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September 30, 2012 3:37:18 AM


Hey Guys,

I was wondering what you guys thought about this PC setup. i'd love to here your thoughts.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/danielstern96/saved/#saved...

Regards,
Daniel.

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September 30, 2012 3:41:02 AM

Is this a gaming machine or an editing build? The 3770k and mid-range graphics says editing, but the 8GB of RAM and one HDD say gaming?

If its just gaming, drop the 3770k to an 3570k.

If its editing, double the RAM. Get it from a better brand as well such as Corsair or G.Skill, never heard of A-Data before.
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September 30, 2012 3:45:02 AM

its more geared towards gaming. thanks for your input! :) 
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September 30, 2012 3:49:14 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iUWv
CPU Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $299.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $27.98
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 $134.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $79.99
Storage Seagate SV35.5 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $89.99
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" SSD $94.99
Video Card XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB $289.99
Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower $139.99
Power Supply SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $109.99
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $15.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $91.10
It has one of the fastest SSD's on the market, a stronger GPU than your build.
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September 30, 2012 3:49:19 AM

here's my tweaking

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($93.89 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.10 @ Amazon)
Total: $1500.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



I trim back costs and change you from a single 7970 to GTX 670s in SLI
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September 30, 2012 3:51:41 AM

@ScrewySqrl That SLI is completely useless if he is not using 2+ monitors. And then why would you go with a mid tower case, an even worst SSD, a worst mobo, and a shittier PSU when mines is genuinely cheaper than yours?
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September 30, 2012 4:11:28 AM

im open to different builds for that same price range, if you feel my setup of parts is bad, by all means change it up!

Thanks in advance.
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September 30, 2012 5:04:34 AM

Hello. I agree with manofchalk.
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September 30, 2012 5:47:21 AM

hunter: Nothing wrong with the AS Rock Extreme series of motherboards. less expensive is not necessarily cheaper quality. Same with the Antec power supply and Agility 4 SSD. The HAF 922 is what the OP had originally, and it can accommodate the 2 graphics cards (which vent externally) just fine. Especially since nothing else is going in a mobo slot. all the savings went to having two GPUs, because at this price, why not?

You could swap a pair of 660 Ti's instead, and buy another two monitors, for 3-screen gaming.
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September 30, 2012 8:38:02 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-ATX12V-CrossFire-Certifie... $75.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $27.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So... $20.33 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $379.99
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N670WF2-2GD

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.77 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,071.43 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $81.02 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... $65.52 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX



http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $94.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Computer-RC-9... $93.89 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 Ports (RC-922M-KKN3-GP)



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-240G-G25 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0077CR66A/ref=s9_hps_... $195.77 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW



http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)



http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD
Core Clock 1032MHz
Boost Clock 1344


http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI / HDMI / DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards GV-N66TOC-2GD
Core Clock 1032MHz
Boost Clock 1344


http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC
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September 30, 2012 10:31:36 AM

hunterpostit88 said:
@ScrewySqrl That SLI is completely useless if he is not using 2+ monitors. And then why would you go with a mid tower case, an even worst SSD, a worst mobo, and a shittier PSU when mines is genuinely cheaper than yours?

Woah there,
There's nothing wrong with a mid-tower case if it can accommodate the components in question with efficiency. It's cheaper too.
I agree the Vertex 4 is alot better.
The Extreme3 is just as good as the Extreme4. The only difference is the Extreme4 has more features. Calling it "worst" isn't justifiable.
I like the PSU you chose, having only 1 +12v rail @ 62amps, but in no means does it make the Antec a "shittier PSU" alternative. Albeit, it has 4 +12v rails which I personally don't like, but it's a good cheaper alternative. Especially since the promo on the PSU you chose has ended, bringing it back up to $149.99
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September 30, 2012 3:50:59 PM

Still full tower gives your computer room for "breathing" and if he decides to SLI, the OP would have more room. And the EVO is quite the tight fit in a mid tower case. I had to put a TX3 in one of my older computers cause it was that tight(could've been the dimensions of my case). I'm just asking why would you choose squirrels, when mine would perform better and faster(except the SLI he has which the OP doesn't mention multi-monitor)?
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September 30, 2012 3:59:34 PM

