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$1150 Gaming/Video editing/hackintosh

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May 13, 2012 9:40:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today or Tomorrow

Budget Range: $1150

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Hackintosh, Video editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers, OS (DO NEED MOUSE)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, I like the GTX 670, Not too flashy case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future I'll get another 670

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768, 1680x1050, 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd like it quiet and clean looking

Here's my current list of stuff:
a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2012 9:48:26 PM

Check out my $1000 build here:
Switch the 7870 with the GTX 670 if you want.
You can also stick with your case choice as it fits you.
That's the board you want as it'll let you use SLI in the future.
SLI requires 8x/8x.

Would go for this heatsink
May 13, 2012 9:55:01 PM

Does it really require 8x/8x or is it just better? I thought it was just better, but I could be wrong. Also I had that cooler but I switched it for the current one based on noise level. Same goes for the PSU. I'm really going for quietness.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2012 10:02:47 PM

No it requires 8x/8x. But it is also much better. The EA650w is just as quiet. No need to go with an $80 500w. That wouldn't allow you to go SLI either.
It's not even that loud.

Cheaper on Amazon.

The Hyper 212+ isn't that loud either. It's bearable. It'd be much better if you're going to plan on Overclocking.
May 13, 2012 10:09:35 PM

I'll take the PS but I think I'll stick with the SilenX cooler for now. I can always just spend $30 to get the 212 if I feel the need ;) 

EDIT: How about the PSU I have on there now...
a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2012 10:10:22 PM

Sounds good, good luck!@
May 21, 2012 12:31:09 AM

OK, so I got everything and put it together and it was working awesome until this afternoon. Before now I ran FurMark to make sure things were OK, and I didn't get any graphical glitches but I did get a really high-pitched beep from (I think) the graphics card (I disconnected the motherboard speaker and it still made the noise, so..). I kind of ignored it and thought it was normal since it was a stress test. I then downloaded and ran some intensive games (like ArmA II) and everything was fine. I didn't get any beeping until today. Today I overclocked it and everything was stable in FurMark (minus the beeping, no graphical glitches). It ran great in ArmA with no beeps until this afternoon when it started after about an hour to an hour and a half of constant gameplay. The only way to get it to go away was alt-tab out of the game or quit the game. So I backed off my overclock all the way back to stock, and it still started to beep without fail after only 2ish minutes of playing.

What I've tried to fix it:
-Back off all overclocking
-Unplug and replug PCI-e power connectors
-Turn fan speed on graphics card all the way up

The thing is that this happens in game even when temps are only in the low 70s which seems really normal considering that I was getting ~80-85 temps in game with only a slight overclock (which never failed even after several hours of nonstop play) before when I had the fan on a lower speed. It kind of seems to have a correlation to when GPU load gets to 98 percent or above it starts.

Any suggestions?
a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2012 1:22:35 AM

Actually, it isn't required; HOWEVER, it is very important you get it for the performance.
May 21, 2012 2:06:35 AM

I'm using the stock cooler for now and I'm getting the Hyper 212 Evo in a couple days - the processor came with a $20 gift card I used.
a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2012 11:36:41 PM

Would back off the overclock until you get your Hyper 212 Evo. The Stock cooler is decent but not ideal for even a slight overclock.

As for the GPU overclock or beeping. What kind of beeping is it? Like something that would see as though it came from the fan? Or... like an actual beep like a motherboard would make.
May 22, 2012 1:27:31 AM

high-pitched screech that doesn't stop until you alt-tab out or something to the effect. I've backed off my overclock to none until I get the evo. I've narrowed it down to either the PSU or the card itself... gonna test voltages on PSU when my dad gets home later, wanna do it with a multimeter because software seems innaccurate from what I've read.
a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 1:36:26 AM

I'm going to assume the screech is coming from the PSU then
May 22, 2012 1:43:23 AM

i'm not sure tho.. it's definitely possible
May 29, 2012 12:41:25 AM

Best answer selected by termhn.