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August 6, 2012 5:34:40 AM

Okay, so heres my current system

FX-8120 @ 4.0ghz (1.35v) ----- Going to overclock even more
Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3
gtx 560 asus directcu2 top ----- Upgrading to MSI PE 670
corsair gs 600 ----- Upgrading to corsair tx850
cm hyper 212 evo ----- upgrading to corsair h100 or h80
corsair force gt 90gb
bitfenix merc beta case ----- upgrading to corsair 600t

So my questions are:

1. Can a single 670 handle 2x 23" 1080p monitors ? (Gaming on 1920x1080 and other monitor will be used for chat, temperature monitoring etc during gaming. I wont go surround gaming)
2. Can 850W handle my pc when overclocking cpu even more + new gpu ? Can i go lower on the wattage ?
3. Now the case comes with front 200mm and top 200mm fans. Should i throw away the top 200mm and put a h100 or keep the top 200mm and put in a h80 ?
4. You guys have any suggestions about cases that are in the same price as 600t but better ?
5. Will my overclocked cpu bottleneck the 670 ? (aiming to overclock to 4.6 - 4.8)

Thanks!

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a b K Overclocking
August 6, 2012 5:50:09 AM

1. Absolutely.
2. I'd go 750W. That'll cover you for two 670s in the future with plenty of overhead.
3. There's no need to go water cooling, but if you want to then the H80 will certainly be good enough.
4. Case performance doesn't matter much at the mid-to-high-end. Go by style instead, and just choose whatever case you most want to look at every day. If that's the 600T, don't worry about others that might be "better".
5. No. It might bottleneck a little once you add a second one (I keep talking about SLI like it's a forgone conclusion because it's an excellent, economical upgrade).
a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 5:54:24 AM

Hi, is your PC mainly used for gaming? if so... may i ask why the hell did you buy a FX 8120? its outperformed by a 80$ Intel G850, anyways... i will still help you.

*A single GTX 670 can easily handle dual monitors, you can use one for gaming and the other for whatever you want (how do you game AND chat anyways?)

*850W is waaaay more than enough, a quality 650w PSU like the TX650 HX650,AX650, TX650 V2 or TX650M would be enough to overclock your CPU and GPU

*If you can afford the H100 go for it! it performs better than any air CPU cooler but i recomend you the Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System it runs circels around the H100

*A NZXT Phantom 410 (Tom's Hardware Approved) or a Coolermaster HAF-XM will be much better cases than the (IMO, ugly) Corsair 600t

*To be honest, i dont know, but take a look at this: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=288 the FX 8150 is using a top of the line motherboard with 8GB of 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM and a 5870, The i5 2500k on the other hand is using a cheap P67 board with only 4GB of 1330 Mhz RAM and a old(and much slower) GTX280, if you scroll down to the very botton (the gaming part) you will see that the even if the i5 2500k has waay slower hardware it rapes the FX8150
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 5:55:06 AM

kajabla said:
1. Absolutely.
3. There's no need to go water cooling, but if you want to then the H80 will certainly be good enough.


* what do you mean? you obviously havent tried watercooling, right? if you use a good kit then your temps will be a ~35°C above ambient under maximun load.
August 6, 2012 5:59:40 AM

Well i know a guy who has fx-8120 @ 4.8ghz and 680 and he has constant 60fps in bf3 ultra 1080p.

Anyways, ive decided:
Going with 670 and 2x 1080p
Going with 600t and h80 (leaving top 200mm for better airflow + h80 only performs 4C worse than h100 and h100 might run into mounting problems)
Also im upping my ram from 8gb to 16gb.
Getting a 750W corsair psu then :) 

Thanks for all your help! :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 6:08:29 AM

cheti said:
Well i know a guy who has fx-8120 @ 4.8ghz and 680 and he has constant 60fps in bf3 ultra 1080p.

Anyways, ive decided:
Going with 670 and 2x 1080p
Going with 600t and h80 (leaving top 200mm for better airflow + h80 only performs 4C worse than h100 and h100 might run into mounting problems)
Also im upping my ram from 8gb to 16gb.
Getting a 750W corsair psu then :) 

Thanks for all your help! :) 


*Yeah but a GTX680 with a i5 3570k will get even higher fps

*There is no need to get 16GB, 8GB is enough even if you are multitasking

*The 600t is definetly not worth it, get the Phantom 410 it has better airflow

*750w is a good choice if you are going to sli in the future but if you are not then there is no point in getting it.

August 6, 2012 6:21:26 AM

even higher fps with vsync ? ok.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 6:22:24 AM

cheti said:
even higher fps with vsync ? ok.


You didnt say Vsync was tuned on -_-"
August 6, 2012 6:31:07 AM

i did point out, that a friend of mine has fx-8120 @ 4.8ghz at constant 60fps. but okay.
anyways, ive made my decision and thanks to you and the others who helped :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 6:37:10 AM

cheti said:
i did point out, that a friend of mine has fx-8120 @ 4.8ghz at constant 60fps. but okay.
anyways, ive made my decision and thanks to you and the others who helped :) 



Ok, have fun upgrading your PC!
Btw, wich PSU are you getting? you said a Cosair one but wich one?
August 6, 2012 6:58:17 AM

tx750
a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 8:00:23 AM

cheti said:
tx750


Good choice but i found an amazing deal, a 950w Silencer MKII for 2$ less than the TX750(after MIR) here is the link: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67740&vpn=PPCMK2S950&m...

Edit: i dont know if you are familiar with the PC Power & Cooling brand so i am just going to say that Seasonic and PC Power & Cooling are the best PSU manufacturers in the world (they manufacture most of Corsairs, XFXs and Antec PSUs)
August 6, 2012 8:08:15 AM

btw can a corsair gs600 handle gtx670 msi pe + fx-8120 @ 4.0ghz 1.35v until i get all the rest of the stuff ?

financial stuff has come up so i might not be able to afford them all at once.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 8:18:14 AM

cheti said:
btw can a corsair gs600 handle gtx670 msi pe + fx-8120 @ 4.0ghz 1.35v until i get all the rest of the stuff ?

financial stuff has come up so i might not be able to afford them all at once.


Ouug.. too bad.

The GS600 is perfectly capable of powering all your system
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