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$1000 - $1500 New PC Build Advice Needed

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July 31, 2012 3:21:44 AM

Budget Range: $1000 - $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, music, surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Also I don't need a hard drive.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com OR tigerdirect.com


Parts Preferences: Preferrably Intel CPU, was thinking about the i5 3570k

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Additional Comments: I would love a case that looks awesome, and was thinking about the CM 932 Advanced

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop shuts down because of thermal issues(it gets too hot) while I'm playing my games, so I need a new machine to play my games, like crysis for example, and to play them well, preferrably on max settings
July 31, 2012 1:52:40 PM

How much of a difference will i see going with 2 670s as opposed to 1 gtx 560ti?
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July 31, 2012 2:02:41 PM

a 670 would blow the 560ti away...not sure you would need 2 of them though...
July 31, 2012 2:21:51 PM

alright, and how big of a difference does it make on the 670 having a 1GB version as opposed to a 2GB version?
July 31, 2012 2:28:36 PM

1 GTX670 is already better than a GTX560i http://www.hwcompare.com/12525/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-ge...

The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general.



I suggest you:

Intel Core i5-3570K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB 384-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 31, 2012 2:39:36 PM

Thanks for that comparison, helps alot, how does that Radeon Card compare to a 670 2GB version, will I notice a lot?
July 31, 2012 2:54:41 PM

frosty11x said:
Thanks for that comparison, helps alot, how does that Radeon Card compare to a 670 2GB version, will I notice a lot?


The normal 2 gb 670 will edge out the 7970 don't go for the radeon the 670 also runs quieter and cooler
July 31, 2012 3:04:07 PM

I actually love my EVGA GTX670 FTW, but the 7970's are reportedly very strong since Radeon's last driver update (Catalyst 12.7) so you wouldn't be disappointed with either card. As for noticing a difference, both cards will handle any routine use easily, so unless you are running multiple monitors or big screen HD tv's, probably not.
July 31, 2012 3:46:48 PM

edtheguy said:
I actually love my EVGA GTX670 FTW, but the 7970's are reportedly very strong since Radeon's last driver update (Catalyst 12.7) so you wouldn't be disappointed with either card. As for noticing a difference, both cards will handle any routine use easily, so unless you are running multiple monitors or big screen HD tv's, probably not.



Alright, I guess I probably should state that I would eventually like to get dual monitors and one of my plans is to get a blu-ray drive and hook my computer up to my 32" 1080p HDTV so that I can watch movies on it, if this makes any difference.
July 31, 2012 3:55:19 PM

You can connect up to 3 monitors at once in an Radeon HD 7970. You will be also able to watch movies on your 32" 1080p HDTV .
July 31, 2012 5:15:59 PM

I believe the HD 7970 is better for multi-display uses, but I have no personal experience with it.
July 31, 2012 5:51:31 PM

It is at 5760x1080, but even at 2560x1600, the GTX 670 is better. The Catalyst 12.7 driver only helped out the GHz 7970, not all of them.
July 31, 2012 7:16:15 PM

Alright, so it sounds like i'll be getting a 670, and I have another question, is it worth spending the extra money to get a 680 rather than a 670?
July 31, 2012 7:25:07 PM

No. See this article: GeForce GTX 670 Versus GTX 680 And Radeon HD 7970
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-rev...

Quote:
Knowing all of that, it is still surprising to see our GeForce GTX 670 sample perform just 4.5% slower than our reference GeForce GTX 680—certainly less of a gap then we were told to expect. Knowing that overclocking on air is often enough to overcome a sub-5% spread, this almost negates any reason you might have had for buying a GeForce GTX 680, particularly if you were looking to play games at 1920x1080 with the eye candy cranked up.
July 31, 2012 7:55:47 PM

Thanks ed, that is very helpful, another main thing I was wondering about, was the motherboard, I guess I'm just not aware of what slot type most manufacturers making different cards are using, like a sound card what type of slot do people typically make that in, so I guess what I'm asking is when looking for a motherboard, what type of slots should I look for?
August 1, 2012 1:10:46 AM

i was looking at the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB ATX LGA1155 Motherboard, what is your guys' opinion on the mobo?
August 1, 2012 3:31:30 AM

The expansion slots you should seek are those that support PCI Express 3.0 for the modern cards. That´s a great mobo (Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB), but a bit expensive. With a bit less features (it supports PCI Express 3.0), but unexpensive is the ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 1, 2012 1:02:44 PM

ah, and how does that board compare to the same board, just the step up, like the pro version, and the deluxe version?
August 1, 2012 1:10:37 PM

Have you chosen the cpu?
August 1, 2012 1:16:13 PM

yeah im going to get the intel i5 3570k
August 2, 2012 6:22:05 PM

Yep, like the Carbide 500R for $120.
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