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July 19, 2012 7:32:35 PM

Hello everyone,

Just moved to my new province and left my old computer at home and thought that since I just arrived and got some money from scholarships and such, I should seriously consider to buy a new gaming rig. I am also planing to buy the Asus VG278H (27inch, 3d vision 2 model). But I am questionning if the rig is worth the money.

Rig:

-Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5Ghz @ 4.6Ghz

-NZXT Havik 140

-Asrock Z77 Extreme4 LGA1155

-NVIDIA SLI (2x)
GeForce GTX670 2Gb GDDR5 (Gigabyte OC windflow)

-G.Skill Ripjaws
16Gb 4x4Gb DDR3 2133Mhz

-SSD Corsair Force 3 240Gb

-Bluray and dvd player

-NZXT Phantom (Desktop)

-NZXT Hale82 850W 80+

-Windows 7

-Microsoft office 2010

-1tb extra storage (@ 7000rpm)

-3 year warranty with the store

TOTAL: 2604.99

Here it is, quite expensive (since I would also buy the monitor on top of that) but the 3year instore warranty (pieces and labour) seems pretty nice too.

What do you guys think?

Thanks!

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July 19, 2012 7:55:33 PM

I think it's a bit overkill. Alot of those parts aren't necessary for gaming. If I were you, I'd drop the i7 3770k to an i5 3570k. Save the $100-150. The 16gb of 2133MHz memory is also extremely overkill. I'd drop it down to 1600MHz. You could also save another $50 by just getting 8gb.

I'd recommend this PSU...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or the 950watt version...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you plan on overclocking, I'd recommend you get a better aftermarket cooler. Something like this will work great...

CM Hyper 212 Evo...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or this...

Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not very familiar with the nzxt coolers, but I know the hyper 212 evo is the best bang for the buck cooler out there.

And honestly, one Gigabyte gtx 670 would be more than enough for now. You could just add another one later in the future. Save yourself $400. Or add it towards a larger SSD. I'd only get two gtx 670s if you're running a multi monitor setup, or if you're getting a monitor with 2560x1600 resolution.

Good luck!
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July 19, 2012 8:11:32 PM

nice, thank you for the info, but with the current build, think that this will lasts atleast three years? I am getting two gtx 670 for the 3d part. Also, think the price for the current listed specs on pc are good?
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July 19, 2012 8:17:54 PM

I just completed a build very similar to this.

as posted by DeusAres, I also recommend getting an i5 3570k. That's instant savings and you can buy it OC to 3.8 which can/should easily oc to 4.5.

#1) I fully recommend the Hyper 212 evo it works great, keeps my temps low, and really doesn't produce that much noise.

#2) Get the evga gtx 670 ftw, Its an awesome card. That is what I put in my rig and it kicks butt. I would suggest holding back on the sli... I questioned doing this as well but in all honesty, I really don't think you will be able to physically tell a difference (if just gaming) and further more a lot of games currently aren't optimized for sli so essentially you have all this gpu power that really isn't being used. One gtx 670 will keep you happy playing games for quite a while...if you think you are starting to need some more power, buy another matching card later.....it will only be cheaper!

#3) Stick with 8 gigs of ram in this gaming pc...you don't need 16. Trust me.

#4) get a Samsung 830 ssd and don't look back that thing flys and is very stable. My boot times from power on to moving my mouse are 13-16 seconds.

#5) if you only are going with one GPU, drop down to a 750 W power supply like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


#6) Bluray drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It says oem but mine came with cables and software which plays 3d blurays very well!

#7) GET THE ASUS VG 278H monitor! I did and it was the best decision I ever made....that thing is Sweet. Best 3d i've ever experienced.

#8) For what its worth, a caviar black WD 1tb drive is a great secondary drive solution

#9) get a 64 bit 7 operating system (Pro or ultimate)


Good luck on the build!
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July 19, 2012 8:29:30 PM

majid01 said:
nice, thank you for the info, but with the current build, think that this will lasts atleast three years? I am getting two gtx 670 for the 3d part. Also, think the price for the current listed specs on pc are good?


Yes, this build will last you for many years to come. If you only get one gtx 670, you may need to add another later. but that would be much, much later lol. And if you do get two gtx 670s I'd grab a card like the evga FTW or the gigabyte gtx 670 with it's 3 fan custom cooler.

I honestly wouldn't recommend a "3D" monitor. I'd get one with either a higher resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and/or LED backlight.

Nice build, though. Hopefully I'll be getting something similar to this soon. Just waiting for either a job, or my college funds to pull through. :D 
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July 19, 2012 8:42:24 PM

That card will keep you quite future proof for a long time.

The ASUS VG 278h is 120 hz and led backlit...so no worries there. 1920x1080 is a great resolution for gaming (2d/3d) and 3d blurays.
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July 19, 2012 8:46:24 PM

majid01 said:
nice, thank you for the info, but with the current build, think that this will lasts atleast three years? I am getting two gtx 670 for the 3d part. Also, think the price for the current listed specs on pc are good?



Trust me on this, you don't need two gtx 670's for 3d gaming. I have one evga 670 ftw with the exact same monitor you are looking at and it plays 3d games and movies in stunning quality. (diablo 3, batman arkham city, etc.)

For prices use http://pcpartpicker.com/

it will compare a lot of online store's prices for you!
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