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Upgrading PC How Does It Look

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=N82E16819116504&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Asrock Z77 Extreme 6 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

16gb G. Skill Ares DDR3 1600 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Memory%20%28Desktop%20Memory%29-_-G.SKILL-_-20231558&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

OCZ Agility 3 120gb SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

NZXT 850 watt (modular) PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116016&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

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

Thanks guys ;)
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  1. Get the Vertex4 instead of the Agility3.
    You only need 8GBs of RAM.
  2. You won't need 16GB if you are just playing games, 8 GB will be enough. Put the money towards a better SSD, OCZ Vertex 3 $84.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
  3. 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=N82E16817139010

    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.
  4. The Vertex 4 looks great, but might be slightly out of my budget range :( I'll have to think on it

    What about the 120gb Mushkin Chronos?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  5. 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
  6. The Chronos is a great SSD :)
  7. Hands Down M4 is the best SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148529
    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
  8. Xlerator said:
    Hands Down M4 is the best SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148529
    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 :)
  9. 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
  10. That is also a great SSD. :)
  11. 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)
  12. Best answer
    Good to go. :D
  13. Best answer selected by fl-gators-fan.
  14. Goodluck! :)
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