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December 13, 2011 7:34:22 AM

Hey guys,

I'm looking for parts for a new system and usually the different manufacturers release new hardware during the winter. Is there going to be any interesting new hardware coming out in the next month or 2?

I'm looking for a high end system with something like:
Intel 2600k or better(this CPU is 6 months old so there should be something)
Radeon HD 6990 4GB
Min. 100gb SSD(has to be quality, don't want an excessively volatile storage device)
8GB high speed DDR3 ram

Mothboard and PSU just has to fir in with the rest.

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December 13, 2011 8:58:21 AM

Main question here really is BUDGET?

There's many, many, high performance build options. PCI SSD for example, SLI GPU set-ups, 2000MHz+ RAM, i7-2700k CPU.....

Over the next 2 months I think AMD 7xxx GPU series is expected - not entirely sure when though.
December 13, 2011 10:30:03 AM

AtotehZ said:
Hey guys,

I'm looking for parts for a new system and usually the different manufacturers release new hardware during the winter. Is there going to be any interesting new hardware coming out in the next month or 2?

I'm looking for a high end system with something like:
Intel 2600k or better(this CPU is 6 months old so there should be something)
Radeon HD 6990 4GB
Min. 100gb SSD(has to be quality, don't want an excessively volatile storage device)
8GB high speed DDR3 ram

Mothboard and PSU just has to fir in with the rest.


What is your budget?

X79 system with 1 or 2 SSD (raid 0) and dual card GTX 570/GTX 580 is a really high end system but will cost a lot.
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December 13, 2011 11:39:05 AM

Yeah go to the How to Ask Advise thread so we can better assist you
December 13, 2011 2:07:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Jan-Feb 2012

Budget Range: $2250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(graphic intensive)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, tower

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever site you prefer, all i need is some advice about what to pick, i can check exact pricing myself.

Country: Denmark

Parts Preferences: Intel, the rest is up to performance charts.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I might watercool it, as such standard cooling noise is not that important, but it has to be compatible with water cooling.
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As I said I've been looking at Intel I7-2600k and Radeon HD 6990 4GB, but alternatives are welcome. I also need advice for a SSD.
December 13, 2011 2:09:32 PM

NB: why is the edit button there if youre not allowed to edit at all?

EDIT: Apparently you're only allowed to "quick-edit"
December 13, 2011 2:24:23 PM

AtotehZ said:
NB: why is the edit button there if youre not allowed to edit at all?

EDIT: Apparently you're only allowed to "quick-edit"


Took me a while to work this one out too :)  Quick-Edit always seems to work though :) 

You've got a very nice budget. Something like this would probably be recommended:
850w+ PSU
Z68 motherboard
i5-2500k or i7-2600k
x2 6970's
120GB+ SSD
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You might even consider dropping in a 1000w PSU and SLI GTX 580's, although I don't really think they are worth the premium price tag and crossfire 6970's will have no problem playing all current games maxed out.
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Investing some of your budget into a nice multi-monitor set up is probably a worthwhile option too.
December 13, 2011 2:47:29 PM

Alright here is what I would suggest, there are a couple places to save and a couple places to improve.

Up the case if you dont like the one i picked
take away the blu-ray player and card reader
Up the SSD or HDD if you want as well
I picked the GPU because its one of the best 580s out there plus the watercooled like system ive heard is the shizznit
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced - $160.00 ($140 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K - $320.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 - $185.00 (3-Way SLI/CF)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - $45.00 ($30 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $47.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) FTW Hydro Copper 2 1536MB - $700.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III - $190.00 ($180 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM - $140.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM - $58.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular - $185.00 ($175 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port - $8.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $2038 (not including shipping/taxes/MIRs)
December 13, 2011 2:49:54 PM

AdrianPerry said:
"...crossfire 6970's will have no problem playing all current games maxed out."


A 6990 won't? Crossfire requires me to buy a new tower :p  its cramped as it is.. it is imo at least, i like it spacious.


AdrianPerry said:
Investing some of your budget into a nice multi-monitor set up is probably a worthwhile option too.


