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August 29, 2012 4:11:05 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (1 week)

Budget Range: (About $700 - give or take some)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, Browsing The Internet, Movies/Youtube)

Parts Not Required: (case, optical drive, HD, heatsink, video cards, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Doesn't matter as long as they are based in the USA)

Country: (United States)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: (Just need to hear some comments or suggestions on the parts I picked out)

Hello All.

I'm planning to upgrade my gaming PC within the next week & just wanted to run my chosen setup by everyone & would love to hear any comments/suggestions or any other advice that you think would help.

The parts not needed are;

Case (CM 690 II Advanced)
Heatsink (CM Hyper 212 Plus with duel 120mm fans in push/pull)
Video cards (Two Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC cards in 2 way SLI)
Hard drive (Hitachi 1 TB)
Optical drive (Samsung Blue Ray combo drive)
Keyboard/Mouse (Razer Cyclosa & Abyssus)
OS (Windows 7 Professional 64 bit - full retail)

The parts I'm looking at for my new build are;

Intel I5 3570K CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock Z77 Extreme 6 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16gb G. Skill Ares DDR3 1600 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Agility 3 120gb SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT 850 watt (modular) PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any suggestions, comments, or advice would be very helpful before I make the purchase next week :) 

Thanks guys ;) 

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August 29, 2012 4:15:12 AM

Get the Vertex4 instead of the Agility3.
You only need 8GBs of RAM.
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August 29, 2012 4:32:22 AM

http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp gave me 660W of power needed for your build, and this is considering that they tend to overestimate the amount and i OCed the 3570K and raised the voltage, so you definitely don't need 850W, and you definitely need to choose from a better brand like Seasonic, Corsair or Antec. 700-750W will suffice even after you OCed your GPUs unless you have other plans, like adding another card for a tri-SLI setup and a water cooling loop.

not a PSU aficionado, but this one caught my eyes after a random quick search

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

good brand, modular, 80+ gold, and costs slightly less if you're lucky enough to get a rebate. it's likely there are better choices than this.
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August 29, 2012 4:37:25 AM

That Corsair HX750 sounds good I'll read up on it shortly

Thanks for the help (I thought 850w was a little too much)

EDIT:

I updated my saved build on pcpartpicker.com below (added the HX750 & downgraded the 16gb to 8gb of DDR3 1600)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fXFX
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August 29, 2012 4:58:10 AM

The Chronos is a great SSD :) 
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August 29, 2012 4:59:16 AM

Xlerator said:
Hands Down M4 is the best SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I suggest you go with an 64GB as your boot drive and use your hdd as your storage drive so no need for a 128gb ssd


He might want to put in some programs in it for them to load faster, hence 128GB :) 
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August 29, 2012 5:05:52 AM

Nw333 said:
He might want to put in some programs in it for them to load faster, hence 128GB :) 


Yeah I did want to put a number of games on the SSD as well as the OS and even though SSD drives are falling in price I can't really afford a larger one, so 120gb-128gb will be enough at least for awhile.

The M4 looks like a great SSD though
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August 29, 2012 5:09:44 AM

That is also a great SSD. :) 
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August 29, 2012 5:15:03 AM

Nw333 said:
That is also a great SSD. :) 


Thanks for your help :)  How does everything for my upgrade look (pcpartpicker build below)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fXFX

I'll be running 2 Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC cards in 2 way SLI with all the new parts (maybe in a year or year & a half I'll upgrade to a GTX 670 or newer 760 Ti)


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August 29, 2012 5:17:51 AM

Good to go. :D 
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August 29, 2012 6:21:48 AM

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August 29, 2012 6:38:04 AM

Goodluck! :) 
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