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February 16, 2012 5:56:50 AM

Need final opinion before making this investment. Ive posted several different builds before but I keep finding new things to mess with. But now that I'm down to less than a week for my return I'm pretty sure this will be my final build. Let me know what yall think and if I can do better.

Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance
Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
Storage: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos240GB SATA III (SSD)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
Operator: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I'm only looking at 1920x1080 at the most from my monitor. I went with the Gigabyte card over the EVGA because it comes with BF3 and Batman for free. I am conflicted with going full ssd honestly. I wont have much saved other than the necessary, but I do plan on gaming heavy and installing steam and origin. Should I leave the 240GB ssd or go with a 120GB ssd and maybe a 250GB HD.

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February 16, 2012 6:08:45 AM

240GB SSD should do fine for you. Unless you play a crapload of different games everything should fit nicely.

Other than that looks like a pretty solid build.

You might want to check out if there are Gen3 PCIe motherboards available that would work for you.
Make things slightly more future proof.
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February 16, 2012 6:18:27 AM

I like your build!
I would suggest getting a smaller SSD, however, and if space isn't an issue get a 500 gb hard drive like

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This way you can have the fast boot for the operating system and store all your games on the HD. Cheaper too.

also check out

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure how you may feel about waiting a month or two though (not sure when you get your tax rebate) and wait till the Kepler series finally comes out (supposedly in April). That would most likely drop the GPU price a bit.
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February 16, 2012 6:34:31 AM

rvilkman: I will be gaming a lot all types of genres From arcing to MMO's. My friend kinda scared me with MMO's because they update all the time and they eat at your GB. Should I be concerned about that?

cpfergus1: That is pretty slick and a bit cheaper than the 240GB SSD. I have to take that into consideration thanks
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February 16, 2012 7:02:27 AM

The slight changes I just made to stay in budget.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA III
Hard Drive: HITACHI 500GB
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February 16, 2012 12:53:40 PM

I actually went back to my Gigabyte mother board. I watched the NCIX future proof video. since I wont be getting the full use out of PCIE I'll wait and by the time I'm ready for another update prices should be a bit down on those mother boards.
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February 16, 2012 1:03:22 PM

ram change to g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb since corsair vengeance is too tall sometimes
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February 16, 2012 1:38:35 PM

The corsair vengeance are low profile.
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February 16, 2012 4:17:54 PM

Then the plot thickens just found out i could get 2 AMD HD 7770 in crossfire and can get performance like battle field 3 ultra 1920x1200 at 61.2 frames per second. But then I would need more watts of power I'm assuming. Can anyone help me with If that would be a better scenario and how much more watts I would need.
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February 16, 2012 4:38:23 PM

If you get 2 HD7770 you might be okay with 620w but I would go with 750w just to be safe (besides, it doesn't cost much more).

Corsair Enthusiast TX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TBH I would seriously consider that Crossfire setup instead of the single nVidia card, though.

The build otherwise looks excellent. If you need extra space later, worse comes to worst, you can always buy another hard drive and install your extra programs on there?
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February 16, 2012 5:52:43 PM

Yeah I might just get 2 over clocked HD7770 to get a bit more out of them long term. I'm Gonna redo the build a bit to see if it'll still be in the same price range. Would I be able to get away with 700w just because modular is more expensive.
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February 16, 2012 5:59:03 PM

Yeah, you should be able to get away with 700; just check there are enough PCIe power connectors for the 2 HD7770s :) 
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February 16, 2012 6:37:48 PM

This is what I came up with for Crossfire build and to stay in budget. Had to get a cheaper case lol

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA III
Hard Drive: HITACHI 500GB
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS
Graphic cards: 2 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
Operator: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Just under the $1,400.00. I know that's a weird budget it actually is $1.500 i need an extra 100 just for one day shipping. I was told its better than risking having computer parts ratling around the states trying to get to you in 3 or 4 days.
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February 17, 2012 12:42:53 AM

I just saw another thing I could do that might be even better for a little bit more money. If I was to swap out the 2 Radeon HD 7770 for 2 GTX560 ti would 750W be enough. I also was wondering does it make a huge difference to get 2GB MSI cards or would 1GB do the the trick for this build.
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February 17, 2012 5:27:28 AM

You should be fine with the 1GB models and 750W runs 2x 560Ti OC'd with OC on the CPU as well.
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February 17, 2012 7:05:48 AM

Seen one of the adminstrators pic and prove 620W is SLI possible. If I drop the 2gb cards to 1gb I wonder if that could work for me as well.
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February 17, 2012 8:20:45 AM

The numbers I've seen about OC 560Ti SLI & OC CPU, showed 596W so yes 620W 'can' do it, however a 750W would leave you some room for expansion and your PSU would be stressed to a more reasonable level.
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February 17, 2012 7:49:19 PM

That makes since. How do I know if a motherboard is GEN 3 I'm kinda confused cause on new egg the GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 says PCIe Gen3 in green letters.
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February 17, 2012 8:46:05 PM

According to their web page it also supports it, so you should be good to go. The key is to have rev 1.3 of the board instead of 1.0.
But since newegg is adverticing the board as Gen3, i'm assuming all their stock is rev1.3. The pictures at newegg just haven't been updated.

Gigabyte page for the motherboard.

But for your current use it makes very little difference. The differences come if you upgrade the CPU at some point to Ivy Bridge then you get the PCIe Gen3 into use.
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February 19, 2012 1:28:40 AM

I finally did it I just ordered it this was my final decision let me know what you think.
My goal for this build was to play battlefield on ultra at 60fps and I hope this will cover it.

Graphic Cards: 2 GTX 560 Ti in sli
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA III
Hard Drive: HITACHI 500GB
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
Operator: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
PSU: XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular

I went a lil over my budget ended up being $1,700.00 including shipping but what the hell you only get taxes once a year right. Thanks for all you guys helpful tips I'll see yall on the battlefield soon I hope.
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February 26, 2012 2:24:03 PM

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February 26, 2012 2:44:23 PM

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