The 2250 is for the computer, not additional hardware ;)  I already have 2x Samsung Syncmaster 245b.
December 13, 2011 3:32:43 PM

This is what I've got so far:

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K

Graphics: Radeon HD 6990 4GB

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Motherboard: Z68 motherboard(need suggestions)

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III

Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler(don't know the alternatives)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX1050 (then there's room for Crossfire if I should want that with my HD 6990)

How does this look?
December 13, 2011 3:36:06 PM

How many GPUs do you plan to SL or CF?

The one I posted earlier (which I see youve taken a couple of things i recommended) was 3 Way SLI/CF do you want it to just be 2 way or quad?
December 13, 2011 4:14:06 PM

1 GPU for now. I dont see how you could get 3way SLI/CF with my budget ^^ that would kill the budget in GPU only since would need to pay $2100 for that with the GPU you suggested.
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Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4 GB
PC3-12800 CL8 or
PC3-15000 CL9?

In my experience low timings has meant a lot in the past, it still does?

BTW, crazy how the timings rise xD my current build has CL3 :p  i aimed for low timings tho, CL5-6 was normal when I built the current build.

I have just read some really bad feedback on OCZ Vertex 3. It has a problem where it partially hibernates, and then cause a BSOD when prompted for DATA.

Do you have a suggestion for a motherboard?

(GZ with your user promotion to veteran Emelth ^^)
December 13, 2011 11:12:57 PM

Oh sh!7 im a vet didnt even know it >.<

OCZ did have a lot of issues when they first came out but I've heard from a lot of others that they patches it up. How old were those reviews that you read?
December 13, 2011 11:26:09 PM

A different cooler than that Zalman 9700 LED is highly recommended. There is nothing wrong with that cooler, but it is 4 years old and it does not perform as well as the new coolers nowadays for the price. I have that cooler on my 3.5 years old computer (C2D e8500 and Asus Rampage Formula btw).

I suggest you get a CM Hyper 212 Evo or Corsair A70. These 2 outperform that Zalman 9700 a lot and is cheaper in some cases as well.

Regarding memory, get the DDR 3 1600 Mhz CAS 9 1.5 V, there is very little difference between CAS 9 1600 Mhz and CAS 7 1333 Mhz or CAS 9 1866 Mhz, the price is certainly a lot more expensive. It would be more cost effective if you get the 1600 Mhz CAS 9 1.5V and use the extra money on a better video card and/or SSD since you will notice a huge difference in gaming when you have a fast video card/SSD.
December 13, 2011 11:36:54 PM

Yeah I know its old but still on the a list that came out a while ago on heatsink reviews it still performs well enough to to keep the system cool, plus it also depends on how high the OP plans to OC. If they are going to OC lightly yeah go for the Hyper 212+ or Hyper 212 EVO, the Zalman is a moderate medium-high OC, and water cooling for those who want to OC the crap out of it.

Also since you dont want the 3-Way SLI board you can knock it down to the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 which is a 2-WAY SLI?CF board for around $125.
December 14, 2011 6:28:36 AM

Sorry for the late answer, I had some sleeping to do.

Emelth said:
OCZ did have a lot of issues when they first came out but I've heard from a lot of others that they patches it up. How old were those reviews that you read?
This was on the specific model you suggested. It was comments from 2 different buyers. If they didn't fix the problems with that specific model then I suppose they are still there.

jacknhut said:
A different cooler than that Zalman 9700 LED is highly recommended. There is nothing wrong with that cooler, but it is 4 years old and it does not perform as well as the new coolers nowadays for the price. I have that cooler on my 3.5 years old computer (C2D e8500 and Asus Rampage Formula btw).

