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September 18, 2012 1:45:58 AM

Hey, First off the formality:

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, photoshop, surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: NY, USA.

Parts Preferences: Nope

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: ...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Sick of my Pentium 4, Its been a while, I mean a WHILE since i upgraded lol.

Phew. ok so, I am gona build a new PC by the end of this month. I have done lots of research/watched reviews and have selected the components. Please review my build and tell me about the compatibility. Also I would love to hear your comments/suggestions. I would be using it primarily for gaming @ ultra settings (single monitor 1080p). Will be overclocking GPU + CPU. No SLI. Here is the list of currently selected components:

Processor:
Intel i5 3570K Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 @ 3.4 GHz - $230 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
Asus Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 z77 mATX - $200 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive:
Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB SATA III SSD - $ 100 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics:
MSI Nvidia GTX 670 PE/OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 - $410 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 @ 1866MHz F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL - $55 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power:
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC - $130 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Air Cooling - $31 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Alternatives:

Considering this mobo because according to review it performs slightly better than Maximus V Gene! SERIOUSLY need help here!
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 z77 ATX - $190 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Considering this one because I want to water cool my CPU BUT I am ehm scared of water cooling :S
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Water Cooling - $ 68 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your input will be much appreciated! :) 
September 18, 2012 3:56:03 AM

I've changed most of the stuff,
With Sandy Bridge you can get a higher overclock due to larger nm, less heat. You can get an oc of up to 4.6-4.7GHz.
16GB of ram with help with photoshop,M4 is better and the mobo and psu I chose is cheaper.
-I included a case if you need one.
I suggest this:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-M Pro Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1217.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 23:55 EDT-0400)
September 18, 2012 4:12:03 AM

I don't think I would change your build honestly. The best I could do is say get this 670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But honestly that is only $10, you also get borderlands 2 with it, and that one is better so... Also I would stay with that 3570k because it is about 10% faster maybe a little more. Consider this air cooler as well.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Direct-Contact-RR-B... I am not sure if you have prime but it is only $22 if you do with free shipping. I would go with the cheaper motherboard for that reason. About the water cooler. I saw mostly good reviews on amazon and newegg. But there were a few people who said that there's leaked and fried their entire computer. It seems like it doesn't happen often but it is something to consider.
Related resources
September 18, 2012 4:36:56 AM

here:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($239.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($239.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($111.71 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1354.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 00:36 EDT-0400)
September 18, 2012 4:53:12 AM

I wouldn't change build looks solid to me good job!Just get this mobo instead if you want top of the line mid high end 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... http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_z77x_ud5h... <--- review of that motherboard w/benchmarks

http://www.techspot.com/review/521-intel-z77-motherboar... <--- review w/benchmarks

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2012/05/0... <--- review w/benchmarks

http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/zardon/gi... <--- review of that board w/benchmarks

September 18, 2012 4:57:32 AM

get this ram it's cheaper just as good take your pick RAM:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...
September 18, 2012 5:59:04 AM

Thanks for the input so far guys!
@bigcyco1
The memory I mentioned is just $14 more. Its in the budget so not really a problem :p  but the one u mentioned does have slightly better timings 9-9-9-24 at the cost of less frequency (1600Mhz) as compared to the one I chose 9-10-9-28 (1866Mhz). Both @ 1.5v. So what should I opt for I mean better timings or better frequency? (Once again, I am totally fine with money :)  )
September 18, 2012 6:23:51 AM

symbfrk said:
Thanks for the input so far guys!
@bigcyco1
The memory I mentioned is just $14 more. Its in the budget so not really a problem :p  but the one u mentioned does have slightly better timings 9-9-9-24 at the cost of less frequency (1600Mhz) as compared to the one I chose 9-10-9-28 (1866Mhz). Both @ 1.5v. So what should I opt for I mean better timings or better frequency? (Once again, I am totally fine with money :)  )
go for (1600Mhz) there is no benefit to (1866Mhz) ;) 
September 18, 2012 6:45:33 AM

