A 680 on a mATX is not a good idea, because of size constraints and heating issues. I suggest you go ATX. And those WD Greens are bad. Get any other HDD. The Greens have notoriously high failure rates. An air cooler like the Noctua NH-D14 is vastly superior to that cooling system.
Not so much arguing but, TH did a mATX build with 2x 580GTX, does the 680 run that much hotter? Also, I was really hoping for a water cooled CPU situation, other than building my own loop, which would obviously not fit into a mATX form factor. Also, that DH-14 is massive, which would also force me out of an mATX build.
If I am to go ATX, any smaller, yet still nice mid-towers you can suggest? Right now my build is in a CMOS1000, and I just really want to go smaller/quieter. This thing has been a beast and I'm not using most of the space anyway.
Also, would I be ok with a 670 rather than a 680 with room for a future second card? Is the power supply I have picked out enough to throw a second 670 at it or would I be better off with an 850W silver plus certified instead of a 650 gold certified?
For SLI, 800W+ is recommeneded. I really didn't know about that SLI mATX build. It sounds doable. If you want a mATX build, go for it. I say a 670. It beats the 7970, and in SLI, it will be very good. A
Thank you for checking that article I posted. I'm not trying to tell you your ideas are bad, I was just trying to point out that others have done what I'm looking to do. I like the idea of starting with a single 670 and leaving room for a future SLI. I can get the 800W PS and be ready for when I install a second GPU.
I'm using PC Part Picker to set up a new config of parts, I will post it once done.
considering the Noctua NH-D14 is massive, I don't think it would fit into an mATX case. Other than the water cooling solutions that can mount to the top of the case, are there any other low profile, efficient CPU coolers you would suggest?
This is my List again built from PartPicker... All I need is a CPU cooler that fits in the case and any further help on memory and GPU. I don't know one 670 from another, other than looking at factory OC clock settings, any brands I should be avoiding? A lot of the EVGA reviews on their 670 FTW edition were not too good. Is the ASUS card OK?
Sorry, I feel like I'm beng too fickle, but I gave it some more thought. To this point, I've never SLI'ed and every time I say I eventually will, I end up keeping my computer long enough that there's no point in buying a second card and I just build a new system. With that in mind, I'm going to go with a single 680, a 650W power supply (enough right?), and DDR3-1600 RAM. Seems to be like a ~$40 jump in price just to get -1866 isn't needed, and I assume that with -1600, I have room for a modest O.C. I don't push my system all that much past defaults.
Still just need a CPU cooler that fits inside the case, maybe the Corsair H100?
Picked out a cooler, see list.
If this all looks good, I think I'm gonna pull the trigger. Been using the same computer since 2007, I think it's safe to say I got my money's worth out of it an it's ok to start a new build.