Im not doing a solid state price to performance increase just doesn't seem to warrant the ssd. Yes I know windows will boot up ultra fast launch programs quicker etc. I however don't feel i will die if i have to wait 60 seconds for my computer to boot up or 6 extra seconds for that map to load.
I havent decided If I will OC the i5 yet. I choose it for the ability to. I also chose it because I personally haven't seen a bench mark that warrants picking up a more expensive chip for a performance increase.
My only choice now is which video card would suite me best. I have never hooked up sli or xfire before. Im leaning towards 2 670's in sli atm though.
The reason for the 2 mobos is that I have a question. If I do sli could I hook up the cards on the g1 board in say slots 1 and 4 or 1 and 3 (i realize 1/3 will be at 8x) just to put some room between the cards for cooling? If not then the option will just be to use the AsRock board.
Anywaysi appreciate any feed back thanks.
EDIT: I'm a retard and some how screwed up linking....sorry..I'll try to fix it.
SSD: Get one, it is the easiest way to boost perceivable performance on any PC. Windows booting quickly isnt the only benefit.
GPU: For a triple monitor rig, you need plenty of VRAM. GTX670's only have 2GB, which may get strained when it gets hectic on screen. I suggest the HD7970, it will trade blows with a GTX680 for performance with the newest driver update and mild overclock, and most importantly comes with 3GB of VRAM. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo question: PCI-3 8x is equivalent to PCI-2 16x. Running the cards PCI-3 8x/8x will have no negative affect to performance. I would get the mobo you think offers the most and best features.
For the linking, you put a space between the "=" and the web address. Backspace the url and it should work.
HD - RAID on a desktop ? I thought that idea died years ago..... unless you doing video editing, huge databases or sever loads, RAID not gonna give you any observable performance other then benchmark bragging rights. The Seagate Barracuda XT is the king of the hill
For a hard drive, the Barracuda XT series offers the best performance available from a 7200 RPM mechanical storage device.
Beware of the Barracuda w/o the XT designation .... they have a mighty chinsy 1 year warranty.
As for the SSD ..... my son has a THG tier 1 SSD and the above Barracuda
SSD boots to windows in 15.6 seconds
HD boots in 21.2 seconds
SSD loads MMO in 5 seconds
HD loads MMO in 45 seconds
Ya might also consider a hybrid SSD/HD like the Seagate Moments 750 GB....it boots windows in 17 seconds.
If ya get the SSD, The Chronos Deluxe is the only Tier 1 SSD on THG's Tier 1 category that can be had for under $200 ..... $199.99 ....... All the others are $249.99
For GFX, the choice ya would have to make is two 670's or two 7970's.....Normally I'd lean to the 7970 at your chosen resolution but while I have no issue with at some point moving to 3 or 4 of them in SLI, I would never do CF with more than 2 GPU's..... see the Guyru3D reviews on the topic for a detailed explanation.
For the PSU, that's gonna depend on how ya wanna limit the number of GFX cards ya may have. With the 670, figure 500W for the system and 1 card + 170 watts for each additional card and then, if overclocking, maybe 150 watts headroom for voltage stability
2 Cards = 500+170+150 = 820 say 850
3 Cards = 500+170+170 + 150 = 990 say 1000
4 Cards = 500+170+170+170+150 = 1160 say 1250
The Corsair HX series is great (except for the 1000 and 1050 which are poor units), the AX series is also up there though ripple and voltage stability not up to the HX. Seasonic X series is also a fine piece of hardware.
Thanks to the info yall provided I dove into some research on the power supply and few other things including the ssd. I love the 7 year warranty on PC P&C and the review I found on this particular PS had it rated and the ripple was pretty low and provided clean power.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick with the CM HAF X 942 simply because of the size. Yes its huge but also has alot of room for the bigger E-ATX boards like the G1 Sniper 3.
for the motherboard, id generally wouldnt do more than 2way SLI due to the fact that 3 or more video cards will be bottlenecked by the CPU. id suggest getting something nice like a maximus 5 formula
if you need 2 tb of storage, just get a 2tb drive instead of 2 1tb drives. save money. id get seagate because they are much cheaper and perform a bit better than caviar black
for the power supply, if you are getting 2way crossfire, id get a seasonic x750w psu. 149.99 and has a 15% off promo code at newegg. if you plan to do 3 way, id suggest a xfx pro1000w (80+platinum). the seasonic original doesnt have very long cables