$1600 build> Solid Build?

I was wondering if this is a solid build for gaming.

Case: Corsair vengance C70

Mobo: Asus MaximusV Formula

Video Card: EVGA superclocked GTX 660 ti

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Bronze 850w

CPU: Intel I5-3570k

SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengance 1600

HDD: Wesern Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s

Optical Drive: ASUS DVD Burner

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 water cooler

Price includes OS but not in the list
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  1. You could save more money and still get similar performance. Your motherboard is overpriced and underperforms. An example of that is in this round up review. A $160 performs the same if not better than the $220 Asus P8Z77-V Pro: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187-22.html

    The 660 Ti lacks: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-benchmark-review,3279-17.html

    Save some money and get a better GPU (the 7970 or the GTX 670), a PSU that will still give you enough power for SLI/CF in the future, a motherboard that still performs the same and the Samsung 830 128GB which benches better, check out my $1100 build here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147312351
    Get this CPU cooler instead: http://www.coolerguys.com/840556097709.html
    Review for the 2nd version: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2521&page=5
    Top 5: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    The Spire Thermax is a great cooler that is rated even better than the H80, all closed loop "water" cooling solutions are honestly not very good at all. Terrible price/performance and usually air coolers perform much better.
  2. Motherboard you choice is good if you can afford it why not go for it as for the rest looks fine just as above comment there are cheaper options but as long as your happy with it then that's what matters so let's look at things you could consider changing to mobos these are top of the line best of the best mid high end right now all of these are worthy trades of your current pick without losing much and actually will save you some coin mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  3. $1611

    Case - $95 - Corsair Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009
    PSU - $145 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    MoBo - $457 - ASUSSabertooth w/ CPU combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1065843
    CPU - incl - Intel Core i7-3570K
    Cooler - $90 - Phanteks PH-TC14PE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709001
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $52 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair LV RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233199
    GFX - $420 - Asus GTX 670 DCII http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637
    GFX - Later - Asus GTX 670 DCII Later
    HD - $110 Cavia Black 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136786
    SSD - $190 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226
    DVD Writer - $47 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    Total $1,611


    Vengeance gets a 9.0 rating

    500R gets 9.25 and is cheaper at $83.50 on special
    10% off w/ promo code EMCNANC34, ends 9/13 + $20 MIR


    Bases upon the reviews, I'd take the MSI PE version over the EVGA .... or the Asus which also tweaked the BIOS


    MSI's GTX 660 Ti Power Edition uses the company's TwinFrozr cooler that we have seen on many cards before, and it works well. The card achieves a 6% performance improvement over the reference design thanks to the overclock out of the box. What I find surprising is that MSI's card is faster than many other GTX 660 Ti cards reviewed today even though it's running lower base and boost clocks. As you probably know, base and boost clocks on Kepler are marketing values - the actual card will run different clock speeds due to NVIDIA's Boost Clock Algorithm. It seems that MSI has added some secret sauce, no other board partner has, to their card's BIOS. One indicator of this is that they raised the card's default power limit from 130 W to 175 W, which will certainly help in many situations. During normal gaming, we see no increased power consumption due to this change. The card essentially uses the same power as other cards, but is faster - leading to improved performance per Watt. Overclocking works great as well and reaches the highest real-life performance, despite not reaching the lowest GPU clock. This is certainly an interesting development. We will, hopefully, see more board partners pick up this change.

    However, I have a 670 in there that OC's to 1280 Mhz when OC'd

    The version in the reviews is the same card as the one on newegg except for the fact that the TOP which had hand picked GPUs during the early production runs is no longer available.


    Move up to 1st tier speed and double ya size for just $80


    Avoid the tall toothy heat sinks which server no purpose other than "looking cool" and interfering w/ ya CPU cooler.


    Blue - slower
    Black = performance model


    The H series coolers simply don't perform as well as the better air coolers which are cheaper. here we see the $50 Hyper 612 PWM beating the H70 by 3C


    The Phanteks beats the 612 by 3C
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