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September 23, 2011 10:25:18 AM

Sorry i know I had a $1000-$1500 post and as I progressed it kind of evolved into a $2000 build so I felt it was wrong to post this there.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 weeks or so.
Budget Range: $2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING, surfing, minor edditing every now and again. Then basic stuff like work(office), occasional movie watching, etc.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers, printer. (need a monitor though.)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Neweggs fine, because there prices are good
Country of Origin: I'm from India but I live in Singapore, don't worry about the newegg shipping tho i got a way of getting it to singapore quite cheaply.
Parts Preferences: Like I said, Im a bit of a noob, but id prefer to stick with an intel cpu.
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920/whatever's worth it.
Additional Comments: Please dont get angry with me if I don't get what your telling me, like i said, Im a bit of a noob.

So Ideas? I was going with this;


US$

GPU
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MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition (XE) 3GB- $600

SSD
Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive - $215

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $60

PSU
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 - $160

DVD
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $20

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz/
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL - $50

MOBO
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $190

FAN/CPU HEATSINK
Hyper 212 pLus

CASE
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D - $190

Monitor
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers - $180

Which comes to about $1965.

So. You think this is good? I saw the marathon $2000 thing and liked someone's idea of using a 3x sapphire 6950 toxic card.

I like iRaiden's build http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/317198-31-bestconfigs... but was uncertain about the whole watercooling thing. Im new to pc building, is it very hard to setup?

More about : 2000 gaming rig

September 23, 2011 11:42:06 AM

Anyone?
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September 23, 2011 12:52:33 PM

I would probably switch the PSU to Corsair HX1050 instead of that cooler master. Nice warranty and better quality overall.
Other than that looks pretty good.

CPU is missing from the list below. But i guess it is still counted in.
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September 23, 2011 12:54:24 PM

rocessor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220

HSF : CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $90

Motherboard : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $125

RAM : 2 x (CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866) - $170

Graphics : MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $500

Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60

SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $180

Optical Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA - $100

PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $190

Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED, 1x 140mm rear, 1x 230mm top, and 1x 230mm side - $160

Monitor : ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200

Total : $1995 before rebates

The perfect all rounder. Everyone will just keep staring at your PC. ;) 

You can handle games like Crysis 2 or Mafia II at max settings at 1920x1080

Liquid Cooling System to help you overclock the i5 over 5Ghz.

Good Luck with the build. ;) 
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September 23, 2011 2:34:29 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I ended up pretty much copying that build and changing a few things (case, psu and the old gpu cos it made me drool on my keyboard :p  If You think I should spend the extra $20 on anything please let me know.

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220

HSF : CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $90

Motherboard : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $125

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL- $52

Graphics : MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB - $600

Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60

SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $180

Optical Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA - $100

PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Supply - $150

Case : Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) - $200

Monitor : ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200

Total : $1977
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September 23, 2011 2:56:44 PM

You actually did a good job improving my original build. I don't know how 16GB RAM (useless for gaming) got into my build, that too 1866Mhz.

Just that case is an ATX Mid Tower one. I think you may get into troubles fitting GTX 580's in an ATX Mid Tower. Check the specs of the case and the GPU to see if the case will fit the GPU or not.

BTW, your lightning GTX 580 costs $525 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nice one with 3 fans for $465 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 23, 2011 3:50:59 PM

Small liquid cooling units do not cool better than large heatsinks. For a liquid cooling system to work well, you'll need a 2x120mm radiator or larger, and a real cpu block with copper pins inside for heat dissipation. Also, getting 5ghz on an i5 isn't realistic, even with proper liquid cooling.
Your gtx580 is too expensive. You don't need 3gb of gddr5 memory for anything less than a 3-monitor setup.
One more thing. You're buying a 2000 dollar computer. You're not going to want a slow hard drive with it. Get something with a little more zing for a little more cha-ching.
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September 23, 2011 11:32:30 PM

Thanks guys I probably am going to go for 1 GTX 580 instead of 560ti sli because later I can sli two gtx580s by buying one card, hence future proofing. Does this make sense? Anyway, any suggestions on what gtx 580 I should buy? I really liked the $600 one just because the 3gb meant that it could probably play games far into the future. So, should I save and buy a hyper 212 plus instead of a H80 water cooling thing. That means I could blow the extra cash on a super pretty monitor :D 
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September 23, 2011 11:38:02 PM

Yes get the air cooler instead.

But if you really intend to run GTX580 SLI, you won't be spending the money you save on monitor, but a 1000W PSU.
Corsair HX1050 is a solid choice for that and Corsair TX950 'might' just cut it wattagewise, but if you can afford the hx1050 it is a better unit.
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September 23, 2011 11:42:32 PM

You can get the 212+ and avoid the hassles of water cooling.