Alright, then. But just out of curiosity why you have that 2133 Mhz if there is no benefit? :D 
September 18, 2012 6:48:58 AM

symbfrk said:
Alright, then. But just out of curiosity why you have that 2133 Mhz if there is no benefit? :D 


i have 64GB @2400Mhz and i still don't know why :lol: 
September 18, 2012 6:53:50 AM

symbfrk said:
Alright, then. But just out of curiosity why you have that 2133 Mhz if there is no benefit? :D 
Didn't know better when i bought it over a year ago ;) 
September 18, 2012 7:00:43 AM

Aha, Oki doki then. Will opt for the 1600Mhz. I was lured by the design of ASUS (I think that phrase is correct, right? I mean my English isn't that good..) and after reading a few more reviews which @bigcyco1 linked to, I am 90 percent sure I am gonna get the MVG. Plus I don't really like the BIOS design of the GigaByte it seems a bit weird :lol: 
September 18, 2012 7:03:37 AM

symbfrk said:
Aha, Oki doki then. Will opt for the 1600Mhz. I was lured by the design of ASUS (I think that phrase is correct, right? I mean my English isn't that good..) and after reading a few more reviews which @bigcyco1 linked to, I am 90 percent sure I am gonna get the MVG. Plus I don't really like the BIOS design of the GigaByte it seems a bit weird :lol: 
i agree the GigaByte bios looks weird :lol: 
September 18, 2012 7:03:44 AM

symbfrk said:
Aha, Oki doki then. Will opt for the 1600Mhz. I was lured by the design of ASUS (I think that phrase is correct, right? I mean my English isn't that good..) and after reading a few more reviews which @bigcyco1 linked to, I am 90 percent sure I am gonna get the MVG. Plus I don't really like the BIOS design of the GigaByte it seems a bit weird :lol: 


where are you from?
September 18, 2012 7:07:37 AM

bigcyco1 said:
i agree the GigaByte bios looks weird :lol: 



buddy i need an honest opinion.... do you think that it will be a good move to get an Asrock X79 Extreme 11 or keep my WCed Asus Rampage IV? my motherboard runs my gtx 680s @ 16/8/8/8 but the Extreme 11 will run them @16/16/16/16 do happen to know where i can find a few benchmarks comparing quad SLI/Crossfire with different PCI-e speeds?
September 18, 2012 7:09:25 AM

idroid said:
buddy i need an honest opinion.... do you think that it will be a good move to get an Asrock X79 Extreme 11 or keep my WCed Asus Rampage IV? my motherboard runs my gtx 680s @ 16/8/8/8 but the Extreme 11 will run them @16/16/16/16 do happen to know where i can find a few benchmarks comparing quad SLI/Crossfire with different PCI-e speeds?
have no idea bud sorry :(  i am a Asus fan so of course i will say keep what you have lol.
September 18, 2012 7:17:20 AM

@idroid I am from Pakistan, the parts will be sent to me by a relative currently located in USA. And HOLY Mother of GOD you got Quad GTX 680's woot :o  What are your specs? Are you a professional editor or smth? or just an enthusiast who is (definitely) more on the extreme edge?
September 18, 2012 7:24:24 AM

symbfrk said:
@idroid I am from Pakistan, the parts will be sent to me by a relative currently located in USA. And HOLY Mother of GOD you got Quad GTX 680's woot :o  What are your specs? Are you a professional editor or smth? or just an enthusiast who is (definitely) more on extreme edge?


Yep, 4 GTX680s 4GB edition, i7 3960x, Asus rampage IV extreme, dual Seasonic x860, 64GB 2400 ram, triple VG278H, 3x 512GB Vertex 4, top of the line peripherals and a KICK ASS watercooling system, the PC is HEAVILY modified, every wire is individually sleeved and all the connectors were replaced with UV RED ones and a nice red led cord.

