I'm building a new gaming rig and I'm trying to balance bang for the buck, future proofing, and decibles in a small form factor. It's not maxed out yet to save on cash. Figured I would get the extra video card and ram when they get a little cheaper. I'm planning on running a raid 5 for redundancy/performance and I'm looking at oc'ing it, though I've never oc'd before.
I would love any comments/suggestions.
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ASUS Rampage III Gene LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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I've been wondering a bit about heat management. The reviews I've read on the Mini P180 in regards to cooling were quite good though. My thoughts were since the power supply and dvd drives are in the lower bay and the processor is being handled by the Corsair H70 I would have plenty of cooling for the cards with the cases two 120mm's in the front set to intake (they blow right across the cards) and the 200mm on the top set to blow out.
My only reason for picking the 470 was because everything I've read says it's the sweet spot when it comes to price for performance. Well, that and I'm not a big fan of ATI.
I love that case, it's what really set me on building a micro rig. Let me know what you think though, one of the points of this was to have a semi quiet system and while I think it would be fine with the one card, if they run as hot as you say/I am seeing online, I'm wondering if I'll be able to get away with two of those in there running in SLI. That is the eventual goal after all.
With a pair of GTX 560s you won't be sacrificing much if any performance, and the lower thermal output and power consumption will certainly make up.
Thanks for the suggestion. From what info I was able to round up, the 560 generally meets and often exceeds the 470's performance with the bonus of reduced power consumption and drastically reduced temperatures. As an added bonus for those of us building micro rigs, it's also half and inch shorter than the 470 and the PCIE power ports are on top of the card instead of on the end.
Three questions remaining for those who are willing.
1. I've heard a lot of buzz around making sure your power supply can handle your video card, esp in reference to the 12v rails? Does anyone see any issues with my power supply supporting two GTX 560 TI's in SLI?
2. I was toying with throwing a SSD into the system for my OS/Very demanding games. (Supreme Commander, Rift, Company of Heroes, Eve, ect.) I would be keeping everything else on the raid. I'm wondering though if it's really worth the cost of the SSD, with the performance boost I'd already be getting with the raid configuration. Does anyone have any experience with this?
1. That PSU will definitely be good for a SLI GTX 560Ti setup. I'm running a GTX 460 SLI setup with the same PSU and it has more than enough power. The four 6+2pin PCIe power connecters are nice as well.
2. I don't personally have experience with SSDs, but from everything I've heard and researched you'll get quite a boost in application and OS loading performance, probably even better than a RAID array. In game performance won't be affectedly appreciably, but level load times would certainly be cut compared to a RAID array.
3. I would go ahead and get the 64MB version. $5 isn't much and although there may not be a huge performance difference between the two but the 64MB cache could have some impact. Besides I have the 64MB model in my build and I like it. Do be warned though that while a lot of users have successfully setup Caviar Blacks in RAID arrays some people have reported difficulties with drives dropping out of arrays.
Awesome on the power supply. I was having a lot of difficulty in picking the right PSU. Nice to talk to someone who's had personal experience with it running the same load.
Not sure if I'll spring for the SSD right off the bat (Read: Convince the wife.) but if nothing else, not having my OS on a drive that might suddenly decide not to play nice with others is incentive enough to look into it. lol.
I'm definitely going to throw down with the higher cache drives though. Your right, for 5 bucks it can't hurt and assuming their running strong a couple years from now, the 6gbs gives me future proofing if I eventually decide to switch to another board or throw on an aftermarket raid controller.