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Newcomer needing help optimizing this build

Hey everyone,

I decided to put together my first custom build, and after browsing this forum for months, I have come up with the following setup:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/treeclaps/saved/20yP


Cost Total: $2260.80
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $217.98
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.98
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g $5.98
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 $174.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $69.98
Storage OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" SSD $134.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Combo or $89.99

2-way SLI Video Cards
Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 4GB $439.99
Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 4GB $439.99

Sound Card Asus Xonar DG $14.99
Case Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower $99.99
Case Fan Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm $8.99
Power Supply SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V $83.98
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer Combo or $16.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98
Monitor Asus VG248QE 24.0" $250.52
Keyboard Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 $54.51
Mouse Logitech G500 Wired Laser


Budget: about 2300 total (could be a little more) for the whole setup (including peripherals and stuff).

Uses: I will be primarily gaming and also doing some live let's play videos/ video editing. Performance-wise, can this build crack 45 fps on the most demanding/max settings for the latest games (I play mainly first-person shooters such as battlefield 3, crysis 3, etc.)

I would greatly appreciate any input/thoughts toward a more cost-effective/better performance build.
Are there better parts for the money than what I've chosen?
Is there anything I've added that's pointless or that I could do without?
Is there anything I've missed that I should include?

What do you all think?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. aliveamidstEnts said:
    Hey everyone,

    I decided to put together my first custom build, and after browsing this forum for months, I have come up with the following setup:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/treeclaps/saved/20yP


    Cost Total: $2260.80
    CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $217.98
    CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.98
    Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g $5.98
    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 $174.99
    Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $69.98
    Storage OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" SSD $134.99
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Combo or $89.99

    2-way SLI Video Cards
    Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 4GB $439.99
    Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 4GB $439.99

    Sound Card Asus Xonar DG $14.99
    Case Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower $99.99
    Case Fan Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm $8.99
    Power Supply SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V $83.98
    Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer Combo or $16.99
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98
    Monitor Asus VG248QE 24.0" $250.52
    Keyboard Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 $54.51
    Mouse Logitech G500 Wired Laser


    Budget: about 2300 total (could be a little more) for the whole setup (including peripherals and stuff).

    Uses: I will be primarily gaming and also doing some live let's play videos/ video editing. Performance-wise, can this build crack 45 fps on the most demanding/max settings for the latest games (I play mainly first-person shooters such as battlefield 3, crysis 3, etc.)

    I would greatly appreciate any input/thoughts toward a more cost-effective/better performance build.
    Are there better parts for the money than what I've chosen?
    Is there anything I've added that's pointless or that I could do without?
    Is there anything I've missed that I should include?

    What do you all think?

    Thanks in advance.


    1- get haswell cpu + Z87 motherboad/
    2- Get SSD : Samsung 840 pro 128G or 256G and be sure it i the pro (the fastest SSD TODAY)
    3- Get 750 WATTS PSU
    4- Get 2x 770 GTX
    5- Get HAFX case , for the SLI cooling

    and be sure the monitor you buy is IPS LCD .
  2. Best answer
    If you wanna go BIG!!! GO BIG!!!
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jhEM
    Total: $2489.92 including shipping etc.

    got am onitor a 64bit win 7 home prem. dual 770 evga, awesome corsair 600t (you can actually change this to one you like to make it cheaper or something). corsair 860i 80plus platinum just kicks ass. you can also change the ram to something you like to to make it cheaper, as you noticed I recommended a lot of corsair product. I love corsair product ^_^.
  3. You don't need a massive HAF X for an SLI setup. You don't need 2133 RAM. That monitor's 1ms response is overkill. Spend the money on a 1440p monitor which will actually make your 770s do a little work.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.37 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $2222.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 01:37 EDT-0400)
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