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Black & Purple (RV-03 + 3 x 6950)

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There were a lot of things unique about my build that caused me a bit of trouble along the way, so I thought I'd share this build with people that had similar goals as I did.

My goals for this build were to A) support a 3 x 1 portrait Eyefinity configuration, B) potentially support water-cooling, C) be unique, D) not break the bank.

I ended up settling with this configuration:
- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution - $250
- 4 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 - $110
- 3 x XFX HD 6950 2GB (HD-695X-CNFC) in Tri CF - $795
- Corsair TX 950W - $150
- Silverstone Raven RV-03 - $160
- 3 x HP ZR24w (1920x1200, 24" IPS panel) - $1020

Already owned:
- i5 2500k
- Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (w/2nd CM Blade Master)
- 2 x ASUS DVD-RW/CD-RW SATA
- 2TB Western Digital Green SATA (I know it's a bad drive)
- 64GB Crucial C300 SSD SATA

Need to get:
- 4 x 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 7200rpm (not sure of the exact model #) ~$480
- Purple paracord sleeving from FTWPC ~$40
- Tools for sleeving ~$30
- White LED strips ~$20
- Potentially another HD 6950, if I can get more feedback on how CF scales to a 4th card (keep in mind, I have an Eyefinity setup) - $265

Problems I've had so far:
- I had a Sapphire 6950 2GB Dirt3 card, which I found out was not only horribly different from the reference card (thus, limiting my WC options), but only had ONE CF connector for some reason. I didn't realize this until AFTER I purchased 2 more from Newegg. So, I'm returning the 2 Sapphire cards and I'm going to attempt to sell my current Sapphire card.
- Finding 3 monitors for Eyefinity is easy. Finding 3 monitors for portrait Eyefinity, now that's a challenge. To eliminate any problems with viewing angles, I ended up deciding I'd have to get IPS panels. It was down to the Dell U2311h, Dell U2412m, or the HP ZR24w. It ended up being much easier AND cheaper to get the HP ZR24w's, which only set me back $350 a piece. The higher resolution (1920x1200) makes them perfect for portrait Eyefinity and they were a steal at that price. More details about how they fair in Eyefinity when I receive them tomorrow!
- Finding an 1155 motherboard that supported quad 8x PCI-E slots was a challenge too. To my knowledge, there are only about 5 boards that do it, and some of their prices are astronomical. I settled with the ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution for about $250. There were quite a few negative reviews on Newegg, so I hope I don't get a DOA board.

Will post pictures as soon as I get back to my dorm room and pick up my boxes from Newegg!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k [4.8GHz @ 1.38V] ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution 4 x Radeon HD 6950 2GB [Quadfire] 4 x 4GB CORSAIR Vengence DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 64GB + 4 x 2TB Hitachi [RAID1+0] 2 x ASUS CD/DVD Burner Windows 7 x64 3 x HP ZR24w [Portrait Eyefinity] 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G110 OCZ ZT Series 750W Silverstone Raven RV03 Logitech G500 
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Ich liebe dich
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k [4.8GHz @ 1.38V] ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution 4 x Radeon HD 6950 2GB [Quadfire] 4 x 4GB CORSAIR Vengence DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 64GB + 4 x 2TB Hitachi [RAID1+0] 2 x ASUS CD/DVD Burner Windows 7 x64 3 x HP ZR24w [Portrait Eyefinity] 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G110 OCZ ZT Series 750W Silverstone Raven RV03 Logitech G500 
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Be careful with adding too many cards. MANY applications simply aren't able to access CFX or SLI cards, especially fourth cards. Just letting you know you shouldn't get your hopes up on the fourth working. Search around, you'll see what I mean.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX8350 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Gigabyte 7950 Windforce Ripjaws X 1333 16GB(4x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Green 2TB Intel 320 Series 80GB LITEON DVD Burner Full custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Enterprise - 64 Bit LG Flatron W2061TQ Razer Blackwidow Expert Ultra X3 1000W 
CaseMouse
Corsair Obsidian 700D Modded Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX4100 Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 XFX R7 260X 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
6x2TB WD Green in RAIDZ Windows 8 Enterprise Antec Earthwatts 380W Fractal Define R4 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX8350 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Gigabyte 7950 Windforce Ripjaws X 1333 16GB(4x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Green 2TB Intel 320 Series 80GB LITEON DVD Burner Full custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Enterprise - 64 Bit LG Flatron W2061TQ Razer Blackwidow Expert Ultra X3 1000W 
CaseMouse
Corsair Obsidian 700D Modded Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX4100 Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 XFX R7 260X 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
6x2TB WD Green in RAIDZ Windows 8 Enterprise Antec Earthwatts 380W Fractal Define R4 
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