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April 2, 2012 1:08:35 AM

What would be the best choice for a gaming rig? Gtx680? Is there a major differance if I get 2 of them versus just one? Not going to be doing any 3d gaming just mainly battlefield 3 and diablo 3? Build in progress right now but heres what its gonna be

Coolermaster haf x case
i7-3960x
Asus rampage IV Extreme x79 lga2011
Coolermaster silent pro gold 1200w psu
G.Skill ripjaws z series 32Gb (8 x 4Gb) ddr3 ram
Crucial m4 256gb SSD (for OS)
Samsung spinpoint f3 1TB 3.0Gb/s 7200rpm HDD (for games and music)
Corsair H100 liquid cooling for cpu
Windows 7 Home premeium 64bit
Liteon dvd/cd burner

Its my first build am I missing anything besides gpu?

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April 2, 2012 1:32:49 AM

Ohh btw monitor res is 1080p
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April 2, 2012 2:04:45 AM

How come you selected the 256GB Crucial? Are you going to be storing more than the OS on it?

And also if you are getting 32GB of memory, you need to get the Windows 7 Professional. Home Premium only supports up to 16GB of memory.

But as for the graphics card, the only reason you would need to get 2 680s is if you are using multiple monitors. Other than that, it would just be for bragging. (but judging by the other components that might be what you're going for ;) )
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April 2, 2012 2:08:13 AM

Ya maybe other software and stuff but notto many things just mainly the OS
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April 2, 2012 2:10:09 AM

The RAM and PSU on this build are straight manaburn unless you are doing rendering/video editing, etc.. 1000w + are for triple/quad GPU setups mostly. Most dual card setups run great at 850w. The GTX 680 is the best single gpu on the market at the moment, but if you are going to SLI/Crossfire or overclock, the 7970's might be a better choice. This is the article that compares them that Tom's put out: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...
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April 2, 2012 2:11:59 AM

Also, at 1080p, there is no reason to run an SLI/Crossfire setup, as any card from a 560 up is more than enough power for this resolution.
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April 2, 2012 2:15:59 AM

Really, everything in this setup is way overtop unless running multiple GPUs and multiple monitors and doing a lot of multi tasking with hyperthreaded apps (not games). Games run just as well with an i5-2500K as with any Extreme i7. And an 850W Seasonic or Corsair will be sufficient power. And then, with an LGA1155 CPU, get yourself a good Z68 board, and you could invest that extra dough you saved into a Corsair Obsidian 800D case.
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April 2, 2012 2:17:03 AM

Cool thanks forthe help, its my first build I don't really know what I'm doing lol
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April 2, 2012 2:18:45 AM

Znoel87 said:
Ya maybe other software and stuff but notto many things just mainly the OS
And since it's only going to be for the OS, drop it to 128GB. You can put any games or apps that MUST boot lightning fast onto it as well. You should instead get a Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA3 7200rpm. That would still be plenty fast. If you NEED the extra performance, you could get two 500GB Barracudas and put them into RAID 0, but that is just extra hassle.
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April 2, 2012 2:20:48 AM

Znoel87 said:
Cool thanks forthe help, its my first build I don't really know what I'm doing lol
I am currently selecting parts for a new build, and this is what I've got so far. The majority of these parts would run any game hella fast already. (I just had to skimp a little to keep the cost for the tower under $2000)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6ikm
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April 2, 2012 2:31:28 AM

llguitargr8 said:
I am currently selecting parts for a new build, and this is what I've got so far. The majority of these parts would run any game hella fast already. (I just had to skimp a little to keep the cost for the tower under $2000)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6ikm

I've already bought the case, cpu, psu, ram, and the corsair h100.
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April 2, 2012 2:44:15 AM

Cool ill look into tomorrow thanks for the help!
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April 2, 2012 2:48:53 AM

For the rest of the parts

Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 680
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III
SSD Boot Drive - Crucial M4 128GB
Optical Drive - ASUS 24x DVD Burner
OS - Windows 7 Professional (but if you have Vista get the upgrade)
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April 2, 2012 2:49:12 AM

And no problem!

Show pics when you build it! This is gonna be one KICK-ASS machine!
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April 2, 2012 2:50:36 AM

Best answer selected by znoel87.
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April 2, 2012 2:53:34 AM

Haha atleast next time ill know what to get so I don't blow 3gs on it
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April 2, 2012 2:58:05 AM

Znoel87 said:
Haha atleast next time ill know what to get so I don't blow 3gs on it
Well hey, if I had that kind of money reserved for a computer I would get every part you put, except the Seagate 2tb for the hard drive and SLI 680s. :p 
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