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GTX 680 Quad SLI Ivy Bridge system

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April 24, 2012 10:58:14 PM

Intel Core i7 3770k Ivy Bridge Processor
Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Motherboard
Corsair H100 Extreme Liquid Cooling Unit
Corsair Dominator RAM 32GB
EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked GPU x4
OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD
Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB HDD x3
Creative Recon3D THX Fatl1ty Champion Sound Card
Corsair AX1200 Power Supply
Asus BW-12B1lt Blu ray drive
Corsair 900D Case
Windows 7 Ultimate
Alienware OptX 23" Monitor x4
Nvidia 3D Vision 2
Razer Star Wars The Old Republic Gaming Keyboard
Cyborg R.A.T 9 Gaming Mouse
Razer Scarab Mousepad
Bose Companion 5 Speakers
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April 24, 2012 11:04:52 PM

What are you playing that requires 4x 680's.
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April 24, 2012 11:31:14 PM

Intel Core i7 3770k Ivy Bridge Processor - Don't see anything here I like so far .... high temps, low OC's
Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Motherboard - Nice MoBo.

If ya want the ultimate SLI Box, I'd use the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (x16, x16, x16 x16, x8) w/ the i7-3930K

Corsair H100 Extreme Liquid Cooling Unit - Offers perhaps an extra 1/4 degree of cooling over the better air coolers at the price of significant noise. If I'm gonna add the risk of having water in my box, I need more than 1/4 degree. I'd use the Phanteks
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe...

Corsair Dominator RAM 32GB - Gaming won't much benefit from more than 8 .... at best 16 would show a miniscule improvement in gaming. You'd benefit more from faster / lower CAS RAM but even there, expect no more than 3-5% max.

EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked GPU x4 - Not a fan of EVGA superclocked boards, Can't speak to the 680 model as yet but historically EVGA's factory OC'd cards use standard PCB's and reference VRM's. Sorry but that just doesn't "cut it" in my book. Asus's Direct Cu TOP, MSI Hawk and Lightning, and other models from Gigabyte, Gainward and others all have historically provided non reference PCB's with beefed up VRM's which add extra phases so that they are able to hit OC's that the "reference" designs can't approach. The EVGA "Classified" has non reference PCB and beefed up VRM. In addition, after 20 months and 5 RMA's, with my last factory OC'd card from EVGA I wouldn't "go there" again.

OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD - Reviews have not been impressive. Vertex 4 falls behind Vertex 3 Max IOPS and the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe / Patriot Wildfire has the same Toshiba premium long life toggle flash as the Max IOPS.... The Chronos Deluxe is way cheaper than the others.

Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB HDD x3 - RAID for a gaming box is a complete waste of effort.

Windows 7 Ultimate -What do you expect outta Ultimate ? Do you need Bitlocker ? I'd go w/ Pro

Alienware OptX 23" Monitor x4 - Not impressed by this panel...suggest the Asus 120 Hz model

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 900D Case - I'd opt for the Thermaltake Level 10 GT
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April 24, 2012 11:32:06 PM

Folding I would guess
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April 24, 2012 11:53:44 PM

Hope you can find FOUR GTX 680s
or wait for the 690s...
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April 25, 2012 12:04:09 AM

MrFlyingbananas said:
Hope you can find FOUR GTX 680s
or wait for the 690s...


would really only need to find 3 GTX680s as they only support 3-way SLI.

As too finding them that should be getting easier soon. Newegg has 2 models in stock right now and I see more come in every couple of days.
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April 25, 2012 12:07:11 AM

Whoa. Those 2 weren't there when I looked an hour ago. I swear.
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April 25, 2012 12:16:06 AM

The motherboard you have selected supports quad sli however the only way you are going to be able to achieve quad sli is with dual gpu cards. The asus p8z7-v deluxe has only 3 pcie x16 slots, one of which is pcie 2.0 @ x4.
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April 25, 2012 12:30:53 AM

I'm late. nothing on newegg webpage...all out of stock
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April 25, 2012 12:31:20 AM

If you are looking to overclock a lot Ivy bridge will not be your answer. Get an X79 system for the extra PCI-E lanes and either a 3930k or a 3820. Both can overclock over 4.5ghz easily unlike Ivy Bridge is speculated to do.
Fill this in so we can help you more- http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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April 30, 2012 10:33:10 AM

Your an idiot if you go with Bose Speakers frankly as they are the most overpriced pieces of crap that you will ever get. I would suggest trying and get a Logitech speaker or another brand other than Bose and you could save a bit for an i7 3930K with a good Motherboard. Also is the Sound Card necessary for the system? You usually get good audio as in on the motherboard. Another point to consider is the Velociraptor, you aren't going to get a boost in game performance realistically. For that price you can get some 3TB HDDs and have a life time of porn on there. ;)  And as already mentioned, Ivy Bridge Motherboards isn't compatible with Quad-SLI so the best solution is an i7 3930K which you can overclock to ridiculous levels given the right environment. If you are purely using the SSD for your operating system, you don't need 512GBs. The Crucial M4 from first hand experience is ridiculously good and I hear that the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS is also good. If you are going for the 3930K setup, Mushkin Ram is the best value for your money whilst Corsair CMGTX 8Gb is the best.

All I am saying is consider all options when you are making your purchase.
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