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Old August 5, 2011, 09:51 PM
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Hello everyone

I finally got around to uploading pictures of my build as requested by some of my friends. I thought other people might enjoying having a look.

Personal Computer - 2011 pictures by brycelac - Photobucket

Component breakdown:

Case: Cooler Master HAF X (Blue Edition)
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k @ 5.0Ghz
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z (Z68)
Video Card 1: EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2 FTW Edition 3Gb (OC'd)
Video Card 2: EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2 FTW Edition 3Gb (OC'd)
Video Card 3: EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2 FTW Edition 3Gb (OC'd)
PhysX Card: Galaxy GTX 460 Razor Edition
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Xense
Memory: Mushkin 12gb DDR3 1600
PSU: OCZ ZX 1250W
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex 3 128gb SSD
Game Drive: OCZ Vertex 3 256gb SSD
Storage: Western Digital 2Tb SATA 3 64mb Cache
NAS: Drobo FS, 15Tb (5x3Tb) Western Digital SATA 3 64mb Cache

Watercooling: Koolance 3K3U External Cooling Box
Blue Lighting and Tubing

Monitor 1: Dell UltrlaSharp U2711 27'' IPS Monitor @ 1440x2560 (Portrait Mode)
Monitor 2: Dell UltrlaSharp U2711 27'' IPS Monitor @ 1440x2560 (Portrait Mode)
Monitor 3: Dell UltrlaSharp U2711 27'' IPS Monitor @ 1440x2560 (Portrait Mode)
Combined Resolution: 4320x2560
Monitor Mount: ergotech 100-D16-B03

Headset: Sennheiser PC350
Speakers: Logitech Z906 5.1 Speakers

Mouse: Saitek Cyborg R.A.T 7 Mouse
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard
Controller: Razer Onza XBox 360 Controler

Desk: Kitchen Countertop from IKEA!

Please let me know what you guys think
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Old August 5, 2011, 10:18 PM
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That rig is a BEAST! ppl like me dream of rigs like this. you sir, are one lucky man

Any benchmarks available???

Also, I wanna know if the physX card actually helps or hinders your performance, because in extreme rigs like this, it could possibly hurt it :(
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Old August 5, 2011, 10:57 PM
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Very Nice I have been thinking of adding another 2x u2711's in eyefinity, love to see some benchs at that res if you have time, though your 3x580's eat my 2x6970 still would be interested if you could.
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Awesome rig man, have fun with it.

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Very Nice I have been thinking of adding another 2x u2711's in eyefinity, love to see some benchs at that res if you have time, though your 3x580's eat my 2x6970 still would be interested if you could.
If you sell a 6970 and pick up a 6990 you will eat the GTX 580's
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Old August 6, 2011, 07:13 AM
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Awesome rig man, have fun with it.



If you sell a 6970 and pick up a 6990 you will eat the GTX 580's
This isn't completely true as the 3GB gtx 580 tends to perform slightly better then the 6970s do, and the 6990 is a neutered dual 6970 which again would lead to him under performing against the 3GB cards
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Old August 6, 2011, 07:45 AM
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If you sell a 6970 and pick up a 6990 you will eat the GTX 580's
not a chance. Weaker chip and less RAM.

Where are the rear speakers located? And where are the cards? May we see the internals?
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Old August 6, 2011, 08:46 AM
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That is one awesome looking build. Would love to see pics too. One question though...does having a 460 as your physX make much of difference with 3 580's. Serious question as I am not overly familiar with physX. It is my understanding with high end cards you don't really need a dedicated physx card, so was curious about the difference you would see.
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Old August 6, 2011, 12:10 PM
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Sweet system!
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Old August 6, 2011, 04:29 PM
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not a chance. Weaker chip and less RAM.

Where are the rear speakers located? And where are the cards? May we see the internals?
Weaker chip doesnt matter when the third card does almost nothing... AMD's Scaling on 6970's are much better and the extra VRAM on the cards doesnt help all that much becausse they are bottlenecked by architecture before the memory even comes into effect.

Check out GTX 580 3gb reviews and check this

Introduction - NVIDIA GeForce 3-Way SLI and Radeon Tri-Fire Review | [H]ard|OCP

Edit: those benchies look like an ass kicking to me and considering it's known the the 3gb don't beat out the 1.5gb especially in multi-card set-up I don't see where the win for the GTX 580 is. Apparently Scaling > throwing money at something.

P.S for the O.P I'm not chirping your build... for a workstation 580 is the way to go and also folding 580 is the way to go, pure gaming I'd take the 6990 + 6970

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Old August 6, 2011, 08:21 PM
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I'm on Keltron 3030's side - nice nice rig!
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