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September 9, 2012 10:11:29 PM

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

Case: Corsair vengance C70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Asus MaximusV Formula
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA superclocked GTX 660 ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Bronze 850w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengance 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Wesern Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ASUS DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 water cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price includes OS but not in the list

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September 9, 2012 10:31:53 PM

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-g...

The 660 Ti lacks: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

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#module14731235...
Get this CPU cooler instead: http://www.coolerguys.com/840556097709.html
Review for the 2nd version: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=252...
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.
September 9, 2012 11:02:57 PM

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


mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 10, 2012 1:11:03 AM

$1611

Case - $95 - Corsair Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $145 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $457 - ASUSSabertooth w/ CPU combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl - Intel Core i7-3570K
Cooler - $90 - Phanteks PH-TC14PE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $52 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair LV RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $420 - Asus GTX 670 DCII http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Asus GTX 670 DCII Later
HD - $110 Cavia Black 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $190 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $47 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $1,611


Case

Vengeance gets a 9.0 rating
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

500R gets 9.25 and is cheaper at $83.50 on special
10% off w/ promo code EMCNANC34, ends 9/13 + $20 MIR
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX

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

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power...

Quote:
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
http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-dire...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

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.

SSD

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

RAM

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

HD

Blue - slower
Black = performance model

Cooler

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

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

The Phanteks beats the 612 by 3C
!