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Gaming Rig help. ~1300$

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks.
Budget Range: ~$1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Strictly Gaming, online and offline.
Parts Not Required: Mouse & Keyboard, Speakers, HDD, OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country: USA, Califronia
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU. OC friendly Mobo. Watercooling for CPU. SSD. NZXT Case.
Overclocking: Mid to heavy OC.
SLI or Crossfire: Planning for dual cards.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: This build I'd like centered around an Intel i5 Sandy CPU, with NVidia for the GPU. SSD strictly for Windows 7 and game installs, rest I can put on External HDDs. Only dabbled in slight OC of CPU, would like to do more in this setup. Will need a good PSU to support SLI/XFire, plan to add 2nd GPU in the future.

Thank you :love:
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  1. NZXT Phantom 410 $80 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146085
    Intel Core i5-3570K $230 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
    MSI Z77A-G45 $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645
    OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB $115
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $47 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W PSU $125 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139029
    GIGABYTE GV-N680OC-2GD GeForce GTX 680 $525 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125422
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    TOTAL $1,341
  2. I'd be strongly tempted to go for GTX 670 and SLI sooner rather than later.

    While the OP specified SB, I also prefer the Ivy build. Unless you are overclocking just for the fun of it the Ivy will be just as good in gaming and potentially better in other areas.

    Do you know how much space your games will take up? Is 120GB enough?
  3. SLI doesn't scale very well and the 680 is just amazing, as long as it is within the ~$1300 range I think it is fine
  4. Thanks for all the help, giving me a good base for what I plan.

    @willzzz 120g would be fine. Enough room to comfortably hold 2-3 games max.
  5. But he has stated he wants to SLI in the future, so if he runs games with scaling problems that will happen if he goes 670 or 680. But the 680 SLI would be much more expensive and not noticeably better.

    Perhaps you are suggesting he should forget SLI altogether, which is probably a good idea if he is sticking with a single 1920 monitor. But in that case a single 670 will still serve him just fine in all current games and it will be cheaper to SLI in the future if games require it.

    "Dividing those numbers into each other, we see that the best-case is Battlefield 3, where a second GeForce GTX 670 nearly doubles performance. Metro 2033 and WoW are both worst-case scenarios in our suite, where the second board boosts frame rates by 72 or 73%. "

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-670-review,review-32443-16.html

    "Looking at the numbers produced from one GTX 670 and GTX 690, the £650 GTX 670 SLI fits in nicely and makes a viable case to be included in an ultra-enthusiast's system."

    http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/39605-nvidia-geforce-gtx-670-sli-vs-the-beasttm/?page=9
  6. I have a 2nd monitor I'm thinking about utilizing, though its only a 21', opposed to the 24' for my main.

    Will the GTX 680 out perform 2 of these in SLI?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    Also, would that Mid sized case offer enough room to fit 2 of the above cards without being too restricted in room afterwards?

    Lastly, planning on doing a bit of OC'ing. Is that aftermarket hs/fan enough? Would upgrading to liquid cooling make that much of a difference?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015
  7. bukkakid said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks.
    Budget Range: ~$1300
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Strictly Gaming, online and offline.
    Parts Not Required: Mouse & Keyboard, Speakers, HDD, OS.
    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
    Country: USA, Califronia
    Parts Preferences: Intel CPU. OC friendly Mobo. Watercooling for CPU. SSD. NZXT Case.
    Overclocking: Mid to heavy OC.
    SLI or Crossfire: Planning for dual cards.
    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

    Additional Comments: This build I'd like centered around an Intel i5 Sandy CPU, with NVidia for the GPU. SSD strictly for Windows 7 and game installs, rest I can put on External HDDs. Only dabbled in slight OC of CPU, would like to do more in this setup. Will need a good PSU to support SLI/XFire, plan to add 2nd GPU in the future.

    Thank you :love:

    here you go-
    phantom full tower-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068
    gigabyte windforce x3 gtx 670-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423
    nzxt hale82 750w modular-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116015
    ballistix sports 8GB-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
    Z77-Extreme4-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
    2500k-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    nzxt 200mm fan(put it one the top of the phantom)-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146007
    hyper 212 EVO-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    Mushkin enhanced chronos 240GB ssd-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226237
    total-$1283.
  8. bukkakid said:
    I have a 2nd monitor I'm thinking about utilizing, though its only a 21', opposed to the 24' for my main.

    Will the GTX 680 out perform 2 of these in SLI?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    Also, would that Mid sized case offer enough room to fit 2 of the above cards without being too restricted in room afterwards?

    Lastly, planning on doing a bit of OC'ing. Is that aftermarket hs/fan enough? Would upgrading to liquid cooling make that much of a difference?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015


    A GTX 670 should beat 2x GTX560 Ti, a 680 definitely will.
  9. Best answer
    @ the OP. Do not be wasting a bunch of $$$ on water cooling.

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,16.html <------ That's what over clocking your cpu gains you in FPS. No gain. So save your $$$


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339648718&sr=1-4 $92.99 & 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/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case along with links to professional online reviews

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.956955 $149.98 save: $15.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.975453 $349.98 save: $15.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <---- review of that board w/benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $34.99
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_cp_pc_2 $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782 $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Drive-SDSSDX-240G-G25/dp/B006EKJ8UI $216.97 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-240G-G25

    Total: $1,261.89 *not including shipping & rebates


    *** Alternate components

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-670DC2G $424.99 Free Shipping
    ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - GTX670-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787 $419.99 $409.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567 $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor-Black/dp/B005BZNDOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339758436&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+21.5+led+monitor $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
  10. angaddev said:
    SLI doesn't scale very well and the 680 is just amazing, as long as it is within the ~$1300 range I think it is fine

    The 680 is a total hose job. For $100 cheaper you can grab a 670 and easily o/c to run with the 680 and that's without adding voltage to that card.
  11. Why_Me said:
    @ the OP. Do not be wasting a bunch of $$$ on water cooling.

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,16.html <------ That's what over clocking your cpu gains you in FPS. No gain. So save your $$$


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339648718&sr=1-4 $92.99 & 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/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case along with links to professional online reviews

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.956955 $149.98 save: $15.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.975453 $349.98 save: $15.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <---- review of that board w/benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $34.99
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_cp_pc_2 $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782 $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Drive-SDSSDX-240G-G25/dp/B006EKJ8UI $216.97 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-240G-G25

    Total: $1,261.89 *not including shipping & rebates


    *** Alternate components

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-670DC2G $424.99 Free Shipping
    ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - GTX670-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787 $419.99 $409.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567 $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor-Black/dp/B005BZNDOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339758436&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+21.5+led+monitor $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI


    looks good.my vote goes to asus DCII 670.
  12. hellfire24 said:
    looks good.my vote goes to asus DCII 670.

    Ya I like the look of that Asus card. I'm curious as to why MSI hasn't put out a Twin Frzr edition of that 670.
  13. Quote "SLI doesn't scale very well and the 680 is just amazing, as long as it is within the ~$1300 range I think it is fine "
    Are you kidding??? SLI scaling for most games is over 90%.
    -Bruce
  14. Why_Me said:
    Ya I like the look of that Asus card. I'm curious as to why MSI hasn't put out a Twin Frzr edition of that 670.

    i am big fan of MSi TF coolers,brother has got a TFIII gtx 580 and that cooler is one of the best and quietest IMO.
    BTW,TF IV gtx 670 is here-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685
    ;)
  15. @hellfire24 i wonder why there no reviews or ratings on that GPU-MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC
    I bet that card is quite a little beast wish i had the money to find out lol!
  16. Best answer selected by bukkakid.
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