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Yeah, after doing some more research it seems that the P67 boards are still a better (and cheaper) option than the Z68. P67 still marginally outperforms Z68 and on top of that, I'm paying for quite a few features I don't need on the Z68. I'll probably go for the P8P67-V (non-pro, non-deluxe). Thanks for the advice.

I think I'll also take your recommendation and go with the TX750. Save a bit on the PSU and go for the 580 Matrix.

Still stuck between the M4 or the V-3...I've only owned an M4 before but I don't really have a point of comparison so I don't know which is faster (I doubt there's much of a difference so I'll probably go for whichever is cheaper at the store).

I tried looking for a Noctua DH14 today, but it seems nobody in Hong Kong stocks them. Are there any other air coolers out there you can recommend?

Honestly, you guys have been so much help. If I hadn't come here for advice I probably woulda ended up with a MSI mobo (ugh I used to have one, unstable as hell) and the MSI Twin Frozr GTX580 instead of the newer and better ASUS model.

I think I'm all good now, thanks guys! If I have trouble putting it all together/overclocking/fry my CPU, you'll be here to help too?
Edited by Goobus88 - 10/10/11 at 11:44am
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post #32 of 46
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If you can help (afford) it, get rid of the SLI idea all together and just get a GTX 580.
+1 This was what i was about to say. Why restrict yourself now with SLI when you can get one of the best single gpu. 2 560s cost more than 1 580. Yes you get 10-15% performance, but than down the road you can easily upgrade by adding another 580.

As for psu. A strong 750 watt psu should handle SLI 580s. Such as the AX750
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post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by Goobus88 View Post
Yeah, after doing some more research it seems that the P67 boards are still a better (and cheaper) option than the Z68. P67 still marginally outperforms Z68 and on top of that, I'm paying for quite a few features I don't need on the Z68. I'll probably go for the P8P67-V (non-pro, non-deluxe). Thanks for the advice.

I think I'll also take your recommendation and go with the TX750. Save a bit on the PSU and go for the 580 Matrix.

Still stuck between the M4 or the V-3...I've only owned an M4 before but I don't really have a point of comparison so I don't know which is faster (I doubt there's much of a difference so I'll probably go for whichever is cheaper at the store).

I tried looking for a Noctua DH14 today, but it seems nobody in Hong Kong stocks them. Are there any other air coolers out there you can recommend?

Honestly, you guys have been so much help. If I hadn't come here for advice I probably woulda ended up with a MSI mobo (ugh I used to have one, unstable as hell) and the MSI Twin Frozr GTX580 instead of the newer and better ASUS model.

I think I'm all good now, thanks guys! If I have trouble putting it all together/overclocking/fry my CPU, you'll be here to help too?
Go with the M4, they are awesome.

If you plan on SLI in future I advice against the ASUS DU II or the MATRIX. You won't have any space in between the cards in those MOBOs. Also you live in HK, unless you plan to keep your A/C on while you are playing games your room temperature will be too high to run those. In winter on the other hand it be awesome, free heater FTW

So I advice on getting 2-slot GPUs because of the dam weather in HK.

If you plan on only ONE gpu forever...then all you need is a good 550-650 watt psu to run a GTX 580.

Try to save more money here and there... like get a smaller SSD, 650 watt psu, different HDD, different case, and with the money saved see if you can grab a GTX 590 =)
Edited by mcc21 - 10/10/11 at 11:53am
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post #34 of 46
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Room temps shouldn't be a problem. A/C is on pretty much all the time when I'm home anyways.

What exactly are 2-slot GPUs? Do you have any examples? And you mean a P8P67 won't hold 2 ASUS DU II's? Hrmmmm well that sucks. And just when I thought I was set on a GPU.. :\\

Cute avatar btw

EDIT: To all those who previously responded, sorry I'm being so indecisive. It's not that I don't value your advice, I really do. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can about stuff so I can be better informed about how I can optimize my system for my needs.
Edited by Goobus88 - 10/10/11 at 12:02pm
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post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by Goobus88 View Post
Room temps shouldn't be a problem. A/C is on pretty much all the time when I'm home anyways.

What exactly are 2-slot GPUs? Do you have any examples? And you mean a P8P67 won't hold 2 ASUS DU II's? Hrmmmm well that sucks. And just when I thought I was set on a GPU.. :\\

Cute avatar btw
It will hold it. Just there won't be any breathing room. The top card will run around 10-20C hotter even in a 20C room. And if you plan to OC it will run even hotter. The ASUS design for cooling is suck air from the bottom blow it across the heat sink and blow the exhaust air to the back. If your bottom card is almost touching ~ a few millimeters distance, the PCB will be producing heat and rises to the fans on top, and the 'hotter' air is used to cool the top card.

Wit your case choice, you can mount side fans, that will help out the ASUS cards A LOT.

If you have A/C on 24/7 then should be fine for regular GTX 580s.

Majority of the ATX motherboards are 6 slot boards.

___ - Slot 1 (PCI-E x8)
___ - Slot 2
___ - Slot 3
___ - Slot 4 (PCI-E x8)
___ - Slot 5
___ - Slot 6

So if your GPU takes up 3-slots like the ASUS ones, then your two cards will be almost touching as SLI requires slots 1 and 2. If you use 2-slots GPUs it will have Slot 3 as breathing room.

BTW shouldn't you be sleeping? Its 3am in HK =)
Edited by mcc21 - 10/10/11 at 12:09pm
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post #36 of 46
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Haha I see about the cards. Is there any good solution to this? Will the evga cards be better if I plan to OC?

And yes, I should be sleeping, but I'm writing job apps at the moment -_-" Job market SUCKS.
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Nice set up,

I would take a peek at the UD4, nice board, good price and ssd caching

560ti are nice cards but have to think there is a better solution

Saw a 6970 for 300 bucks on newegg, two of those would be serious or one 580 like many have said is a nice solution and creates an upgrade path.

Not a fan of the 900 though,
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Lot of concerns out there right now about the Sandforce controller in your Vertex SSD, Intel or Crucial are considered safer bets. Didn't read the whole thread so apologies if it's already been mentioned.

Your Rig will be a great one, Enjoy!
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post #39 of 46
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Nice set up,

I would take a peek at the UD4, nice board, good price and ssd caching

560ti are nice cards but have to think there is a better solution

Saw a 6970 for 300 bucks on newegg, two of those would be serious or one 580 like many have said is a nice solution and creates an upgrade path.

Not a fan of the 900 though,
He lives in Hong Kong
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post #40 of 46
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Haha I see about the cards. Is there any good solution to this? Will the evga cards be better if I plan to OC?

And yes, I should be sleeping, but I'm writing job apps at the moment -_-" Job market SUCKS.
Reference coolers tend to not be able to OC that much.

I own the EVGA GTX 580 DS version. It has aftermarket cooler on it. I was able to OC a bit.

I don't know what the stock like in HK, you would have to look around for 2-Slot aftermarket coolers, and not the reference design.

Oh really? All my friends thinks HK is so good and cool, they all moved back and working there.
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