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July 6, 2013 10:43:14 AM

I got a summer job and I'm looking spend some of my pocket money. my PC specs are as follows
CPU: 3570k @4.3ghz

mobo: Asus p8-v z77 pro

GPU: MSI 7950 twin froz

PSU: CM silent pro 600w

chassis: CM storm scout 2

display: 32in vizio TV

keyboard: cheap $10 one

mouse: plain wireless mouse

headset: game com 777 (something like that, its good but I wouldn't mind a wireless one)

I'm not sure what I want to upgrade but a few things I was thinking about is, water cooling (custom loop), tri monitor set up, 2nd 7950, or sell the 7950 for a 780. Feel free to suggest anything I didnt list though!

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July 6, 2013 10:52:53 AM

Overall your build is already great and should be able to play anything you can throw at it already. First of all I suggest getting yourself a nice gaming keyboard and mouse as it does make quite a difference in how well you play. After that I suggest you buy another 7950 (Make sure it is the exact same model as the one you have now) and run the two 7950's in Crossfire. Lastly getting another monitor would be great (Make sure you get the same model as the monitor you already have though to make it look best). Also if you choose to get another 7950 then you might want to upgrade your power supply to something like a Corsair TX 750 so you don't have to worry about your PSU being under powered.

PS: Also unless you have experience I don't suggest for you to add a custom water cooling loop. They look cool and work well but you should be just fine with a Corsair H100i or even a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
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July 6, 2013 11:18:35 AM

so just out of curiosity why would you suggest 7950 xfire over a single 780? I know it would be faster but there are downsides as well like louder and hotter.
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July 7, 2013 6:43:28 AM

I really mainly just suggested Crossfire 7950's over a 780 in the interest of saving money without loosing performance since a 7950 is about $350 and a 780 is about $600. If money isn't to big of a problem then I would suggest saving for the 780. Also if it is possible please reply back telling me what kind of cooling you currently have in you case. (Case fans, CPU cooler etc.)
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July 7, 2013 10:37:40 AM

well if I got the 780 it only be about $100 more because I could sell my 7950 for probably $200. And cooling right now is alright, just 4 case fans and stock intel cooler. Surprisingly the stock cooler keeps my cpu under 75-80 degres C even with the 4.3ghz overclock. This is why I thought about water cooling, and if I do water cooling I want a custom loop so I can cool my GPU with it too.
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July 7, 2013 12:12:28 PM

Oh, then I highly suggest you first off spend $30 on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo unless you really want a custom liquid cooling loop then you could go with that. Also don't forget to maybe get a new keyboard and mouse.
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July 7, 2013 3:05:41 PM

yeah lol, idk about a mouse but a keyboard would be nice.
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