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August 2, 2012 2:49:59 AM

So I want to build a PC that can play most of anything on high settings, I have the components picked out and I am about to click purchase but before I do I would like to get some input first.

What I have chosen so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

GPU(s): Duel SLI EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

MB: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Storage: (2) SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

Monitor: Asus VK278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Webcam 300 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Gaming Super Tower Computer Case, support up to HPTX, come with Eight Fans,Top HDD docking

This is my first build so I am slightly nervous, I look forward to your suggestions or comments :) 

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August 2, 2012 2:59:12 AM

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is faster then the GTX 680 in most benchmarks. It's also slightly cheaper.

If you do get dual 7970s you'll need a slightly more powerful PSU, think 900W or more. Seasonic, Corsair, Antec. XFX and OCZ are the best brands for PSU's.

If you want to overclock, the older i5 2500K is a much better overclocker. If you don't care about too much overclocking, the 3570K has PCI-E 3.0 support, and is about 5% faster per clock, meaning at 3.4GHZ it does outperform a 3.4GHz 2500K by 5%. You do have good cooling for an overclock.

I like the case and RAM a lot. The mother board looks solid, but I would get just one SSD and get a 2TB WD Black.
August 3, 2012 4:23:49 AM

I would leave just what you have it is a nice rig and it will handle anything you throw at it no matter what it is. The only thing that is making the AMD card a little better is the new drivers.

As soon as nVidia releases it new drivers then it will again be neck and neck. Since I have been on here in the GPU section there for the longest time the 7970 was having a lot of issues.

It has some what declined a little but you show in your spec's you are going to get the 680's already OC'd and that is good with new cards it doesn't void the warranty. There isn't that much difference between the two cards.

You won't even see it on the screen. Both cards will handle anything out there and not break a sweet. I mean if you want to go all out get the 690 then that will be two 680's together in one card.

It is up to you though in which way you want to go either card will work but I would go with a bigger PSU like a 850w and I will link you to one that is affordable and is recommended. Nice rig very nice indeed.

That will last you a long time before you have to upgrade again. Good luck to you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 3, 2012 7:09:29 AM

Thank you everyone for your replies and took your advice to heart. I am extremely excited about my new build and the parts should arrive on Monday. Now wish me luck that I don't screw anything up during the build haha.
August 3, 2012 11:14:54 AM

I'd add a 1 TB drive to the mix. Trust me, 256 GB will not be enough for gaming PC.. Hell, I have 377 GB of installed games on my PC right now :) .
August 3, 2012 11:30:48 AM

If you want to game on SSD's only just go with one Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe.They are faster than almost all ssd's and also pretty cheap.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you're like me and need a lot of space but also want your PC to work fast then i suggest you buy a Velociraptor 1TB.
August 3, 2012 12:35:41 PM

If was me personally I would have dropped one 680 and got a 27" 120 Hz 2560 x 1400 IPS.

You can always add another 680 in the future.

Plus if your looking for longevity then a slightly better MoBo wouldnt be a bad idea. (although the Extreme4 is awesome at its price point)

I say that only as you spending quite a bit on this rig so you must have the money. Also you would have it spare once you had dropped one 680.

EDIT: I'd also have got one big SSD instead of split SSDs. The larger the SSD the better performance.

And I would go for the Seagate Hybrid Monentus XT as my storage space.

IMO
August 5, 2012 4:23:52 AM

My only thing is that your SSD is not enough for gaming (IMO at least). It's perfect for a boot drive and to hold a few games and things like that but space is becoming less and less available as technology advances, and for that I would also throw a 500gb or 1tb hard drive in there for about 80-100 bucks more.
August 6, 2012 5:27:45 AM

^+1
About the SSD. The only real benefit is to use it for the windows 7 and you don't want to have a SSD to be full your you will find all kinds of problems. Put your games on a hard drive or on a SSD by it self. Good luck.
August 6, 2012 6:43:45 AM

Moved up to one, 1TB SSD. Should that be enough or possibly overkill?

edit: As to why I hang onto the SSD, probably because I just want to try something new for once. Also, yeah money is not really a problem. I am looking to build a long lasting gaming PC, but have no problem upgrading it along the way. My greatest fear right now is that I damage something while I am building the PC this week; while money isn't really an object, damaging a $500 piece of equipment isn't high on my goals in life.
August 6, 2012 7:12:34 AM

1 TB SSD is kind of overkill :D  Remember, you will only install programs and games there, and nothing else.

Don't worry that you'll damage something - it's actually pretty hard to do it, just be careful and you'll be fine ;) .
August 6, 2012 11:53:01 PM

Wow. A 1TB SDD? What did that cost you? Like $2000?

Anyway, nice build. You will have fun.
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