Budget Range: No Budget (But the lower, the better)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/Graphic Editting, Multimedia
Parts Not Required: Need all
Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com (Using PCPartPicker)
Parts Preference: Top name brand (Samsung, Gigabyte, ASUS, etc)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: Would prefer 1920x1200 but will settle with 1080.
Additional Comments: Would like to have a case with a window for optimal showcasing. I have plans for Eyefinity Surround (3 screens) and still be able to run games at Ultra High settings. I would also like to be able to get some flashy case fans (multiple colors) to have sort of a light show going on inside my case.
Btw, not all of the prices below are accurate, I HAVE found some better deals. I'm using Newegg.com as a quick and easy reference and to give you all an idea of what I am looking for.
Im not sure if that quad channel would work though. Never seen it before.
Yeah, I looked at the ASRock board, but aren't the ASRock boards a cheaper bi-product of ASUS? I've heard some really good things and then some really bad things about those boards and not sure where I should go with it.
Yeah, the Quad-Channel RAM is actually for the X79 boards. So I suppose I think in theory, I meant to just put the 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws Series, not the Z Series.
EDIT: Thanks for pointing that out for me. My RAM got changed on the list to the regular Ripjaws "Series" 16GB DDR3-1600
A non-modular PSU has all the cables hardwired to the unit.
A modular unit will only have some cables permanently attached (usually the 24pin motherboard, 4/8pin CPU, plus one or two others), which allow you to use only the cables that you actually require, which can make it more easy to have a tidy build.
Yes an 850W would be more than enough to run a build with two 6970s.
Well, while waiting on a response from you Silvune, I did a little bit of digging. Apparently, modular PSUs are having tons of problems. The cables are stiff and difficult to work with and you apparently lose some efficiency with a modular PSU over a non-modular one.
Granted, what you have mentioned about the differences were stated, the modular having only some permanent cables attached and the non-modular has all of them. This news to me kind of makes it hard to chose which to go with.
There's no reason that I know of as to why a cable on a modular PSU should be stiffer than the cables on a non-modular unit.
I don't have a reference to a non-modular unit, but the modular unit I have doesn't have stiff/unusable cables.
There is the potential for loss of efficiency, but the amount lost and the extra resistence is miniscule and hasn't been a problem in high quality units for a long time (if ever).
The only real disadvantage to modular units is that they usually cost more.