Originally Posted by givmedew
No need for an i7 if unless your rendering can benefit from the HT as for anything else though HT doesn't do much for you and it creates a lot of heat therefore reducing your overall OC capabilities. Judging by the cards you choose and the board you choose you probably don't care about the price but just saying no need an i5 will be just as fast. Given the heat HT creates you would have better performance with a higher OC and HT off than with a lower OC and HT on.
I would also say given the money your willing to spend on the board, cpu and gpus you may want to get a SSD that has SLC instead of MLC memory. Also you may want to pick up a second 32-64GB SLC SSD for Intel's caching software for the 1TB drive. The performance is amazing. In fact I would take just a 64GB SLC w/ a 1TB HD over any SSD less than 240GB because managing the OS on a smaller drive can be a problem sometimes. Especially with MLC memory since as the drive fills up performance can degrade another reason to get a drive with SLC.
As for the GPUs I would highly recommend a 690 over 2 680s. You are wasting money on memory on those cards you can get a 690 with 4GB of ram for the same price. Also you may find yourself very disappointed with a $1000 investment in GPUs if brand new ones come out in the next few months. AMD has talked about doubling the performance per dollar mark meaning $500 worth of GPU that use a lot less energy may end up being just as fast as $1000 worth of GPU. Also without a 2560x1440 monitor I don't see the point.
Lastly you could get some better ram for the same price. i would check out ADATA or G.Skill. Nothing wrong with the Corsair (except the spreaders fall off sometimes). I would look for the best timings at whatever speed you are going to run.
The PSU also may be questionable with that motherboard and those GPUs.
All in all it is def a high performance machine I just think you have misappropriated some of your cash. Is there something special about that motherboard for you? Because it is overkill unless it has some feature you really want or if you value the free game at full value.
Wow..Very informative! I don't even know why I chose that board..Right now I'm considering on the MSi MPower LGA1155 motherboard..Also,for the gpus would I benefit greatly from the 8GB of ram for the two in SLi or a 690 would be better off with 4GB of ram..
I have also changed the build a little..what do you think?Also,could you help me try to find a SSD with SLC, I cannot seem to find one.
Which one of these motherboards would be the best?
GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 3 LGA1155
ASUS Sabertooth Z77
ASUS Maximus V Formula
MSi MPower Z77
Btw, they're all LGA1155.Edited by EvoSpider - 12/6/12 at 4:57pm