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No OC Genie to the rescue, I'm guessing..
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No OC Genie to the rescue, I'm guessing..
no booo, bios overclock for sure
    
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evga for sure cant beat a lifetime warrenty. get the nh-d14 if u dont like the silver arrow

edit: get the 240 rad raza kit then if u plan on blowing the money on cooling. its way better then all the coolers i previously mentioned and it would be as simple as installing an h70
I like the way the nh-d14 looks, honestly. Or whatabout a Coolermaster V10?
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If you're getting Sandybridge, there's positively no need for a monster cooler like that, You can get to 4.5Ghz on a Gelid Tranquillo, a tiny cooler as standards go. LGA1155 processors preduce less heat than the last generation, so they don't need such extreme cooling.

Thermaltake Frio has awesome cooling capabilities but can be noisy, and the BeQuiet! Dark rock pro/advanced both have good cooling power with low noise. The coolers you're talking about aren't worth using because of their high noise levels and you know nothing about overclocking, so you're obviously not planning on a massive 5Ghz overclock.
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I have used both SLI 560's and a single 580. The two 560's are more than enough to play games on my 1080p monitor max detail and beats the single 580, plus it's cheaper. There's even plenty of overclocking head room. I can run them all the way up to 950/1900/2100 if I wanted more power.

I'm looking for something different though and might sell my SLI set up. I can haz Twin Frozr 3?
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I personally think you will do well with what ever you pick, but I disagree with the GTX 580 being more than enough, however adding a second one down the line sounds like a perfect suggestion to me. I had the same attitude... for an entire week, then I purchased a second one just to see how nice it would be. Would have been Tri-SLI too had it not been for a single monitor / RMA at the time.

The GTX 570s in SLi are a bit pricey, but they perform very well as well. I don't have enough info on 560s, but they are some what beefy performers too.

Its just that I have been spoiled with the 580s for so long now, I would have trouble recommending less than that.

If you do decide to get a GTX 580, I highly recommend looking into EVGA, best warranty AND they have a 3GB version due in a week or two. That way if you ever do get two, and eventually multi-monitor game, that extra memory will really help out, especially in 3D Vision Surround (3 monitors @ 120 Hz with 3D on) plus its very future proof.
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If you don't plan to overclock, dual 570s might stretch your budget, but look for a sale, rebate, or coupon, and you'll be good. Dual 560s is also a viable, less expensive, and good option.
 
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Honestly for 1080p I think a 570 is an excellent choice. Esp. since you're not interested in extreme OC'ing, which is kinda their shortcoming. One of them can max anything except Metro at that resolution ... although there's a couple other games you'd have to go easy on the AA like in Crysis, Call of Pripyat, or Just Cause 2. There's really no need to drop $670 on gfx cards for 1080p. But if you decide you just have to have more power, SLI 570's is sweet setup, too.
    
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Well let's see here, if I recall correctly you mentioned in the thread that shalt not be named that you really wanted to be able to max out a lot of games into the future or at least come close correct? That combined with your budget, which is healthy, led me and Balla to be thinking SLI even though you are just looking at a typical resolution of 1080p.

Alright so that makes me think that as far as GPUs go that because just about any thing involving a 580 would be stretching your budget (one isn't quite enough to max all things and two would be $1000) that you would be best served by something like the Asus Direct CUII 570 in SLI if I was correct about you wanting as much performance as possible. I don't want to seem biased to just get you to buy my exact card but I honestly can't think of an Nvidia solution that would be better for your price. Other options would be Palit 2GB 560s in SLI which have more VRAM but that shouldn't be necessary for 1080P even with gobs of AA. The Palit cards are also less powerful, noisier, run hotter and don't have the added benefits of better quality components that the Asus 570 does, and they only cost $70 less, which in my opinion isn't cheap enough for how much you lose over the Asus 570. Another option would be these MSI 480 Lightnings which have 1.5GB of VRAM compared to the 1.25Gb in the 570, but they are only as powerful as 570s and would be noisier, produce more heat and are a little more expensive than the Asus 570.

None of those options would be bad but I still think the Asus 570 would be best.

As far as CPU coolers go I would also recommend the NH-D14, the only issue with it may be if the RAM that you already had that you mentioned previously has tall heatsinks, then you would have to either raise up the front 120mm fan or possibly remove it entirely. Neither of those options would be terrible though. The CM V10 looks pretty gimmicky to me, and while it may impress more people at LANs the NH-D14 is widely regarded as one of the top 2-3 performing air coolers and is generally has the best user experience out of the top coolers, others have even more RAM clearance issues or are a pain to install, etc. So the people that really know their stuff at these LANs will be plenty impressed by the NH D-14.

Also remember when selecting motherboards to make sure the P67 you are considering has room for 2 triple slot cards, like the two Asus one I mentioned earlier the Deluxe and the Pro because no matter what cards you go with triple slot spacing is preferred.

And there is no reason to be afriad of overclocking either your 2600K or the graphics cards assuming your PSU is up to snuff and cooling isn't an issue. I don't have enough experience to be confident enough to offer my help OCing your CPU but I know that sandybridge are generally much easier to OC than previous chips. Your GPu on the other hand I could certainly give you and tips or help you need to OC them.
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It just depends on the level of detail you're seeking with current gen games.

Even a 9800GT is going to be able to play probably everything out now with low enough settings.

At around 850 core on my gtx 470 SLI setup with a 5Ghz SB cpu I get the following in more recent games:

Dragon Age II - Around 70-90 fps. With max IG settings.

Crysis II - Around 90-105 fps. With max IG settings minus MSAA (causes flickering and the game isn't even DX11 yet)

Metro 2033 - Around 54 fps. Max IG settings, DOF on, Tess on -DX11, Physx running (dedicated card).

Just Cause 2 - 8x AA 16x AF - Around 110 first test, 140 second, 80 in concrete jungle.


Since there is no single card that is going to match 470 sli performance at my clocks, I'd say for todays games its slightly overkill for the most part. However there are the newer titles that are already giving it a decent run, and Metro 2033 will take it below the goal of 60 fps.

With *high end* Kepler coming out later this year I would hesitate to buy higher end gpus, I personally wouldn't go above $300 total cost per card.

That leaves you anything from 460 SLI to maybe 570 SLI.

The fun thing about having too much power for most IG settings at 1080p is forcing higher settings through the control panel.

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