Weeks worth of research and my build almost complete! Please advise
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September 3, 2011, 04:40 PM
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Yes, a Z68 motherboard is your best bet for a good chipset that can fully utilize the throughput of your SSD. I recommend the GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P. You don't need PCI express 3.0 for a 580, it should not bottleneck at an x16 slot. If you have two 580s in x8 slots, you may bottleneck the cards, but probably not by much according to this x8/x8 480 review:
HARDOCP - Introduction - GTX 480 SLI @ 2560x1600 - GTX 480 SLI PCIe Bandwidth Perf. - x16/x16 vs. x8/x8
SLI 580? You will need at least 750w, recommended 850-1000w.
So, spend a little more and get the 850w version of the TX series if you think you may SLI in the future.
That case has excellent ventilation, however I have added 4x 120mm Yate loon high speeds to mine and moved the large 230mm fan on top to the side of the case (blowing on the graphics cards). I get extremely low card temps on my SLI 460 setup.
You should have all of the cables you need within the motherboard box or the power supply box.
edit: You are also purchasing an unlocked processor, I recommend you get a heatsink and overclock it as those processors hit 4.5GHz-5.0Ghz easily. You can check out this list for HSF performance:
Xigmatek AMD Heatsink Temperature Comparisons - Gaia SD1283 FrostyTech Review
I can get the Asrock z68 Extreme4 Gen3 for the same price as the GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P, which one would you say is better?
Do you think that I would be better off saving money not upgrading my PSU to 850w-1000w and just waiting 2 years to buy a better single GPU? I kind of think it's a waste of money just throwing away a GTX 580 down the line and it would be better going SLI? If the latter it looks like I will get the better PSU now.
Thanks for letting me know about the case, put my mind at ease.
Which heatsink would you personally recommend? And do you think that it is worth me overclocking my CPU and why?
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