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October 28, 2011 5:26:42 PM

Hi all,

I am finally almost ready to place the orders for my build, I was hoping I could run this by the community and get some final tweaking feedback before I go through with my purchase! I am pretty novice, so any advice or approvals will be much appreciated. I based my nomination for GPU off of the recent hardware canucks review for surround/eyefinity GPU setups. Please see my build below, and I thank you for your help in advance (I'm excited for this!) <3


DISPLAY - Quantity 3: Dell Dell - UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor -1900x1200



CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor =$319.99, New Egg Listing

MOBO (OPTION 1): ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen3 = 234.99. NewEgg Listing - (Not currently selected for build)

MOBO (OPTION 2): ASRock Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 2133 LGA 1156 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 = 274.99 Amazon Listing (Currently nominated for build)

MOBO (OPTION 3): ASRock Z68 Pro 3 This line came up in my search, may not be worthwhile (Not currently selected for build)

GPU (OPTION 1) - Quantity 2: XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card = 2x679.98 NCIX Listing (Not currently selected for build)

GPU (OPTION 2) Quantity 2: Gigabyte GV-N580UD-3GI GeForce GTX 580 Graphic Card - 772 MHz Core - 3 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 4008 MHz Memory Clock - 2560 x 1600 - SLI - Fan Cooler - DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1 - HDMI - DVI= 2x554.00 =1108.00 Listing (Currently nominated for this build)

PSU (OPTION 1): Silverstone Strider 850 Gold 850W Modular Power Supply ATX 24PIN 135mm Fan 70A 80+ Gold Black = 154.69 DirectCanda Listing (Currently nominated for this build)

PSU (OPTION 2): Corsair Professional Series Gold AX 1200W Power Supply = 289.99 Memory Express Listing (Not currently selected for build)

RAM: GSKILL Sniper Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit = 54.99 Memory Express Listing

SSD (OPTION 1): Patriot PW120GS25SSDR Wildfire Series 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD = 259.99 NCIX Listing(Currently nominated for this build

SSD (OPTION 2): Crucial Technology 128GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive = 190.76 B&H Listing[i/](Not currently selected for this build)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 7200.12 2TB SATA 6.0GB/S 3.5IN 8.5MS 64MB Hard Drive OEM = 129.79 BestDirect Listing

Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper = 189.99 I would welcome other suggestions!!

Cooling (OPTION 1): COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 = 34.99 NewEgg Listing (Currently nominated for this build)

Cooling (OPTION 2): Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler (OR THERMALRIGHT ARCHON BOTH SEEM TO BE 79.99) = 79.99 (Neither currently selected for this build, each priced at 79.99)

Tentative Build Subtotal, Oct 28, 2011: = 2,527.42

Keyboard: SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard (Already wn)
Headset: SteelSeries 7H USB Headset (Already own)
Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei Mouse (Planning to purchase)

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October 28, 2011 7:38:21 PM

Are you from Canada? You listed mostly Canadian sites, but that Amazon reference and US pricing is confusing.

I'd be crazy excited too with a build like this. You seem to have a good grasp on the hardware....mostly all good choices. I'd go with Crossfired 6970s before SLId GTX 580s. You don't gain a whole lot of performance for the price increase (HardOCP review, AnandTech bench comparison). Anyway, here's what I would do with a budget like yours (all prices in Canadian)...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Extreme4&manufacture=Others

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3- 1866 CL9
***The higher frequency will help achieve better framerates

GPU: 2x HIS Radeo HD 6970
***The price you listed for those XFX cards was after a rebate, which ends Monday and is only available on one card.

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA III

HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 7200.12 2TB

Optical: LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer

PSU: XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition

Case: Silverstone RV03B-W
***One of the quietest, best cooling cases available (click here for review and lots of pictures. Take note, the trim is gray on the case linked here, not gold like in the review.)

Adapter: XFX Active Eyefinity Ready Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
***One of these adapters is required for Eyefinity

TOTAL: $1948.77 + $10 shipping for the HIS video cards
October 30, 2011 4:32:28 AM

Thanks for the feedback, hunter. Yes, I'm from Canada.

I really like that Silverstone RV03B-W you posted, it's definitely in the running for me now.

My biggest bridge to cross is finalizing the GPU config. I would love to grab the 2GB 6970's, as it is the more economical choice, but I am afraid of being let down if they don't perform for the latest games in eyefinity against my triple 24" setup. Many have told me that with the kind of display setup I have, with the expectations for gaming, that I simply need to get the dual 580 3GB's, and this notion was re-enforced by a review a few days ago over at hardware canucks, addressing surround builds.

Do we think this may not be the case?

I appreciate the input so far, I hope I can come to a GPU decision soon, as I am eager to proceed.

Thank you
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October 30, 2011 3:08:34 PM

i would stick with the 580 3gb. the extra 1gb in vram will help play that high of a resolution.

the 1866mhz ram wont help in giving you higher framrates.- 1600mhz ram is fine. it wont be bottle-necked by any cpu.

the RV03 is a great case.

with the recent bump in prices in hard drives get a 500gb or 1tb hdd

for 2 580's you are going to want at least a 900w psu-

if you are just gaming there is no reason to get a 2600k. a 2500k will give you 99% of the performance a 2600k in gaming situations.

