I'm making a new build with a Cosmos S case, a 920 i7 processor, two 4850 graphics cards, G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, a evga x58 motherboard, and a Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB. Is this a good build? I realize I will have too remove the side fan, so suggestions on a good air cooling setup and a i7 cpu cooler would be appreciated. I plan on overclocking.
Xigmatek s1283 w/ Crossbow retention bracket adk-i7361 (supposed to be on newegg in a couple of days)
Any fan over 80 cfm ... ultra kazes are good but are loud as well so you'll have to think about that
Also i wouldn't get the cosmos s, i'd go for the cosmos 1000 as its basically the same except no side panel and will create negative pressure so you will have better cooling in that as positive pressure cases have higher temperatures... atleast in my experience thats been the case
By negative pressure I mean - more exhaust than intake
Positive pressure - vice versa
Also since you have so much dough i'd go for 2 4870s as they aren't that much more expensive than 4850s
Or if that isn't an option, get a new large monitor unless you already have one if you already have one or are getting one, go with a gpu such as the 4870 1gb as it will do noticeably better in crossfire at 1920 by 1200 than 2 4870s with 512 mb in crossfire
Actually, my budget could not afford a ati 4870 , but I feel the HDT-S1283 would be a better (and cheaper) option for a cpu cooler. Any other options? How about case fans? EDIT: Sadly, I all ready bought the case. What would be the best air cooling setup for it?
I will have too remove the side fan, so suggestions on a good air cooling setup and a i7 cpu cooler would be appreciated. I plan on overclocking.
Remove the side fan? Not required.
Just get a slightly less tall CPU cooler than the 160mm+ tall towers.
Like the Zalman Zalman CNPS9700 (142mm) and ZM-CS4A Socket 1366 Clip Support Kit
ThermalTake V1 AX (143mm) will also get the job done.
This whole i7 platform is pretty new and so is the ability to run both Crossfire and SLI on the same mobo. I would be happy to SLI nVidia GPUs on the eVGA X58 mobo because tri-SLI is what it was designed for. However, in the case of ATI Crossfire on that board, I would hesitate out of potential driver hiccups but maybe more likely for gaming, potential lack of full optimization of that combination. Safer to be conservative when spending big coin...
Akebono 98, your reasoning is sound, but since the Evga x58 is an Intel chip, you may see more driver compatibility problems with Nvidia than Ati..... things to ponder. I guess I will find out one way or another
You didn't mention what you will be using your rig for and if gaming, how high you like your settings and AA/AF. That is the primary consideration for Crossfiring 4850s. For example, if you're not a hardcore gamer, then one 4850 is sufficient at that resolution. As well, you might want to check out the benchmarks to satisfy yourself of acceptable performance on the games that you will be playing.