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August 17, 2012 5:09:04 AM

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Gene Micro ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($269.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.15 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1590.58

Just wanted your opinions on the parts list, I place the order next month just trying to see what other kind of bang for the buck things you guys know about. The original case I wanted to use was the Bitfenix Prodigy Micro ATX Case but I cant find them anywhere trying not to spend much more then what I am at already. The computer will mainly be used for gaming and video rendering.

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August 17, 2012 5:20:43 AM

You did a goodjob picking out parts. A few things though, if you aren't getting the mATX case, why get a mATX motherboard? Here's a good ASUS ATX motherboard for $10 less http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Getting the one I posted gets you 4 more DIMM slots for RAM, and better spacing on the PCI-3.0 slots so you can actually run Tri-Crossfire/Tri-SLI.

Also, at 1080P with any sort of AA the 660 TI really bogs down performance wise. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

If you can up the budget to a GTX 670 it'd be ideal, but if $300 is your max, I personally think the Radeon HD 7870 GHZ Edition is a better choice.
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August 17, 2012 5:35:15 AM

I really like the rampage series by Asus I have looked at the board but there are quite a few horror stories with the P9 line and I would really like to find a BitFenix Prodigy or some other good looking mATX case that will easily support the h100 or h80 I will Check out the review hadn't gotten a chance to look at it yeah but motherboars.org and Linus Tech Tips gave some really good reviews on it and the 660ti showed some decent numbers thank you for the input! :D 


Edit: I found a couple of site that say they do have the prodigy so we will see
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August 17, 2012 5:53:51 AM

DrossUSA said:
CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Gene Micro ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($269.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.15 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1590.58

Just wanted your opinions on the parts list, I place the order next month just trying to see what other kind of bang for the buck things you guys know about. The original case I wanted to use was the Bitfenix Prodigy Micro ATX Case but I cant find them anywhere trying not to spend much more then what I am at already. The computer will mainly be used for gaming and video rendering.



I will never understand why the hell people use a 3820 on a X79 Platform... that's like getting a Ferrari with some cheap ass wheels.

I suppose the main use of this PC will be gaming, right? if so, buy this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1432.63
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August 17, 2012 5:56:54 AM

Not everyone wants a WC cooler on their build.
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August 17, 2012 6:06:29 AM

azeem40 said:
Not everyone wants a WC cooler on their build.


I was starting to miss you...

dude, WC offers less temps and does not put 2-3 pounds of pressure on the motherboard and allows the use of ANY ram in this world.

WC isn't cheap... i know that but the budget of this guy allowed it so why not??

Edit: i REALLY do not want to sound rude or anything but at least let the guy speak for himself :lol: 
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August 17, 2012 6:11:36 AM

I am pretty sure a Hyper 212 EVO will be able to keep him cool. There is no point in cooling with a WC IMO.
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August 17, 2012 6:13:25 AM

aqualipt said:
I will never understand why the hell people use a 3820 on a X79 Platform... that's like getting a Ferrari with some cheap ass wheels.

+1

Your build has no point in 2011 over 1155 if you're not using the six core CPUs.
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August 17, 2012 6:15:23 AM

azeem40 said:
There is no point in cooling with a WC IMO.


Take that back....
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August 17, 2012 6:18:10 AM

I have never seen anyone except enthusiasts see a need for WC. If a temperature is already reasonably cool, what point is there to cool it even further? Bragging rights?
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August 17, 2012 6:20:48 AM

azeem40 said:
I have never seen anyone except enthusiasts see a need for WC. If a temperature is already reasonably cool, what point is there to cool it even further? Bragging rights?


Not really... with WC your PC can overclock higher while been cooler and looking good...
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August 17, 2012 6:25:34 AM

aqualipt said:
I will never understand why the hell people use a 3820 on a X79 Platform... that's like getting a Ferrari with some cheap ass wheels.

