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I'm most likely going to get the Asus matrix 580. I'm ocd about matching and I think it would go nicely with the motherboard and case I'm choosing. And yes I'm buying a 1100 Watt psu. It might be overkill but id like to be positive I have enough and not have to upgrade later
    
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I'm most likely going to get the Asus matrix 580. I'm ocd about matching and I think it would go nicely with the motherboard and case I'm choosing. And yes I'm buying a 1100 Watt psu. It might be overkill but id like to be positive I have enough and not have to upgrade later
You only need an 850W for SLI 580's, included a heavily OCed CPU.
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I'm most likely going to get the Asus matrix 580. I'm ocd about matching and I think it would go nicely with the motherboard and case I'm choosing. And yes I'm buying a 1100 Watt psu. It might be overkill but id like to be positive I have enough and not have to upgrade later
Seems like you plan on SLI later? If so... here what I suggest

1. Don't get the Matrix... they are only good for single card, and the premium people pay for it its not that much more improvement. Read the reviews...at most you get maybe 5-10 fps increase vs. a regular GTX 580. If you really insist on some 'different cooler' layout look at the MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozr II. It has an excellent cooler, and its only a 2-slot card. Also you can OC this card fairly well too.

2. You don't need a 1100 watt psu. Once again I will 100% assure you with a good 850 watt psu that all you need to SLI GTX 580

3. Lastly the motherboard you suggested is once again not needed. They offer things like 3-way SLI and other small gimics that why its $100 more. Other $200-250 boards can give you the same stable OC you want on your CPU. My motherboard now is around $150-175, when I got it in the first week it was $209. I got a stable 4.5 ghz OC on my i5-2500k, and this is the usual typical value for a i5-2500k. I am sure if I tweak around I can get more, but I just simply used the multiplier that is all.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127567

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...orsair%20ax850

I am not here to tell you how to spend your money, but you are on this forum to ask for the best 'value' for your money obviously or else you can just go and buy the most $ on the market and call it a day. If money / value is not really what you care about then go get the $360 ASUS mobo, SLI ASUS Matrix, and a 1100 watt psu, but can assure you won't see much difference in real life gaming/situations...unless you like to spend more money so you can benchmark and be 'wow'!
Edited by mcc21 - 8/13/11 at 5:14pm
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Well I was mostly sticking to Asus because I have owned two that have lasted for years and I've been very happy with, and I was choosing the maximus IV extreme z because at first I was highly considering getting the matrix 580, and I knew I would need a xATX in order to sli the massive cards. I don't plan to use sli for a while, but this will probably be my only upgrade for a while too, so I'd like to be able to just have the option later on down the road for when it would be needed, seeing as how our software grows so quickly every year. But if the matrix 580 isn't even sli optional I will definitely be considering something else. Thanks for the heads up!
    
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Well I was mostly sticking to Asus because I have owned two that have lasted for years and I've been very happy with, and I was choosing the maximus IV extreme z because at first I was highly considering getting the matrix 580, and I knew I would need a xATX in order to sli the massive cards. I don't plan to use sli for a while, but this will probably be my only upgrade for a while too, so I'd like to be able to just have the option later on down the road for when it would be needed, seeing as how our software grows so quickly every year. But if the matrix 580 isn't even sli optional I will definitely be considering something else. Thanks for the heads up!
No problem!

I am just worried that you will be disappointed later with the ASUS Matrix. It really isn't that special. I had one before...couldn't warrant much of a difference except for 'wow' factor and 'benchmark' so I returned it and save myself $50 and got the EVGA GTX 580 DS version. I was able to OC pass the stock clock speeds of the Matrix without touching the voltages. Then I realized I wasn't really getting much of a 'difference' so I put it back to stock speeds. I had a chance to SLI GTX 580 earlier this week, and wow must I say that is the huge difference.... OC gpu are just for 'fun' not really as needed IMO.

For that price of the Matrix I would rather pay 10 buxs more and get the Zotac 3 gb version. 2x the VRAM will actually make you see a difference in the future when more games require VRAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500199

With this you won't need to spend so much more on the maximus IV extreme z, and get a regular ATX board for like $200.

Heck...get a good 650 watt psu, the money you save from getting a regular ATX board for $200 and the psu add that to the $530.. you get get a GTX 590. Problem solved... no need to SLI ... no need to OC... you got the best card on the market right there, 3GB VRAM, dual gpu... since this was one of your options for cards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139012

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131702

But seem like you got your mind set

Either way you got a very beefy setup !!!
Edited by mcc21 - 8/13/11 at 8:01pm
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Oh I just checked the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z in more detail... you still won't have any breathing room in between both Matrix cards... its a 6 slot mobo with each Matrix taking up 3 slots... it will get HOT... especially if you plan to OC them a lot.... just a heads up...

Also what kind of case you getting? With the GTX 580 in single or SLI or the GTX 590 ... you will want good circulation/fans in your case. A case with side fans blowing at the gpu is the best.
Edited by mcc21 - 8/13/11 at 8:04pm
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I was considering the thermaltake armor +. But now I'm looking into a standard atx motherboard so possibly a new case all together haha. Definitely a thermaltake or coolermaster though. Luckily ill have about a month before ill receive my left over school funds, so plenty more time to research and decide haha
    
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I was considering the thermaltake armor +. But now I'm looking into a standard atx motherboard so possibly a new case all together haha. Definitely a thermaltake or coolermaster though. Luckily ill have about a month before ill receive my left over school funds, so plenty more time to research and decide haha
Corsair 650D or 600T. Tons of fans and ventilation ... hehe
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