If I was building my setup all over again... I would by pass the 800D. Despite water cooling mine, it still can get a bit warm inside. It truley is a beautiful sturdy case, that few measure up to its Onyx beauty, but their are many more efficient LianLi, mountain-mods that cost similar in price. I personally don't find them quite as appealing, but if it was pure efficiency at stake, I would get a different case, especially for mounting radiators internally.
However if you insist on getting the 800D, I highly recommend considering upgrading all the 140 mm fans with some nice Yates or Noise Blockers if you are going to get the case. To get the most of it, I would definitely mod the entire lower portion, pull out the drive bay and convert it to a 120.3/120.4 radiator spot, and have the power supply external to the case, just some tastey thoughts to consider. Secondly, the cable management is decent, but it definitely needs a few zip ties in the back, so you might want to drill some case holes for clipping wires to in the back. It can get quite a bit messy with having cables hanging all over the back portion. Also considering a dual 80mm 5.25" fanbay is not a bad idea, bringing some cool air in from the front / lower reigions would be useful.
The 800D, to its credit, will support gigantic motherboards, but it can be little sideways cramped with the HOTSWAP drive bay, a little bigger and bulkier than necessary for some harddrives.
Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared
You can't go wrong with either choice.
Threads like these become laden with personal opinion and crappy x,y,z benchmark charts.
You can be assured that no matter what you pick you'll probably run into issues at some point and no matter what you pick they will be awesome.
Everything after that is personal preference and personal experience, two people could have entirely two different opinions on the same hardware simply because their expectations and experiences are not the same.
Uh, I don't see where you are trolling... its a solid point.... can you please fix ASAP? Otherwise I am going to have to start reading your posts.
Originally Posted by Coolio831
I already settled on a cpu/gpus/mobo. It looks like i'll have to use the 800D since it has alot more room for the 3 cards. During those videos of 3way sli, i saw the wattage jump past over 950. Would it be wise to get a psu somewhere in the 1500 watt range or is 1200 enough. for heavily oc 580's plus 2600k.
Well, 200 watts is pretty good headroom (950 watts tri-sli vs. 1200 w PSU), and its running about 85% capacity when at full systems load. Something to consider is Capacitor aging, over time that max rated wattage of you PSU will diminish, briding the GAP between rated and use. I am talking a good one or two years of full usage, something to consider. I am not saying a 1500W is necessary at all, but something to consider if you plan on using your PC for more than a couple of years. You also have to be able to pull that kind of power draw from the actual PCI-E 12v Rails. Some power supplies are rated for 1200W, but they have only a lowly 800-900w on those voltage railings, leading people totally in the dark about why their PSU doesn't handle 3 or 4 GPUs, despite being high wattage. MY PSU for example only does about 1040~1050 watts from the RAILs, leading me very close on 950~1000 watt TRI-SLI GPU setup if I ever had one. That being said, that 950 watt load includes everything, not just the 12v rails, so its could really be only 750 from the GPUs, and my rating is 1040 to juice up my rails. So its all about informing yourself to what you will be truly using and then budgeting accordingly. Many people get really cheap on the PSUs and consider it as last minute pick, when infact, it should be closer to the first item picked up.
Your best bet, is shop around for PSU you think you like, then check the link in my Signature, and check out its 12v output (its in the PSU charts), or if its multi-rail 12v1,12v2,12v3 etc etc.
JohnnyGuru does a lot of PSU benchmarking, worth looking up.Edited by RagingCain - 4/18/11 at 10:06am