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Old December 8, 2010, 09:46 PM
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I agree with AkG and RJBarker's posts.

My recommendations:
MOBO: To make that mobo fit that case you need to actually drill out some rivets and lower the "divider tray". 800d build with 4 way classified - The Corsair Support Forums
If you are running 3 or fewer cards don't get that ridiculous mobo. Just get a Classified 3-way or an ASUS Rampage III Extreme. I know that the RIIIE will let you run 4 cards in an 800d, even though the bottom card hangs from 1 slot.

SSD: Even if you go with a vertex2 240GB you will save $250, a 120GB will save you $430 off of a Revodrive. With SSD's being relatively new to consumer PCs, you can expect newer technology and lower prices in the near future, and a WD black is just fine for a storage drive. I actually use WD greens because they are so quiet.
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PSU:
Just FYI, A 1200w PSU is way overkill with only 2 GPUs. A hx1000 would be lots. Just to give you an idea, my 2x5870 + GTS450 with a 930 @ 4.0 + dual pumps etc. only pulls 600w. That being said, I do like how the 1200 is FULLY modular, so I would stick with the 1200 for that reason alone.

RAM: 2000 is unnecessary, everything I've read says that there is no real world noticeable difference between 2000 and 1600. Save yourself $100 and grab a 1600 set.
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OPTICAL:
The LG BH10LS30 is a great BD writer and is $45 cheaper than the pioneer. The only difference is a 10x vs 12x BD write speed, and since only 2x -6x discs are available... Plus the LG has lightscribe.
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Keyboard: If that is for sure the keyboard you want, cool. But just know that you can get a G110 or similar for $100.

GPUs: Really no need for 2x580s with a single 1920x1200. I'd recommend you try one first, then add a second if you think you want/need it.

Watercooling:
Don't bother with that primochill fluid. Distilled water from your local grocery store is cheaper and better. They claim that stuff is non conductive... but neither is pure water. Add $80 for a pump to go with that top. You'll want the one with a speed controller (655 NOT 655-B) For fittings you need to decide on Barbs or Compression. Barbs/clamps are cheaper, but compressions look better. There is really no tangible evidence to suggest that one is more likely to leak than the other.
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Fans are up to you. It comes down to CFM vs Noise vs Color. This is a pretty good comparison of a lot of fans. Be Cool: Ultimate 120/140 mm Fans Roundup. Page 28 - X-bit labs

Also, I'm surprised you are not going to watercool the GPUs ?
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