated issue anyways (if it even exists or is noticeable at all).

Thanks for the recommendations so far everyone.
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Okay, I am really leaning towards two 6990s (Quad-CF) unless they are not available, and in that case I might just wait for Southern Islands. Microstutter in Quad SLI/CF is probably just a way exaggerated issue anyways (if it even exists or is noticeable at all).

Thanks for the recommendations so far everyone.
Just checked. 6990 is not available on Newegg.
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Still depends on what resolution you are running, which monitors and how many, and if you plan on doing surround or eyefinity. Though two 6990's sound good, it's true they might be hard to get a hold of.
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