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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?
6990 crossfire?
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If you have it, I would just go with the 2 580's for now. I'd get the GA-P67A-UD7-B3 it's a great board and gives you more room for future growth. The first couple of Ivy Bridge chips should work on the board with no problems from what I have read.

The question comes to what is the life cycle you are seeing for this system? I personally don't see the major improvement of 3 way SLI atm vs just 2. The other advantage the NF200 chip gives you is 16x 16x, tho it's not really noticeable over 8x 8x. The added vrm's and SATA III ports was the other noticeable items I liked on the UD7. Note these are not the only additional features it has.
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6990 crossfire?
My dad works for Intel so I won't be buying any AMD products. Plus AMD has a display port that I'm not at all familiar with or prepared to deal with on my monitor set up.

(3 x viewsonic 24" LED monitors)
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6990 crossfire?
Why not just suggest GTX 590 SLI.

GTX 580 will still be more than sufficient.
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If you have it, I would just go with the 2 580's for now. I'd get the GA-P67A-UD7-B3 it's a great board and gives you more room for future growth. The first couple of Ivy Bridge chips should work on the board with no problems from what I have read.

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That motherboard sounds like a good one. Hopefully I'll be able to buy one soon lol. I've had my sig rig for 7 years (although it can barely run newer games like starcraft2) but it is still useful for office applications. I'd like the new system to last at least that long. Preferably longer but the way applications are going who knows? Lol
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post #56 of 66
7 years, jesus that is pushing it. I tend to think 5-6 years is a long life cycle.
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I've put new parts into my machine over the past 2 years, and I'm still thinking of purchasing a new machine come taxes.

... I think I may have a problem, but that's okay.

This thread had a lot of great information in it, good luck on your build!
 
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I'd recommend to go cheaper and upgrade more often. Every 2-3 years if you're really using your rig, and spend half of what you're planning to. It keeps you better in the loop of things, rather than having to completely research everything ground up all over again and to be able to better gauge where you'll experience a difference and where you won't.

As soon as you put it together your rig is already on the path to obsolescence. If money's no object (and it sounds like it with 2x GTX580s - this cost more than my sig rig sans wc/monitors), by all means go nuts.

Couple things you'll be missing out on on the next two years by committing to todays P67A for seven years-

A full set of Intel SATA3 ports (rather than the Marvell garbage out currently), an actualized USB3 standard with Intel support (rather than relying on an NEC chipset device and lack of header support from case manufacturers) and an explosion in more cores. And of course GPUs cycle every six to nine months.

If you're a build it, set it, forget it kind of guy, then no worries.
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Couple things you'll be missing out on on the next two years by committing to todays P67A for seven years-

A full set of Intel SATA3 ports (rather than the Marvell garbage out currently), an actualized USB3 standard with Intel support (rather than relying on an NEC chipset device and lack of header support from case manufacturers) and an explosion in more cores. And of course GPUs cycle every six to nine months.
All P67 have a full set of Intel SATA3 ports already as well as Marvell. Same with USB3. I'm not sure where you are getting your info but you should read up more. GPU's will always update, but I can tell you 2x GTX 580's even 2-3 years from now will still be nice cards.
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the ax850 is a great psu, you cant go wrong with that (for 2 way sli.) 3 way sli is absurd lol. even if it nets you a lil bit of extra performance now, in 2 years the money you saved could be spent on one card that'd outperform your 580 sli anyway. i dont know which silverstone power supply hes talking about, maybe we could get the model name?
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