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what version of the GTX 570 should I buy, MSI, ASUS, eVGA...?
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+1 for Western Digital. My 2 WD Caviar Blue's are still running strong after 4 years of RAID 0, LAN parties, and being hauled around in an older RV. Plus their turnaround for RMA's is outstanding.

The closest you can get to future proof is a 3/4 way SLI/Crossfire board and a 1kw power supply. That way, in the future you can simply add more cards in SLI to up your GPU power. Keep in mind that new Direct X versions can come with new features that are hardware dependent, and may require a completely new GPU setup.
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+1 for Western Digital. My 2 WD Caviar Blue's are still running strong after 4 years of RAID 0, LAN parties, and being hauled around in an older RV. Plus their turnaround for RMA's is outstanding.

The closest you can get to future proof is a 3/4 way SLI/Crossfire board and a 1kw power supply. That way, in the future you can simply add more cards in SLI to up your GPU power. Keep in mind that new Direct X versions can come with new features that are hardware dependent, and may require a completely new GPU setup.
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thanks for enlightening me
post #34 of 73
Best brands of 570's are non reference PCB which are either the Asus Direct CU-II or the MSI Twin Frozr III Power edition.

Best bang for the buck board is the Asus P8P67 Pro (Z68 chipset is pointless). For ram as noted above, a 2x4 GB kit of 1600mhz is plenty (g.skill is usually the best). Faster ram isn't really relevant any longer other than in benchmarks. The difference between 1600mhz and 2133 mhz ram speed is not discernable in real world use.

For power supplies, as long as you plan a single 570, you could get by with a decent 500w. If you plan a second later in SLI, 750w is more than sufficient. The Corsair TX series is excellent (and much cheaper than the AX series).

For hard drives, a small (64 GB) SSD as primary drive for OS and a secondary drive (or two) for storage works well. There are plenty of inexpensive SSD's in the 64 GB range. For conventional storage, Western Digital's Cavier series is excellent.
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what does "non reference PCB" mean?
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Means the original PCB (printed circuit board) or card designed by nvidia.

There are overclocking issues due to poor quality VRM's used on the reference GTX570's. MSI and Asus designed their own versions which are better in every way.
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Basically the manufacturer has created their own card using the GPU of a series, so many if not most of the components will be arranged differently on the PCB of the GPU.
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2TB?? This is a gaming build!!!
And many games take over 10GB just to install, not to mention updates and patches. I have 6 games installed on my drive and its taking up 84.2GB of space. Its worth it to have space especially if you like to download movies or have a large photo collection. Before my RAID 0 array died I had 90GB free of 2TB. Its not like 2TB is hard to come by these days, I just bought 3x1TB drives for $69 each.
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The CF wrap is a good idea, and I also prefer Western Digital
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I used to as well...
You've had problems with WD? I've hard terrible luck with haitachi and maxtor, I usually use Seagate and samsung, sometimes WD but they're more expensive.
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