I've decided to build myself a new PC but I'm having a really hard time deciding which graphics card to get. It seems the HD 6970 is a pretty formidable card, especially in a CrossFire setup. I've been doing some research though and the HD 6970 is apparently a pretty hot running card, especially in a CrossFire setup since there usually isn't enough space between the cards for decent airflow to get through. So I have a few questions about the HD 6970:
Will I be needing a case with really good airflow? Must I therefore avoid especially silent cases?
Will I need to buy a bunch of extra fans, and if so, were on the case will they be needed (Currently thinking of using a Fractal Design Define XL USB 3.0)? Is there even a point to run these cards in CrossFire without water cooling?
Are there manufacturers that sell extra thin 6970's or socket 1155 motherboards with handsomely spaced PCI-e slots for a decent price?
Also, what wattage is recommended for a 6970 SLI setup?
I probably should have specified what I meant by fair price; Lower then 150$.
I've looked at a few of your recommendations, and so far they all look like good cases. I'm leaning towards the NXZT Phantom though, seems like it has very nice airflow and as a bonus, it looks really slick. I'll be sure to look at the other cases you recommended though.
personally I think the Phantom will be my next case.... Currently I have a Coolermaster storm scout and am pleased with it...
Also you need to consider getting a motherboard with good distance between pci-e lanes and also Id go for the MSI TF III/II or ASUS DC2 versions of whatever card you get, for the money id get dual 6950s and overclock them