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September 17, 2012 7:10:48 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: $1800 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Lots of Gaming(GW2,WOW,BF3, League of Legends, Black Ops 2), internet surfing, movie watching

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, NZXT, Microcenter, BestBuy, Fry's

Location: Pasadena, California

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I have done a lot of research and have been looking at these boards like a mad man.

Additional Comments: I have tried really hard to make the best bang for my buck comp, but reading these forums everyday and trying to learn from you guys/girls. I would like to know if these parts are all compatible together, and any deals you know of would be awesome.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to play PC games on ultra settings with friends, and not have to worry about upgrading for awhile


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter) Have already.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter) Have already.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($117.00 @ B&H) This was $100 a week ago, is it still a good deal?
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($364.50 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($364.50 @ Newegg) This is a great deal right now, and I can sell my Borderlands copies as well to make it even cheaper.
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg) This went up a little, is there a better case for the price? If not will can this case do SLI with the cards I have?
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($180.98 @ Newegg) I was told to go fully modular to make it easy, so this looked good.
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.00 @ B&H) This went up as well, if you know something better, I would love to hear.
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1861.89

I just want to make sure everything will fit in that case or another case and everything is compatible with each other. Thanks for even looking!

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September 17, 2012 7:20:44 AM

Good to go buddy, u did ur hw already hahaha.
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September 17, 2012 10:52:27 AM

Drop you PSU down to 750W and Bronze certified is more than enough. (You will only notice the difference on your power bill and even then the difference is not a lot.)

Get the Noctua NH-D14 and low profile RAM.

SLI for a single 1080p monitor is too much. If your getting more monitors in the future, sure. Or a single 120Hz monitor.
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September 17, 2012 12:03:37 PM

Looks good to me you need low profile ram though so it doesn't conflict with your aftermarket cpu cooler and you only need a 750W PSU. Here my recommendations RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670. Add 170W for SLI & recommended is 670W.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdp...


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...


If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 664W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


All points out to 750W being more than enough.Get this PSU CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 18, 2012 4:22:41 AM

Thanks for all the help everyone! :D  So does this build work better then, is this compatible now?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($360.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($360.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($126.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon)

If there are any better parts anyones knows of please let me know as I will be buying picking up all the parts tomorrow.
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September 18, 2012 4:34:07 AM

looks good to me i prefer MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.MSI 670 Power edition 3x over voltage cant be beat period(.)
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September 20, 2012 8:51:45 PM

Best answer selected by SideEffecT.
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