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December 11, 2010 9:02:25 PM

Ok, so thank you for earlier feedback, now I am just looking for the final bit here as I push home on components. The three things I am missing/need help on are:

HSF: deciding between either Venomous X in push/pull or Megahalems in push/pull (Corsair H70 is a no go due to case limitations)

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6gb (3x2gb), trying to decide between frostbyte or ridgeback model (will Ridgebacks fit under listed HSFs?)
-Frostbyte:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Ridgeback:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PhysX card: I got an EVGA GTS 450 for only $50 and was wondering if that would suffice as a dedicated PhsyX card for two 480s in SLI? I understand that the 480s are capable of PhysX on their own, but I am running a triple monitor setup, so I need the extra graphics power for games that use PhysX. Granted the list is short, but they're all games I want to play and I care about seeing the "extra" stuff so please help.

Here is my rig as it stands minus the above parts.

Monitors:
3 x ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
NZXT Phantom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO:
Asus Rampage III Extreme (LGA 1366)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
I7-950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX:
2 x EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (SLI)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PhysX:
EVGA 01G-P3-1452-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 11, 2010 9:18:57 PM

The new HD 6950/6970 are about to be released next week. The 480 is power hungry and hot, they don't make 'em anymore.
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December 11, 2010 9:29:22 PM

Already own the 480s and if they prove too much of an issue, I bought EVGA so I can always do "step up" to the 580s. Aside from that, looking for input on RAM and HSF not the rest of my selections.
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December 11, 2010 9:30:14 PM

and a PhysX card too.
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December 11, 2010 9:40:55 PM

Go to the Asus site to the recommended memory list at your mobo's page and pick from there. Noctua NH-D14 is very good.
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December 13, 2010 2:42:09 AM

Mushkin Redlines are on the recommended list, I was curious if anyone had any info on the differences between the Ridgebacks and Frostbyte heatspreaders and whether or not they will fit under the listed HSFs. I know the Noctua has issues with that, hence my preference for the Megahalems and Venomous X.
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January 3, 2011 7:26:20 PM

Hmm . . . seems like my thread dried up without any real answers. Well my problem has worsened. Mushkin has stopped selling the RAM I wanted so now I am looking for some super stable Memory. I was looking at the Corsair Dominator GT as it is on the QVL list for my mobo (Asus RE III). Though I am open for suggestions. I am a noob at OC'ing and need some RAM that will give me great out the store performance and give me plenty of room to reach. Thanks for the help.
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