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Old 01-11-11, 04:13 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the suggestions so far.. keep them coming, probably place the order tonight.

Bman, why no EVGA?
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Old 01-11-11, 04:22 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the suggestions so far.. keep them coming, probably place the order tonight.

Bman, why no EVGA?
Probably had a bad experience with them.

I'd go with XFX, or at least consider it. They have great warranty, and great customer support. At least from my experience.
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Old 01-11-11, 04:48 PM   #15
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Yea that makes sense. I wouldn't touch EVGA but if that's what he already has or wants then that's his choice.
Really? I ONLY go Evga for GPUs.
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Old 01-11-11, 05:21 PM   #16
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Anyone see any issues/concerns with this list?
Any feedback on the Corsair cooler?
Is the Power supply sufficient? No interest in SLI, now or later.



I think I may just double the order and build one for my self too.

swf!

Thanks again for all the replys, I really do appreciate it.
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Old 01-11-11, 05:23 PM   #17
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Crap, I see an issue already.. the Ram



Maybe 2 sets of these? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220535


Or 2 pairs of this.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220559

Hoping to have 12gb though.. (do a lot of video encoding)
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Old 01-11-11, 05:50 PM   #18
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The new PC I'm working on now will cost about $1400 once its done. It's not top of the line, but it will definitely be able to hold its own against newer games.
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Old 01-11-11, 06:07 PM   #19
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Probably had a bad experience with them.

I'd go with XFX, or at least consider it. They have great warranty, and great customer support. At least from my experience.
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Really? I ONLY go Evga for GPUs.
Not one bad experience. For some reason everything EVGA that I've ever purchased or helped purchase has died. Their RMA support is good, and I've RMA'ed stuff before, but there is no reason I should need to in the first place. Off the top of my head this is the number of EVGA products I can think of that have died.

2 6800GT PCI-E cards (One mine, one a friends)
2 8800GTX (Both of them mine, RMAed one of them twice and both of those died as well, likely due to the 2nd card I was trying to SLI with)
9600GT (Mine, died after 1 year, that was RMAed)
780i board (Friends lasted 1 year)

EVGA is the only graphics product I've had die. I've only smoked one other board and that was my DFI-LP expert board.

FWIW I have a Ti4200, 6800GT AGP, 8800GTS all XFX, 2 msi 8800GTs, an X800XL AIW and some other low end stuff not worth mentioning.
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Old 01-11-11, 06:17 PM   #20
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Crap, I see an issue already.. the Ram



Maybe 2 sets of these? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220535


Or 2 pairs of this.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220559

Hoping to have 12gb though.. (do a lot of video encoding)
Nah two of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220558

There is a nice article MikeC linked to showing memory really isn't a limiting factor for Sandy Bridge. The difference between 1333mhz and 2000mhz ram might be 1 or 2% in real world tests. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mem...sandy-bridge/1

Then you should have plenty of ram for your needs.


That's a really nice setup once you get the ram issue figured out. I don't forsee and issues with Only and 850W PSU. RageJG is running GTX 570 SLI on a 650W PSU. I've run 8800GTX SLI on a 750W before. Guru3d shows about 450W pull from the wall for 1 GTX 580 under load. http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-review/7 Your setup probably won't pull as much their their system does either.
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Old 01-11-11, 06:20 PM   #21
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I'm in class right now so I can't get on newegg and get a list together.... but I'd go sandy bridge with 2 570s and go with a less expensive psu and case
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Old 01-11-11, 08:11 PM   #23
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Also no reason to buy an SC card. Just get the vanilla and oc it.
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Old 01-11-11, 08:18 PM   #24
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Also no reason to buy an SC card. Just get the vanilla and oc it.
The one nice thing about getting a factory OC'ed card is that it's already flashed with those settings. It can get old really fast if you have the OC enabled in the driver because it can keep getting reset through reinstalls, driver changes, etc.

Was going to say it makes you wonder why no one has a card with programmable settings on it, but I'd bet it would also cut into their mini cash cow of charging slightly more for a small OC. There is one card with a switch to change between firmwares, but it should be easy enough to make a programmable chip from software. Set your OC in the nvidia control panel, and it writes those settings to the card. Then if the card fails to boot it can just revert back to the factory settings.
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