I suppose the main use of this PC will be gaming, right? if so, buy this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1432.63


I actually like this build I would have to change some things around to please my ocd side which unfortunately would put it out of my budget
I would have to have a full modular power supply and I was going with 2011 just so I can leave myself open for upgrades in the future I will do some tweaking and see what I can up with.

@Azeem40 I want water cooling
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August 17, 2012 6:25:57 AM

If you are such a computer expert, you would know OCing SB past 4.5 Ghz and IVB past 4.2 GHz gives no noticeable performance benefits...
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August 17, 2012 6:26:30 AM

azeem40 said:
Not everyone wants a WC cooler on their build.


The X79 platform is a power guzzler. A watercooler is not only recommended, it's almost required. At 4Ghz a 3930K will pull over 210 watts under Intel Burn Test conditions, a 3960x will pull over 230 watts due to the extra cache. This may not be necessary for a 3820 but it is still recommended.
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August 17, 2012 6:28:06 AM

Pinhedd said:
The X79 platform is a power guzzler. A watercooler is not only recommended, it's almost required. At 4Ghz a 3930K will pull over 210 watts under Intel Burn Test conditions, a 3960x will pull over 230 watts due to the extra cache. This may not be necessary for a 3820 but it is still recommended.

I was referring to aqua's suggested build, not the OP's X79 build.
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August 17, 2012 6:28:50 AM

DrossUSA said:
I actually like this build I would have to change some things around to please my ocd side which unfortunately would put it out of my budget
I would have to have a full modular power supply and I was going with 2011 just so I can leave myself open for upgrades in the future I will do some tweaking and see what I can up with.

@Azeem40 I want water cooling


Really? how does my build puts you out of your budget when its 158$ cheaper and performs almost twice as fast in gaming, lol!

2011 platform will not be reused by intel so the best CPU you can get is the 3960x wich is outperformed by the 3570k in almost every game (except if you're gaming @5760x1080)
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August 17, 2012 6:30:00 AM

I am pretty sure IVB will use the LGA 2011 socket.
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August 17, 2012 6:36:47 AM

aqualipt said:
Really? how does my build puts you out of your budget when its 158$ cheaper and performs almost twice as fast in gaming, lol!

2011 platform will not be reused by intel so the best CPU you can get is the 3960x wich is outperformed by the 3570k in almost every game (except if you're gaming @5760x1080)


I said I was going to play around with your build and change some parts to personal preferences and you did not include memory in your build but I am looking at some 1155 option because I like the idea of 2 660s in sli
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August 17, 2012 6:48:59 AM

DrossUSA said:
I said I was going to play around with your build and change some parts to personal preferences and you did not include memory in your build but I am looking at some 1155 option because I like the idea of 2 660s in sli


ooops... sorry about that :lol: 

btw... may i ask what parts are you going to change?
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August 17, 2012 6:57:37 AM

aqualipt said:
ooops... sorry about that :lol: 

btw... may i ask what parts are you going to change?



CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1492.88

thats how I think I would do it if I were to go that way, both would be beasts btw the 3570k scores much lower in benchmarks then the 3820 so dont knock it its a good cpu but i agree there is a huge difference between the 3820 and the 3930k or the 3960x but for the price mark it is a great processor
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August 17, 2012 7:03:35 AM

If you are gaming, get 8GB of RAM.
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August 17, 2012 7:06:41 AM

azeem40 said:
If you are gaming, get 8GB of RAM.


more the 8Gb wont negatively effect performance and since it fits in my budget and ram is so cheap it would be a crime not to
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August 17, 2012 7:11:02 AM

DrossUSA said:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1492.88

thats how I think I would do it if I were to go that way, both would be beasts btw the 3570k scores much lower in benchmarks then the 3820 so dont knock it its a good cpu but i agree there is a huge difference between the 3820 and the 3930k or the 3960x but for the price mark it is a great processor


Hmmm....

*Keep the Thermaltake Cooler, it performs better and it doesn't sound like a jet engine when its under full load.

