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September 15, 2012 5:56:30 AM

I am building a new pc for around $2500 aud for gaming (mainly gaming), schoolwork (sometimes), photoshop (light tasks) and Youtube (a lot).

I will be overclocking to whatever my cooler permits at reasonable temps
I will be having SLi hence the two video cards and higher wattage psu.
My monitor will be a 27" single monitor 1080x1920
I have adequate peripherals for now (logitech G110 and G700)
I am upgrading from a 3y/o toshiba satellite laptop

Here is the revised edition of my build

CPU Intel Core i5 3570K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard
GPU 2x MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition OC 2GB
RAM Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3
SSD SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB
HDD Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1002FAEX
Disk Drive Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-Ray Disc Writer OEM
Case Corsair Obsidian 650D Case
PSU Corsair TX-850M Modular Power Supply
CPU cooler Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
Monitor Samsung S27a750d 27"
LED NZXT Sleeved LED Cable 2m Blue

alternatively, anyone with a pccasegear account can follow this link
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...


Thanks in advance.
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September 15, 2012 7:15:45 AM

For light Photoshop, you won't need 16GB of RAM. I'd cut back to 8GB.
Get the NH-D14. It is quieter and performs the same.
Get the Radeon 7950. It performs better than the 660ti by quite a bit.
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September 15, 2012 7:57:53 AM

Oops I was about to tell you to just go with one 670, but I just saw you got a 120hz monitor there. Very nice! A world of difference between 60hz & 120hz. The Sammy s27a750d is the best 120hz monitor out there for 2d. But if you care anything about 3d or just want to try it out sometimes go with the Asus VG278HE. New model goes up to 144hz! The Asus line blows away the Sammy for 3d. Sammy has a little bit better 2d pic though.

+ 1 for 8gb ram.

The H100 does beat the D-14, but its not by a whole lot. The fans do get loud when at full blast on highest settings. If you want the absolute best performance, without going to a water loop, then go with the H100. If you want the quietest performance go with the D14. Noise doesn't bother me cause I either have my surround system turned up or headphones on.

I myself wanted more performance so I returned my H100 and got a XSPC Raystorm water loop. Now I run my 3930k @ 5.1ghz with my temps maxing in 50c in BF3.. But I need a high OC for my 4-way SLI. You can get a complete XSPC water loop for @ $150-180 that will blows away the H100 or the D14.
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September 15, 2012 8:47:13 AM

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September 15, 2012 8:49:20 AM

Cheers, I think I will stick with the samsung. Asus is $750 in aust.
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September 15, 2012 8:53:53 AM

Ouch! Aust. Is so expensive!
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