Missing a DVD drive, but I already have one.
Only thing I'm worried about is cooling. I'm new to building PCS, but at the same time I know that the 580 is a beast of a GPU.
Any suggestions as well?
90% of the Sandy Bridge processors will hit 5Ghz on Air, most people have not updated their bios and/or are throttling the CPU's. But this debate is not going to help the OP. I completely agree on the cooler.Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02;12057414
Oh I forgot to mention that cooler is mediocre at best. Go with the Noctua NH14 cuz it's a much better cooler. And while the new Sandy Bridge processors have reached 5GHz on air that is NOT normal and won't happen with many chips with good temps.
Here shows the mhz to voltage required on a few sandybridge chips
If you look at those voltages most look a good bit too high to be running on air. How's your overclock?Originally Posted by bratas;12057514
90% of the Sandy Bridge processors will hit 5Ghz on Air, most people have not updated their bios and/or are throttling the CPU's. But this debate is not going to help the OP. I completely agree on the cooler.
Personally I'd recommend the i7-2600k... clock for clock about 10-20% faster, $200 less even with friend.Originally Posted by *********;12057497
He can get an i7-970 off of a friend through Intel Retail Edge if said friend works for a retail cahin and doesn't mind hooking him up.
(Amazon Marketplace has 970's from resellers for as low as $500 btw)
No SSD for boot drive?
Ditch the Ripjaw kit for a Corsair Dominator 1600 6GB Triple Channel.
Why would you recommend such a terrible power supply?? A quality 850 watt power supply will run SLI 580s no problem.Originally Posted by Khaotik55;12057850
I'd go Sandy Bridge, get a Samsung F3 1TB or F4 320GB, and I'd buy a water cooling kit.
Also, if you're going to spend that kind of money, might as well go pick up a solid state drive while your at it. 64GB is plenty for Windows and applications. Use your platter drive to store large games and files.
Water cooling kit: http://www.xspc.biz/kits.php
(I would get the beefiest RX360, but 1- you don't have a full tower, so it wouldn't fit unless you jerry rigged it, and 2- I don't see it on that website for some reason.)
SSD: You may want to wait for the new sandforce controllers to come out. 500+ mb/s
Also get a modular power supply, ESPECIALLY since you have a mid tower case.
Here's one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121037