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Building Brand New Rig Around Two GTX 670's SLI'd - Need Opinions/Input

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March 11, 2013 6:00:04 PM

After seeing the Witcher 2 benchmarks bring the 670 and 680 to their knees, I've decided I want to SLI two 670's together for my new build.

My eyes are extremely sensitive. I notice a lot of things most people do not.

I'm getting a very fast monitor (144 hz/ 1 ms) and I want to be able to push my FPS into the hundreds, even if that means sacrificing eye candy.

I dont EVER want my rig dipping below 60 FPS, even in super action packed instances. Even when it hits 59, I can tell.

I care more about fast picture/fluidity/high frames then everything else.

I play Tribes, a game where every single weapon acts differently, where no shot is ever the same because each weapon inherits your speed/direction/angle differently, and there are a ton of flick shots, and prediction based shots, where lagging even a tiny little bit means you miss.

As far as the 670's go, I believe I only need the 2 GB versions, since I will only be playing on one monitor @ 1080p. Would the 4 GB versions benefit me in anyway?

Now this is where I need y'alls help. I've pretty much made up my mind about getting two 670's, but I haven't picked out anything else.

I'm building this from scratch, so I need everything. This is where you guys come in. What else should I get? I don't want to bottleneck the 670's at all.

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March 11, 2013 6:02:50 PM

Yeah.....how about you answering some questions first?
1) Budget?
2) Where do you live?
3) Overclocking?
4) Is OS/Monitor included in the budget?
5) Do you live near a microcenter?
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March 12, 2013 6:14:52 PM

realchaos said:
Yeah.....how about you answering some questions first?
1) Budget?
2) Where do you live?
3) Overclocking?
4) Is OS/Monitor included in the budget?
5) Do you live near a microcenter?


1. $2000
2. Lexington, KY, USA
3. Yes, I plan on OC everything
4. Not getting OS or Monitor with this budget
5. No
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March 12, 2013 6:45:34 PM

I actually recommend the Crossfire'd 7970 ghz edition over SLI gtx670 due to free games and higher bandwidth. AMD cards also overclocks better than Nvidia ones.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.11 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.45 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1864.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 21:44 EDT-0400)

Not sure where the Sapphire Vapor-x 7970 ghz 3gb went. That was the best one, but the gigabyte is still nice.
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March 12, 2013 6:45:36 PM

I actually recommend the Crossfire'd 7970 ghz edition over SLI gtx670 due to free games and higher bandwidth. AMD cards also overclocks better than Nvidia ones.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.11 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.45 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1864.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 21:44 EDT-0400)

Not sure where the Sapphire Vapor-x 7970 ghz 3gb went. That was the best one, but the gigabyte is still nice.
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March 14, 2013 7:51:37 PM

Thanks for the response, but the game I'm playing is notoriously bad with Radeon.

Could I use your exact same setup with the 670's?


Any other suggestions, guys?

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March 14, 2013 8:17:27 PM

Yes it could work with the gtx670, but with AMD supposedly working on their drivers instead of the 8000 series this year, the low frame rates in some games should be fixed. May I know what game you're playing?
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March 15, 2013 5:50:27 AM

realchaos said:
Yes it could work with the gtx670, but with AMD supposedly working on their drivers instead of the 8000 series this year, the low frame rates in some games should be fixed. May I know what game you're playing?


Tribes: Ascend
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