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Best/cheapest Z77 Build with 3770k and GTX 670

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July 27, 2012 2:15:35 AM

I'm looking to build my first computer with the Z77 chipset, which will be primarily for 3D gaming (I have a VG278H which I have been using up until now with my ps3), video editing and photoshop.

What is the best/cheapest build I can make at the moment using a 3770k and GTX 670 (i.e. case, psu, ram etc)

I will want one of Gigabyte's new motherboards (with thunderbolt) but am unsure which one to go with.

My budget is around $1500.


Also a couple of questions:

60fps with GTX 670 in 3D vision with maximum settings turned on - Crysis 2? 120fps without 3D? Or should I go two and SLI?

Who's tried out ram cacheing (how is it)

Thanks for your help.
July 27, 2012 3:30:32 AM

Just on the graphics question: It's hard to give advice for sure without knowing what resolution you're looking at. I assume thought that you're talking one 1080p @ 120 Hz (that is, 3D) monitor. If that's right, then yes, two 670s will absolutely make a difference compared to one, especially if you're talking about a game like Crysis 2. Here's an example (from a review of a souped-up 680 but which shows 670s on very recent drivers): http://www.anandtech.com/show/6096/evga-geforce-gtx-680...

You can see that a single 670 won't even come close to 120 fps on the most recent and most demanding titles, even on 1080p. In fact it may not even get to 60 fps, which means SLI won't get to 120. But yeah, if it's for 3D gaming (and/or you want 100+ frames on 120 Hz without 3D) and you want decent framerates on stuff like Crysis or BF3, then definitely you'll need two cards.
July 27, 2012 3:30:53 AM

Which brands do you prefer?Do you want a color theme?Do you want quietness or performance?What resolution is that monitor?When you say max a game, do you mean ultra with aa to max and af etc?
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July 27, 2012 3:45:23 AM
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Hi, For around $1500.00 US I'd start with the

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5....$249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then of course the Intel Core i7-3770K...$339.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 8GB....$77.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic Platinum Platinum-860 ...$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T ....$179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB...$409.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB..$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a grand total of $1547.93 not including shipping and not cutting any corners. We are talking all top of the line parts. You could shave of even more by going with a cheaper PSU, case and ram but this would be a kick azz system.

July 27, 2012 4:39:10 AM

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