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August 21, 2012 5:21:42 AM

I would like to start by saying thanks for the comments two years ago when I first used the forums for assistance.

I am building another one now and would appreciate any feedback on the config below.

Approximate Purchase Date: On or Before September 3, 2012
Budget Range: ~$1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies
Parts Not Required: OS, Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Amazon
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Already have a ASUS VW246H, but included another for dual display

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VW246H 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1527.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-21 01:08 EDT-0400)

I have several specific questions:
- Is there a benefit to the MB above versus cheaper options (ASRock’s Z77 Extreme4, Biostar TZ77XE3, Gigabyte Z77X-D3H)?
- If I want to add another GTX 670 down the road, will 750W be enough?
- Is the EVGA GTX 670 the best option or should I look at another brand (Gigabyte, etc)?
- Will the GTX 670 be able to handle dual VW246Hs?
- (For those in the U.S.) Should I wait until closer to Labor Day in hopes of sales?

Thanks!

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August 21, 2012 5:22:47 AM

Do you have a microcenter nearby? Cuz that price for the CPU is in-store only.
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August 21, 2012 5:28:04 AM

Oops, fixed that line. Thanks for the heads up.
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August 21, 2012 5:28:07 AM

I'd get the MSI GTX 670 or the Gigabyte one. 750W is enough to CF/SLI that card.
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August 22, 2012 12:34:26 AM

I'd cut the SSD in half and add a 2TB hard drive, then make sure your RAM is low profile, otherwise everything else looks good.
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August 22, 2012 2:57:09 AM

azeem40 said:
I'd get the MSI GTX 670 or the Gigabyte one. 750W is enough to CF/SLI that card.


Thanks for the suggestion, I will take a look at what MSI & Gigabyte offer.
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August 22, 2012 2:58:44 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd cut the SSD in half and add a 2TB hard drive, then make sure your RAM is low profile, otherwise everything else looks good.


Thanks for the feedback.

I forgot to mention that I just purchased a 3 TB, so I will be carrying that over to the new machine. Will check on the RAM profile.
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August 29, 2012 12:13:20 AM

Best answer selected by veryloco.
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