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Looking to build a new system to carry me through another four years. Primarily used for gaming(Just about everything out there). I use two monitors. Primary monitor is 24" (1920x1200) and used for playing games. While the second monitor I run at 1280x1024 and use it to play video simultaneously(movies etc.).

Primary concerns: I want to be able to max out my games for the next few years (or at least, reasonably high)

I've used SLI in the past and I ran into micro-stuttering issues that I couldn't live with, and afaik it's still a prevalent issue with multi-GPU setups. So I would like to hear some opinions from people who run SLI/Xfire on some of the newer cards and what your experience has been with micro-stuttering.

So far I've been leaning towards a GTX 580(listed below) and I just wanted to hear some opinions or alternatives.


Case: HAF X 942 $189.99

Mobo: ASUS P8P67-M PRO $149.99

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB $499.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz $328.99

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II (SSD) $119.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600 $99.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM $64.99

Subtotal:$1,453.93

I would like to stay around or below this price point. Also willing to take input on the other components.

Also, I will be running on a 1000w PSU that I already own.

EDIT: Also looking to try the D14 for CPU cooling.
Edited by TKnebel - 3/29/11 at 9:02pm
post #2 of 11
i think there is 8 Gb Kit 1866 mhz of G skill for $99 which kinda of offer i guess @ newegg
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post #3 of 11
580 or u can go for crossfire of 6950 i think that would perform better
and almost the same price ?
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I see nothing wrong with it, however, I would rather get a Corsair 600t (personal preference). And to be honest, I would get two 6950s, unlock them to 6970s and crossfire them. It would then theoretically be a 6990 at a cheaper price than the GTX580 while having better performance.
Edited by SalisburySteak - 3/29/11 at 9:10pm
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post #5 of 11
and if u r willing to spend little more on SSD u can go for Vertex 3 $300 but its 550 MB/s read/write
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post #6 of 11
if you run two monitors the low power idle state for the gtx580 will not kick it, it will only use the 2d accel clocks and voltage if you didnt already know that. Also are you going to overclock a aftermarket aircooler or a H70 will help keep the 2600k's temp lower so that you might beable to hit a higher oc. But really with your current system I would say wait to get IvyBridge in aspects of gaming, unless you plan on folding or some other highly threaded apps, then get it. I would just get the GTX 580, and maybe windows 7 x64, in your case as that system as alot of life still in it other the the video card. The harddrives and SSD tho would help alot too.

But yeah that is a totally sweet setup there.
 
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post #7 of 11
yes it would really b nice for u 2 wait since its already a little more months for new platform's to arrive
for now u can go for graphic card (2 x 6950) which i would prefer and SSD (vertex 3) with the savings u have so that u can reuse this for ur new system .
also will give u boost over u r current system
and also buy a custom water cooling setup (so that u can reuse u r setup for future ) and push this to 4 ghz easily
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post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
I had considered getting 2x 6950s, but like I said, I'm worried about micro-stuttering. Can anyone running those two in XFire shed some light on what there experience has been with them?

And also, I'm not upgrading from my current system, I'm giving my current system to my girlfriend (who happens to be running on an ancient am2 build).

Thanks for all the input.
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Originally Posted by TKnebel View Post
I had considered getting 2x 6950s, but like I said, I'm worried about micro-stuttering. Can anyone running those two in XFire shed some light on what there experience has been with them?

And also, I'm not upgrading from my current system, I'm giving my current system to my girlfriend (who happens to be running on an ancient am2 build).

Thanks for all the input.
i m not sure abt micro-stuttering
but u can get few utube video reviews of 6950 in crossfire
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post #10 of 11
Micro-stuttering is present even in single GPU setups to a certain degree. Though, I do highly recommend the HAF X case.
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