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Data Drive: Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM SATA III 6GB/s
Like another post said, get the Samsung Spinpoint F3's. The 1TB ones are only ~$64. Sata III for a data drive is useless. Hard drives still barely fill up Sata II bandwidth let alone Sata III. However, definitely get a Sata III SSD.

Also, why 3 graphics cards? Are you running several monitors? If not, I don't really see a point... I think the performance drop off happens quiet fast after 2, and even then you could get a really good single slot card and still save some money + reduce power consumption + lower temps in your case.
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Unless you are going for e-peen, get 2x 570's. They perform very close to the 580 and cost much less. You can put that cash towards a better SSD and a better board. I max out everything with just one 570. If you really need 2 cards, wait for the 590. It should cost less than the 580's and give almost as good performance.
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Like another post said, get the Samsung Spinpoint F3's. The 1TB ones are only ~$64. Sata III for a data drive is useless. Hard drives still barely fill up Sata II bandwidth let alone Sata III. However, definitely get a Sata III SSD.

Also, why 3 graphics cards? Are you running several monitors? If not, I don't really see a point... I think the performance drop off happens quiet fast after 2, and even then you could get a really good single slot card and still save some money + reduce power consumption + lower temps in your case.
Thanks for the post; I actually took the advice to heart and revised the list (on a later post) to the Spinpoint F3s. I plan on gaming/running applications across 3 monitors, so I know I need at least 2. I recall seeing severe performance drops for 580's after 2-way SLi, so most likely I'll stick with a 2-way SLi with maybe the possibility of PhysX?
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Unless you are going for e-peen, get 2x 570's. They perform very close to the 580 and cost much less. You can put that cash towards a better SSD and a better board. I max out everything with just one 570. If you really need 2 cards, wait for the 590. It should cost less than the 580's and give almost as good performance.
Not about e-peen, just about wanting to play recent/upcoming games on a large monitor or across 3 monitors on max or at least very high settings for some years to come. Another post actually left a comment earlier about upgrading more cheaply, but more often. It really got me thinking, and I think he (and you also) are right about swapping out the 580. There seems to be a pretty large price gap between the two, but not a comparable performace difference either. For $300 less, I can't really argue with that.

Now if only you could recommend a 3 monitor stand that fits 24" inch monitors! lol
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Not about e-peen, just about wanting to play recent/upcoming games on a large monitor or across 3 monitors on max or at least very high settings for some years to come. Another post actually left a comment earlier about upgrading more cheaply, but more often. It really got me thinking, and I think he (and you also) are right about swapping out the 580. There seems to be a pretty large price gap between the two, but not a comparable performace difference either. For $300 less, I can't really argue with that.

Now if only you could recommend a 3 monitor stand that fits 24" inch monitors! lol
The other option is to see what the 590 will be priced at. I would guess 600ish. I do not know much about stand though, still sporting one 24" lol!
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I have a killawatt hooked to my rig and a GTX 580 (900 core) uses 250 by it self at full load. Thas 500 watts + 250-300 watts for the cpu. So 850 watts will be real close and you will have no room for upgrading to a 3rd card if you ever wish to do so.
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