Nop, i am just a business man :D  tbh... i don't play more than 3 or 4 hours a week (although i am insanely good) and i haven't touched that system in 3 months because my wife is stuck in Germany because she is pregnant and she is not allowed to travel so i won't see my rig until late November :( 
September 18, 2012 7:46:50 AM

Ohh, so your a big guy. Married as well so I should call you Mr.idroid :D 
and my dear lord you have a true gamer's dream machine sir. Remarkable setup I must say. I would have love to have a look @ your setup but since its not available to u atm so .. Once again, just awesome! How much did it cost you?
September 18, 2012 5:53:25 PM

symbfrk said:
Ohh, so your a big guy. Married as well so I should call you Mr.idroid :D 
and my dear lord you have a true gamer's dream machine sir. Remarkable setup I must say. I would have love to have a look @ your setup but since its not available to u atm so .. Once again, just awesome! How much did it cost you?


TBH i dont know the exact amount of the system itself because i bought all the parts from a bunch of different sites and i also bought a lot of furniture and peripherals with it but i think the box itself + watercooling system was about 7.5k
September 18, 2012 6:57:41 PM

Sick man ;)  Do you have xfire? Maybe we could play a game or two together :D 

EDIT: I feel like I jacked my own thread lol. Anyways, I am still looking forward to more opinions/suggestions from people, feel free to post :p 
September 18, 2012 7:02:13 PM

symbfrk said:
Sick man ;)  you have xfire maybe we could play a game or two together :D 


xfire? sorry... i am not very familiar with anything other than steam :lol: 
September 18, 2012 11:10:53 PM

Haha, Its like MSN messenger but targeted toward the gaming community. Pretty useful, popular and straightforward. Lets you voice/text chat with friends as well shows you which game they are currently playing. Anyways, since no one else is suggesting anything I think that the build is pretty much fine. lets see for 1 more day then Imma pull the trigger.
September 18, 2012 11:15:16 PM

symbfrk said:
Haha, Its like MSN messenger but targeted toward the gaming community. Pretty useful, popular and straightforward. Lets you voice/text chat with friends as well shows you which game they are currently playing. Anyways, since no one else is suggesting anything I think that the build is pretty much fine. lets see for 1 more day then Imma pull the trigger.


just make sure to select a best answer to close this thread ;) 
September 19, 2012 12:09:11 AM

aamm... Where is thae button to select the best answer? I am sure it was at the bottom of the message when I selected one in my previous thread but can't seem to find it now. Lame, yes. but I really cant find it :lol: 
September 19, 2012 12:44:53 AM

symbfrk said:
aamm... Where is thae button to select the best answer? I am sure it was at the bottom of the message when I selected one in my previous thread but can't seem to find it now. Lame, yes. but I really cant find it :lol: 


maybe because this is a discusion thread :lol: 
September 19, 2012 1:00:14 AM

Aha, so basically I can't select a BA. Oh well.. @mods u may close this thread.
September 19, 2012 2:53:42 AM

please don't close it yet.... I want a crack at it. give me a little time to assemble the parts ok?
September 19, 2012 3:02:25 AM

jtenorj said:
please don't close it yet.... I want a crack at it. give me a little time to assemble the parts ok?


ok :lol: 
September 19, 2012 7:07:53 AM

I pretty much used all of your budget. A little over before rebates, a little under after. Take a look:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hUhM

i7 for working. A decent, feature rich, inexpensive mobo to push it. 16GB of ram(overkill for gaming, but nice
for working). Custom cooled hd7970 for gaming. Overclock it past 7970ghz ed. and gtx680, letting you comfortably
game at 3x 1920x1200(or just last a long time at 1080p). Get a cheap geforce to go with if you want/need physx.

This case kicks butt for the price. This psu is more than enough for an OCed LGA1155 sandy, OCed hd7970, and the
rest of the parts. If you're spending this much, you should have a blu-ray burner. I know you said you have an os,
but if it's win 7 oem you can't transfer it to a new mobo. This retail copy will let you keep using win 7 even if windows
9 sucks too(windows 7 is fine, but windows 8 WILL suck). You said everything(except monitor and os), so I threw in
a microsoft sidewinder gaming keyboard and logitech G500 wired laser mouse with adjustable dpi.

You can take the input devices or leave 'em. These are the parts I suggest to you for your budget and purposes.

