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Old December 8, 2010, 09:31 PM
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If you want a Rampage the corsair dominator ram wont work to well... Not sure why but theres alot of complaints, i'd go with G. Skill anyways... As for the bluray drive suggestion, I have that same drive, and I must say its great! I wouldn't wait for sandy, its gonna be late 2011 when the actual high end chips drop, and even then you could sell your stuff for a good amount. Thats one hell of a budget though, my first build was maybe half that!
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Old December 8, 2010, 10:25 PM
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+1 for SLI semi-pointless at 1080 P. Unless you want to go 3 LCD. I am sure RJ barker will chime in saying how much FPS you get etc... but at 1080P,
I wouldn't consider 2 x 580's for anything less than 1920 x 1200.....certainly not 1080...best for 2560 x 1440 / 1600....
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Old December 8, 2010, 11:51 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.
NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 120GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD - OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G In Canada.

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

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.
NCIX.com - 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.

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.
NCIX.com - 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 ?
Wow thanks a lot! Looks like I really have to revise my build. I did consider watercooling the GPUs because airflow is apparently not very good in the 800d. I changed my mind because I figured I'd constantly upgrade my GPU accordingly with new releases, so I'd have to "waste" money on new GPU water blocks every time I upgrade. That's assuming if water blocks are not compatible with future cards.

Quick question: How does the Corsair H70 compare with full fledged water cooling systems? I know there are many variables, but would the H70 perform at the same level?
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Quick question: How does the Corsair H70 compare with full fledged water cooling systems? I know there are many variables, but would the H70 perform at the same level?
No comparison at all ....everything I've read states that a reallly good Aftermarket HSF assembly (Air) actually provides slightly better CPU Cooling then the H70......my TRUE with Push / Pull fans provides better Thermal numbers then the H70.
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$6000 budget! O_O wow. What can you NOT build with that kind of budget
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You know, instead of saving $500++ and going for a single GTX580 on 1080P, you could keep your SLI and spend more on; Two more 1080P displays, or one 2560x1600 display. The GTX 580 SLI GPUs will be doing a job that a single GTX570 can do. GTX 570 is a worthy option for gaming on 1080P, and another $150 saved.
Forget any CPU between the 950 and 980X If you want to save just get the 950. Otherwise 980X.
Your storage HDD isn't big enough and a bit overpriced. 10,000RPM don't matter with stored files. Get the 3TB WD Green. If you do that, get a 120GB SSD instead of 240.
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^ For the price of a 3TB green, might as well get two 2TB when there on sale for around $90 bucks, you save alot of money by doing this.
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