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  1. what kind of case fan's should I go with I have 4 fans I need to get
  2. I would just go with some Xigmatek fans. Anyway, if you already have a i7-920, I think you would be better off overclocking that and getting two faster GPUs (like 6970s) and a fast SSD instead, but, whatever.
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    Case - I think you need to upgrade the case ... has just one fan ....Antec 902 V3 has great cooling, front USB 3 ports, inlet air filters. (+$65)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097

    PSU is a bit big for two 6870's .... XFX Black 750 not only is far better (10.0 jonnyguru performance rating) than the Corsair TX (8.5 rating) but it's $15 cheaper (-15)
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-radeon-hd-6000/hd-6870/Pages/amd-radeon-hd-6870-overview.aspx#3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

    MoBo / CPU - you're paying $415 .... the Asus option is $20 cheaper and the better overclocker (-$20)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622007

    Cooler - The Prolimatech is great cooler .... but overkill for Sandy Bridge. Scythe Mugen 2 is more than enough. I;d use one fan and add anothe rlter id temps an issue. (-$56)

    RAM - you're looking for modules in multiples of 2 not 3.
    CAS 9 ($70) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315 (-$75)

    SSD is half as fast as today's current models. I'd hold off until ya can include a Vertex 3

    GFX - Don't see the attraction of twin 6870's

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $205.00 6870 (434/701) $0.47 - $0.58
    $240.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.48 - $0.56

    Last week that 560 Ti was $215 after MIR .... maybe it drop again soon. It will cost ya an extra $70 at today's price, but the change above save ya $101 .... net cost for an extra 161 fps is 31 dollars lower than ya original build.....and that doesn't include the 4 case fans ya needed. At $12 each that $48 + $31 + the $124 for the Adata SSD gives you $203 towards a Vertex 3 ($300)
  4. I'm upgrading because I sold my i7920 and asrock 1366 board for 300$. It was overclocked to 3.8 do you guys think the i5 2500k overclocked will be a noticeable difference?
  5. From a cpu point of view, the 2500K will be much faster, particularly with a modest OC. It will do 4.0-4.5 easy, and will be 15% faster, clock for clock to boot. The 2600K will OC to the same levels, and I don't think the extra cache translates into that much more performance.

    For gaming, spend your money on a great graphics configuration. If a single gpu will do the job, I like that better.
    At 1080P, A single GTX580 will be as good as it gets. Just my bent, Having used both, I like Nvidia better.
    I suggest a single GTX580, and see how you do. You then have an upgrade path. I would go with EVGA and use their 90 day trade in program is you think you might ever want a GTX590 instead of a second GTX580.

    On the SSD, go with Intel. They have fewer returns:
    http://www.behardware.com/articles/810-6/components-returns-rates.html
  6. this gtx 560ti is $205 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187136

    I have dual 6870's and love em but i got'em for 180(160 AR - and they came in!). At $320 i certainly have no regrets.
  7. I think I'm going balls out on the rev.b with the 3000 rpm push and pull fans I'm going for 5ghz, I'm adding 5 thunderblade 120mm 2500 rpm fans for the case cooling. I have an xclio windtunnel from my last i7 build. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103011&cm_re=xclio_case-_-11-103-011-_-Product
    I want the nzxt because I have used it to build 5 custom computer for customers what do you guy think. The windtunnel is big and heavy and is not easy to move around
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