System Usage from Most to Least Important: run anything @ high res and extremely fast
Parts Not Required: HID and speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg (except cooling)
Country: US of A
Parts Preferences: brand not an issue except mobo (asus) - see wish list
SLI or Crossfire: Yes - (dual for original build expandable to quad) - this is my first mufti-GPU build - would like to have choice of best (not necessarily most expensive) of both worlds and links to good discussions comparing the two technologies (have already developed too many headaches researching this) or i would love your opinion (if you have built and tested both)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: custom water cooling incorporating radiators on both exhaust ports and blocks for the GPUs as well as CPU (this is my first custom water build as well) - using a Thermaltake Level 10 GT case - specs: http://thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1341&ID=2039#T... - would like a touch control and display panel that would cover two 5.25 bays with pump and reservoir in trays - AC will be pumped into rig by its own external unit and thermostat
Any useful advice and tips on the GPUs (Air vs water on dual, same t paste as cpu if water... etc) and water cooling configuration is greatly appreciated - also would it worth the hassle to install water blocks on the chipsets with only two rads?
You should notice there are two mobos in the wish list (help deciding) - stable high oc (5gHz ++) is VERY important (will never use anything exotic like liq nit) but number of practical options is also important - i already have AMD FX-8150s running stable (43c idle & runs hot on prime95 78c-85c) @ 4.85gHz with h100 (ASUS Crosshair V Formula/Thunderbolt mobo)
Depends if you want a liquid cooling system or not, but I left $4000 for you to get that sorted out . Personally I like air better, as it is safer (most of the time), and offers similar overclockerability.
again... thanks to Merueth for actually posting something and to the rest of you who took the time to read... i am on a deadline here so i will close this thread and go to the more specific forums for my gpu and cooling questions