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post #11 of 20
Overclock CPU. If not interested in watercooling, grab a Noctua NH-D14 to keep things cool under load. As someone else said, if money is no object, dual 580s will ensure any and all games for at least the next 1-2 years will be playable at max settings @ 1920 x 1200. If you do have to worry about money slightly, dual 570s overclocked will do the trick. But don't get too crazy -- there's been reports of borked cards due to a rather limited 4-phase power component.
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Originally Posted by GfhTattoo View Post
as for 570 Nono... 570 has 4 phase power and High overclocks kills card (overvolt protection off) 580 is better gpu. + you can overclock it.
Really all depends on budget. But single 580 and water setup would be the best in my book.
A SLI GTX570 @ stock would destroy a single GTX580 which with a water cooling setup would be costly..

So there's no point of recommending a single GTX580 over SLI GTX570..

And 99% of GTX570 would do 900MHz+ without even touching a power draw limiter and with voltage up to 1.1V which is pretty much safe..

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All the advice is greatly appreciated.

I've already got a Corsair H70 CPU watercooling kit underway, so the CPU can deal with some fair amount of overclocking. Reviews state the kit would stay near stock load temperatures while overclocked with an additional 1,2 - 1,5Ghz. Bringing the CPU up to 3.8 or 4.0Ghz shouldn't be a problem then.

As for the videocards, I'd like to keep those stock. Mainly to maintain the full manufacturer & supplier warranty. As for water cooling, aside from the CPU solution, it is something I'd rather hold of until my next full system upgrade. So to be able to build it from the ground up (with for example a case with build-in watercooling)

My overall budget is a max of €800,- (+/- $1100,-). Tough prices of components are slightly higher here in the Netherlands.
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What kind of frames do you get with your current Quad SLI setup? I know it's only a half gig framebuffer for the entire deal but yeah.
     
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The best results I got with Crysis was arround 30FPS at 1920x1200, Very High, 4xAA/16xAF. Excellent experience. COD4 at 1920x1200, Maxed. continually made 60FPS. Mass Effect 2 at 1920x1200, Maxed. Also 60FPS throughout the entire game.

Preferred SLI modus "Alternated Frame Rendering 4", Physix handled by the CPU.

Not allot of recent PC games, I hadn't had the time to play games lately. Still looking forward to playing COD:BlackOps.
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the H70 will do pretty well. my H50 keeps my E8400 @ 4.4ghz at 45*C during crysis warhead with enthusiast details at 1680x1050. i dont think the H70 will have any issues with your Q9550 at 3.8-4.0ghz.

as far as the GPU setup goes, if you want a single card, GTX580. if you are comfortable with SLI, and you certainly seem to be, then GTX570s will play anything. GTX560s are about the same price as a single GTX580, but usually considerably faster... so, my recommendation for performance/price is the GTX560 SLI, they will run anything at 1920x1200. if you want to spend more than $500 on GPUs, then the SLI 570s will run anything you can throw at them, but will cost $700 in the states, so you can adjust the price for where you live.
    
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your CPU will be fine for GTX 580 SLI if you oc it to 3.8 GHz or more.
if you plan to do GTX 590 quad SLI though, better move to the new i5 or i7.
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580 SLI is really overkill and a waste of money at the OP's resolution...
    
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Thanks for the tips and information. With future upgrades in mind, I am going for a single GTX580 and later in the summer purchase a new monitor which supports 2560x1600. Then add another GTX580 to coop with the increased screen resolution.
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Thanks for the tips and information. With future upgrades in mind, I am going for a single GTX580 and later in the summer purchase a new monitor which supports 2560x1600. Then add another GTX580 to coop with the increased screen resolution.
thats a big screen lol

thats a good plan tho
    
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