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August 30, 2012 5:27:41 AM

Went through and made some changes to the list. Having trouble deciding between the Rosewill THOR V2 and the HAF XM. Everything else seems pretty decided on. However if you have suggestions on any of the list feel free to make them and I will check them out. nothing is truely set in stone until its been built. So other then not knowing which case to go with how do things look now? I will be OCing and gaming heavily with this build. My budget is about $1500 and this comes out to around $1483.

Comments/suggestions?

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM/Rosewill THOR V2
MoBo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad-Core
HSF: Noctua NH-D14
GPU: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 PE OC 2GB
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650
ODD: ASUS DVD Burner OEM
August 30, 2012 5:30:34 AM

$1250 budget and you want to spend $1k of it on getting the 690? It's incredibly pointless to spend $1K on a video card and $50 on a case. The Antec 300 is good, but on a high end build get the 1100 or the Corsair Carbide 500R.

Get a GTX 670 (which is essentially the same card as the 680 but $100 cheaper) and get a motherboard that allows for SLI.

The choices are pretty good for the most part, but really - don't spend $1K on a video card.

Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1323.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-30 01:38 EDT-0400)

A little bit more but realistically that's what you're looking at.
August 30, 2012 5:33:24 AM

Like I said there really is no budget but i would prefer to stay under $1250. I'll raise it to say $1300 as the budget so i can opt for a better case. I'll look into the ones you suggested, how do you feel about the NZXT SWITCH 810? I was also looking into that, but wasn't sure.
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August 30, 2012 5:42:22 AM

MX5J6 said:
Like I said there really is no budget but i would prefer to stay under $1250. I'll raise it to say $1300 as the budget so i can opt for a better case. I'll look into the ones you suggested, how do you feel about the NZXT SWITCH 810? I was also looking into that, but wasn't sure.


The Switch 810 is an excellent choice. If you want to go higher definitely get that case.
August 30, 2012 5:54:47 AM

Thanks for taking the time to make that parts list for me. Though i would really like to build around the ASRock OC FORMULA, it has all the ports and headers i will need vs the Extreme4, which I origionally built around, which is a little short in that department for me. Also I believe the OC FORMULA does support SLI.

Think I will stick with the Eleven Hundred you suggested, seems to be perfect, though if it doesn't suit my needs then i will move up to the 810.

I do have a question though, if the 670 is so close to the 680, which it is, and the 680 in SLI performs better than a single 690, would that then mean that SLI 670's is pretty much around the same as a single 690 as well?

From what I have seen SLI 680, SLI 670 and a single 690 are all pretty in comparison so maybe it would make more sense to invest in dual 670's. Unless someone can show me that dual 680's or a 690 destroys dual 670's.
August 30, 2012 6:14:20 AM

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August 30, 2012 5:51:16 PM

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Think I will stick with the Eleven Hundred you suggested, seems to be perfect, though if it doesn't suit my needs then i will move up to the 810.


Yeah the 1100 is a lot newer than the 300 and has better cable management and airflow. The Switch 810 is an excellent case.

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I do have a question though, if the 670 is so close to the 680, which it is, and the 680 in SLI performs better than a single 690, would that then mean that SLI 670's is pretty much around the same as a single 690 as well?


See for yourself: http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/39605-nvidia-gef...

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From what I have seen SLI 680, SLI 670 and a single 690 are all pretty in comparison so maybe it would make more sense to invest in dual 670's. Unless someone can show me that dual 680's or a 690 destroys dual 670's.


Most benchmarks I've seen paint the 690 and SLI 670 as dead even - which is pretty telling considering the 690 is essentially an SLI'd version of the same processor used on the 670 on a single card. You can see in the one I linked to above.
August 30, 2012 11:15:57 PM

Yeah it seems the 670 is the best value right now. Well maybe the 660Ti is now since its $100 cheaper but it doesn't have the performance I am looking for. Does anyone know if the new ASRock board has been reviewed anywhere yet? That's really what I'm waiting for right now.
August 31, 2012 12:09:04 AM

MX5J6 said:
Yeah it seems the 670 is the best value right now. Well maybe the 660Ti is now since its $100 cheaper but it doesn't have the performance I am looking for. Does anyone know if the new ASRock board has been reviewed anywhere yet? That's really what I'm waiting for right now.


The 7950 is a better value than the 660TI is unless NVIDIA releases a firmware update for it. Which Asrock board are you talking about? The Z77 Extreme 4? If so it's reviewed here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...
August 31, 2012 12:15:42 AM

No I'm talking about the ASRock OC FORMULA. Google it. Its pretty sweet.
September 2, 2012 11:53:55 PM

Changed things up a bit and redid a couple things to save me some money. What does everyone think?
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