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March 22, 2013 7:32:11 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: Under $1600

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

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: A little
SLI: Later

Additional Comments:
I want my new PC to last 4-5 years, I plan on SLIing.

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

SPECS

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K - $239

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

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $135

Memory/Ram: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8 GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $74

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250 GB 2.5" SSD - $189

Video Card: Asus Geforce GTX 670 DirectCU II 2GB video card - $429

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

Power Supply: SilverSTone ST75F-P 750W Power supply - $145

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

OS - Windows 8 Standard OEM - $99

Total price: $1464.11

Questions:

1. Should I get the Samsung 840 Pro series 256GB for $60 more? Is it much faster and will I notice it for my purposes?

2. Is the SilverStone 750W power supply suitable for GTX670 sli in the future?

3. The case comes with 2x200mm fans (top and front) and 1x120mm fan at the rear. When I choose to SLI will I need additional cooling (case can handle a 140mm/120mm side fan) and if so what should it be?

Thank you,

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March 22, 2013 7:46:08 AM

On the SSD - get a Crucial m4, or the Pro version if can afford it.

On the case - I´d get an HAF 922.



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March 22, 2013 7:50:08 AM

yeah 750w the minimum spec PSU for sli with gtx 670's.
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March 22, 2013 7:51:58 AM

I would most definitely go with he 840 pro 256 gig, you won't notice much difference- but the 840 uses a technology that is not as reliable or as sturdy as the 840 pro (they used it in the 840 to cut costs to make it cheaper for consumers).

Also get windows 7...windows 8 is essentially windows 7 with features added that are more of a hinderance for most gamers.
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March 22, 2013 7:53:22 AM

I really like this build. Are you targeting under $1500?

1) Get the 840 Pro if you need faster write speeds, otherwise, while gaming, you're primarily depending on read speeds.

2) The Silverstone 750W you've chosen is a solid power supply for an SLI setup:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

3) You won't need additional cooling with SLI. I have a build in one of these cases.
The airflow in that case is amazing (hence the H.A.F.). Just load it up with fans everywhere you can mount them (side-panel included).

Also, agreeing with Kjwinden, I'd go with Win 7 64-bit.
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March 22, 2013 9:02:10 AM

Also will this build with a single gtx 670 work well with dual monitor larger than 22"? Never set up dual monitor before.
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March 22, 2013 9:38:49 AM

You can stick with the 840 since reads are where you really want the speed (and it's about as fast there as the Pro). The concern about the write cycles (1,000) of TLC NAND are overblown. You'd have to abuse your SSD with very large sustained writes to wear it out before its useful life.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6459/samsung-ssd-840-test...
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March 22, 2013 12:35:29 PM

Calvin Lee said:
Also will this build with a single gtx 670 work well with dual monitor larger than 22"? Never set up dual monitor before.


You can run two monitors off of one card with no problem. Just plug them both into the card and extend the desktop in control panel. The size of the monitor doesn't matter. The resolution does (number of dots making up the image). A 1080p monitor (1920x1080 resolution) has 1920 pixels across by 1080 pixels in height (2073600 total) that have to get instructions from the video card to display an image no matter if your using it on a 22" 1080p monitor or a 60" 1080p television.

If you're driving monitors for productivity, a single 670 can even operate three monitors in a surround configuration. It's like a triple monitor desktop. If you wanted to game across all three, I'd recommend a second 670, but a single 670 could do the job.
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