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Ok a few things: Artic Cooling MX-4 is a better TIM. That motherboard needs changing. Get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792 so you can have some space between your gpus and/or room to put other things on the board. An mATX board that will have all the slots covered by two sandwiched gpu's is pure folly, especially for that price. Honestly, you can get the Asrock P67 Extreme 4 gen3 for $150 and that's still better. Combo some ram with the 2500K. Get a different cooler like the H80 if you don't want some huge block in there. The Phantom 410 case is a little smaller/cheaper, but doesn't lose the functionality. As someone else suggested, it would be an awesomely good idea to go for the NZXT Switch 810. The case is so much better than the Phantom. As for the PSU, this will be plenty good for that system with 2 7970's: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016
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post #22 of 42
eh..that's a crappy ssd..In most cases i'd highly recommend one..however..for $40 more
..and you get an extra terabyte..storage is at a premium nowadays
i'd say with what you have there..doesn't that have a 64 mb cache?
Those are some fast Hdds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233188 <<was looking @ this ssd.. Indilinx controller

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283 eh..hdd prices are :kookoo.gif:
right now..tbh..

i'd get one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136768

and wait 6 mos..when the prices go back down...

and truly i prefer this ssd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441 reliable
and fast

I also recommend MX-4
 
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post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by PureBlackFire View Post

Ok a few things: Artic Cooling MX-4 is a better TIM. That motherboard needs changing. Get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792 so you can have some space between your gpus and/or room to put other things on the board. An mATX board that will have all the slots covered by two sandwiched gpu's is pure folly, especially for that price. Honestly, you can get the Asrock P67 Extreme 4 gen3 for $150 and that's still better. Combo some ram with the 2500K. Get a different cooler like the H80 if you don't want some huge block in there. The Phantom 410 case is a little smaller/cheaper, but doesn't lose the functionality. As someone else suggested, it would be an awesomely good idea to go for the NZXT Switch 810. The case is so much better than the Phantom. As for the PSU, this will be plenty good for that system with 2 7970's: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016

Cool, to be honest I didn't even notice the Asus board I listed was a mATX board. doh.gif

You helped me shave off almost $150 USD in total. Now I have the As Rock and the XFX 750w selected.

This is the right board yes?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

Now what about the RAM? Is the corsair vengeance good?
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post #24 of 42
A 750W PSU is really cutting it close with CF 7970's. According to this:

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1834/11/

CF 7970's peak around 640W. That is STOCK too. That doesn't leave much room left. If you feel OK with that then that's fine, but I wouldn't.

The original PSU you had in the OP was a 1KW PSU but only has about 860W on the 12V+ rails, which would be more than enough for your build.

Oh, and Corsair Vengeance RAM is fine. I'd stick with that. thumb.gif
Edited by iinversion - 1/23/12 at 4:16pm
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post #25 of 42
Corsair Vengeance is great memory for Sandy Bridge and it looks like you've made most of the changes I would have made. That asrock board you changed to is much better than the Maximus gene btw, its a good choice. 750W should be fine for your crossfire just as long as you don't overclock them, but i would go into the 850-900W range if you do and personally i would just go 850-900W regardless.
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Bah, I'll just go with the Corsair 1000w. I know when he gets his dual 7970's or single 7990 he's going to want me to overclock them to their maximum potential.
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post #27 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kosai View Post

This is the right board yes?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

Why get a P67 chipset when you can get the Z68.I think this is a much better option and Ivy Bridge CPU ready.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
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PCIe 3.0?

I need some valid reasons why to switch If Im going to with the Z68 board....
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post #29 of 42
Yea that's the right motherboard. I'm forever amazed at the constant overstating of required PSU wattage. 641 watts from the wall =/= 641 watts from the psu. Also, the system in that review (on an 850w psu) is using a cpu (i7 3960X) that can almost double the load power draw of a system with a 2500K: http://www.hardocp.com/images/articles/1321227864GYM7dFCLQd_8_2.png

The Z68 extreme 3 is a better value because it's cheaper and has all the same functionality. Z68 chipset means nothing to a guy with a dedicated gpu. Also SSD caching is useless when you could just make the SSD primary. My brother uses the extreme 3 and I recommend it all the time. The only things the extreme 4 has over it are more usb ports, onboard USB 3.0 headers, the extreme 4's are full size boards and the extreme 3 is an inch thinner. Oh the extreme 4's have 3 pci-express slots instead of 2. The P67 Extreme 4 gen3 is a good balance of useful features and also supports pci-e 3.0 and ivybridge. Both are fine though.
Edited by PureBlackFire - 1/23/12 at 4:53pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kosai View Post

PCIe 3.0?
I need some valid reasons why to switch If Im going to with the Z68 board....

Z68 is the same price these days, and offers a few minor features more. That is it really. There isn't a reason not to get it because it's the same price in most cases.
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