*The Extreme 4 mobo is about 3 inches thinner than the Average ATX motherboard, because of this it lacks of secure mounting when you install 2 GPUs

*Do not purchase 2 8GB Ram kits, buy 1 16GB kit, they are tested to work together... if you buy separate kits you MIGHT run into problems but you should be fine

*Any ram kit above 1600Mhz is only fully utilized by extremely picky applications, in games you will not notice any diference.

*In most benchmarks you will see that the i7 beats the i5 because of the HT wich only gets fully utilized in certain apps, not games

*http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2012/05/01/intel-...

*Corsair 300r?!?!? seriously?? the Phantom 410 is a much better case (According to Tom's Hardware professional reviewers)

*Nice PSU, altough the HX750 performs equally to that PSU (if not better) while still being modular and costing less
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August 17, 2012 7:13:52 AM

DrossUSA said:
more the 8Gb wont negatively effect performance and since it fits in my budget and ram is so cheap it would be a crime not to


The real crime here is to get a 300r and a H100 ;)  use the money saved from the RAM in getting a better Water cooler and a better case...btw, this Water cooler would rape both the H100 and thermlatake cooler with no mercy ----> http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12222/ex-wat-162/XSPC...
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August 17, 2012 7:15:12 AM

That is a very good WCer.
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August 17, 2012 7:25:56 AM

aqualipt said:
Hmmm....

*Keep the Thermaltake Cooler, it performs better and it doesn't sound like a jet engine when its under full load.

*The Extreme 4 mobo is about 3 inches thinner than the Average ATX motherboard, because of this it lacks of secure mounting when you install 2 GPUs

*Do not purchase 2 8GB Ram kits, buy 1 16GB kit, they are tested to work together... if you buy separate kits you MIGHT run into problems but you should be fine

*Any ram kit above 1600Mhz is only fully utilized by extremely picky applications, in games you will not notice any diference.

*In most benchmarks you will see that the i7 beats the i5 because of the HT wich only gets fully utilized in certain apps, not games

*http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2012/05/01/intel-...

*Corsair 300r?!?!? seriously?? the Phantom 410 is a much better case (According to Tom's Hardware professional reviewers)

*Nice PSU, altough the HX750 performs equally to that PSU (if not better) while still being modular and costing less


I would be changing all the fans to Corsairs AF and SP series Fans and while the Phantom 410 is a sexy case I put the 300r as a place holder for I am very picky I might consider the switch 810 tho lol. since the mob is dual channel I shouldn't run into those issues with 2 separate ram kits and ram speed do affect game quality minimally and like I mentioned b4 ram is cheap so why not... when building a 1500$ pc I am not going to quibble over 15$ or so. I have no doubt that the 3570k is a good processor or I wouldnt have put it on the list :)  I love corsair products but I would want full modular and the HX750 is nice but the shoddy braiding over the 24pin would bug me to no end I would be ordering individually sleeved cables from corsair to keep the OCD at bay
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August 17, 2012 7:29:23 AM

DrossUSA said:
I would be changing all the fans to Corsairs AF and SP series Fans and while the Phantom 410 is a sexy case I put the 300r as a place holder for I am very picky I might consider the switch 810 tho lol. since the mob is dual channel I shouldn't run into those issues with 2 separate ram kits and ram speed do affect game quality minimally and like I mentioned b4 ram is cheap so why not... when building a 1500$ pc I am not going to quibble over 15$ or so. I have no doubt that the 3570k is a good processor or I wouldnt have put it on the list :)  I love corsair products but I would want full modular and the HX750 is nice but the shoddy braiding over the 24pin would bug me to no end I would be ordering individually sleeved cables from corsair to keep the OCD at bay


*The cost of replacing the fans of the H100 + the cooler itself will be about the same of the WCer i suggested...my WCer is better because of the bigger radiator

*The Switch 810 is best case ever made, really ...its PERFECT in everyway.

*RAM speed affects gaming performance by barely .5 - 1 fps when you compare a 1600mhz vs a 2000mhz kit...extremely fast ram should only be considered for builds over 3.5k where even a 1 fps matters.