You don't NEED 3GB of video memory. Its for multiple monitor setups or ultra high resolutions.

@ rvikman

850W is fine for GTX 580 SLI. Cards doesn't consume as much as you're thinking in reality, its just the trick of their manufacturers to force you to buy an overkill PSU because most of the people buy cheapo 1000W units than quality 850W products.
650 for 560 Ti SLI, 750 for 570 SLI and 850 for 580 SLI.

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September 23, 2011 11:46:35 PM

Great, so any suggestions on what GTX 580? And the shiny monitor :D 
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September 23, 2011 11:50:55 PM

I've seen total system power consumptions listed in the 771W+ range. For GTX580 SLI now add a slight overclock to the GPU and a hefty one for the CPU and you are looking at more than I would be comfortable letting an 850W PSU to handle. Where as the 950W or 1050W is not capping out the capacity but still runs at a slightly better range.
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September 23, 2011 11:56:13 PM

Lol guys when I buy another gtx 580 I might upgrade the power supply but that's irrelevant now cos honestly I just need to figure out WHICH gtx 580 and a suuuuper shiny monitor :D  (cos im saving some cash from the gpu cos I dont need the 3gb).
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September 23, 2011 11:56:20 PM

These are under-rated PSUs. They're actually capable of delivering more than 850W, so shouldn't be a problem.

I'd recommend HX1050 incase of GTX 590 SLI.
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September 24, 2011 12:00:31 AM

K, thanks again, any ideas on WHICH gtx 580 brand to buy and also my shiny monitor which now I assume is feeling quite lonely :( 
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September 24, 2011 12:12:52 AM

Yay! I haz teh shiny monitorz.

Anyway, I was worried about the galaxy card just because I haven't really heard of them before, is the customer support good? and also do you think it will fit in my case?
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September 24, 2011 12:32:06 AM

Look at Evga Gtx 580's most have lifetime warranty.
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September 24, 2011 12:44:08 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $114.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

or that same case but in white....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $114.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $683.98 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply
MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $279.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $68.48 $5 off w/ promo code EMCKAHH23, ends 9/28
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $196.99 FREE SHIPPIN
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Total: $1,679.41 *not including shipping and rebates


http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4272/asrock_z68_extrem... <----- review of that board

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <----- review done here on toms showing boards like the one above with the NF200 Bridge (dual cards @ x16 & x16) help to reduce micro stutter



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September 24, 2011 12:58:48 AM

Cool, I really like my 650d though >_<
anyway is this ok?

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220

HSF : CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $90

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL- $52

Graphics : MSI N580GTX Lightning GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB - $525

Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60

SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $180

Optical Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA - $100

PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Supply - $150

Case : Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) - $200

Monitor : ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200

MOBO
Extreme 7 Gen 3(Could someone explain to me the difference between the gen3 extrem 4, 3 and 7?

So basically just need help with the motherboard, whats the difference? and again H60 vs hyper 212 plus.
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September 24, 2011 1:44:24 AM

You want a psu with more watts and amps than that 850w psu if you plan on running two of those cards. If you have any doubts, or if anyone on here tells you different, then post that question on the Nvidia and/or EVGA forums and they will say the same thing... 950+watt psu for two of those 580's.

As far as the extreme 3,4, and 7

1) the extreme3 doesn't have a front USB 3.0 header for front USB 3.0 ports...it just has the two rear ones

2) the extreme4 has that front USB 3.0 header giving you two front USB 3.0 ports on top of the two in the rear.

3) the extreme7 has a NF200 Bridge allowing dual cards to run @ x16 & x16 instead of the usual x8 & x8 or you can run three cards on that board..all @ x8.


The difference with dual cards running at either x8 or x16 is minimal ...like maybe a 2-3 fps difference.
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September 24, 2011 1:59:08 AM

So it looks like the extreme 4 is the best option. And the cooling setup?
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September 24, 2011 2:08:26 AM

Extreme4 is the best option as you'll probably never 3way SLI GTX 580's.