I suggest you get a CM Hyper 212 Evo or Corsair A70. These 2 outperform that Zalman 9700 a lot and is cheaper in some cases as well.
Emelth said:
Yeah I know its old but still on the a list that came out a while ago on heatsink reviews it still performs well enough to to keep the system cool, plus it also depends on how high the OP plans to OC. If they are going to OC lightly yeah go for the Hyper 212+ or Hyper 212 EVO, the Zalman is a moderate medium-high OC, and water cooling for those who want to OC the crap out of it.
Hyper 212 it is then.

jacknhut said:
Regarding memory, get the DDR 3 1600 Mhz CAS 9 1.5 V, there is very little difference between CAS 9 1600 Mhz and CAS 7 1333 Mhz or CAS 9 1866 Mhz, the price is certainly a lot more expensive. It would be more cost effective if you get the 1600 Mhz CAS 9 1.5V and use the extra money on a better video card and/or SSD since you will notice a huge difference in gaming when you have a fast video card/SSD.
You didn't answer my question about the CL8 versus CL9 solution, their price range is the same. I guess it doesn't mean that much though as you said. I just thought timings would become important when you're going with an SSD and a processor at that speed.

Emelth said:
Also since you dont want the 3-Way SLI board you can knock it down to the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 which is a 2-WAY SLI?CF board for around $125.
Sounds good. If there is anything that performs better I wouldn't mind tho. 2-way CF compatibility is enough.

Emelth said:
Oh sh!7 im a vet didnt even know it >.<
Hehe, I had been afk and refreshed the page and noticed your rank change during the refresh.
December 14, 2011 6:48:36 AM

SRT Intel 311 20GB SLC 119.99 SSD, no... really.

3x 6950 destroy a 6990 for the same price, and gets rid of the microstuttering problem of the 6990. Albeit you'd need the Asrock Extreme7 Z68 - 269.99 at a minimum and you've already stated you had case space issues. Still, with what you're spending I'd be awfully upset at buying a card that is going to drive you insane every six seconds with its hiccups just because I couldn't spring another $100 bucks to upgrade my case.

You should also considering adding a 3rd monitor for a full 3x1 Eyefinity setup, because... well a bezel where your crosshair should be just sucks.

Save the cash on the 2600k and go with a 2500k if gaming is your only concern. Hyperthreading doesn't assist gaming, it actually creates overhead and more heat.
December 14, 2011 7:09:52 AM

a4mula said:
SRT Intel 311 20GB SLC 119.99 SSD, no... really.
20gb is not 100gb.. It cant be lower than 100gb.

a4mula said:
3x 6950 destroy a 6990 for the same price, and gets rid of the microstuttering problem of the 6990. Albeit you'd need the Asrock Extreme7 Z68 - 269.99 at a minimum and you've already stated you had case space issues. Still, with what you're spending I'd be awfully upset at buying a card that is going to drive you insane every six seconds with its hiccups.
So games generally support 3x CF these days? Wouldn't 2x 6970 be more efficient? I'm using an Antec P183 case and it actually looks like 2 cards could fit in there.

a4mula said:
You should also considering adding a 3rd monitor for a full 3x1 Eyefinity setup, because... well a bezel where your crosshair should be just sucks.
I use 2 monitors for programming and making music. When gaming I use it for looking up stuff on the net and music management. I won't be gaming with 2-3 monitors as i find it to be nothing but a distraction.

December 14, 2011 7:23:50 AM

AtotehZ said:
20gb is not 100gb.. It cant be lower than 100gb.

Then I suggest you research SRT. Why 100gb when your SSD can be as large as your entire HDD. Why just your OS and a handful of apps when it can be every app that you run?

Quote:

So games generally support 3x CF these days? Wouldn't 2x 6970 be more efficient? I'm using an Antec P183 case and it actually looks like 2 cards could fit in there.

Yes. Did this conversation just turn green? Do you want efficiency or enough GPU power to chew through BF3 on ultra @ 2560x1600? 2x Crossfire/SLI = Microstutter, 3x = No Microstuttering. You could always do a 6990 + 6970, but that's a pretty expensive proposition. A 3rd option would a 6870x2 + 6870. It'd give you the power of a 6990, a lower cost and get rid of microstutter.

Quote:

I use 2 monitors for programming and making music. When gaming I use it for looking up stuff on the net and music management. I won't be gaming with 2-3 monitors as i find it to be nothing but a distraction.

