Need help choosing GPU & PSU & case for my new build

Taking in the advice from loads of threads... Here is what i have got so far

Also building it to mostly play the Day z standalone game which is on arma 2 engine but would like to play some of the other games too likes crysis, whitcher, gw2 ect on highest graphics

Also will overclock but not to any extremes


CPU: i5-3570K
Motherboard: Asrock Extreme 4
HDD: Western Digital 1TB
RAM: Corsair vengeance 8gb
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
dvd: 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black Bare
SSD: Samsung 128GB
OS: Windows 7 premium

Case:
Power supply:
GPU:


Here's a couple i was looking at

- Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 7870 OC Windforce 3X
- EVGA GF GTX 660Ti 2GB
- Sapphire HD 7950 OC

Is there a big difference between the 7870 oc and 7950 oc? will it be worth it to put some extra money towards a 7950 oc
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  1. Forgot to add that il be using 1 monitor 1920x1080
  2. Well, I don't know your budget, but to "match" it with the performance of your other components I'd try to get something like this:

    GPU
    Gigabyte GTX 670
    ASUS GTX 670
    MSI GTX 670 Power Edition

    PSU
    A good quality Corsair/XFX/Seasonic/other good brands 750W PSU.

    Case
    Case comes down to opinion. Personally I'd look for a Corsair, Cooler Master or Antec case.
  3. I think cases from corsair and fractal are pretty neat.

    You don't need a 750w psu. Your best bang for the buck may be a lower wattage
    corsair psu. They are good quality and shouldn't cost an arm and a leg.

    Depending on the combo of case and psu that you pick, you may have more or less
    money to spend on your gpu. Any gtx670 is more expensive than HD7950, and the
    OCed sapphire card should let u destroy a 1080p lcd(it would even let you do 3x1080p
    on high with some aa if you overclock it higher). If the evga 660ti uses a reference cooler,
    you won't be pushing it much higher. An overclocked 7870 should beat a reference clocked
    gtx660ti or HD7950, but you will have less headroom to push clocks much higher.

    If we know your budget for these parts and your country, state/province, and municipality
    we can suggest parts at sites/shops that will give you the best for your buck based on
    what is available and taxes/shipping.
  4. I do suggest something like a corsair 500W/600W/700/800 psu from cx/hx or ax, if you got the money a nice corsair HX750 80plus silver or the seasonic x760 80plus gold.

    you won't be using all those power but for a neat system you need a nice looking/sounding psu

    for case I look at corsair,antec

    how about the corsair graphite 600t? the white one looks slick.

    for nice cards I'm looking at these

    msi gtx680 lightning
    asus gtx 680 direct cuii top
    and the gigabyte gtx 680 windforce stuff.

    and the ones below would be

    msi gtx670 power ed
    asus gtx670 dcuii top
    giga

    gtx 660 ti from msi or giga or asus too

    sapphire 7850/7870 are nice cards too.

    since your playing at 1920x1080 you can choose any of those cards above, should be what you need. if you plan to overclock your cards better opt for those with dual fans and such.

    also these things depends on your budget.
  5. GTX 660 Ti vs 7950 at 1920 resolution.
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/56090-nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-ti-review-23.html
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power_Edition/28.html
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-ti-review/20

    Quote:
    "As it stands, AMD’s position correctly reflects their performance; the GTX 660 Ti is a solid and relatively consistent 10-15% faster than the 7870, while the 7950 is anywhere between a bit faster to a bit slower depending on what benchmarks you favor. Of course when talking about the 7950 the “anything but equal” maxim still applies here, if not more so than with the GTX 670. The GTX 660 Ti is anywhere 50% ahead of the 7950 and 25% behind it, and everywhere in between.Coupled with the tight pricing between all of these cards, this makes it very hard to make any kind of meaningful recommendation here for potential buyers. Compared to the 7870 the GTX 660 Ti is a solid buy if you can spare the extra $20, though it’s not going to be a massive difference. The performance difference is going to be just enough that AMD is going to need to trim prices a bit more to secure the 7870’s position." Source:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-ti-review/21 P.S.IMO If you are gaming on high res monitor and want to do anything else like use OpenCL applications, transcoding, WPA/WEP Cracking, RAR Cracking, Bitcoin Mining etc than it really better to get (7870/7950).If not get 660TI there are plenty Physx games that utilize the full potential of Kepler.NO!Despite what some might try and say it is no gimmick Adaptive VSync works great and makes gaming very smooth.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/16/nvidia_adaptive_vsync_technology_review/ An explanation of the memory bus, which is not an issue at 1080 resolution:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-ti-review/2 ok, now let looks at the most recent benchmarks between a 7950 and 660ti comparing the REFERENCE cards Drivers: NVIDIA: 304.79 Beta ATI: Catalyst 12.7 Beta http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/8167/crysis19201200.gif