You'll never need more than a 850W PSU to run 2 GTX 580 overclocked and i5 2500K overclocked. They'll never ever consume more than 750-800W under full stress. I guaranty!
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September 24, 2011 2:20:18 AM

HSF : CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $90

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL- $52

Graphics : MSI N580GTX Lightning GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB - $525

Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60

SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $180

Optical Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA - $100

PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V - $230

Case : Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) - $200

Monitor : ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200

MOBO
Extreme 4 Gen3 - $200


Good final build?
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September 24, 2011 2:37:35 AM

You'll never need anything more than a 1000W PSU. Its a huge overkill. Still,

OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply - $220
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September 24, 2011 2:42:07 AM

Check this PSU : Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W - $150
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September 24, 2011 3:21:18 AM

HSF : CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $90

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL- $52

Graphics : MSI N580GTX Lightning GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB - $525

Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60

SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $180

Optical Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA - $100

PSU : Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 - $150

Case : Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) - $200

Monitor : ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200

MOBO: Extreme 4 Gen3 - $200

CPU: Intel i5 2500k - $220

TOTAL - $1977

Well, that seems to be it :)  any other suggestions please let me know.
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September 24, 2011 3:44:09 AM

Go for it.
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September 24, 2011 4:16:33 AM

Best answer selected by nanospy.
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September 24, 2011 4:18:42 AM

I just wanted to say a huge thanks to you Rohit I would have seriously f***ed up my buil if it weren't for you :)  Ill be sure to recommend you to new builders for a config :) 
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September 24, 2011 4:41:06 AM

I'm glad that I could help you. ;) 
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September 24, 2011 9:13:21 AM

Sorry to bring this thread up again, but I couldn't help myself. I saw the Lancool PC-K63 and loved its design, features and cable management. I also love the obsidian 650d though. i honestly wish there weren't so many bloody cases to choose from. anybody have experience with the PC-K63?
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September 24, 2011 9:51:02 AM

I like the CoolerMaster HAF 922 more at that price range.

Better cooling. (200mm fans)
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September 24, 2011 9:58:36 AM

I like the 922 but I am so put off by the non-black interior >_< Have you heard anything about the lancool brand? I know it is made by Lian Li, who's quality is supposed to be unbeatable, but what about the lancool series?
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September 24, 2011 10:26:15 AM

I think it shouldn't be bad quality wise.
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September 25, 2011 5:13:36 AM

Sorry to bring it up again (I'm terrible I know) but I've been looking at the NZXT Phantom and the Haf 932 as well as the obsidian, especially the phantom, I can't seem to find anything wrong with it.

Opinions?
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September 25, 2011 5:23:37 AM

nanospy said:
Sorry to bring it up again (I'm terrible I know) but I've been looking at the NZXT Phantom and the Haf 932 as well as the obsidian, especially the phantom, I can't seem to find anything wrong with it.

Opinions?

It's a nice looking case that comes with everything but the front USB 3.0 panel and 2.5" SSD bracket...at least from what I saw on case. That's an easy fix though. The Asrock boards provide that black front panel with 2x3.0 USB ports and SSD bracket.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- here's another quick fix for that.
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September 26, 2011 8:27:05 AM

God this is complicated. Anyway kind of looking at the Haf 932, the Haf X and the Silverstone Raven RV02/RV03 depending on which is better. It seems like they have all gotten great rviews. What about the ft02 thing from silverstone?
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September 26, 2011 1:36:29 PM

The HAF 932 is by far the better choice. I bought one last week, and I will be putting my build together later this afternoon. Its important to note that the case has been updated to the ADVANCED version, so if you look at reviews of the 932, they are not accurate. The 932 Advanced has a full black interior, front USB 3.0 and 2 built in SSD slots (converted from HDD) and it also has a GPU duct for better cooling in SLI. There could be more features that I missed, but those were the main ones I noticed.

Most importantly, the case is HUGE! You can fit a triple radiator with dual fans (yes, 6 fans) on the top, you easily have room for 3x of any graphics cards, dual power supplies and extreme cable management. This just makes everything so much easier and neater to look at, plus you can fit fans everywhere to cool your system as much as you like. I am extremely pleased with this case, highly recommended.

The HAF X is very very similar to the 932 Advanced, only it has dual 200 mm fans on the top and native USB 3.0 support on the front (932 added into a 5.25 bay), plus other features that I cant think of at the moment.
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September 28, 2011 8:38:58 AM

Thanks guys, but honestly i think I am going to go with a 650d if I can get my hands on it because it is sooooooooooo sexy ;) 
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October 3, 2011 9:22:31 AM

Hate to open this thread again but Im ahving doubts about my mobo. my local store has the extreme7 but he also as the asus ROG maximus iv gene-z. I know its mATX but will it be able to fit to msi gtx580 lightnings sli? cos i really like the soundcard it comes with and the fact that its ROG. (noobface)
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October 3, 2011 10:26:09 AM

Anyone?
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October 3, 2011 10:26:19 AM

Extreme4 would be the best.
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October 3, 2011 10:38:56 AM

The maximus gene would be ok if your cards used blower type coolers, so that it would blow air mostly out the back.

However since the GTX580 lightnings don't do that, you should have some space between the GPU's for air circulation.
So as suggested Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen3 would be great, Extreme 7 if you can afford it and want the best of the best.
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