You can drop to win 7 oem if need be, but just make sure you are running the 64bit version to use ALL your ram.
September 19, 2012 7:17:25 AM

jtenorj said:

i7 for working. A decent, feature rich, inexpensive mobo to push it. 16GB of ram(overkill for gaming, but nice
for working). Custom cooled hd7970 for gaming. Overclock it past 7970ghz ed. and gtx680,letting you comfortably
game at 3x 1920x1200(or just last a long time at 1080p).
Get a cheap geforce to go with if you want/need physx.


LOOOOOL!!! a single 7970 isn't enough for 5760x1080, dude my 4 gtx 680s meet the least of my expectations in 5760x1080 gaming.

BF3 @5760x1080 + filters + high res packs + filters + DX11 + 3D runs at 55fps. without 3D it runs @~80fps and that's only because BF3 is an Nvidia optimized game and is specially coded for extremely high SLI scaling.

September 19, 2012 7:58:44 AM

Uhm, I appreciate the fact that you took the time to suggest but TBH I didn't really like it. Not being rude or anything just honest. Firstly, All I am going to do is gaming and basic photo-shopping + uTubezz so I really don't see the need for an i7. Same goes for the memory. Main board seems a bit too cheap, and I really like MVG. And all I have on my PC is like 40 Gigs of data like pics, songs and maybe some softwares. So 128 GB is sufficient. In terms of GPU, I am more on the green side because I've had a look @ numerous GPU Benchmarks (Heaven DX11 3.0 for example) according to which a GTX 670 is able to provide ~47 FPS & 7970 ~43 FPS. I have chosen this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For the power supply I've had a look @ TONS of em but didn't like any other than the X-650 because its a perfect mix of all the features I want like Modularity, Efficiency, PCI-E 6 6+2 connectors and Single +12v Rail (being the MOST important of all 3) under a reliable name. Because IMO PSU is one of the most essential parts of your build and one should really not cheap it out. I was fine with the TX 650 v2 but then found about its terrible failure rate + non single rail design (yes, corsair's claim of it being a single rail is NOT true according to hardware-secrets) which was the deal breaker. I don't watch movies, just youtube so no blu ray BUT I do write DVD's (for backup purposes) and do have a portable DVD writer for fulfilling that purpose. Keyboard I already have some chinese ~$ 5-ish one and I am happy with it :lol:  because afterall its it wont improve my precision in gaming which can't be said about mice due to which I will be getting a logitech G9x or maybe Roccat Kova+. I could have simply said "Ok thanks" but I felt I should clarify. Anyways, thankyou for taking time trying to help me out ^_^

EDIT: Oh and I will use Single 1080p more than enough for me. I have win7 HP (Retail Copy) So really no need for an OS.
September 19, 2012 8:03:32 AM

Edit:@idroid:

Turn off motion blur(it both hurts performance and obscures your vision when trying to compete online), switch from
4xaa to fxaa(are you really gonna notice the difference while running around trying not to get knocked off?), and
maybe knock ambient occlusion down from horizon based to screen space(big whoop). Even so, you don't think a
heavily overclocked hd7970 will be more than enough to play bf3 smoothly on a 1080p panel(there are ways to
force a radeon to do vsync and triple buffering at the same time, possibly working better than adaptive vsync)?

Personally, I don't like the idea of gaming on 3 panels(at least in its current form with bezels in the way). Your gpu
is working extra hard on some pixels that will never get displayed(the ones behind the bezel). I believe it also
triples the amount of geometry data the cpu sends to the gpu(previous aspect ratio widened by 200+%). Some
folks don't have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on parts, and you're really better off with one single
powerful gpu than 2 or more lesser ones anyway(some games never get around to supporting sli/crossfire properly,

(inserting wall of text wedge here...)

and you introduce the chance of micro stuttering that can deaden the impact of any measured increase in frames
per second the extra gpu(s) provide(s)). The best scaling is with two, drops notably with three, and is almost non-
existent with 4. With one powerful gpu you don't need to mess with any of that stuff. I admit kepler seems to have
fewer issues in sli that tahiti does in crossfire(last time I checked), but that can change from game to game, patch
to patch and driver to driver(or from one generation of card to the next). A non ghosting 1080p TN led lcd for me.

