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January 20, 2012 2:50:55 AM

So heres a build i did and im going to purchase it in a few days i just wanted to make sure everything is compatible and when i get all the parts and build it, it'll all work together. let me know i believe everything is 100% compatible based on constant research over the past 2 months lol been waiting to build this!. anyways let me know what you think.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2012 3:06:51 AM

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Whoa, now! Bulldozer is not allowed. On this kind of budget, you just have to go Intel. The Sandy Bridge CPUS (2500K or 2600K) are far, far better at the same price, especially if this is for gaming. I'll get a build set up tomorrow, but check out the latest Tom's enthusiast $2400 build. You can adjust it to a 7970.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2012 3:10:18 AM

^I second this. There's no way you should be dropping $2k on an AMD rig. Your money is better spent on Intel.

Also, how many displays are you running? If you're gaming on one screen, I would only get a maximum of 2 GPUs - any more than that and you can't physically see a difference.
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January 20, 2012 3:15:20 AM

3 displays will be running. ill be gaming. high end gaming and a ton of video editing and photo editing. will be using photoshop cs5/lightroom 3/4 and sony vegas 11. my buddy is giving me 2 6950's for doing some work for him and i figured why not purchase a 6950 to go tri-fire on it n get a 3rd. those will all be oc'd to 6970's which from what ive read 2 6970's in crossfire are better than a single 7970. as far as the i7 2600k i thought about that but i cant make my mind up on a mobo to go with it that will fit all 3 of the graphics cards. i already have 2 of the graphics cards in my possession. what mobo with the 2600k would yall recommend?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2012 3:18:26 AM

For all the editing, go 2600K. I'd say 2500K if you were just gaming.
On this kind of a budget, you could just sell the 6950s and get 7970s, but this'll work.
6950s cannot reliably be unlocked to 6970s. Give it a try, but results are not guaranteed. I'm assuming these are 2gb versions; they have to be to even attempt unlocking. This is different from overclocking, which is just raising the clock rates on the processor and memory.
The best (and practically the only) tri-SLI 1155 mobo around: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You could go X79 for easier tri-fire, but it's not worth it.
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January 20, 2012 3:29:06 AM

thanks for the suggestions kaj. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3TWO heres a link to how it sits thus far so it seems everything should be good there now just gotta start ordering here within the next few days. thanks!
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January 20, 2012 4:13:28 AM

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3 displays will be running. ill be gaming.

Multiple GPUs makes more sense here. Some people just think they get a ton of benefits from having 4 GPUs on a single 1920x1080 monitor...

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high end gaming and a ton of video editing and photo editing. will be using photoshop cs5/lightroom 3/4 and sony vegas 11.

Get at least the i7-2600K. If not the 2700K.

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those will all be oc'd to 6970's which from what ive read 2 6970's in crossfire are better than a single 7970.

Keep in mind that not all 6950 2GBs are stable when unlocked (if they all unlock). I had a pair and they didn't run too well (even without the unlock - stupid drivers).

Since you're running three displays, you'll have a GPU powering each one, so that 2x6970 > 1x7970 comparison is moot. Each GPU will power a single display as if it were a single GPU on a single display.

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as far as the i7 2600k i thought about that but i cant make my mind up on a mobo to go with it that will fit all 3 of the graphics cards. i already have 2 of the graphics cards in my possession. what mobo with the 2600k would yall recommend?

ASRock Extreme7 Gen3
Asus Maximus IV Extreme (note that it's EATX, not just ATX form factor)
Asus WS Revolution
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January 20, 2012 11:46:31 PM

Steegz said:
thanks for the suggestions kaj. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3TWO heres a link to how it sits thus far so it seems everything should be good there now just gotta start ordering here within the next few days. thanks!

You could definitely do with a cheaper CPU cooler. A $50 Scythe Mugen 3 would be absolutely fine.

I'd go with a better brand for the PSU. 850W will be enough ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-sli-3-way...). This one, maybe: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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