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February 6, 2014 12:19:45 PM

I am planning on building a gaming pc that will be able to play any game on maxed settings. I plan to use my 40 inch 1080p Sony LCD tv as my display. My main question is about my choice in graphics cards, should I use more than one card or is the card on my current choice sufficient? Price is not the problem, even though I would like to keep it around $2500, I just want to make sure I have a machine that will be able to max anything for the next few years and that having full 1080p on my TV will not be an issue...

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/isfiz/saved/3EqP


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Total: $2153.71
CPU Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core $565.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid $89.99
Motherboard Asus Rampage IV Black Edition EATX LGA2011 $479.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $159.99
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" SSD $309.00
Video Card XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB $398.76
Power Supply Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $149.99
February 6, 2014 12:24:13 PM

Please note that the size of the display doesnt matter and doesnt affect the performance of the gpu, only the resolution and the refresh rate do. All the components look to be fine apart from the gpu however I would recommend getting faster ram, 2133mhz or higher is something that I will recommend. I am not sure whether the 7970 ghz edition will be able to provide good enough performance.
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February 6, 2014 1:27:25 PM

1. the 770 is a much better choice as the 7970/280x are over priced.

2. Do you need that high end of a CPU? For gaming the i5 4670k is all you'll need at the moment, especially on a single 1080p screen. You could then put more money into a GPU which will improve your gaming experience.
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February 6, 2014 6:07:50 PM

woltej1 said:
1. the 770 is a much better choice as the 7970/280x are over priced.

2. Do you need that high end of a CPU? For gaming the i5 4670k is all you'll need at the moment, especially on a single 1080p screen. You could then put more money into a GPU which will improve your gaming experience.



I have pondered that, and the only real answer i can give is that I do a lot of multitasking, downloading, and uploading which from time to time bleeds into me using either a secondary monitor or even my other smaller 720p tv that is set up beside my main tv. I am currently using my laptop for all of that, but I know that out of shear laziness and convenience that if my tower is on I will want to use it. Do you think that the i5-4670k would still be sufficient? Also. to follow my train of thought I know that there are only 1 or 2 games that have ever been released that use more that 4 cores, but I was also thinking in terms of future games, maybe 3-5 years down the line. As i said previously the price is not the problem even though I would like to keep it around $2500. I really want to know what the best graphics card set up would be, without paying a grand per card lol
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February 6, 2014 6:13:51 PM

Cybertox said:
Please note that the size of the display doesnt matter and doesnt affect the performance of the gpu, only the resolution and the refresh rate do. All the components look to be fine apart from the gpu however I would recommend getting faster ram, 2133mhz or higher is something that I will recommend. I am not sure whether the 7970 ghz edition will be able to provide good enough performance.



I took your advise and have decided to go with Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory. What do you suggest in terms of graphics cards? This area has been the biggest question mark for me.... There are so many to choose from and with my lack of experience in PC gaming.... I am an avid console gamer, however until the winter of this year there are no titles that interest me. So, I have decided to sink what cash I would have spent into a tower =)
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February 6, 2014 6:31:32 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2OEqM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2OEqM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2OEqM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.29 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($180.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $2235.22

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-06 21:31 EST-0500)
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February 6, 2014 6:32:04 PM

that i7 has HT, so it has 4 physical and 8 logical cores, more than enough for multi tasking unless you're doing some real high end shit.
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February 6, 2014 6:53:38 PM

woltej1 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2OEqM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2OEqM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2OEqM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.29 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($180.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $2235.22

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-06 21:31 EST-0500)


Wow, thanks for the quick response I will really take this into consideration, my only question is, and this is from me being a complete noob to building, but is there anything different about setting up 2 cards in sli than justing having a single card and how does sli work, do the 2 cards act as one or does each card take on a separate task?
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February 6, 2014 6:56:13 PM

There's one extra thing called an SLI bridge that connects the tops of each card, otherwise it's pretty straight forward. They pretty much act as one card, each card needs to load the scene by itself, but they spread the computing load evenly.
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