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2000$+ for gaming pc build, how not to bottleneck with only 1 monitor?

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August 24, 2012 9:52:27 PM

Hi all, I got more than 2000$ to spend on pc parts, first time build. I hate the fact that If you can spend that amount of $, you have to buy multiple monitors so you dont overkill with a beast gpu. Say I get a 680, how should I make it worth it to game on 1 monitor? I already have a 1080p that I can sell, so what should I do? Ill be gaming, but i plan to music edit ( ableton, cubase), virtual amp with maudio to plug in guitar, so Ill def need a nice cpu ( something better than an 3750k i guess), and is 8gb ram enough? I've been gaming for yrs on a 8800 gt with 2 gig ram pc so I dont really have a perception of whats really enough nowdays lol. :D 
Btw I already bought a 256 gb samsung 830 ssd for 180 since it was on sale.
I also an on getting a sexy phantom 001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I live near a microcenter, so I can get motherboards, cpus and hdd for real cheap. Have no idea what Mobo to get though. Im reading a 1000 page book just to get a better idea lol
Upgrading and repearing pcs 20th ed
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0789747103/ref=mp_s_a_1?p...

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August 24, 2012 9:58:06 PM
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You already got a 1080p monitor? Keep it.

If you stay on one monitor only, I see no reason to spend more than this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.26 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $1207.82
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 17:58 EDT-0400)

October 17, 2012 4:21:51 AM

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October 17, 2012 10:52:14 AM

take nafoni's build but do this

-downgrade to a phantom 410. no need to waste space and money
-ncix sells the noctua U12p SE2 for 39.99. cools way better and is way quieter
-for 2 bucks more i could get patriot viper 3 2x8gb for 45.54 after MIR at us.ncix. its so cheap
-the msi power edition gtx670 cools better, overclocks better, and is cheaper
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October 17, 2012 12:00:45 PM

manofchalk said:
^ The 670 Power Edition was caught out for sloppy voltage control.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/MSI-GTX-660-670-overvo...
For the time being, avoid MSI 660Ti's and 670's.


id say not really for that. you can already do a very good overclock with stock voltage. when you do need to overvolt, just dont put that much voltage into it or risk damaging your card (standard issue).

it is still under the warranty so i dont see why not

and the card is still better than all the others.

if you want purely temps, the gigabyte windforce is my other recommendation
October 17, 2012 5:05:50 PM

Yes I'm pretty much set on buying the Windforce because of better cooling. The Msi had slightly better performance in benchmarks, excluding temps etc
I was going to go with the Msi but chose not to because of the voltage problems, cosets more and has less supportf compared to Gigabytes.
Also, any good Full tower case colling, cable routing, performance/features-wise?
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October 17, 2012 5:11:10 PM

change the case to a mid tower. you dont need that extra space.

if you like the phantom, get the phantom 410. its cheaper and still fits everything well
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October 17, 2012 5:11:44 PM

my gigabyte runs at 55c max @ 1ghz base and 1.2ghz boost
October 17, 2012 6:41:53 PM

TheBigTroll said:
my gigabyte runs at 55c max @ 1ghz base and 1.2ghz boost

Do you think you'll need SLI cooling solutions if you ever want to? Also, I'd like a bigger case because it is easier to install mobo and you don't have to be so efficient with cable routing and cooling, so full tower seems fit. Phantom 420, just got released. Love the wordplay and the crazy leds. I think it's preorder though.
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October 17, 2012 7:47:29 PM

you dont need any. im fine with my 670 even though its in a silent case (550D is a oven compared to other gaming cases)

larger cases dont do much other than make you spend money on extensions. and it is just as easy since you dont have to route extensions and all that
October 18, 2012 2:02:10 AM

TheBigTroll said:
you dont need any. im fine with my 670 even though its in a silent case (550D is a oven compared to other gaming cases)

larger cases dont do much other than make you spend money on extensions. and it is just as easy since you dont have to route extensions and all that

What's the most cooling efficient case? Silverstone has the rotated mobo layout. I'm in college, always looking for the best shared apt. so maybe mid is better do to space? I only put the rig on the desk ( dust etc), so I guess I won't have much space left on a desk with a full tower on top.
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October 18, 2012 2:24:11 AM

just get a fractal define R4. it wont cool as well as the haf series of cases but it will be waaaay quieter. the temp difference tops is 3c
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