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August 17, 2012 7:36:50 AM

aqualipt said:
*The cost of replacing the fans of the H100 + the cooler itself will be about the same of the WCer i suggested...my WCer is better because of the bigger radiator

*The Switch 810 is best case ever made, really ...its PERFECT in everyway.

*RAM speed affects gaming performance by barely .5 - 1 fps when you compare a 1600mhz vs a 2000mhz kit...extremely fast ram should only be considered for builds over 3.5k where even a 1 fps matters.


lol.. perfect the only case I like better is the 600t because its just sexy and that cooler is ridiculous and way overkill and 150$ then add cost of tubing and coolant and fans because I am OCD about matching things and overall tidiness and aesthetics although i would love to do a custom water cooling loop your probably right about ram speeds but i will never fully admit it
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August 17, 2012 7:39:21 AM

DrossUSA said:
lol.. perfect the only case I like better is the 600t because its just sexy and that cooler is ridiculous and way overkill and 150$ then add cost of tubing and coolant and fans because I am OCD about matching things and overall tidiness and aesthetics although i would love to do a custom water cooling loop your probably right about ram speeds but i will never fully admit it


lol, tubing is like 2$ a ft and as coolant you should only use distilled water with the kill coil included.... imo the minimalistic designs in the corsair cases are ugly, i wish i could buy an insanely good looking case but when you have a build like mines the options are reduced to the case i have or a shipping container :lol: 
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August 17, 2012 7:42:58 AM

aqualipt said:
lol, tubing is like 2$ a ft and as coolant you should only use distilled water with the kill coil included.... imo the minimalistic designs in the corsair cases are ugly, i wish i could buy an insanely good looking case but when you have a build like mines the options are reduced to the case i have or a shipping container :lol: 


I dunno the 600t isnt that minimalistic it might be sait that the switch 810 is just as plain if not more so but I am comparing the 2 in white of course
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August 17, 2012 7:46:03 AM

DrossUSA said:
I dunno the 600t isnt that minimalistic it might be sait that the switch 810 is just as plain if not more so but I am comparing the 2 in white of course


hell yeah, white cases look classier and black cases look...idk, hardcore, but my favorite case color is yello :love:  i would love to buy a Switch 810 and have it paint yellow and modified with a Lamborghini bull shaped side window
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August 17, 2012 7:56:03 AM

aqualipt said:
hell yeah, white cases look classier and black cases look...idk, hardcore, but my favorite case color is yello :love:  i would love to buy a Switch 810 and have it paint yellow and modified with a Lamborghini bull shaped side window


I am more of a porshe guy hence the white and the 600t :)  but I will do some more looking around at mobos for the 1155 build I really like the idea of 2 660s in sli


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August 17, 2012 9:08:59 AM

DrossUSA said:
I am more of a porshe guy hence the white and the 600t :)  but I will do some more looking around at mobos for the 1155 build I really like the idea of 2 660s in sli


Midrange cards don't do well in SLI/Crossfire, never have. It's always best to invest in one powerful card over two midrange cards. Not only are SLI/CrossfireX extremely hit and miss across applications (often reducing rendering support to only a single GPU) but a single powerful GPU leaves room for a second powerful GPU later on.

If you take a look at the existing benchmarks, the 660ti is not very SLI friendly, a single stock 7970 (multiply by 1.2 to get most marketed 7970s) or even a single 670 are both more playable.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
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August 17, 2012 11:52:40 AM

Pinhedd said:
Midrange cards don't do well in SLI/Crossfire, never have. It's always best to invest in one powerful card over two midrange cards. Not only are SLI/CrossfireX extremely hit and miss across applications (often reducing rendering support to only a single GPU) but a single powerful GPU leaves room for a second powerful GPU later on.

If you take a look at the existing benchmarks, the 660ti is not very SLI friendly, a single stock 7970 (multiply by 1.2 to get most marketed 7970s) or even a single 670 are both more playable.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...


