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September 20, 2010 9:31:37 AM

Hello,(<- pre added just so it makes everyone look polite)
so i have a list of parts waiting for me issue i have is picking a set of video cards that would work well with this set up and not over power the psu .. any ideas would help as well as anything that would improve the overall preformance of the system

1x 128 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Series Solid State Drive sata III

1x Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache

2x Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte 6 GB (2gbx3)Desktop Memory 998679

1x Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition 3.33GHz

1x EVGA X58 FTW3 Edition Motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA III 6 GB/s

1x Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case
5x Cooler Master 120mm Green LED Case Fan

1x Prolimatech CPU Cooler for Intel Socket 1156, 1366 and 775

1x Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified

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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 9:48:52 AM

It just depends on your budget...
The best card to get would be the

ATI 5870 ($400-$500)
or
ATI 5850 ($300ish)

If that's too much, I would consider an ATI 5770 for around $150

Since you have the latest components and such a powerful processor, you should really get something with GDDR5 and Direct X11 like the cards I suggested. ATI is ahead of the curve on these technologies and were the first to come out with them in the mainstream.

I recommend nothing less than a 5000 series ATI card and no less than a 5670 ($80-$120) which is a great card for gaming etc. at a budget price.
September 20, 2010 9:55:40 AM

im not as much about cost im willing too spend about 1000 for video cards i like the look of the gtx480 in sli but iv never seen it in action and dont know it will work with the 1k psu and would like it too suport the 6 24inch samsung lcds from my old quad core system

and would the evga motherbord effect the crossfire or would sli work better
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September 20, 2010 12:55:48 PM

that psu is surely enough, and though multiscreenz suggested some cards, a lot of them are low end. in light of this i would suggest (since you have the budget for it) to go for a xfire or sli setup.

based on tom's new "best gpu for the money september 2010", the best setup for your rig (which by the way is just too good for any lowend, non-multi gpu setup) is a gtx480 in sli config. this will be around $900.

if you really dont care about the cash, dual 5970s will be your choice for over $1000.

the above two setups will ensure futureproofing but not necessarily an efficient use of money :) 

good luck

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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 1:23:20 PM
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If you want to support 6 monitors, you either need two ATI 5 series cards or three Nvidia cards in a non-SLI/CF config. Your psu should support two of any card (ATI or even two GTX 480s) but I don't think you have the juice to support three 480s or 470s. That leaves you with the choice three 460s (get the 1 GB version if you do) or a pair of any 5 series. You do not want to use CF or SLI since then you will only have the capabilities of one card (in terms of monitor output; i.e. with an Nvidia card you get two monitor outputs, ATI you get three).

There is another option: you could get a 5870/5850 six eyefinity edition and CF a pair of those (honestly I'm not sure how this would stack in terms of performance vs a pair of non CFed standard cards).
September 20, 2010 2:56:53 PM

i have a access too a lot of the evga usb adaptors i can run the monitors that are just for im, firefox, and media player. just need 2 good cards for gaming , 3ds and c4d
September 21, 2010 2:29:12 PM

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