I suppose the OP sprung for a bit more expensive IPS panel for photoshopping purposes. Whatever. Goin' 2 bed.
September 19, 2012 8:20:42 AM

That last post was directed at idroid(not you), but some of it may apply to your purchasing methodology.

Unigine Heaven is a game engine, but is not in any actual shipping games I am aware of. Seen gpu reviews at [H]?

That xfx psu is made by seasonic and recommended by both jonnyguru.com and kitguru.net(who know how to
properly evaluate power supplies). Newegg users seem relatively happier with it than the 750w version(44A +12v rail
ie 528w btw). one pcie 6+2pin and 1 6pin(enough for the hungriest of single gpu cards) ball bearing fan(for longer
life) and a 5yr warranty. Blank Blu-ray media are dropping in price to the point of having more GB/dollar than blank
dvd media. Less disks 4 same storage & record data at higher rates.(jonnyguru and hardwaresecrets are pals, btw).

Sorry that was a little switched around. I appreciate you taking time to explain your thoughts about your purchases.
September 19, 2012 8:38:45 AM

So you don't have to spend anywhere near 1500 to game comfortably at 1080p.

Drop from i7 to i5 2500k(better overclocker than ivy)and drop one of the 2 dual channel ram kits. Drop the os since
you already have it. If you really are fine with you chinese keyboard drop the sidewinder, and if getting the g9 drop
the g500. That's 50 from cpu, 25 from ram, 150 from the os, 50 from the keyboard and 50 from the mouse. 375.

The combo of features on that fractal case is hard to beat at that price. You can toss in a couple more fans, too
(more than just a couple, but you get the idea. Dont like the look of the phantom myself. If I were in the market
for a case, I'd get a HAF 912 or Antec 300 TWO, but I'm not in the market to buy a case right now. No job).

Edit: you could pick up a second ssd and run them in raid 1. Trim won't work, but an ssd
with decent garbage collection can work around that. That way if one ssd goes all of
the sudden, you won't lose everything in an instant with no chance of recovery.

If you don't want a decent capacity HDD, all the better reason to get a blu-ray burner.
You will need to burn far fewer disks to back up your data. Forget that second ssd idea.
You won't notice much extra in iops or sequential transfers(compared to a HDD).

Edit:2 decent capacity HDDs in raid 1 would give you some fault tolerance and much
faster back ups than dvd or blu-ray(even if you were to go with lower rpm, lower
power, lower heat "green drives"). Just sayin'.

Edit: never mind. You have very little data and likely a bunch of blank DVDs. Nite, nite.
September 19, 2012 9:38:13 AM

Yeah I know it was @iDroid. Thats true, its just an engine and I my self am not aware of any game in existence utilizing it. I saw the comparison @ Youtube I think. Considering Blue-Ray because yea it will knock off a few disks when I need to backup my data. 1500 is the max budget, I don't really necessarily have to spend all of it I just mentioned just so the the suggester knows the limit. Since I will get the GTX 670 (PCI 3.0) I think I should go with Ivy because sandy will step it back to PCI 2.0, right? Also I am considering this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
as an alternative case because it has better airflow and simpler look. Gnite btw. its morning here tho :p 
September 19, 2012 6:25:20 PM

symbfrk said:
Uhm, I appreciate the fact that you took the time to suggest but TBH I didn't really like it. Not being rude or anything just honest. Firstly, All I am going to do is gaming and basic photo-shopping + uTubezz so I really don't see the need for an i7. Same goes for the memory. Main board seems a bit too cheap, and I really like MVG. And all I have on my PC is like 40 Gigs of data like pics, songs and maybe some softwares. So 128 GB is sufficient. In terms of GPU, I am more on the green side because I've had a look @ numerous GPU Benchmarks (Heaven DX11 3.0 for example) according to which a GTX 670 is able to provide ~47 FPS & 7970 ~43 FPS. I have chosen this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For the power supply I've had a look @ TONS of em but didn't like any other than the X-650 because its a perfect mix of all the features I want like Modularity, Efficiency, PCI-E 6 6+2 connectors and Single +12v Rail (being the MOST important of all 3) under a reliable name. Because IMO PSU is one of the most essential parts of your build and one should really not cheap it out. I was fine with the TX 650 v2 but then found about its terrible failure rate + non single rail design (yes, corsair's claim of it being a single rail is NOT true according to hardware-secrets) which was the deal breaker. I don't watch movies, just youtube so no blu ray BUT I do write DVD's (for backup purposes) and do have a portable DVD writer for fulfilling that purpose. Keyboard I already have some chinese ~$ 5-ish one and I am happy with it :lol:  because afterall its it wont improve my precision in gaming which can't be said about mice due to which I will be getting a logitech G9x or maybe Roccat Kova+. I could have simply said "Ok thanks" but I felt I should clarify. Anyways, thankyou for taking time trying to help me out ^_^

