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Just go with a regular Vertex 2 for the SSD, like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-551-_-Product

You should definitely be able to find it for less than $200 shipped by black friday, or just buy one of the other Sandforce SSDs if you find a good deal on those.

As for Physx card, all the current Nvidia cards support Physx, and while you could use a dedicated card for it, with 3x GTX 480/580 I really don't think you'll need it. But I agree w/ Ieatfish, for rendering, definitely go with Nvidia.

As for scaling on quad SLI, it's not about bandwidth. Yes, you'd need NF200 chips to run 4x SLI (which the SR-2 will), but rather the overhead used when doing 3x and 4x SLI adds up rather quickly. 2x SLI scaling is awesome, somewhere around 90%, but once you add the 3rd and 4th card, you get larger and larger diminishing returns. So like one of the users posted above, you get roughly 3.2 times the performance of a single card, for 4 cards. So 3x SLI and a dedicated card for physx seems to be the sweet spot, in terms of gaming anyways. In terms of rendering, you should just get 4 cards for all the processing units

Ehh what else? The Corsair AX1200 psu is supposed to be good, and is gold rated, but I think it has ripple issues? Not sure if they've fixed that yet.

The Enermax 1050w is silver rated, but is very well reviewed and is very quiet for a psu of its capacity. Though at 2100w vs 2400w (2 psu), you'll be running a higher % load on each psu, so that's something to consider as well.

Another choice is the Silverstone ST-1500w. It's a beast, and I've seen many people use this for their SR-2 builds. Expensive though.

The Antec TPQ OC 1200w (w/ the control knobs on the back) is also a beast. Made specifically for the SR-2, and peaks at over 1600w, but w/ that 80mm fan on the back, it gets pretty hot and really loud under load.

I'm anticipating Seasonic's new 1200w they announced back in August. But no idea when that's even coming out. But given their experience in making PSUs and golden track record, I'd say it's going to be a top pick if it gets released before you build your system.

Oh, and you should totally add a turret on that case and treads for wheels. Then post lots of pics

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Plenty of people giving you advice on the graphics. I would point out that you would get better performance if you doubled up on the SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration (you could do it with two 120s). Add a couple of Caviar Black 1TBs mirrored for storage. Works for me, my 980X is less than 30 seconds from power on to desktop!
30 sec is pretty long for a SSD, I get somwhere around that on my Spinpoint F3. Most of my friends are getting 15-20 sec boot ups, including the 3 sec post screen.

Mess around w/ the bios, and turn off all the unnecessary bootup screens. Then clean your start up and you should get it below 20 sec no prob
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The 580s are supposed to be extremely powerful and extremely quiet. They are going to be released very soon now also.

Take a look at this thread.

The graphs are a little misleading, but it definitely suggests the gtx 580 will be the most powerful graphics card on the planet. They're also expected to be about $500 which is a lot cheaper than a lot of people presumed.

And no, they are not a rumor, they should be released within a couple weeks. Definitely in time for Black Friday I would imagine.
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Na, check out this thread instead, got links to lots of reviews here.
http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...ew-thread.html

You can actually buy them now, on Newegg and EVGA, both fun about $520 shipped.
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...s%20Family&sw=
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umm i would get a gtx 580
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are you getting 2 sets of ram? i think i missed it?
    
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are you getting 2 sets of ram? i think i missed it?
It seems that every couple of days something newer and better comes along. I'd like to spring for the whole enchilada and stuff the Gskill 48 gb set in there but in spite of what I'm spendin' that's kinda pushin' the envelope even for me a bit too far. I say that now. A week later I might just be sayin' the heck with it.

Originally planned on 12gb set, now it's gotta be at least 24 I'm thinkin'.
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It seems that every couple of days something newer and better comes along. I'd like to spring for the whole enchilada and stuff the Gskill 48 gb set in there but in spite of what I'm spendin' that's kinda pushin' the envelope even for me a bit too far. I say that now. A week later I might just be sayin' the heck with it.

Originally planned on 12gb set, now it's gotta be at least 24 I'm thinkin'.
Lol, you're getting the best components, and you're only getting 24gb? Get 48gb. I would wait though, to buy an ssd, because they are supposed to come out with some new ones in q1 2011, correct me if I'm wrong.
    
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Lol, you're getting the best components, and you're only getting 24gb? Get 48gb. I would wait though, to buy an ssd, because they are supposed to come out with some new ones in q1 2011, correct me if I'm wrong.
Na, just go w/ 24gb for now. He's got 2 CPUs, and 2 sets of RAM. So 2 sets of 3x4gb is more than enough for now, and he can add 24gb more if he needs it in the future.
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Na, just go w/ 24gb for now. He's got 2 CPUs, and 2 sets of RAM. So 2 sets of 3x4gb is more than enough for now, and he can add 24gb more if he needs it in the future.
Alrighty then, while getting feedback on the cooling system I hear from folks with day jobs in the graphics and design field that all of those GTX 580's are stealing space that a Quadro would be able to better utilize, especially given the CPU and memory capacity. They also feel that there can never be too much RAM, so here's the new idea and thinking behind it:

The 48gb GSkill RAM Kit; expensive but better than buying two 24gb sets and not having them match to save $500? Don't have a clue, what say all of you?

Go with a single GTX 580 gaming card and either a Quadro 6000 or 5000 work station card. Why not a pair of both?

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-If Sparta had computers this is what they would all own.
thats just plain awesome.


BTW you could buy enough 580s for two of these rigs for the cost of a quadro 6000...

I suppose you could do like a pair of 580s and then a quadro 5000 ?

I still think that Tri SLI 580s and a Physx card would probably cover what you need...

Also, I see no reason for 48GB of ram regardless of what is going on... I assume some of these people you have spoken with have some pretty powerful xeon workstations, but I doubt any of them have 24GB of ram... heck most of their servers probably only have 36-72GB..

I know your going to do your own research and make your own decisions, but if this was me, it would probably be like:

EVGA SR-2
2x Xeon X5660's
24 GB ddr3
4x 60/80 GB Quality SSDs on Raid 0 w/ Adaptec 5805 Controller for OS/Applications
2x 2TB HDD's for storage
Tri SLI 580s
something like a GTX 460 for Physx
2x 1200W PSUs
Xonar Essence STX s/c (unless your going to run this PC into a nice amp )

The 5660's are going to save you ~$1k and probably overclock about the same...

Scrap the Quad SLI and put some of the saved money towards the SSDs and the Adaptec Controller... The I/O performance of your OS partition is going to be outstanding.

Storage drives for long term projects...

48gigs of ram is just plain insane I think... Unless were talking like a VM host server with dual xeons and actually running like 10-15 VM servers, I dont think CAD is going to eat up 24 gigs...but hey.. im no expert... Plus having 48 gigs of ram is likely going to hinder any OC'ing you attempt... your max really comes down when you start populating all of those ram slots and it seems if your watercooling it with your geothermal idea, you want to at least try to squeeze some performance out of it...

Of course this is just me dreaming at work =D

PS... mind if I ask what kind of displays you are going to be running off of this beast?
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