To each their own. But if you're building a rig like this to game on a single 24" monitor then you're throwing a lot of money away. Just buy a 5970 or a 580 and be done with it. I know a 6990 sounds sexy, but the reality of it is unless you need that kind of gpu power it's really a tragic waste and again anytime you consider a dual-gpu/sli/crossfire solution even if it's a single pcb you're opening yourself up to a lot of headaches that you don't face with a single card solution that's more than enough for what you need.
December 14, 2011 10:25:40 AM

I can agree with you about the SSD after reading about SRT, but...

I've had a lot of experience with graphic cards in the past. And the 6990/2x6970 perform what I'm aiming at. 1920x1200 at maxed out settings, meaning 16x AA/AF. A single card that is not 6990 would kill the computers performance too soon, the performance between cpu, ram and gpu would be skewed. At first I thought you were talking about the 6990 having known general issues, but I've done some research and that's not the case.

I'm happy that you showed me SRT though, its definitely a way to make the system less volatile than an all-out SSD system.
December 14, 2011 4:44:35 PM

AtotehZ said:

I've had a lot of experience with graphic cards in the past. And the 6990/2x6970 perform what I'm aiming at. 1920x1200 at maxed out settings, meaning 16x AA/AF. A single card that is not 6990 would kill the computers performance too soon, the performance between cpu, ram and gpu would be skewed. At first I thought you were talking about the 6990 having known general issues, but I've done some research and that's not the case.


Micro-Stuttering and GPU Scaling in Crossfire and SLI

I don't doubt you've done your research, and while these cards aren't defective in any way there are known general issues. It's not something that is specific to the 6990 but to any multi-gpu configuration out there.

The reason I suggest trifire is based on the conclusion of the article that:

Quote:
The performance of three- and four-way CrossFire setups not only surprised us, but also managed to utterly convince us that micro-stuttering doesn't have to affect your multi-GPU configuration. For some reason, the third GPU almost always eliminates micro stuttering and has a less-pronounced effect on performance.


The 6870x2 + a 6870 (2GB) is a $650USD solution that benchmarks almost exactly like a single 6990. It's a 2 card setup so there's no need for 3-way SLI boards or over the top PSUs. The only disadvantage it incurs vs a 6990 is 2GB vs 4GB which isn't going to matter at 1920x1200 (or even 2560x1600) and the fact that future expansion is out.

Either way, you have a great build and I hope you enjoy every moment of planning, building and ultimately using it.
December 14, 2011 5:29:50 PM

So far it looks like this:

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K

Graphics: Asus Radeon HD 6970 4GB CF

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1866Mhz CL9

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

SSD: Intel Solid-State Drive 311 Series 20 GB using accelerated SRT

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (read a little about both that and EVO)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX1050

Total cost ~ $2000
December 14, 2011 6:21:38 PM

Thanks for replying a4mula, for some reason I didn't notice till now :p  I'd been following it most of the day, i guess work was a little stressing today :) 

I see where you're going with the GPU issue now. I'll look a little more into it, I might have a buyer of my previous setup, and if that's the case I need a new tower anyway(room for 3 cards).

I'm not quite sure what the difference between 2x 6850 + 6850 and 3x 6850 is though.
December 14, 2011 7:33:22 PM

The 6870x2 is a dual-gpu single pcb card just like the 6990. Adding a 2nd 6870(2GB) would give you a trifire configuration while still just using 2 cards, thus alleviating the need for a larger case, 3-way SLI(Crossfire) boards, and would be more efficient from a psu perspective than a true 3-way setup.

Again, you can see by the Gaming Benchmark Charts 2011 that this configuration really does mirror the performance of a single 6990. This chart also shows just how powerful the 3x 6950 setup is versus everything else. It destroys the field of other tested configurations.

Keep in mind though that the 6870 is not a True CrossfireX card in that it only has a single crossfire bridge. So if you go this route your only upgrade option down the road would be to replace the single 6870 with a second 6870x2.
December 14, 2011 8:56:22 PM

a4mula said:
The 6870x2 is a dual-gpu single pcb card just like the 6990. Adding a 2nd 6870(2GB) would give you a trifire configuration while still just using 2 cards, thus alleviating the need for a larger case, 3-way SLI(Crossfire) boards, and would be more efficient from a psu perspective than a true 3-way setup.

