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Need help with 7870 crossfire eyefinity build

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January 8, 2013 2:52:10 AM

Hello, I am currently rebuilding an old antec case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and was wondering if this build would work for scanning photos and storing large amounts of data. At the same time I need to be able to run graphics intensive games like Metro 2033 on high in eyefinity (I don't intend to try and max Metro though). I was also wondering also if I can run two different raid setups at the same time with an amd 990fx motherboard. For this build, I am trying to use as many high quality parts as possible, while at the same time keeping my budget under $2400

Mandatory Parts:

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

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Only one this powerful I found that was this size, but I would be happy to get another if it is the same size)

Other Parts: (I need help making this list more cost efficient)

CPU: AMD 8350 (might OC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 7870 FleX in Crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 2 WD Black 1 tb in raid 1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Unsure, Either a 240gb or two 120gb in raid 0

Monitor: LG EW224x3 for $300 (eyefinity)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu Ray: Asus Blu Ray burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

While thinking this build over, I was wondering if heat would be an issue in that case, can someone tell me if it would be?
Please feel free to add any suggestions or give personal opinions, I am very open to new ideas.

Thank you

I forgot to mention, the 7870s fit fine, I used my friend's gigabyte WF 7870 crossfire setup for a day in it to test how they worked with my old amd 965 @ 3.9ghz.
January 8, 2013 5:54:06 AM

For $2400 there's no reason to even think about purchasing an FX-8350. Go Intel or go home. Get the i5-3570K instead. I wouldn't purchase that power supply and I'm not really sure why the photo scanner is mandatory - but this system below will be far better and will give you plenty of room to add anything you want. Go for a single 7970 GHz edition instead of dual 7870's. You always want to get the single strongest card you can get as opposed to two weaker ones.

This would be a far better rig:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1640.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 02:52 EST-0500)

And it gives you plenty of room for expansion and adding whatever accessories and peripherals you want.
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