SLI or Crossfire: Later (Will expand when needed in the future)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (x3)
Additional Comments: This is my 4th build in 10 years. I hope to keep this machine for a while and aim to overclock and CrossFire down the road. Prices are in AUD$ (Parity with $USD). Input I'd love to get:
1. Will I need an active display port adaptor for Eyefinity? $60 seems expensive for an adaptor.
2. Overall impression of the selection and any obvious issues?
3. Is the upgrade to the 6970 worth $45?
4. Which of the 2 cases should I go for?
5. Anything else I've missed.
Thanks for that Why_Me. I haven't seen bttech.com before but they don't sound great according to this: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1582.... It's only one case but I was hoping to pick everything up as I'm Sydney based. If the price difference is enough I'll do delivery.
That case isn't for me thanks, as I'm after something that sleek like the two listed. Leaning towards the Lian Li.
As for the MoBo I had looked closely at the AsRock. On pccasegear.com where they are both $230 and picked the MSI based on better build quality and after reading a few posts here and elsewhere it seemed like the consensus was that they were very similar boards and that the front USB 3.0 was one feature that the AsRock had but overall people were voting for MSi as a brand. I've had them in my last 2 builds and like the look of the build quality.
The decisions that I can't make are between the GPUs and two listed cases (though I'm still open to similar).
I haven't read a review of the MSI P67 boards yet, but I have definitely liked what I have heard about the Asrock, so it is a solid choice and what I would go for. You are probably right that there is little to choose between them. I don't think there will be any issues with build quality tho.
The Antec Truepower New TPN-750 is a more efficient than the Corsair 750TX, and it is modular, which the TX is not. So I think it is a better buy, especially if it is the same price or cheaper than the 750TX.
I also like Lian Li cases, I had my eye on the PC-9F recently, which has two front fans, maybe this would be helpful in a build with more than one hot and powerful graphics card.
The Lian Li PC-7FNB is the same as the 7FNW, it just doesn't have a window and has a blue LED fan in the front, which you could replace if you don't want. Would be one way to save money on the case if you don't mind not having a window.
5760x1080 is quite a large resolution, so I would think you'd need as much GPU horsepower as you can get, unless you don't mind turning down settings or having framerates be quite low, at least until you can get the second card. I haven't found anything which suggests that you can get away with not using an active adapter to get a third display with eyefinity.
Thanks Silvune. Do you know the difference between the Blue and Std Antec Truepower?
I'm going for the 6970 on your input. The only thing with that is I'm now thinking I might need a bigger PSU?
On the case the cooling issues now have me worried. I think I'm being silly here but I want something that I really like. Hope to have this case for a while! Looking at SilverStone RV02-E or perhaps Lian-Li PC-7FNWX.
I'm finding it tough to get either MSI or ASRock Mobo in Sydney as I the one I listed is sold out now. Think I'll take either of these that I find.