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  6. Thanks for the help guys


    Here is what i have so far

    CPU: i5-3570K
    Motherboard: Asrock Extreme 4
    HDD: Western Digital 1TB
    RAM: Corsair vengeance 8gb
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
    dvd: 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black Bare
    SSD: Samsung 128GB
    OS: Windows 7 premium
    Power supply: Corsair 650w modular
    GPU: Sapphire HD 7950 OC

    Case:

    Looking for a case around 60 pound

    what about this one?

    Cooler Master Tower HAF 922
  7. That's a good case i suggest you look at these first see if you like them better if not go for it

    Case:Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 10% off w/ promo code EMCNANC34, ends 9/13
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139016#top


    Case:NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146085#top

    Case:Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129178#top


    Case:Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case $10 off w/ promo code EMCNANF29, ends 9/10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

    Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107#top
  8. You already have that 1080p screen? Guessing you have keyboard, mouse and speaker/
    headset. Here is basically your build with a few tweaks on pcpartpicker.com, UK edition:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/h7CL

    Spent a little less on geil ram. If you want corsair go xms3 to save money and avoid any
    possible conflicts with the cpu cooler you might experience with vengeance heatspreaders.

    Chose a cheaper xfx dual fan 7950. You should be able to OC quite a bit on your own. It
    has a 2yr warranty that may cover OCing and transfer on resale. It is cool and quiet and
    should let you out do a 7970 with moderate overclocking(nothing too extreme).

    Chose the haf 912. It is around 65 pounds versus the 922 at around 90 pounds. I like the
    features better on the 912, like front and rear 12cm fans(maybe put both in front, many
    other additional fan options available), removable bottom and front dust filters, 2 hdd bays
    (top 1 can be rotated/removed to fit extra long video cards), 9.1in wide for easy fit of
    large cpu coolers, movable 2.5in ssd cage, and 3.5in/5.25in drive slots that convert to more
    1.8in/2.5in ssd slots if you want. Oh, cable management(slots, space behind mobo tray).

    xfx 550w psu. Not modular but with cable management not a big deal. 44A on the +12v
    rail(528w), ball bearing fan(a little louder than sleeve bearing but longer lasting), 80+
    bronze certified, and 5yr warranty. More psu than you need. Hope this helps.
  9. jtenorj said:
    You already have that 1080p screen? Guessing you have keyboard, mouse and speaker/
    headset. Here is basically your build with a few tweaks on pcpartpicker.com, UK edition:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/h7CL

    Spent a little less on geil ram. If you want corsair go xms3 to save money and avoid any
    possible conflicts with the cpu cooler you might experience with vengeance heatspreaders.

    Chose a cheaper xfx dual fan 7950. You should be able to OC quite a bit on your own. It
    has a 2yr warranty that may cover OCing and transfer on resale. It is cool and quiet and
    should let you out do a 7970 with moderate overclocking(nothing too extreme).

    Chose the haf 912. It is around 65 pounds versus the 922 at around 90 pounds. I like the
    features better on the 912, like front and rear 12cm fans(maybe put both in front, many
    other additional fan options available), removable bottom and front dust filters, 2 hdd bays
    (top 1 can be rotated/removed to fit extra long video cards), 9.1in wide for easy fit of
    large cpu coolers, movable 2.5in ssd cage, and 3.5in/5.25in drive slots that convert to more
    1.8in/2.5in ssd slots if you want. Oh, cable management(slots, space behind mobo tray).

    xfx 550w psu. Not modular but with cable management not a big deal. 44A on the +12v
    rail(528w), ball bearing fan(a little louder than sleeve bearing but longer lasting), 80+
    bronze certified, and 5yr warranty. More psu than you need. Hope this helps.



    Thanks helped alot

    build done, will use the haf 912 case
  10. So what does your final build look like? Is it what you had plus the haf 912?

    I just discovered the Antec 300 TWO. It is pretty decent. Had I known before I would
    have suggested it for around 50 pounds, but since you liked the 922 then I guess the
    912 will work out for your needs. I maybe had a bias against antec 100, 300,600, 900, and
    1100 without taking a deeper look at the feature set(just the looks I don't care much for).

    Then again, the antec 300 two is a little more uniform looking than the haf 912. whatever.

    Let us know what all parts you got and how the build went, ok?
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