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January 14, 2012 6:45:39 PM

Hypothetically speaking, if I bought four 7970's, how many watts would my PSU have to be, and secondly, would it require liquid cooling? Also, are there any motherboards that really have space for four of them?

Heres the new thread with all of the components: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/333021-31-extreme-com...
January 14, 2012 7:45:31 PM

MSI Big Bang-Marshal (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 (B3) & Lucid LT22102 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$379.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X-1250 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$339.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The motherboard listed will fit four of the 7970 cards and the minimum psu would be the Seasonic psu but you most likely should get the Silverstone psu.
I think that the cooling will be a challenge and would recomend this case;

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$199.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At this point I don't know if there are cooling solutions for the 7970 yet , there will be but it may be some time yet for there to be one released.
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January 14, 2012 7:52:01 PM

Ok cool, I'm going to be making a more in depth post in a bit. I would be using the 3960x as well, so I would need a different motherboard.
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January 14, 2012 7:53:49 PM

I think 4x7970 is overkill. YOu realize that is like 5xGTX580s right! GEt 3.
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January 14, 2012 7:59:44 PM

angaddev said:
I think 4x7970 is overkill. YOu realize that is like 5xGTX580s right! GEt 3.

Yes.... :D 
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January 14, 2012 8:51:14 PM

I do like how you think and I do the same thing with getting what I want to put into my computer no matter what anybody else says. I currently have three GTX 580's in a three way SLI and I could get a fourth if I wanted to. The reason that I don't is because I notice that after two cards there really wasn't that much of a noticeable difference in the visual aspect of viewing everthing. There was an increase in the fps which I'm sure there would be if I got a fourth but I'm thinking that I wouldn't notice anything being better and believe me if there would be a noticeable better visual of the games then I would do it. So in your case I would get three and then maybe something outrageous with monitors. Maybe two or three 30" ones or a six screen setup or one of those new cinema screens that are one continuous screen but with the size of three with no bezel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWivZEtH6-c&feature=rela...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UixSNqED4pc&feature=rela...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=-...

This would be the ultimate!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOY2lREuwjU&feature=rela...


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January 14, 2012 9:07:15 PM

inzone said:
I do like how you think and I do the same thing with getting what I want to put into my computer no matter what anybody else says. I currently have three GTX 580's in a three way SLI and I could get a fourth if I wanted to. The reason that I don't is because I notice that after two cards there really wasn't that much of a noticeable difference in the visual aspect of viewing everthing. There was an increase in the fps which I'm sure there would be if I got a fourth but I'm thinking that I wouldn't notice anything being better and believe me if there would be a noticeable better visual of the games then I would do it. So in your case I would get three and then maybe something outrageous with monitors. Maybe two or three 30" ones or a six screen setup or one of those new cinema screens that are one continuous screen but with the size of three with no bezel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWivZEtH6-c&feature=rela...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UixSNqED4pc&feature=rela...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=-...

This would be the ultimate!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOY2lREuwjU&feature=rela...

I would be, I agree, I'll see what I can come up with.
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