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Upgrade to intel 990X now? or wait till Sandy bridge-E?

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August 16, 2011 2:25:37 PM

Hey guys,
I need some help on my new build specs are as follows:

3x MSI gtx 580 lightning XE edition

asus xonar xense 7.1 sound card

corsair AX1200 psu

Intel 990X

asus rampage iii black edition

corsair dominator gt 12GB @2000

I know that the 2600K would be the better buy, but I haven't seen one LGA 1155 motherboard that will support 3 gpus (I'll be running 3d vision surround) and 1 sound card without water cooling the gpus. So my question is which should I get? The 990X (which I know is some what out dated now but I'm cool with it) or wait for sandy bridge E? Either way I'm waiting till bulldozer comes out, but as of right now which of the 2 should i go for/wait for?

Thanks!

P.S. Will the corsair ax1200 psu be enough to power all that?
August 16, 2011 2:47:36 PM

Yes but I wont be able to put my sound card on there if I also have 3 gpus on there
unless I water cool them which puts me over budget.
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August 16, 2011 3:07:24 PM

wow I never even seen that asus WS Revolution before! I'll check that.

Quick question, does the big bang marshall support 3 or 4-way sli? I thought I read some were
that it only supports 2-way.

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August 16, 2011 3:18:09 PM
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it supports 3 way sli. here is a great combo to start you off- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

yes the ax1200 will be enough- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... another good combo deal

all you will need is 8gb's of ram. 1866mhz seems to be a good deal right now- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2000mhz isnt worth it.

do you need any help with the rest of the build?
August 16, 2011 3:31:21 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
it supports 3 way sli. here is a great combo to start you off- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

yes the ax1200 will be enough- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... another good combo deal

all you will need is 8gb's of ram. 1866mhz seems to be a good deal right now- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2000mhz isnt worth it.

do you need any help with the rest of the build?


Ok great! i think i'll go with the ws revolution and nope i got the rest of the build under control, thanks for asking though.

Oh one more thing at the being of your post you said it supports 3-way sli. were you talking about the big bang marshal? or the ws revolution?
August 16, 2011 3:48:08 PM

ws revolution
August 16, 2011 3:51:29 PM

ok thank you very much! *makes a right turn onto sandy bridge express way* :sol: 
August 16, 2011 3:55:24 PM

Best answer selected by CrazyGamer444.
August 16, 2011 5:40:35 PM

be sure to get a great case, 3xGTX580s (something i would never reccommend) will give off a lot of heat.
August 16, 2011 5:45:49 PM

I'm getting the cooler master HAF X blue edition
August 16, 2011 6:03:41 PM

That is my current case which is a very good one. I just wanted something a little bigger.
August 16, 2011 6:29:06 PM

sorry i might just be thinking like a noob right now but it wont be possible to mount it in the back of the case would it? I mean thats were the expansion slots are.

EDIT: I decided to go with the noctua NH-D14
August 16, 2011 7:33:33 PM

man this threat make no sense to me...
let me gather some info:
1st - you own the fallowing components

3x MSI gtx 580 lightning XE edition


asus xonar xense 7.1 sound card


Corsair AX1200 psu


Intel 990X


asus rampage iii black edition


corsair dominator gt 12GB @2000



2nd- you want to upgrade to sandy bridge, and drop almost 600 or more on a new motherboard and processor?

ok first of all its a shame that no one in the forums hasn't say anything.

look, if you are an enthusiast and wants to have the latest tech, no body cant stop you, but if you want to drop cash and try sandy bridge just build an entire new system because i cant let you replace top processor of a still superior platform which X58 chip-set, sure when it comes to games the 2600k out perform 990x because most games still do not utilize more than 3 cores the other reason why the architecture of the 2600k is more attractive is because price performance ration its like nothing i've seen before i mean its just a $300 processor that packs a punch, because realistically not every one can afford $1000 processor.

Now matter to the fact is, you already own this 1000 processor and the increase of performance according to cost is no way near , the 20 fps increase across the board mind you less than 20 in some games doesn't justify the $700 going to waste, simple math 1000 - 300 = 700; is that money gonna be sitting collecting dust in ur closet?

@mjmjpfaff: man how you gonna tell him to get 8gb of ram, he already own 12gb, isnt that a waste of money with no real benefit?
cuz if there is benefit going from 12gb triple channel to 8gb dual channel i need to go back to my drawing board, if you want to help him out and recommend something that would be the only thing he can do, and that is build a entire new system op doesn't seem to mind expending so money any ways.

to OP: if you want performance learn to overlock, because that would have been a real waste if you got yourself a black edition processor and do not know how to overclok.
August 16, 2011 7:34:52 PM

yeah, life is hard when you have poor reading comprehension skills :( 
August 16, 2011 7:40:09 PM

snakej said:
man this threat make no sense to me...
let me gather some info:
1st - you own the fallowing components

3x MSI gtx 580 lightning XE edition


asus xonar xense 7.1 sound card


Corsair AX1200 psu


Intel 990X


asus rampage iii black edition


corsair dominator gt 12GB @2000



2nd- you want to upgrade to sandy bridge, and drop almost 600 or more on a new motherboard and processor?

ok first of all its a shame that no one in the forums hasn't say anything.

look, if you are an enthusiast and wants to have the latest tech, no body cant stop you, but if you want to drop cash and try sandy bridge just build an entire new system because i cant let you replace top processor of a still superior platform which X58 chip-set, sure when it comes to games the 2600k out perform 990x because most games still do not utilize more than 3 cores the other reason why the architecture of the 2600k is more attractive is because price performance ration its like nothing i've seen before i mean its just a $300 processor that packs a punch, because realistically not every one can afford $1000 processor.

Now matter to the fact is, you already own this 1000 processor and the increase of performance according to cost is no way near , the 20 fps increase across the board mind you less than 20 in some games doesn't justify the $700 going to waste, simple math 1000 - 300 = 700; is that the money gonna be sitting collecting dust in ur closet?


.....If you would have read my post you would have seen I am building the system. I have not bought anything yet. The specs I listed are what I was going to buy not what I have.....
August 16, 2011 8:04:10 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
be sure to get a great case, 3xGTX580s (something i would never reccommend) will give off a lot of heat.


Better then 3X GTX 480's. Hell, even my 2 create enough heat to warm a small building.
August 16, 2011 8:06:45 PM

ahnilated said:
Better then 3X GTX 480's. Hell, even my 2 create enough heat to warm a small building.


Well I wont be cold this winter atleast :D 
June 10, 2013 9:52:35 PM

If its coming out within two months I would wait for it.

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