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What about one tier down? Would that still produce enough for gaming and CAD?
like gtx5XX?
That's not one tier down. That'd be two tiers minimum.

The 5xx series is built on older manufacturing tech. It is, necessarily, less power efficient, louder, and cheaper.

Dropping from a x7x to a x6x series is generally one tier. In all but the lowest end of cards, the underlying structure is likely to have changed (read: old 5770 AMD cards were rebranded to 6770, rather than updated), and thus this is only likely to be a slight drop in performance.


So, a 560 drops a minimum of two "tiers" when compared to a 670. You'll consume more power, and produce more heat. The 670 might be more up-front, but it'll likely do you way better in the future.
 
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I like all of it except for the fans. I would pick up some noctuas as I recently have due to advice from this forum and they are quiet. I'd probably opt for an aluminum Lian Li or NZXT case but thats just me.
 

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That's not one tier down. That'd be two tiers minimum.

The 5xx series is built on older manufacturing tech. It is, necessarily, less power efficient, louder, and cheaper.

Dropping from a x7x to a x6x series is generally one tier. In all but the lowest end of cards, the underlying structure is likely to have changed (read: old 5770 AMD cards were rebranded to 6770, rather than updated), and thus this is only likely to be a slight drop in performance.


So, a 560 drops a minimum of two "tiers" when compared to a 670. You'll consume more power, and produce more heat. The 670 might be more up-front, but it'll likely do you way better in the future.
I see your point... Now would you get a 2g 5XX or a 1g 6XX?

Ha they dont make 1g 6XX!
 
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No you wouldn't Evga FTW card is a better buy. its more reliable and my cousins is boosting to 1215 without touching anything. the DirectCU II GTX670 top cards are having a lot of issues. RSOD with GPUtweak and then not being stable at all at stock clocks.
Perhaps you can show me where you pull this assertion from?

If there's some information that I am missing, please enlighten me. It sounds like you like EVGA, which is a 100% valid reason to buy a card. Anecdotal experience on overclocking a single card from "my cousin" isn't realistically reliable.

I guess what I'm trying to say is "sway me." W1zz does a fine job here, and I trust his results more than an unfounded assertion of superiority. I'd love to know more, at the expense of being wrong, but I don't see the support...
 

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Since you have the extra money, I recommend spending a little more on the P9X79 Deluxe instead of the Pro. If you plan on overclocking and/or eventually upgrading to a 6-core (or 8-core if IVB-E ends up sporting that,) the Deluxe's 16 + 2 + 2 + 2 CPU Power VRMs will provide more consistent power. Voltage fluctuation on my Deluxe are practically non-existent and it is always happy to eat more power if it wants it. Also if the computer isn't going to be next to your router, the Deluxe comes with a Bluetooth and Wifi addon card that goes in with the I/O panel and it works very well and has Linux support out of the box if that is any interest to you. Also more VRM power phases means lower VRM temperatures.

Since you're already spending that much on the motherboard, I figured I might as well go with the nicest. I suggest the same since you have the a very wide budget with your current hardware selection and it will only cost something like 40 USD more than the Pro.
 

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Thank you all for the input. I have put my order in today and here is my final build:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...

4 x Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

3 x Antec Accent Lighting - Blue

OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7

total cost = $1,860.18

SUCCESS!!!!
 

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Thank you all for the input. I have put my order in today and here is my final build:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...

4 x Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

3 x Antec Accent Lighting - Blue

OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7

total cost = $1,860.18

SUCCESS!!!!
Just as a heads up, with that CPU and memory, you might have to flash the bios before the system will actually boot. You'll want to use the push-to-flash button on the motherboard before you do anything else after you put everything together, so don't freak out if it does't boot out of the box. This is what happened with me with the same CPU and Memory on the Deluxe, so I suspect the same might happen to you.

Good luck, you're about to build a beautiful computer. Throw us some pictures when you get the stuff and you start to build it. :toast:
 

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Just as a heads up, with that CPU and memory, you might have to flash the bios before the system will actually boot. You'll want to use the push-to-flash button on the motherboard before you do anything else after you put everything together, so don't freak out if it does't boot out of the box. This is what happened with me with the same CPU and Memory on the Deluxe, so I suspect the same might happen to you.

Good luck, you're about to build a beautiful computer. Throw us some pictures when you get the stuff and you start to build it. :toast:
Will do pictures will probably be up next week!

What do you mean i have to flash the bios? Why do I have to do this?
 
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I like what you have set up so far for your build, and I too was torn between IVB and SB-E but I went for the latter and don't regret it for a second!
Have you considered any other cases? I imagine that you may entertain the idea of liquid cooling down the road, and if you do, there are better options in the same price range.
I am partial to the NZXT Switch 810, and their HALE90 series of Power Supplies are superb!
You may also want to consider stepping up a notch in equipment for air cooling, meaning better fans (not to sound like a fanboy, but nzxt fans are great; the Akasa and B-Gears are superb).

Right now you can get the WD Cav Black 1TB for 99 on Newegg, so you might check that out.

Everything else is pure, unadulterated Win! Good luck and enjoy in good health!
 

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Will do pictures will probably be up next week!

What do you mean i have to flash the bios? Why do I have to do this?
I'm not sure exactly what the BIOS that comes with the board has trouble with but when I booted it on my Deluxe, it was getting stuck of DRAM initialization. It's really Easy, just follow the instructions and it's as easy as plugging a USB drive into the motherboard and pressing the button. It can even do it without the CPU or RAM installed.

I like what you have set up so far for your build, and I too was torn between IVB and SB-E but I went for the latter and don't regret it for a second!
Have you considered any other cases? I imagine that you may entertain the idea of liquid cooling down the road, and if you do, there are better options in the same price range.
I am partial to the NZXT Switch 810, and their HALE90 series of Power Supplies are superb!
You may also want to consider stepping up a notch in equipment for air cooling, meaning better fans (not to sound like a fanboy, but nzxt fans are great; the Akasa and B-Gears are superb).

Right now you can get the WD Cav Black 1TB for 99 on Newegg, so you might check that out.

Everything else is pure, unadulterated Win! Good luck and enjoy in good health!
He already bought the hardware. Also I'm perfectly happy with every Antec case I've bought.
 

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I'm not sure exactly what the BIOS that comes with the board has trouble with but when I booted it on my Deluxe, it was getting stuck of DRAM initialization. It's really Easy, just follow the instructions and it's as easy as plugging a USB drive into the motherboard and pressing the button. It can even do it without the CPU or RAM installed.


He already bought the hardware. Also I'm perfectly happy with every Antec case I've bought.
so instructions on how to do it come with the Mobo?

And yeah im stoked with this antec case i have heard good things
 

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Need help from all to start brainstorming names for this lil beast im about to put together
 
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Actually I was considering the 1100, it's not a bad case by any means. I just felt like it didn't have the expansion I'd need.