Needs moar RAM
Iv used After Effects, I highly doubt you need 64GB.
A build like this deserves better than a $100 case. Where is your pride!
Do you have the monitor setup to take advantage of dual 670's and their 4GB of VRAM? Talking at least three 1080p screens which you will be playing across.
Also a HD7970 Ghz is a better option when your playing on a huge resolution. 13% better performance at 2560x1600, which is ~1/2 the resolution of triple 1080p monitors. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1) The Noctua NH-D14 has 3-pin fans that use VOLTAGE control. Most motherboards now support PWM only. I advise you to verify that you can control your fan speed (BIOS and Software).
You may wish to consider water cooling such as an H100/H110/H90 and compatible Corsair case.
2) 2xSLI will cause micro-stutter in games (single and 3xSLI have minimal micro-stutter). Many people will tell you it's very minor but it is actually a big deal (people are confused on this because it's not just the obvious stutter but also appears as a "sluggishness"). You can easily Google the Tomshardware information on this.
3) Windows 8 64-bit OEM (and Stardock's Start8) is my recommend.
Start8's latest version (1.1) can make it feel exactly like Windows 7 now but Windows 8 is superior for boot times, security, Windows Explorer and other minor ways. (again, Start8 can remove all links now to the Start Screen environment, but if LATER you want this once support picks up at least it's an option of you have Windows 8.)
4) Other video card points:
a) I assume you've research whether NVidia's cards are better than AMD's for your purposes.
b) You may wish to consider a single GTX680 such as the ASUS GTX680 DC2T (3-slot) card. It plays MOST games at full quality or close to it (and won't suffer from micro-stutter much like a 2xSLI setup).
- CPU HSF with PWM fans
- avoid 2xSLI (get single or 3xSLI to avoid micro-stutter)
- Windows 8 Pro x64 (+ Start8)
- confirm NVidia CUDA vs AMD's GPGPU as best GPU solution
I noticed you didn't mention a monitor. Just in case you're interested, having a 27", 2560x1440 monitor is truly awesome. (I game at 1920x1080 most of the time as the performance hit is about 30% to go up to 2560x1440 but the visual experience is nearly identical). I set the NVidia Control Panel to:
a) scale on GPU, and
I game at 2560x1440 for a few games though like Diablo 3 as I can hit 60FPS and the very small text/HUD elements look better at the highest resolution.
a) DellTM UltraSharp U2713H or
b) DellTM UltraSharp U2713HM
They cost $850 and $700 with the U2713H being the slightly better monitor. It has a 3-year, zero-dead-pixel, zero cost, one-day replacement warranty.
I could NEVER go back to gaming on a 22" screen, and I far prefer one of these to a 3xmonitor setup with smaller, lower-res screens.
One of these are the PERFECT monitor for StarCraft 2.
*Other 3xmonitor setup:
- 1x27"@2560x1440 and 2x22"@1920x1080 (27" in the middle)
- He only GAMES on the high-res monitor
- other people I know have a similar setup but with the two smaller monitors VERTICAL (depends on software you use)
I was just gonna suggest the 690 instead of dual 670 sli.
Normally people would go for the dual 670s but if you have a 3000 dollar budget so why not go for
Nvidia's quality flagship? It's still SLI but I have a feeling you will microstutter less on a single, dual gpu card.
I was also thinking about the Quadros but they are terrible for gaming and the price too high.
And I definitely do not think you need 64GB. 32 gigs should be good.
Thank you all for the information... I never got some of it in my other post.
I decided to move over to the GTX690 instead of 2-way SLI.
I'm going to be using a 3xmonitor setup that I already have... but later i'm going to be going to get some monitors that are going to be the same resolution
*As long as you are aware that 2GB of VRAM will cause severe bottenecks at times for triple-monitor gaming.
A GTX690 is nearly identical to a 2x(GTX670 2GB) setup. The GTX690 has 4GB of RAM but it's actually 2GB usable (VRAM is CLONED in SLI).
2GB as a video framebuffer is going to be your main bottleneck in many scenarios. The GTX690 is a great card but it's designed with a single screen in mind.
The MAIN REASON that AMD uses 3GB VRAM in their high-end cards is for Crossfire, not because it benefits users with just one card.
*The ultimate choice is #5. The 4GB of usable Video RAM prevents bottleneckes, you get the needed processing power for triple-monitor gaming, and you get MINIMAL micro-stutter with a 3xSLI setup. Obviously it costs more and is more difficult to setup.