+1 for the hyper 212 evo

+1 to the crucial m4- much more reliable.

for your motherboard..... id say go with the extreme7. it will reduce all bottle-necking that might occur with the 580's
October 30, 2011 3:45:48 PM

Thanks very much mjm. Speaking toward the VRAM, would dual 570 2.5GB's be considered as a good option?
October 30, 2011 5:02:01 PM

No. Go for Gtx 580 3gb sli- it is worth it. If your budget allows get tri-sli gtx 580s and an Asrock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3.
October 30, 2011 5:30:34 PM

Nigelfrost said:
No. Go for Gtx 580 3gb sli- it is worth it. If your budget allows get tri-sli gtx 580s and an Asrock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3.

It's way more difficult to do a multiple monitor setup on NVIDIA cards. Sure, they're better cards in the long run, but I really like Eyefinity - it makes setting up multiple monitors and GPU scaling much much easier.
October 30, 2011 6:05:07 PM

g-unit1111 said:
It's way more difficult to do a multiple monitor setup on NVIDIA cards. Sure, they're better cards in the long run, but I really like Eyefinity - it makes setting up multiple monitors and GPU scaling much much easier.

how can scaling be easier? sure amd cards scale a little bit *better* but the gtx 580 is much more powerful. with nvidia surround you dont have to use a display port just 1 hdmi which saves you ~20$ and you dont have to mess with adapters. eyefinity is a little better because of drivers, which will get better over time just like AMD's have.
November 10, 2011 3:28:59 PM

I just ordered the 2600k, and plan to order the extreme7 gen3, ax1200 and gpus within the next 48 hours. As far as GPUS, I wish the dual 580 3GB's weren't so expensive at this time, but it looks like it's my only option in surround? (5700x3600) three 1900x1200's.

I would like to get some suggestions on the best case for my build. I would also like to order this asap. At this point I am leaning towards getting a HAF X blue edition, and swapping the window panel for a full window HAF 932 panel. (Like $30 on CM). I will also need more fans, as I understand the case wouldn't come with enough. That said, I want to know if there are better case options out there. Here are my 5 case selection criteria in order of importance:

1) Proper air flow and space - Big enough to hold 3 large video cards if necessary (currently planning dual 580 3gb's, with extreme7 gen3 with possibility to add 3rd down the road, also space for a large psu etc. (I've only been researching full towers, as I don't want to risk any spacing issues with any form of midtower)
2) Transparent side panel either full or to showcase the impressive inside! (or, at least a model that is possible to order a transparent side from the manufacturer)
3) Has at least 1 USB 3.0 on the front panel. ( I've come close to falling in love with cases like the Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P50R , but it only has usb 2.0 on the front panel) I suppose if I can upgrade the front panel somehow, it can be worth it!
4) Ideal cost is around $200, 50% above this would require great investment benefit. To be quite honest, if the case scored 10/10 in every category I would do it. (i.e. I wouldn't get the 800D because it sucks at airflow, and I wouldn't get a thermaltake L10 because it is not aesthetically pleasing, just goofy imo)
5) Bonus if the case will future proof, in that I can use watercooling equipment should I choose to watercool my rig in the future.

*I can have the case shipped to USA or Canada, so that is a plus for shipping requirements and pricing.

I think I've spent 20 hours researching cases and keep running into walls. What say you all? I want the case to reflect the investment I'm putting inside it !!!

November 10, 2011 6:51:53 PM

Ahhhh, you should have considered getting the i7 2700K that just came out a few weeks ago - it's only $15 more expensive xD
November 10, 2011 9:38:57 PM

Eddie C said:
Ahhhh, you should have considered getting the i7 2700K that just came out a few weeks ago - it's only $15 more expensive xD

it isnt different at all just a little higher clocked. not worth it.
case wise- the antec df-85- is the third best air cooled case on the market second goes to the silverstone ft02- both can hold 3 580's. the ft02 will be a little snug but in the df-85 there is plenty of room
November 11, 2011 3:01:47 PM

rm - ottawa said:
DF-85 has bad cable management and very redundant doors all across the front of each bay

FT02 is USB2.0 only on the front panel

Which were you referring to as #1, haf x ?

Anyhow, thanks for the suggestions but I need other ideas plz!

#1 is the 650$ silverstone Temjin TJ11. id rate the HAF X at about 5 according to their charts
November 11, 2011 3:35:10 PM

Oh Right, thanks mate. That's over my case budget.

What do you think of the Silverstone RV03 ? I like it over the RV02 because of the features, do you think it would house my air cooling build?

The RV03 looks nice to me.

I am also curious what you think of the new CM Stormtrooper, I just can't get that one out of my head, even though it doesn't have transparent side panels I am drawn to it.
November 11, 2011 3:47:50 PM

i really like the rv03 id put it just behind the HAF X in cooling capabilities and i too think it looks nice and it is very well priced. The stormtrooper like all CM cases doesnt have any fan filers which is a must for me. I really do not recommend it. Its cooling looks OK not very good though
November 11, 2011 7:35:08 PM

Thanks for the heads up about fan filters.

It looks like a lot of buyer feedback on the RV03 is positive, but an overwhelming number of comments are that the plastic is really cheap, and that your case is liable to even break.

I don't think I would be a happy camper with the RV03 after all. I wish they'd have raised the price of the case a little and put some decent material into it.

Honestly if there were a haf x with fan filters and a little better looking or less 'everyobody has one' .. sigh I think I'm just too picky at this point. What would you get?