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I'm not sure if your aware of the recent problems discovered with Sandy Bridge Chipset.It has to do with SATA 3.0 degrading over a period of time.
B3 indicates the revised chipset in which this has been corrected. The motherboard he chose has this.

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I'm not sure if your aware of the recent problems discovered with Sandy Bridge Chipset.It has to do with SATA 3.0 degrading over a period of time.
Just read the article in MaximumPC magazine.Intel has set aside 700 million to help pay for the replacement of boards,systems & notebooks.Ports 0 - 1 which are the 6gb ports are unaffected.2 - 5 are the 3gb ports are subject to errors.Thermal issues seem to make matters worse.SATA 3gb ports can generate errors & eventually fail.

I hope that nothing goes wrong with your system.Just wanted to share the info.
a couple dollars short and many days late. The revised B3 boards are already shipping. The issue of B2 boards is more or less "done" because of that. Anyone and everyone who bought an affected board can get a replacement free of charge. Newcomers to the SB platform can get a B3 from the get-go
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You never responded to:

GPU: GTX 580 are needlessly expensive; you can get something better.
Data Drive: If it's only for data, get a 2TB green. I have one and it's fast enough.
PSU: Seriously, get the Silverstone.
Considered the 2TB WD Green, but read another post that mentioned the green drives have spindown/spinup cycles that reduce performance significantly. I'm not sure what I could get that would be better than 2 x GTX 580's. Price is a concern, but not overly so. I've been saving for this rig since the Pentium 4 days lol (see sig rig - its crap anymore). If I got say 3 x GTX 480's that would be $200 more, plus would need a bigger PSU. Any specific recommendations here?

Do you really think I need the 1000W over the 850W? I thought that would be overkill?

EDIT: AMD not an option for me, unfortunately.
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Considered the 2TB WD Green, but read another post that mentioned the green drives have spindown/spinup cycles that reduce performance significantly. I'm not sure what I could get that would be better than 2 x GTX 580's. Price is a concern, but not overly so. I've been saving for this rig since the Pentium 4 days lol (see sig rig - its crap anymore). If I got say 3 x GTX 480's that would be $200 more, plus would need a bigger PSU. Any specific recommendations here?

Do you really think I need the 1000W over the 850W? I thought that would be overkill?

EDIT: AMD not an option for me, unfortunately.
Even if you access it rarely, the slow downs can be annoying. I had a 1.5TB WD Green that I got for a decent discount off Newegg. Had it for 3 months before I sold the thing. Anytime I'd click on it to access it I was waiting a solid 6-7 seconds. And 2-3 times per day of accessing it was again, annoying. Switched to a 2TB WD Caviar Black @ 7200rpms and have been much happier.

This is a subjective opinion as 5 seconds that is short to one person is an eternity to another.

On the PSU front -- it's better to have too much than not enough. If you're looking at multi-GPU setups, especially high end multi-gpu set ups, 1000w isn't going to hurt you.
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Considered the 2TB WD Green, but read another post that mentioned the green drives have spindown/spinup cycles that reduce performance significantly. I'm not sure what I could get that would be better than 2 x GTX 580's. Price is a concern, but not overly so. I've been saving for this rig since the Pentium 4 days lol (see sig rig - its crap anymore). If I got say 3 x GTX 480's that would be $200 more, plus would need a bigger PSU. Any specific recommendations here?

Do you really think I need the 1000W over the 850W? I thought that would be overkill?

EDIT: AMD not an option for me, unfortunately.

i would go for the spinpoint. unless you dont want to upgrade in about 2-3 years i'd just go for the 850.

sorry idk anythign about enthusiast videocards
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Mostly I like multiple optical drives to avoid CD/DVD switching. I still play some older titles...

If thats the case then get yourself a cheap external CD-ROM drive. Thats what I did for years and never had a problem with it. Another plus is you can disconnect it and put it away when you're not using it.
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i would go for the spinpoint. unless you dont want to upgrade in about 2-3 years i'd just go for the 850.

sorry idk anythign about enthusiast videocards
I'll probably go with the 1000W afterall, given all the suggestions for it. I just liked that ALL the cables in the Corsair AX850 were modular, but I suppose if the 12V rail and a few others are hard wired it's not a big deal since they'll be in use anyway.

I don't know much about enthusiast cards either except that they are EXPENSIVE!!! lol.
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Even if you access it rarely, the slow downs can be annoying. I had a 1.5TB WD Green that I got for a decent discount off Newegg. Had it for 3 months before I sold the thing. Anytime I'd click on it to access it I was waiting a solid 6-7 seconds. And 2-3 times per day of accessing it was again, annoying. Switched to a 2TB WD Caviar Black @ 7200rpms and have been much happier.

This is a subjective opinion as 5 seconds that is short to one person is an eternity to another.

On the PSU front -- it's better to have too much than not enough. If you're looking at multi-GPU setups, especially high end multi-gpu set ups, 1000w isn't going to hurt you.
I agree with the 5 seconds feeling like an eternity. I'm not an electrical engineer; I don't understand how all the little circuits work, but when I click on something I want something to happen - immediately! lol.

I guess my thought process was 80ish dollars for 1TB which is more than enough for me (I have yet to even halfway fill my 500GB external) vs 2TB for 160ish dollars (Western Digital Black). I went with the cheapskate option. Besides, I could always add another 1TB in the future, right?
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Since your going with an i7-2600k and even talking about 3 vid cards you have only 2 options. GA-P67A-UD7-B3 or the Asus Maximus IV Extreme. You have to have the high end board for the NF200 chips and right now those are the only 2 that offer them, add atleast another $50 to your motherboard cost. If your going with 3 vid cards then yes you will probably be better with a 1000w PSU, if just 2 cards then 850 is fine...
Don't let anyone persuade you, if you want the Corsair PSU AX because it is full modular make sure the suggest PSU is also. I was talked into the XFX 850, tho it is a nice PSU it is not fully modular and think I would have been happier with the AX850.
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Since your going with an i7-2600k and even talking about 3 vid cards you have only 2 options. GA-P67A-UD7-B3 or the Asus Maximus IV Extreme. You have to have the high end board for the NF200 chips and right now those are the only 2 that offer them, add atleast another $50 to your motherboard cost. If your going with 3 vid cards then yes you will probably be better with a 1000w PSU, if just 2 cards then 850 is fine...
Don't let anyone persuade you, if you want the Corsair PSU AX because it is full modular make sure the suggest PSU is also. I was talked into the XFX 850, tho it is a nice PSU it is not fully modular and think I would have been happier with the AX850.
Thanks for the advice. It may have been a good thing afterall that the MSI mobo I was going to get sold out before I did. Originally the plan was to eventually get 3 GTX 580sbut the benchmarks I've seen don't really show much improvement over the 2-way SLi 580s. Though maybe there will be a graphics board in the future that will make better use of 3-way SLi. So not really sure which way to go right now. Future proof for a few more years or just suit my needs for the time being at reduced cost. Advice anyone?
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