Again, you can see by the Gaming Benchmark Charts 2011 that this configuration really does mirror the performance of a single 6990. This chart also shows just how powerful the 3x 6950 setup is versus everything else. It destroys the field of other tested configurations.

Keep in mind though that the 6870 is not a True CrossfireX card in that it only has a single crossfire bridge. So if you go this route your only upgrade option down the road would be to replace the single 6870 with a second 6870x2.
So with max 2 cards, can you give me 2-3 solutions to pick between, I'm still not exactly sure how dual/triple-gpu on single card works in conjunction with others. I've always been of the impression that using different card types in a setup would kill performance. From what you're saying and what it says in the test that's changed now.

3x 6950 is 3 cards right? While 6870x2 + 6870 is 2 cards.

Depending whether I can make my neighbour buy my present setup I'll buy a bigger case with more room for an extra card, but for now I'd like to focus on max 2 cards.
December 14, 2011 9:16:36 PM

AtotehZ said:

3x 6950 is 3 cards right? While 6870x2 + 6870 is 2 cards.


Correct.

These are the three recommendations, they are all 3 processor (trifire) setups that according to the article linked earlier should mitigate any microstuttering concerns:

Each card will be linked to newegg.

The first two are 2 card solutions:

6870x2 (one card, 2 gpus) $499.99+6870 2GB (one card, one gpu) $209.99

6990 (one card, 2 gpus) $699.99 + 6970 (one card, 1 gpu) 329.99

Now, a few things about this setup. First and foremost the 6990 has been discontinued and finding them in stock is going to be exceptionally difficult. Second, is this configuration represents the most powerful Trifire setup and has not been benchmarked on this site, but would out perform the 3x 6950.

Finally the third solution is the 3x 6950. These are three seperate cards, would require a 3-way motherboard, the largest psu, and would generate the most heat/noise. The upside is that it also represents the best value to performance ratio.

Sapphire 6950 2GB $259.99

There are also 1GB versions of this card available at $209.99 I recommend this card for a particular reason, but unless you're interested in this solution I'm hesitant to muddy the waters any further.
December 14, 2011 9:29:06 PM

New solution:
VTX3D Radeon HD 6870 X2 $468,64
VTX3D Radeon HD 6870 $206,85
Total - $675

Old ones:
ASUS Radeon HD 6990
$866,73

2x ASUS Radeon HD 6970
$873,82

Satisfied? ^^ Now my question is if I need to replace the motherboard if I go with the new setup (ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3)
December 14, 2011 9:44:31 PM

AtotehZ said:

Satisfied? ^^ Now my question is if I need to replace the motherboard if I go with the new setup (ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3)

EDIT: So you want me to do 2 entirely different GPU's in one setup? :S (referring to 6870x2 + 6870)


The mobo will work but due to the unusual (but not bad, more space allows for better cooling) spacing of the x8/x8 lanes you'll need an extended crossfire bridge

The 6870x2 + 6870 aren't different gpus. They're both 6870. It's just that one of the boards (the x2) fits two processors on a single pcb (board).

ALERT:

This card VTX3D Radeon HD 6870 $206,85 is a 1GB version. It would work, but it could also cause issues because of the timing differences between the RAM. Find a 2GB version.
December 14, 2011 10:10:47 PM

a4mula said:
The mobo will work but due to the unusual (but not bad, more space allows for better cooling) spacing of the x8/x8 lanes you'll need an extended crossfire bridge

The 6870x2 + 6870 aren't different GPUs. They're both 6870. It's just that one of the boards (the x2) fits two processors on a single pcb (board).

ALERT:

This card VTX3D Radeon HD 6870 $206,85 is a 1GB version. It would work, but it could also cause issues because of the timing differences between the RAM. Find a 2GB version.


I'm looking at a picture of the motherboard and I can see that 2 cards which both use 2 slots would fit :p  1 in the top slot which occupies 2 of 3 slots and 1 in the bottom. The bottom one will fill downwards(except it looks like its upwards on this card... it isn't on my current one :S) from there where there's no hardware anyway. So the cards will fit.

