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Gaming PC - Thoughts?

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May 31, 2012 2:46:01 AM

Hello all. This PC will be used for the latest games on max settings/fps and I plan on running SLI.

CAS: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage (Black Color) [-25]
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN: Default case fans
FAN: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan [+4]
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX [+16])
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASUS P8Z77-V Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Wi-Fi GO!, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, Display Port, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (All Venom Ultimate OC Certified) [+128]
OVERCLOCK: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]
POWERSUPPLY: 1,000 Watts - Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 80 Plus Power Supply ( 80 Plus Gold) [+167]
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+390] (EVGA Superclocked [+10])
VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+439] (EVGA Superclocked [+10])

I included only the parts I would like checked as well as a question or two.

Should go with the fan I have selected or liquid cooling (if so, what do you recommend?)

Did I select the correct motherboard/PSU for this setup?

And finally, your thoughts overall?

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May 31, 2012 2:52:46 AM

You can make this cheaper by getting the Gigabyte z77x-Ud3h MoBo and a 750W PSU. I'm not a fan of CM PSU. I have the xfx 750W Core Edition and it works great.

That CPU fan is great. I don't think you need to water cool your rig. If it gets too hot, you can simply add more fans.
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May 31, 2012 3:11:45 AM

Thanks for your answer. I did notice however, when I selected a psu lower than 1000 the psu picture was orange. Is 750 enough to run sli with my setup?


Also, the motherboard you suggested, is that sli compatible?
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May 31, 2012 3:12:14 AM

Thanks for your answer. I did notice however, when I selected a psu lower than 1000 the psu picture was orange. Is 750 enough to run sli with my setup?


Also, the motherboard you suggested, is that sli compatible?
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May 31, 2012 4:01:00 AM

Yes, that MoBo is SLI compatible. You can also check out the Gigabyte z77x-ud5h or Asrock z77 Extreme 6 for slightly more expensive alternatives but has slightly more features.

Yes, that PSU will give you enough juice plus enough headroom. A single GTX 670 consumes 250W under max load. Even with 650W you will be fine but will be cutting it very close.
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May 31, 2012 6:15:34 PM

I like ASRock and ASUS over gigabyte, but thats personal preference.

i wouldnt go to 750W, that'd be cutting it close. it would run, but who knows if a year from now you want to add something else that sucks the juice... for a little more now you save yourself a headache down the road.

i would also just get one 670 as that will handle everything on Max. Then maybe a year or so from now when they cost half as much get a second on newegg...

I like the thermaltake FRIO over the evo 212.
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