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NEW GAMING PC - What do you think?

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March 21, 2013 5:04:51 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: Under $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Casual use
Are you buying a monitor: No (currently 22inch moniter)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.mwave.com.au

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Parts Preferences: Intel CPUs, nVidia Graphics
Overclocking: No
SLI: Later

Additional Comments:
I want my new PC to last 4-5 years, I plan on SLIing.
Not sure whether SSD is worth it plan on using it for gaming for faster load times. Playing all sorts of games, alot of sc2 and sim city.

Why Are You Upgrading: 4.5 year old computer, need a new one.



CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 - $215

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $35

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $135

Memory/Ram: Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M2A1600C10 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 - $125

Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256 GB 2.5" SSD - $248

Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 GC 2GB - $379
Case:

Case: Cooler Master HAF912 Advanced No-PSU - $99

Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W Modular Power Supply - $98

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM - $20

OS - Windows 8 Standard OEM - $99

Total price: $1,453.00 all from mwave.

Questions:
Can my build sli GTX 670 okay? Is the 650W power supply enough? And if I sli the gtx 670's what kinda cooling should i have?

Thank you so much,


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March 21, 2013 5:42:07 AM

With this you may want to consider doing crossfire 670's. If you have the budget why not? Also 16gb of ram is overkill for gaming 8gb is plenty. The SSD is worth it. It will dramatically increase loading speeds on your computer. If you want to do sli graphics you may want to consider getting a 750W psu as well. With cooling, you might want to get two extra 120mm fans.
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March 21, 2013 5:42:18 AM

The only thing that won't work here as you are thinking, your PSU. I would get a 700-800W PSU. I would get a Corsair modular PSU and that is because of the power you'll need, the quality brand, and modular so you don't have extra cables to manage. You'll only plug in the cables you need.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 21, 2013 7:09:25 AM

Agree on at least 750W for SLI.

Also with your budget, I'd say you're doing yourself a disservice by not getting a 3570K since you already have the cooler and mobo for overclocking. You can easily, and safely, get an additional 20% clockspeed for very little additional cash. If you are concerned about using more electricity, it will still kick in speedstep at idle or browsing and not using any more juice than one that is not overclocked. You can hold off on the overclock for a year or two down the road as well if it performs well enough at stock. Just gives you more options.

I highly recommend getting a GPU with a 2- or 3-fan cooling solution. There reference (single fan blower-style) is very loud under load and has no thermal headroom.

Do you all just pay a lot for RAM? That seems kinda steep for 16GB. At any rate that looks like it may be CL10. You want CL9 (9-9-9-24), 1.5V.
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