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If you really want to go USB the best choice in my opinion would be to use the M2tech HiFace for the 192khz usb support, then run that to a dac, that would ensure very good quality sample rates. Also for a decent dac at a good price id recommend one of the Audio GD Dac/headphones amps. I personally have the NFB-12 and love it. The three reasonably priced dac's are the NFB-12, NFB-11, FUN. The FUN probably has the best headphone amp as it uses OP amps. The nfb-11 is more for monitoring purposes if you like crystal clear sound. NFB-12 is pretty neautral sounding, but a tad warmer/smoother souding than the nfb-11. By the way the FUN and NFB-12 share the same internal dac chip. the nfb-11 is different (more analytical). The FUN is essentially the same as the NFB-12, but the FUN has the OP amps and more output options. I asked the company owner Kingwa about it, he's a great guy. If you go over to headfi you can find more info on these dac's, they're quite popular.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/DACsEN.htm


And also im curious, if youre going to run full cover gpu blocks how do you plan to work the dragon skin around all those tight spaces between the memory chips? video please?
Thanks, I'll take a look at those DACs.

As for the dragon skin on the GPUs, in theory I shouldn't have to eliminate every single tiny pocket of air under the full block. I think what will end up happening is me turning the GPUs into being cocooned air tight in dragon skin. The minuscule amount of air trapped shouldn't hold enough water to cause problems for the electronics. I could also blast my HVAC system over night to get the relative humidity to below 30%. Every little bit helps.
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Holy 12Gb of Vram batman!
    
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true true, doing a full gpu sub zero would be very impressive, any kind of pics or vids of your dragon skin coating process would be very much appreciated. i really liked the first one.
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Interesting, photobucket says I am almost on bandwidth limit and that a forum "offtopic.net" is using all my bandwidth ***. Anyone familiar with that forum as its all locked up (pay service)?
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Made a small Crysis video clip using stock GPU clocks (for now). Average 50-70 FPS with some dips into the 40's with every setting maxed besides the shader slider on medium (Doesn't work at very high shader with current drivers and/or Quad-SLI for some reason). Video is 720p (recommend opening new window).

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How much VRAM are you using? I've got three 470's myself, but am constantly running into vram walls when running 2560x1600.
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Made a small Crysis video clip using stock GPU clocks (for now). Average 50-70 FPS with some dips into the 40's with every setting maxed besides the shader slider on medium (Doesn't work at very high shader with current drivers and/or Quad-SLI for some reason). Video is 720p (recommend opening new window).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ4L7lSrWPg
Run the game in DX9 mode with a hacked CVAR list, Should allow you to run bery high everything and DX9 runs faster anyway so your framerate will be much better

I can post it if you want.
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I just got an email from EK saying the non-reference PCB water blocks for the Palit/Gainward 570s/580s will be available in 7-10 days! They make such nice products I am like a little boy in a candy store.
Just a heads up in the past i've Used EK blocks and Palit cards, they're not standard, the non-reference blocks i got didn't fit, i had to remove the 2nd half of the block as the Inductor position meant the PALIT designed blocks from EK would have broke my card in half, i had to compensate with some HS i had lying about,

I'll not be buying Palit or Gainward again, as they REALLY scrimp on components and change the layout of the pcb to sufficiently reflect the price, if you match up components on the say EVGA board to the Palit board, you'll notice a DRASTIC reduction in parts you'd want if overclocking, and a de-grade in memory chips and connectors ect... this is why they are cheaper,

Personally, cheaper is cheaper, if i was spending near 500GBP each per gpu i'd want the cheapest ones too,

I'll wait for MATRIX or MSi Versions to become available.

Still, its an epic build and i'll be replicating the 3x 30'' set up once i have a spare 4k.... i'll be going Dell not HP
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How much VRAM are you using? I've got three 470's myself, but am constantly running into vram walls when running 2560x1600.
With zero AA, it uses around 2100 MB VRAM and with 2x AA, around 2400 MB, 4x AA 2700 MB.

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Run the game in DX9 mode with a hacked CVAR list, Should allow you to run bery high everything and DX9 runs faster anyway so your framerate will be much better

I can post it if you want.
Sure I'll give that a try. Currently with everything on very high (besides shaders which just crash the game), its very playable 45-70FPS.

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Just a heads up in the past i've Used EK blocks and Palit cards, they're not standard, the non-reference blocks i got didn't fit, i had to remove the 2nd half of the block as the Inductor position meant the PALIT designed blocks from EK would have broke my card in half, i had to compensate with some HS i had lying about,

I'll not be buying Palit or Gainward again, as they REALLY scrimp on components and change the layout of the pcb to sufficiently reflect the price, if you match up components on the say EVGA board to the Palit board, you'll notice a DRASTIC reduction in parts you'd want if overclocking, and a de-grade in memory chips and connectors ect... this is why they are cheaper,

Personally, cheaper is cheaper, if i was spending near 500GBP each per gpu i'd want the cheapest ones too,

I'll wait for MATRIX or MSi Versions to become available.

Still, its an epic build and i'll be replicating the 3x 30'' set up once i have a spare 4k.... i'll be going Dell not HP
The EK water blocks have been custom designed for the Palit/Gainward non-reference PCB so there should be no fitment issues. The Gainward/Palit 3GB 580s are the most expensive 580s out there. I am not sure what you mean by "cheaper"?

I've read nothing but good things about the Gainward/Palit 3GB 580s, even from reviews that took the cards apart they didn't say anything was "super cheap".

Gainward/Palit is the only company that has enough balls to make 3GB 580s, so it makes the argument moot.

Here is a picture of the "famed" Asus Direct CU II 580 with over clocking components that has a heat-sink that doesn't even contact the RAM and other components!

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That screen setup looks silly but I suppose it would be neat in multi-tasking! If you have the dough you could get two or three projectors and merge them on a curved whitescreen and occupy three out of four walls on a room for seamless surround! Now get some more Audioengine A2's and you have the most awesome gizmo of an entertainment center that disposable income can buy. (unless you feel like getting a 18" PA subwoofer or a 8x10" bass cabinet and bigger active speakers)

But seriously, that's really lovely! I'd want to see how that thing runs Octane, it's a GPU rendering application that uses CUDA and even my lowly GTX 460 1GB is ten times faster than any normal CPU would be. Your rig must produce noiseless quality renders in real time 30fps at least!
    
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