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$1500-$1800 Gaming Build Advice

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May 14, 2012 3:33:25 AM

Hi! I've posted a little bit earlier in the year asking for advice, and now that a few months have passed and new hardware is either out or coming out very soon, I have tweaked the build I have been working on. This would be my first build. here is the link. I am looking to start purchasing early next month. Is there anything I could change that would give me better performance and bring it within my budget? It's not a strict budget, but the cheaper the better. One side question: Is the 680 worth it, or would it be better to just go with the 670? Is it easy to overclock? I have never done it before.

This build would only be used for gaming, as I have a laptop for everything else. I want to be able to play games like BF3 or Crysis or Skyrim on Full Highest Settings. By the monitor, you can see I will be playing on a single 1920x1080 monitor. Would these components achieve that? As I understand, they should, but it's always best to get a second opinion.

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated and is strongly encouraged, and thank you all in advance!
May 14, 2012 4:28:51 AM

A 750w psu is plenty of juice for dual 670's in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $273.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- that board in a review here on Toms

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $129.99 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <------ review of that board with benchmarks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $137.99 - $127.99 after mail-in rebate card
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case along with links to several professional reviews

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $116.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case along with links to several professional reviews

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case along with links to several professional reviews
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May 14, 2012 4:54:31 AM

Looks good. Case and PSU are a little pricey though.
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May 14, 2012 9:35:16 AM

Would work no problem. Just stick with Home Premium 64 bit. Should only be 100 + or - 20 bucks. I would go with Why_Me's advice for case, PSU, and MoBo. Yours wil have alot of features that will not help you achieve what you really want. I think the gtx 670 is a very good choice. Price and performance, I thinik it is a better GPU than the 680.
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May 14, 2012 7:30:18 PM

On the case: I really really like the look, and the extra space. I might go to water cooling later on and I definitely will be considering SLI when it's time for an upgrade.
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