About the 1gb card... Would it be bad if I picked an XFX with 2gb for the single GPU card and the VTX for the dual GPU? I don't know how that works.

VTX doesn't have a 2gb single GPU and XFX only has a 2gb single GPU.
December 14, 2011 10:22:20 PM

AtotehZ said:
I'm looking at a picture of the motherboard and I can see that 2 cards which both use 2 slots would fit :p  1 in the top slot which occupies 2 of 3 slots and 1 in the bottom. The bottom one will fill downwards from there where there's no hardware anyway. So the cards will fit.

About the 1gb card... Would it be bad if i picked an XFX for the single GPU card and the VTX for the dual gpu? I don't know how that works.

VTX doesn't have a 2bg single GPU and XFX only has a 2gb single GPU.


Count the spaces on the motherboard between the 2x pci-e slots. A typical layout is

PCI-E > open for double slot cards (or filled by x4/x1 lane > PCI-E.

In the particular motherboard you've listed it goes:

PCI-E > open > open > PCI-E

In order to crossfire you need a physical connection bridge between the two cards. The 6870x2 ships with a bridge, but it's a standard bridge and won't reach the bottom card. Hence the need for a Long bridge.

Mixing manufacturers only becomes an issue when they have different clock settings. In this case mixing VTX (Powercooler) and XFX isn't a problem, the main thing is to ensure both cards are 2GB.
December 14, 2011 10:24:28 PM

That's it then. Unless you have a suggestion for another motherboard I think were done.
December 14, 2011 10:25:30 PM

Best of luck with it all. Keep us up to date on how the build goes.
December 14, 2011 10:29:45 PM

Will do, It won't be before January though, but you can always keep notification on ;)  I'm putting the parts under $250 on my wishlist for christmas :p  my father knows his way around computers as well so its cool :) 

By the way. Are you sure that the bridge is he right length? it looks like there's a 12mm version as well.

Thanks for all your help.
December 14, 2011 10:35:31 PM

AtotehZ said:
Will do, It won't be before January though, but you can always keep notification on ;)  I'm putting the parts under $250 on my wishlist for christmas :p  my father knows his way around computers as well so its cool :) 

By the way. Are you sure that the bridge is he right length? it looks like there's a 12mm version as well.

Thanks for all your help.


I am not positive on the bridge. I just did a google search for extended crossfire bridge and the one on Amazon popped up. It's bound to be long enough since you're only out of position by one slot, It's a flex bridge so even if it was made for a 2x slot jump it'd still work.
December 14, 2011 10:47:59 PM

Good, then the final build will looks something like this:


Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K

Graphics: Radeon HD 6870 x2 2GB + 6870 2GB(and an extended bridge)

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1866Mhz CL9

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

SSD: Intel Solid-State Drive 311 Series 20 GB using accelerated SRT

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (read a little about both that and EVO)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX1050
December 14, 2011 11:35:58 PM

AtotehZ said:
Good, then the final build will looks something like this:


Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K

Graphics: Asus Radeon HD 6870 2x 2GB + 6870 2GB(and an extended bridge)

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1866Mhz CL9

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

SSD: Intel Solid-State Drive 311 Series 20 GB using accelerated SRT

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (read a little about both that and EVO)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX1050


That 3 video card set up will certainly invite a lot of troubles. If you are gonna wait till January, why not wait for the HD 7970 and get that single card and see how it goes from there?
December 15, 2011 4:41:25 AM

Its not 3 video cards :p  can you tell me why you think it would bring trouble?

Look at this test. That is why I chose this. If you can give me some links to feedback as to why it would bring problems I'll reconsider.
December 15, 2011 3:05:28 PM

There were a few remnants of the first build in the last build post, I've sorted that out now.

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K

Graphics: HD 6870x2 2GB + HD 6870 2GB(and an extended bridge)

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1866Mhz CL9

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3

SSD: Intel Solid-State Drive 311 Series 20 GB using accelerated SRT

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX1050

This is most likely what the final build will look like.
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