Originally Posted by un1b4ll
I agree, that's exactly how I purchased this M17x R2.
We'll see how customization goes this time around, I was promised a replacement if the issue I'm currently having is hardware, and I just found that it is so they're going to replace it. Since I have crossfire the only suitable replacement is an M18x... I'll put back my oem 4gb and keep my 8gb for the M18x and hopefully get the 6990s, not sure if asking for 580s would be particularly fair, though, to be fair, I DID buy the best of the best available at the time with my 5870s. We'll see what they propose, i'm also keeping my SSD but I'm debating with going RAID0 with hybrids or a mechanical/Sata 6GB/s SSD on the new one... Ahh, decisions decisions.
Yes, there are many options. Concerning the video cards, I agree that being AW enthusiasts we like to get the max configurations available
However, the gtx580m sli would promise only a slight increase in performance over the 6990s, while costing 1200$, which I think is pure madness. The 6990 will be amazing cards, while being way cheaper than the nvidia, considering how well already perform the 6970s.
Instead of going for a hybrid, which I heard is not so performing in terms of speed, I would definitely suggest the SSD as a main disk - raid 0 even better if you can - and add one big hdd - 500 or 750 7200rpm as secondary, as I did. So, you'll enjoy both speed and storage space.