Gpu/Psu help

I need some opinions on what gpu to buy. I dont want to spend more than $1500 overall. Also im not sure what psu to get since i havent picked out a gpu. I will be mostly gaming on this rig so i want a half way decent card

Here is what i have so far.

Cd drive:






Cpu cooler:

Also would you recommend getting a ssd to put the OS on. Is there is big difference if i were to just have it on the hard drive?

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  1. Switch the HDD to a 7200rpm. Also, I would get a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD for OS and a few programs/games. I would REALLY switch the CPU to an i5-2500k. You're overclocking, right? Basically, with everything I would change (CPU to an i5-2500k... it's not worth it to spend $50 on IB, since IB is a worse overclocker and HDD to a 7200rpm. Since the 7200rpm costs about $50 more, then the price is equalized), the total comes out to about $700 (minus SSD, PSU, and GPU). That leaves another $800 for the most important components! Let's start with the GPU:

    MSI Twin Frozr II OC GTX 680: Best GPU out there. However, it seems to be out of stock at newegg, as it has been for a while. Hopefully the supply improves... I hate how Nvidia is purposely inflating the prices. If you really don't want to wait, you can get the MSI Twin Frozr II OC 7870, although the performance will be lower.

    680: $550
    7870: $370

    I'll assume you're buying the 680.

    That leaves $250 for the PSU and SSD... just enough. With SLI 680s, 15% capacitor aging, a hefty overclock, and a lot of other stuff, you will need about 650W minimum (using eXtreme PSU calculator). A PSU works best between 20% and 80% of load, so I'm selecting the PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK II 750W Silver Rated PSU (it's non modular, but the HAF case has more than enough room for cable management). Great pricing for a VERY reliable PSU with a silver rating, and more than enough power for SLI!:

    $105, $85 with MIR

    That leaves $145 for the SSD (I never factor in MIR). That's enough to get a 128GB SSD! Meaning, you can put OS, a bunch of games, and a bunch of programs! It's $125; Crucial M4:

    It's about the best price/performance deal out there, with a very reliable company (I have a Crucial SSD).

    Total? We are at about $1480, leaving room for price differences. If you went with a 7870, that would be about $1300.
  2. I was planning on buying my components today. Also I think amazon has a few 680s in stock still
  3. Whoa. EVGA Superclocked is $650! That's insane!

    Could you wait till May 1st? It's Tuesday. The MSI will be in-stock.. although at that price... wow...

    Wait no, scratch that. It's not the Twin Frozr II OC version. Get an EVGA, then.. make sure it has two fans.
  4. It's just that for some reason, they only have one fan. I have no idea why.
    I found the MSI Twin Frozr II OC version! Here:

    However, it is $667... or $100 over what I thought it would be. Because of that, I think you can downgrade the motherboard to an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 (Z77 doesn't add anything much, especially with a SB chip), or a Pro3 Gen3. Not much you can shave elsewhere, though.
  5. Yea I might as well wait for the price to go down. right now im stuck with a netbook that turns off if you disconnect it from the wall D: lol
  6. Surprisingly enough, so am I (laptop with a battery so dead I can literally see the percentage go down. 1.4ghz CPU!) ;)

    NVidia is releasing the 690 (for like $1000) which may cause some 680s to go back in stock. I seriously do not like Nvidia for doing this. I suppose you could go with a last-gen Radeon 7970 (I say last-gen loosely... it was released like a few months ago). It uses more power, but it's still good.
  7. getting a 680 isnt that big of a deal to me, i dont need to play every game on ultra high settings =P
  8. In that case, I'm sure a 7870 will do fine. It'll still play every game on ultra, just maybe not at 60fps on a 1080p screen. Turning down the AA a bit will fix it, though.
  9. An SSD will make a HUGE difference in performance and boot speeds. Not fps on games, but overall performance.

    GPU: I'd totally get the Gigabyte... THREE fans, same clock speed as the Sapphire, great reliability, and the same price. You can overclock it farther, and it'll be cooler and quieter.

    Everything else looks great!
  10. How large of an ssd should i go? 64/128?
  11. keep-it-g-rated said:
    How large of an ssd should i go? 64/128?

    64 if your running OS+a few programs, 128+ if your running OS+several games+several design/cad packages.
  12. Alright i added this:

    Now for the last thing. Will need to purchase any additional cables for connecting any of this stuff?
  13. keep-it-g-rated said:
    Alright i added this:

    Now for the last thing. Will need to purchase any additional cables for connecting any of this stuff?

    your mobo should give you the same amount of SATA cables equal to the number of sata ports on the board
  14. Awesome, Thanks for the feedback you guys. Ill be ordering everything now
  15. 128G definitely allows ample room for your O/S install and numerous games and programs.

    The SSD is a game changer for overall system enhancement and performance.

    The response times for game play won't be a lot different but the overall increase in system performance and boot times are fantastic...also search times and you app response time in menus and such are much quicker.

    The difference with a ssd as primary hdd is VERY noticeable and your systems "feel" is incredibly snappy!

    I have a 1TB storage samsung spinpoint for all my downloads, images, back-ups local, and I have all my everyday apps installed and my O/S installed to the ssd...I run office and a light system with small programs to the tune of about 65 GBs total. That's on both my desktop and my everyday use laptop.

    as far as the PSU..your chosen psu...

    versus this...

    PLEASE take a look at the warranty..for $40 you double the warranty +1 yr... and up your wattage significantly...for just a little bit more...

    it's worth it to own one of the best line of psus ever designed and ALL the heat is exhausted outside your case AND it provides Industry leading "ripple free" power and this companys product has been only ever produced as a "Single Rail" PSU.

    The reason they are considered legendary for reliability and super clean, steady power.

    Just a suggestion...I have never bought anything else and have NEVER had a power issue of any kind in 10+ years of custom builds and many,many, many years of repairing others pc's.

    It's all personal preferences and what you know and trust... then... squeezed by budget constraints :)

    So go with what you know and be comfortable...then discover the joy of building your own machine and tinkering with everything possible to get the machine "Just the way YOU like it!"
  16. Your link is bad! Argh! Still can copy and paste, though.

    Anyway, that PSU isn't necessary. I mean, if the PSU breaks in 6 years instead of 7, well... bad luck. However, if it doesn't break in the first year, it's probably not going to break for a while.

    On a more practical standpoint, it's $40 more for another year of warranty (also, more wattage isn't necessary at all).... and it doesn't even have a top fan. It's got worse cooling, which means it'll be louder and hotter.

    Also, all PSUs exhaust out of the case if you do it right... most put the PSU so it exhausts out of the bottom/back.

    Also, you said you've never had a power issue in 10+ years of building... so why pay $40 more for another year of warranty that you'll probably not even need?
  17. However, I love PC Power and Cooling, and I would personally go with this one (750W):

    Silver rated. I'd go with PC Power and Cooling for sure, though.
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  19. He wanted a small case.
  20. ddan49 said:
    He wanted a small case.

    +1 for the heads up. I edited that post with a 300R. Any smaller than that and he's going to be screwed for a dual card set up.
  21. That's what I was thinking, but he kept putting micro atx...
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