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July 8, 2012 4:28:20 PM

Getting a gaming system going soon.

Approximate Purchase Date: July 23, 2012
Budget Range: $2000 more or less
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web, Photoshop (personal)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, O.S., HDD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country: U.S.A
Parts Preferences: Intel and Asus
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Future
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
Additional Comments:
I am going to water cool this rig. Here is what I have so far, if you have any advice or a different build please let me know. Also water cooling equipment is included in the ~$2000. If the Asus Maximus V comes out by then I'll be getting that instead.

Water cooling:
XSPC Rasa 750 RS240- $130
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11743/ex-wat-159/XSPC...

Tubing- $14
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8276/ex-tub-433/Primo...

Clamps- $6
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2268/ex-tub-115/34_OD...

PC:

ASUS 24X DVD Burner- $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus DC2T GTX 670- $430
Out of stock currently

OCZ ZX 850watt PSU- $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)- $47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cold Cathode UV light x2- $12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cool Master SickleFlow x3- $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe Ultra Kaze x2- $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 830 Series 64GB (for primary boot)- $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i5-3570k- $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Sabertooth Z77- $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VG Series VG278H Black 27"- $600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Phantom 410- $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $2129

There's also shipping and what not so lets say $2200

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July 8, 2012 4:54:18 PM

Nice build. :D  In my opinion I wouldn't be getting the brand, "OCZ" If your paying more than $100 for a power supply. I suggest the SeaSonic Platinum 860W for $200. Or you can get the SeaSonic X-Series 1050W for the same price but it's gold plus.

SeaSonic Platinum 860W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X Series 1050W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now I don't recommend Asus DC2T video cards because they are VERY HEAVY. My friend has a Asus DC2T GTX 570 and the card seems to be leaning slanted a bit. Get the EVGA GTX 670 FTW or the Gigabyte Windforce GTX 670.

EVGA GTX 670 FTW: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For fans I highly recommend Cougar fans because they are extremely quiet. I bought them because my H80 stock fans were incredibly loud

Cougar Fans: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should not spend $600 on just one monitor. Save yourself 300 dollars and get the Samsung 650 Series. The 650 Series are very good for multiple monitor setups.

Samsung 650 Series: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that your rig looks pretty beast :D  Have fun building it.
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July 8, 2012 5:03:05 PM

Thank you :D . I wanted 3D and I know Nvidia 3D Vision 2 has some nice qualities. With that in mind I'm sure I wouldn't be able to get 40ish FPS in BF3 3D ultra with just one 670. Personally I don't like the look of multiple monitors :o . I also wanted to use the Nvidia Vision 2 on my PS3 and what not. Thanks for the PSU advice, I got that one because of Jonnyguru. I will change my PSU, as well as the fans. Thanks :D ! Also about the GPU I wanted to OC the 670 will the windforce OC as well as the Asus DC2T?
July 8, 2012 5:06:04 PM

bigcyco1 said:
looks good to me i would get a different PSU 850W is over kill you only need 750Watt for x2 670 in SLI i would get this PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and get a 128gb ssd


Are you 100% sure 750 is sufficient for SLI 670s OCd and a 3570k OCd relatively high?
a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2012 5:10:25 PM

Roxas2030 said:
Are you 100% sure 750 is sufficient for SLI 670s OCd and a 3570k OCd relatively high?
nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670. Add 170W for SLI & recommended is 670W.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdp...


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...


If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 664W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


All points out to 750W being more than enough.That being said i also have two friends running 670s in SLI and both are using 750Watt PSU. ;) 
July 8, 2012 5:11:51 PM



Measured power consumption one card

System in IDLE = 140 W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 279 W
Difference (GPU load) = 139 W
Add average IDLE wattage ~10 W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 149 Watts
Measured power consumption two cards in SLI x2

System in IDLE = 160W
System Wattage with GPUs in FULL Stress = 433W
Difference (GPU load) = 273W
Add average IDLE wattage ~20W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 293 Watts
Measured power consumption three cards in SLI x3

System in IDLE = 170W
System Wattage with GPUs in FULL Stress = 583W
Difference (GPU load) = 403W
Add average IDLE wattage ~30W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 433 Watts
July 8, 2012 5:17:01 PM

Thanks Bigcyco1, saves me a good amount of money that I can put toward a 128 SSD.

Edit: Will the 670 Windforce OC as well as 670 DC2T?
a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2012 5:18:41 PM

Roxas2030 said:
Thanks Bigcyco1, saves me a good amount of money that I can put toward a 128 SSD.
No problem your welcome! :) 
a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2012 5:21:20 PM

670 Windforce OC as well as 670 DC2T? That i honestly don't know but i doubt it.
July 8, 2012 5:28:13 PM

I decided to go with the Windforce
a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2012 5:30:38 PM

Roxas2030 said:
I decided to go with the Windforce
Cool :D 
!