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Questions about Quad SLI GTX 590's

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December 23, 2011 12:18:54 AM

Hey guys, I have some money with no use for, so I'm thinking about buying two GTX 590.

What do you guys think about this following system:


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OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820227706
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy $299.99
$219.99
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Rosewill LIGHTNING-1300 1300W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active-PFC Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817182063
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $299.99
$249.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231455
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $72.49
$62.49
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EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-K2 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813188099
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy $299.99
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EVGA GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) Classified 03G-P3-1596-AR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130693
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy $1,499.98
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Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115070
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $329.99


Grand Total: $2,662.43


After taxes, shipping it comes to $2850 (In Canadian dollars)


Will the processor bottleneck the videocards? (I'm thinking about overclocking it to ~4.7ghz)
Is that PSU good enough? It has a 5 egg average rating on Newegg.

What would you change? I don't want to go over $3000 and keep it in mind that I'm going to get a case ($120), dvd burner ($30) and an hyper 212 evo ($40)

Thanks!
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December 23, 2011 12:37:14 AM

No that CPU will likely not bottleneck those graphics cards in any noticeable way.

Mind you more is better in terms of CPU power/speed.
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December 23, 2011 12:46:57 AM

You're way better off with 3x580s.
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December 23, 2011 1:04:48 AM

I think twin 590's is about the best way to waste $1500 :)  The 590 and 6990 are absolute dogs when paired. Adding a 2nd 590 gets you measly 11% increase in fps over a single 590 .... 881 to 982

Overall comment ..... a bit unbalanced .... mix of the most expensive things in some categories with the lowest budget things in other categories

Chronos Deluxe is faster and cheaper (Tier 3) Vertex 3 is Tier 6
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

The lightning gets a 9.0 performance rating
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

16GB for $80
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MoBo - 6 PCI-E slots and only 1 does x 16 ? With lesser cards, x8 won't be as limiting but with a 590 I'd want at least 2 x 16. Also a board with just 3 is likely to give ya some fit issues regarding cooler mountings.

GFX:

Three 580's get ya 1030 fps for $1500
Two 590s get ya 982 fps for $1500
Two 580s get ya 953 (97%) fps for $1000 (67%)
Two 570s get ya 873 (89%) fps for $680 (45%)
Two 560 Ti's (900Mhz) get ya 862 (88%) fps for $430 (29%)

At 1920 x 1200, there's no game that can overtax the twin 560 Ti's....and those can be OC'd to well over 1000Mhz.... I can make absolutely no case however for anything past two 580's at that resolution.

CPU - the 2600k is great if ya can use the HT for something like video editing or whatever, but again it's can be hard to justify the extra $100 for just 0.1 MHz in gaming.

Cooler - Te hyper 212 is a great budget cooler....perfect for an entry level system.....but at $2.5k, I'd be doing the Thermalright Silver Arrow or at least the Hyper 612 PWM or Scythe Mugen 3

here's my Top 5 on the cases....

1. Thermaltake Level 10 GT ($230-280)
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...|11-133-192^11-133-192-TS%2C11-133-188^11-133-188-TS

2. Antec 1200 V3 or DF-85 (both were $135 around Thanksgiving)
$170 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$180 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

3. Corsair 500R $120-130
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

4. HAF-X $200-220
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...|11-119-239^11-119-239-TS%2C11-119-225^11-119-225-TS

PSU's - HX850 and CP-850 (for the Antec cases only) both get 10.0 jonnyguru performance ratings and are good up to twin 570's.....AX 1200, also10.0 rated, is good for 2 or 3 580's.

The XFX Core Edition 850 is good for a 9.5 rating and is only $100
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a c 143 U Graphics card
December 23, 2011 3:09:27 AM

@OP
Running 2 HD 6990s or GTX 590s in CF/SLI is a pain unless you have a custom water cooling, HD 6990 & the GTX 590 sometime fails in some benchmarks due to overheating and noise issue, so 2 of them would like be a Vacuum machine.

Actually, a third or fourth card in SLI/CF doesn't add much value. I Would stick with 2-way CF/SLI and the GTX 580s sounds to be a good idea unless you want to wait few days and get the HD 7970 wich is right na the fastest single GPU with the same price of GTX 580.

I would look into a more quality and branded PSU such as NZXT, Corsair, Cooler Master ...and in this case you'd require 900-1000W PSU.
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December 23, 2011 6:14:25 AM

ilysaml said:

Actually, a third or fourth card in SLI/CF doesn't add much value. I Would stick with 2-way CF/SLI and the GTX 580s sounds to be a good idea unless you want to wait few days and get the HD 7970 wich is right na the fastest single GPU with the same price of GTX 580.


+1 ^

Wait a few days for the 7970 to be released - Crossfire them and blow every single game out of the water at Ultra settings, Max AA and AF @ 5670x1080 - that 3gb Memory buffer is DEFINATLY made for eyefinity, and the sheer power of the cards are unreal. If I were to justify spending $1000+ on any 2 cards it would be them. The performance of 2 of them will be stronger than that of 2 6990s in quadfire or 2 590s in Quad SLI I beleive, looking at the numbers Jack posted (If 2 580s give 97% of the perf of 2 590s, then 2 7970 should give you ~120%)
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December 23, 2011 8:16:43 AM

If you are gonna spend that much you may as well go 7970 Tri fire and have the fastest money can buy.
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December 23, 2011 3:31:49 PM

monsta said:
If you are gonna spend that much you may as well go 7970 Tri fire and have the fastest money can buy.


Yea, that way you can experience micro-stutter and a slight input lag even at 100+ fps. Go AMD!
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