EDIT: Oh and I will use Single 1080p more than enough for me. I have win7 HP (Retail Copy) So really no need for an OS.



*Unigine Heaven benchmark is greatly optimized for Nvidia cards, a fair benchmark that runs great in AMD and Nvidia cards is 3Dmark11 or games like Crysis 2 and Metro 2033

*That's an EXCELLENT case

*Dude.... nobody uses DVDs as backup anymore, get a portable 1TB HDD to keep your data.
September 19, 2012 6:32:44 PM

jtenorj said:
Edit:@idroid:

Personally, I don't like the idea of gaming on 3 panels(at least in its current form with bezels in the way). Your gpu
is working extra hard on some pixels that will never get displayed(the ones behind the bezel). I believe it also
triples the amount of geometry data the cpu sends to the gpu(previous aspect ratio widened by 200+%). Some
folks don't have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on parts, and you're really better off with one single
powerful gpu than 2 or more lesser ones anyway(some games never get around to supporting sli/crossfire properly,

(inserting wall of text wedge here...)

and you introduce the chance of micro stuttering that can deaden the impact of any measured increase in frames
per second the extra gpu(s) provide(s)). The best scaling is with two, drops notably with three, and is almost non-
existent with 4. With one powerful gpu you don't need to mess with any of that stuff. I admit kepler seems to have
fewer issues in sli that tahiti does in crossfire(last time I checked), but that can change from game to game, patch
to patch and driver to driver(or from one generation of card to the next). A non ghosting 1080p TN led lcd for me.

I suppose the OP sprung for a bit more expensive IPS panel for photoshopping purposes. Whatever. Goin' 2 bed.


*lol, gaming on 3 monitors is the BEST thing a gamer can do.

*I have never experienced microstuttering, maybe because i have 4 GPUs :lol: 
September 19, 2012 10:13:09 PM

I echo your suggestion of an external backup HDD, but a dvd burner is a minimum
requirement to install some software(the extra recording functionality over a dvd player
is worth the tiny increase in price, imho). Perhaps you are one of those people that are
naturally immune to the effects of micro stuttering(it bothers some more than others for
unknown reasons). The preferred way to render in a multi gpu setup is afr(alternate
frame rendering) versus sfr(split frame rendering). With 2 gpus, each one does every
other frame(or metered top/bottom split). On 3 gpus, its every third frame(or metered 3

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way vertical split of the screen). For 4 gpus, its sfr of afr(2 gpus handle the top and bottom
of even frames, while the other 2 handle the top and bottom of odd frames). A 4 gpu
setup gives you the highest chance of micro stuttering since the driver has to attempt to
intelligently split up the work load top and bottom between paired gpus. A 3 gpu setup
at least has the potential to smooth things out by acting like triple buffering(say 3 OCed
hd7970s with vsync versus 2 gtx690s. Cheaper, and quite possibly faster/smoother). you
can use hacked drivers to throw in a cheap geforce for physx.
September 20, 2012 12:44:58 AM

This thread is going off-topic...
September 20, 2012 2:28:21 AM

ok, so I got me answer/suggestions. Before it goes way more off the ledge, close thread please :) 
October 1, 2012 1:15:32 AM

symbfrk said:
ok, so I got me answer/suggestions. Before it goes way more off the ledge, close thread please :) 
You half to select best answer or ask a mod to close it mate ;) 
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