1. Yes! The Radeon 7970 is around $550 (when released) and the performance should be better than the gtx 580, but just a little lower than the Radeon 6990. The 7950, which is coming out February should sell for around $350 and should have amazing performance too...it is worth waiting
9. Not really...other than SLIing gtx 580's and adding the i7 2600k, but the increased performance is negligible and it's only for bragging rights.
10. Get yourself some ice cream for having and awesome build...then BF3 to game on Ultra at 60FPS on a 1080p monitor...no, I'm serious too...other than the case, which you can upgrade to a full tower (if you want, but i don't recommend) nothing really can increase the performance...maybe if you changed to a intel i7 2600k? I know some people (me including) will be like "You'll SEE ABSOLUTELY NO PERFORMANCE INCREASE", you can upgrade for a more "future proof" system and faster speeds if you're video editing http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
9. Is there any way to make this build any better?
Like I said - if you're going to spend the money on dual 6950s, wait for the 7970 - it's quite an amazing card and it has been destroying benchmarks left and right, every other card looks pale in comparison right now, even the 580.
10. If i added another 100$, how could this build be any better?
I'd recommend getting a better CPU cooler, a better motherboard, and a nicer case. See the suggestions I've made above.
Correct me if I am wrong here, but isn't the extreme 3 capable of PCI Express 3.0 (like the ATI 7000 series cards) and the suggested Gigabyte board is not PCI Express 3.0 cabable?
No - there's only two or three Asus and Gigabyte boards that are capable of PCI-e 3.0.
The HAF series of cases gets a lot of mentions from people all along the range. Those with little money often take the 912 and those with infinite money often take the HAF X.
The 912 is an awesome case. I have one and it's been really great so far - cable management, fan placement, air flow - it's far superior to a lot of cases in its' class for the money.
wait for ivy bridge!
I'm going to say not really. Ivy Bridge is just going to be some new i5's and i7's with higher clock speeds. It's not going to be the dramatic improvement everyone is expecting.
And yes, the 7000 series is pci-e 3.0, and both the asrock and gigabyte board would support them
Really? I thought it was going to be 2.1, there's like only a small handful of boards right now that support 3.0, and AMD would tick off a lot of users if it released a card that was supported by only a handful of boards.
What is "supported" can mean a lot of different things.
The 3.0 specifications say this standard has double the bandwidth of 2.0.
If the card is 3.0, it could potentially be bottlenecked by a 2.0 slot, even if it is completely functional in that slot.
I haven't studied all this stuff in detail, but from what little knowledge I do have I would think it would be ideal to differentiate between a board that lists 3.0 in its specifications and one that doesn't.
That is why I asked for someone who knows more than me to correct me on that point.
As of yet I don't really feel corrected. I would still suggest that if someone seriously intends to get a 7000 series card (especially a 7900 series) that they look for a board that specifies 3.0 at this point.