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Help with my Video Card and gaming rig!!!! Please!!!!

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June 5, 2012 9:52:01 AM

I am looking for some advice on my gaming pc im building. I know very little on the insides of pc's. I am set on getting the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB. Is there anything I can downgrade without sacrificing to much to? Any suggestions would be good I am trying to build something decent to run games like Guild Wars 2, FF14, Diablo3. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.



Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans for your selected case
Noise Reduction Technology: Sound Absorbing Foam on Side, Top And Bottom panels
Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: (SLI/CrossFireX) ASUS P9X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI BIOS, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
Memory: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+405] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Power Supply Upgrade: 750 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-750M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply
Hard Drive: 60GB Kingston SSDNOW V200+ SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 535MB/s Read & 460MB/s Write (Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD(Single Drive)
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 10:01:42 AM

I think the biggest 'downgrade' you could do, without sacrificing much performance, would be to get rid of the i7-3820, and X79 motherboard, and go with a Z77+3770k system. It should roughly cost $100 less than the X79 set up you have currently, and perform a little bit better.
a c 291 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 10:08:38 AM

Are you using some third party site to build you a PC?? If so, I think you're setioursly overpaying for an imbalanced setup.

X79 platform is overkill. 16 GB of RAM is overkill. Why do you need liquid cooling if you're not overlocking?

Why the SSD is only 60 GB?

You've got to make some adjustments ;) .
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 10:15:03 AM

To be honest, I still find 60GB to be a very respectable size for an SSD :lol:  I still have 32GB left on mine after OS, few programs, and a few games :na: 

But I do agree with X79 being overkill, not the best you could get for the money you spend on it. ESPECIALLY with that 3820 :/ 
June 5, 2012 10:18:40 AM

lol ty yes im using an online site but i really dont know anything about building a pc trying to bring the cost down by 300-500 dollars if possible.

So change out the motherboard and ram.

I live in a very hot area of a very hot tropical island figured the liquid cooling would help that but if not i can change that out also.

Anything else I can bring down a bit?
Tyvm for the quick replies btw really appreciate the feedback!
a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 10:22:02 AM

Well seeing as if you've chosen a case with good ventilation, you would get better performance with something like a Hyper212 Evo I would assume, since the H60 isn't the best closed CPU cooler out there :) 

Change out your motherboard, RAM (to 8GB), and CPU. If you have the option of a Z77/Z68 motherboard, and an i7 2600k/3770k, that would give you MUCH better performance.

However, if this is STRICTLY gaming, I would suggest you to get an i5 CPU, it would lower the cost by about another $100, and give you roughly the same performance in-game.

So, so far we could save a total of around $200-$250 by swapping out the motherboard ($100), CPU ($0-100 depending on if you go with i5 or not), RAM ($50).
June 5, 2012 12:08:04 PM

Hmm some of the options you describe are not offered through cyberpowerpc.com, is there another site you would suggest? I just picked this one through a friends suggestion.
a c 191 U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 9:10:54 PM

Maybe moving down to the GTX670 would save a pretty penny and you wouldn't see much of a performance drop in any of the games listed.
a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2012 9:57:59 PM

Use the Z77 configurator to change out the mobo and go to an i5-3570K (or 3570 if you are not going to overclock).

Also agree you're better off with a hyper212, 8GB RAM, and a 670 GTX. That would save all the money you need right there.

Comes out to around $1,450 on cyberpower before S&H.
June 5, 2012 10:11:32 PM

ty! didnt see the i5 as an option but will check again! 670 GTX over the 680? figured for 50 bucks more that might be better? As for overclocking was thinking about it but yeah i guess i prob wont be.
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