Tweak New Gaming build

Looking at the following for a new system for gaming etc. Any improvements/issues/recommendations advice or changes that you would so would be appreciated.

Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2GHz 12MB 6-Core S2011 Processor
Asus SABERTOOTH X79 S2011 ATX Mainboard
Corsair Hydro H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair Vengeance 24GB (6x4) PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory Kit
Hitachi Deskstar 4TB 7200RPM 64MB 3.5" SATA3 HDD
Corsair Force GT 120GB 2.5" SATA3 Solid State Drive
Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X DVD-RW SATA Drive OEM, Black
eVGA GF GTX690 4GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card
Antec P280 Performance One Mid-Tower Case, Black -
Thermaltake ToughPower 1500 Watt Power Supply
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  1. Don't get the GTX 690 UNLESS you are gaming on 3 monitors. You simply won't need all that power. Save $500 and get a GTX 680 now, and another 680 in the future when it goes down to $350 or so and you actually need the power. If you're gaming on 3 monitors, by all means get the 690.
  2. Pretty much everything on this system is major overkill for gaming - it'd make a great video editing rig, but there's a lot of stuff on here that you don't really need. A 1500W power supply is major overkill, the 690 won't even use like 1/2 that. Plus triple channel RAM won't work in a quad channel system.

    You could build a system for 1/2 of what you'd be spending and still come out ahead. Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($233.04 @ Compuvest)
    Hard Drive: Plextor M3 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.92 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($577.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($135.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.74 @ CompUSA)
    Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($90.27 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.48 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1960.45
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  3. I appreciate your responses above. I have had this system below recommended to me as I usually only play games on a Dell U2711 @ 2560X1440. I removed the 690 and put in 2 680's... I'll only buy one until I need the second one I guess.

    My question is this system configuration below to offer more preformance and stability than the one mentioned/recommended above?

    I value your responses as well as your time.


    1 Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2GHz 12MB 6-Core S2011 Processor
    1 Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 S2011 ATX Mainboard
    1 Corsair Hydro H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    1 Corsair Dominator DHX Pro 32GB (4x8GB) PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory Kit
    1 Hitachi Deskstar 4TB 7200RPM 64MB 3.5" SATA3 HDD
    1 Crucial m4 256GB 2.5" SATA3 Solid State Drive
    1 Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X DVD-RW SATA Drive OEM, Black
    2 eVGA GF GTX680 SC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card
    1 Antec P280 Performance One Mid-Tower Case, Black - NO PSU
    1 Thermaltake ToughPower 1350 Watt Power Supply
  4. Um, yeah I'd say an i7-3930k and 2 GTX 680s would yield a bit better performance than an i5-3570k and 1 GTX 680. If you're gaming at 2560x1440, you'll definitely want 2 680s, look at this article...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-690-benchmark,3193-7.html

    Also, you won't need anywhere near that much RAM, 16 GB even is way overkill, but might provide some futureproofing I guess.
  5. One 690 is plenty power for 2560x1440. Only CF/SLI if you want to game on 2 2560x1440 monitors or 3 1080p monitors.
  6. azeem40 said:
    One 690 is plenty power for 2560x1440. Only CF/SLI if you want to game on 2 2560x1440 monitors or 3 1080p monitors.


    +1
  7. But you just said for him to get 2 680s? :P
  8. azeem40 said:
    But you just said for him to get 2 680s? :P


    that doesn't mean i think your wrong lol. Plus a 690 is pretty much two 680s, so i'm not opposed to him going with a single 690 setup.
  9. Yep, you're right. Just researched more and found out that the GTX 690 is better price/performance than 2 680s.
  10. For 2 670s, no more than a 750W PSU will be required.
  11. How is that futureproofing when power requirements are going down. There is a thing called "within limits".
  12. I wasn't speaking by specifics. Of course I'd get the 850W. Deals are the reason I got a 950W PSU for the price of an 850W PSU.
  13. Yeah I think azeem40 was speaking generally about 750W, as in "if you have a 750w psu it will be sufficient, but more watts won't hurt either."
  14. I appreciate all of this information, thank you very much.

    For two 680's or 1, 690, 850watt power supply is all that is required for this?
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