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April 5, 2013 7:55:17 AM

I am looking to build my own custom gaming rig because all the pre-built ones either are too expensive or don't have all the items i want in it. i need help choosing a graphics card, perferrably something that can be water cooled if possible. i was thinking something along the lines of a GTX680 FTW Edition or GTX690. this system will have an intel i7 3770k, 32gb RAM, a 480gb SanDisk Extreme SSD, a 2TB 7200rpm Hard drive, and liquid cooling. any suggestions? i play games like Need for speed series, Driver: San Fran, Minecraft, and i might be recording for a YouTube series soon, so keep those things in consideration. i will even concider 2 cards in SLI. Thanks!
April 5, 2013 8:02:26 AM

I say go with the 690, that is a sick build. You could probably save a lot of money by just getting a 250gb SSD- unless you absolutely need the extra space for programs. The 2TB should be enough for storage, but if you need more storage just go with a 250gb SSD and a 3TB HDD?
April 5, 2013 8:05:03 AM

Don't you realise, none of those games will come anywhere near taxing a gtx 660, nevermind a 680 or 690?! Aren't you planning on playing any better looking games at all? And by the way, even if you are, note that you'd probably need a screen that's 1440p or bigger to make a 680 worthwhile.
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April 5, 2013 8:09:56 AM

AngusMcBurger said:
Don't you realise, none of those games will come anywhere near taxing a gtx 660, nevermind a 680 or 690?! Aren't you planning on playing any better looking games at all? And by the way, even if you are, note that you'd probably need a screen that's 1440p or bigger to make a 680 worthwhile.


i am planning to play these all on their HIGHEST SETTINGS while still getting good FPS. i am also planning on playing games like Black ops 2 and other stuff like that
April 5, 2013 8:11:11 AM

Kjwinden said:
I say go with the 690, that is a sick build. You could probably save a lot of money by just getting a 250gb SSD- unless you absolutely need the extra space for programs. The 2TB should be enough for storage, but if you need more storage just go with a 250gb SSD and a 3TB HDD?

hmm... i will think about that. that is a good idea, i will probably get a Caching SSD for the hard drive though

April 5, 2013 8:15:01 AM

beden...just prepare for the naysayers on this forum. For example:

Dont go with an i7...its way too OP! Do an i5-3570k and save money!

You dont need THAT graphics card...get this weaker one then you can SLI later!

Dont SLI...always go with the stronger single card!

Dont go with NVIDIA...AMD drivers are way better, just get a 7970!

Its your money, get what you want if thats what you want. I do suggest getting a smaller SSD because I cant imagine you having more than 250GB of programs installed, and you can just set all your downloads and storage directories set to your HDD...but what do I know you may need that space.

At the end of the day remember its your money...just take what people say here as advice trying to save you money.

Have fun and good luck.

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April 5, 2013 8:20:19 AM
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bedenbeast said:
AngusMcBurger said:
Don't you realise, none of those games will come anywhere near taxing a gtx 660, nevermind a 680 or 690?! Aren't you planning on playing any better looking games at all? And by the way, even if you are, note that you'd probably need a screen that's 1440p or bigger to make a 680 worthwhile.


i am planning to play these all on their HIGHEST SETTINGS while still getting good FPS. i am also planning on playing games like Black ops 2 and other stuff like that


Yes and you'd be wasting your money on those cards - here's a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvW0UMEDybU playing full settings with a card that used to cost £120. Call of Duty has never been a very demanding game. I'll say it again. Don't waste your money, you'd get what you want with something much cheaper like the GTX 660
April 5, 2013 8:29:45 AM

Kjwinden said:
beden...just prepare for the naysayers on this forum. For example:

Dont go with an i7...its way too OP! Do an i5-3570k and save money!

You dont need THAT graphics card...get this weaker one then you can SLI later!

Dont SLI...always go with the stronger single card!

Dont go with NVIDIA...AMD drivers are way better, just get a 7970!

Its your money, get what you want if thats what you want. I do suggest getting a smaller SSD because I cant imagine you having more than 250GB of programs installed, and you can just set all your downloads and storage directories set to your HDD...but what do I know you may need that space.

At the end of the day remember its your money...just take what people say here as advice trying to save you money.

Have fun and good luck.


Except people come here for advice, so we should say if they could save money. I know that the i7 is good for their purposes in this case because they'll be rendering youtube videos, and if they have the spare money, it will help. But for playing minecraft and need for speed, half of the 680's power would never be used, so it makes sense to point out they wouldn't need something that expensive.

You basically implied 'don't bother taking advice from anyone at the place you came to for advice, you know better.', when the reason people ask on here is probably that they don't.
April 5, 2013 9:08:16 AM

False angus, I said take the advise for what it is and at the end of the day it's your money.

People on this site get carried away with what they would want for their build that they forget about what the person even asked for in the first place.

Not only that but different people always recommend different things that can often be contradictory.

I'm just telling the inquiring party again to be mindful of the advice but at the end of the day to do what he wants because it's his money.
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