+10. The 660 Ti is a let down, IMO, due to it's narrow memory bandwidth. Running two of them in SLI just compounds the issue. Why not get a single GTX 670, and buy a second one later, it'd provide a far better gaming experience.
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August 17, 2012 6:05:36 PM

looked at the benchmarks for all the games out there and I had already read toms review on the 660 several times as well as the reviews done by motherboards.org and linus tech tips via youtube and even with the lower memory bandwidth the 660ti is definitely a competitor and does out preform the 670 while in sli by about 10-15% but I started thinking about it and I dont think the 200$ for 10-15% increase is worth it therefor I will be looking at 670 and 680 options since they will fit into that 600$ spot that 2 660s fill atm thank you for the input : ) what do you guys think about my 2011 build vs the 1155 build?
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August 17, 2012 6:45:01 PM

DrossUSA said:
looked at the benchmarks for all the games out there and I had already read toms review on the 660 several times as well as the reviews done by motherboards.org and linus tech tips via youtube and even with the lower memory bandwidth the 660ti is definitely a competitor and does out preform the 670 while in sli by about 10-15% but I started thinking about it and I dont think the 200$ for 10-15% increase is worth it therefor I will be looking at 670 and 680 options since they will fit into that 600$ spot that 2 660s fill atm thank you for the input : ) what do you guys think about my 2011 build vs the 1155 build?


+1
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August 17, 2012 8:30:16 PM

DrossUSA said:
looked at the benchmarks for all the games out there and I had already read toms review on the 660 several times as well as the reviews done by motherboards.org and linus tech tips via youtube and even with the lower memory bandwidth the 660ti is definitely a competitor and does out preform the 670 while in sli by about 10-15% but I started thinking about it and I dont think the 200$ for 10-15% increase is worth it therefor I will be looking at 670 and 680 options since they will fit into that 600$ spot that 2 660s fill atm thank you for the input : ) what do you guys think about my 2011 build vs the 1155 build?


Good call. The 10-15% improvement is the best case scenario which doesn't always happen.
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August 17, 2012 8:32:16 PM

going to start a new thread due to the drastic changes in my build
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August 17, 2012 8:34:30 PM

DrossUSA said:
going to start a new thread due to the drastic changes in my build


No need, simply continue this one.
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August 17, 2012 9:26:52 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.15 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition CO-9050002-WW 120mm Twin Pack High Airflow Case Fan
Other: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition CO-9050006-WW 120mm Twin Pack High Static Pressure Case Fan
Total: $1388.08
Price does not include the fans, but here is the new list. I decided to go with the mushkin redline because of the tight timings and decent cas latency. I kinda want to go with the ASUS Maximus V FORMULA but I couldn't find it in the parts picker. Also I decided to go with the AX850 because it comes with individually sleeved cable as well as being awesome quality and I know its more then I need but it leaves my options open for a second video card. also I decided on the 600t because of the clean look and ease of use, plus good dust filtering and it can be easily water cooled with minimal modding. I think I am rapidly approaching the best possible config for 1500$

what do you think?
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August 17, 2012 9:35:33 PM

lol, you really want that crappy cpu cooler, don't you?!

Overall everything seems ok but get the Asrock Z77 Extreme 6, the Extreme 4 is 3" thinner than most ATX motherboards making it unsecured for SLI configurations.
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August 17, 2012 10:45:47 PM

aqualipt said:
lol, you really want that crappy cpu cooler, don't you?!

Overall everything seems ok but get the Asrock Z77 Extreme 6, the Extreme 4 is 3" thinner than most ATX motherboards making it unsecured for SLI configurations.


lol yes I do.... I think I will go with the Asus Z77 Sabertooth and changed to the blackline for similar performance at 50$ less

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($224.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.15 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition CO-9050002-WW 120mm Twin Pack High Airflow Case Fan
Other: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition CO-9050006-WW 120mm Twin Pack High Static Pressure Case Fan
Total: $1438.08
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