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Old December 8, 2010, 09:46 PM
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My System Specs


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. - Buy OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 120GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD - OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G In Canada.

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. - Buy Corsair XMS3 Dominator CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 12GB DDR3 3X4GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Core i7 Memory Kit - CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 In Canada.

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. - Buy LG BH10LS30 Bluray Writer 10X BD-R 16X DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA Retail Box - BH10LS30.AVBR10B In Canada.

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.

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. - Buy Swiftech MCP655 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump 1/2IN Barbs - MCP655 In Canada.

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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