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$1400ish build. Nearly ready to order.

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August 1, 2012 3:59:36 AM

Here are the parts I have so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($404.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($88.73 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer RZ03-00380100-R3U1 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($106.32 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($64.95 @ B&H)
Total: $1318.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 23:57 EDT-0400)

I'm just looking for a 120/128GB SSD. Also, would a Radeon 7970 be a better choice than the GTX 670? Also, any other comments on the build?
August 1, 2012 6:39:56 AM

No, a Radeon 7970 is worse than a 670 in most games. GTX 670 is also better value for the dollar. Everything looks good above!
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August 1, 2012 6:46:59 AM

azeem40 said:
No, a Radeon 7970 is worse than a 670 in most games. GTX 670 is also better value for the dollar. Everything looks good above!


This isn't true anymore, at least in the performance category. The latest drivers from AMD (12.7) pushed the 7970 back up where it needs to be, which is slightly above the 670.

I do agree, however, that the 670 is probably the better buy since the Gigabyte Windforce 670 is the same price as a reference 670, so that's the one I would recommend.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 1, 2012 6:51:37 AM

No, it puts the GHz 7970 above the 670. It is still not worth getting considering the GTX 670 is $80 cheaper and performs close to it.
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August 1, 2012 6:54:30 AM

It even says in tom's review that they are testing the GHZ Edition of the 7970 against other GPUs.

Here is the performance in Metro 2033, which is just as demanding as BF3.

http://media.bestofmicro.com/A/U/342534/original/metro%...

As you can see, the Radeon 7970 is below the GTX 670 and the GHz Edition, which is $100 more, is above. $100 for 15fps isn't worth it.
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August 1, 2012 6:58:24 AM

azeem40 said:
No, it puts the GHz 7970 above the 670. It is still not worth getting considering the GTX 670 is $80 cheaper and performs close to it.


No, it puts the standard 7970 above the 670. :p 

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...

And I still agree with you, the 670 is the better buy.

And in that picture you used, the vanilla 7970 is only 1 FPS behind with AAA, but is almost 10% higher once you turn on the multi-sampling.
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August 1, 2012 7:03:44 AM

My mistake. Been a relatively bad day today.
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August 1, 2012 7:05:54 AM

azeem40 said:
My mistake. Been a relatively bad day today.


No worries :D  :D  :D 
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August 1, 2012 9:38:42 AM

SSD will only help with startup times on system and games, also ingame loading screens, doesn't help with performance in any way as expected (it's a storage drive). i'm getting the GTX soon looks sick! What you using this for mate? if you''re not going to overclock i wouldn't need the cooler mate :) 
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