Advice on new gaming rig build

This is what I'm looking at for my gaming rig:

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
CPU: i7-3770k
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance (4 x 4GB)
Hard Drives: 2 x Corsair Force GT 120GB Raid 0
Video: EVGA Superclocked Geforce GTX 580
CPU Cooling: Corsair H100
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 80 Plus 1000 watts

I already have a 1TB 7200 RPM HD for storage. Will be looking at adding another GTX 580 within 3 months.

How does this sound, what improvements would you make?

Thanks!
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  1. How much is the gtx580? gtx680, hd7970, or hd7950 are probably better choices.
  2. Actually, the Radeon 7950 is cheaper...
  3. @recon-uk: You say i5-3750k and 8 GB, is that based on the lower cost or are there other benefits? Thanks.


    @hapkido: According to benchmarks here:

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    The performance difference between 580 and 680 is minimal, for $120 more for the 680. I will evaluate my system once built to determine if I will definitely go with the 580 SLI, but it's what I have in my head at this time. Here's a good article I read about it:

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-sli-review/
  4. @azeem: The 580 and the 7950 are pretty close in price, within $20 depending on where you look. I have always preferred Nvidia cards and from what I have seen the 580 does benchmark slightly higher. Probably about $20 higher lol.
  5. @recon-uk: Gotcha, thanks. :)
  6. Thrilled said:
    @hapkido: According to benchmarks here:

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    The performance difference between 580 and 680 is minimal, for $120 more for the 680. I will evaluate my system once built to determine if I will definitely go with the 580 SLI, but it's what I have in my head at this time. Here's a good article I read about it:

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-sli-review/


    I don't trust those benchmarks. It has the gtx470 ahead of gtx590 and hd6990. gtx470 is gtx560ti, hd5870, and hd6950 territory.

    Offhand, I believe gaming performance for single gpus is 680 > 7970 > 580, 7950. On newegg, 680s aren't in stock, 7970s start at $480, and 580s and 7950s start for $380. If you're set on nvidia then 580s is a good choice (I didn't realize how much they dropped in price). But 7950s is probably a viable option. They use less power (meaning they're cheaper to operate, easier to cool, and you can get by with a smaller psu) and they may overclock better and scale in xfire better. I'm not sure on the latter two things, but it's probably worth looking into.
  7. Good points, thanks hap.
  8. According to http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/517?vs=555 the GTX 680 is quite a bit better than the GTX 580.
  9. Good link azeem, thanks.

    Scarcity seems to be jacking up the cost of the 680. The $120 I said before didn't ring true with what I saw as I did a little looking around. It's more like $170, if you can find one in stock.
  10. Went for the GTX 570 Classified instead. Good card, lighter on the budget.
  11. It really depends on what games you will play.
  12. I have been looking at a gaming build for myself similar to the above. Would I be able to play games on high settings on a samsung 6400 47 inch hdtv at 1920 x 1080 at 60hz. Batman, swtor, battlefield 3, etc.
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