I will overhaul my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iXek
The 3770k isn't necessary since you're not video editing. Downgraded the PSU from a gold to bronze(won't notice a difference honestly), a GTX 680(probably in the top 5 best GPU's available). And more.
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September 30, 2012 6:23:51 PM

But with a the 680 you get a free Borderlands 2:) lol
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September 30, 2012 9:28:51 PM

oooh that would be nice to get. :)  and do companies come out with a lot of new parts around christmas time, is there a point to waiting?
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September 30, 2012 10:29:05 PM

hunterpostit88 said:
Still full tower gives your computer room for "breathing" and if he decides to SLI, the OP would have more room. And the EVO is quite the tight fit in a mid tower case. I had to put a TX3 in one of my older computers cause it was that tight(could've been the dimensions of my case). I'm just asking why would you choose squirrels, when mine would perform better and faster(except the SLI he has which the OP doesn't mention multi-monitor)?

I can post a dozen or more mid towers that will fit the largest of cpu heat sinks. And what exactly constitutes a "mid tower" and a "full tower"? The Antec 1200 is called a "full tower" yet there's more room and better cable management in a Corsair 500R or Cooler Master 922 mid tower. As far as the breathing room goes, the graphics cards aren't going to sit any differntly on the motherboard in a so called full tower vs a mid tower. Some of the top rated cases in regards to working with dual cards and low temps are mid towers starting with the two I just mentioned. People see "full tower" and lose their heads sometimes. Check the dimensions on any Corsair and/or Cooler Master mid tower gaming cases and then look at their cooling options along with reading some reviews done on those cases by sites like Tom's, Bjorn, etc.... The only time a jumbo sized full tower comes into effect is when you need a case for an EATX board so that you can run tri vid cards.
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September 30, 2012 10:36:26 PM

hunterpostit88 said:
@ScrewySqrl That SLI is completely useless if he is not using 2+ monitors. And then why would you go with a mid tower case, an even worst SSD, a worst mobo, and a shittier PSU when mines is genuinely cheaper than yours?

Worse mobo? Do you know the difference between the Asrock extreme4 and extreme3? Try the extreme4 has two extra SATA 6/b ports and a shiny little metal decoration over the south bridge. Other than that there is no difference. Most users will never use more than two hard drives so unless the OP specifies a RAID configuration along with an SSD then there is no reason to spend more money on the extreme4. Both of those boards support SLI.
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September 30, 2012 11:28:00 PM

@danielstern96 Nvidia hasn't announced a new line of GPU's(aka 700 series most likely). Maybe they'll be running sales? And they just released the final installments to the Kepler.
@Why_Me I'm just saying that in SOME cases a full tower is better. Now maybe the OP can save a few bucks and get a 922. Most a full towers that I've dealt with have been bigger than my mid towers.
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October 1, 2012 3:33:29 AM

hunterpostit88 said:
But with a the 680 you get a free Borderlands 2:) lol

With the price of the 680 though, you're basically paying for the game already.
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October 1, 2012 3:51:06 AM

Replace the MOBO with a Z77 one and you're good, unless I overlooked something.
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October 1, 2012 4:06:54 AM

Here, adjusted it a bit for you

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.88 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.71 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1416.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 1, 2012 4:14:49 AM

excella1221 said:
Here, adjusted it a bit for you

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.88 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.71 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1416.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

What's with the two storage drives in that build? All you need is a storage drive and an SSD.
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October 1, 2012 4:28:16 AM

right sorry, i meant to have the Z77 there. and so if i were to take out that WD 500GB should i invest that money into some other component?
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October 1, 2012 4:38:00 AM

Why_Me said:
What's with the two storage drives in that build? All you need is a storage drive and an SSD.

Dunno, it's his list originally, I just swapped out some components for cheaper/better ones.

@danielstern96 - Just drop the 500gb Caviar Blue so you'll be under $1500, and can buy everything from a single store: Newegg. You'll also be able to save some cash. If you want however, you can invest it and swap out the 670 to get a more powerful HD 7970 GHZ Edition.

Here,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.71 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1437.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 1, 2012 4:47:01 AM

is it worth getting the HD 7970?
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October 1, 2012 4:50:00 AM

That's up to you.
Either cards would be powerful and would serve you good for a long time.
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October 1, 2012 4:56:41 AM

danielstern96 said:
is it worth getting the HD 7970?


If you're looking into a Ghz Edition card, here's a counter from Nvidia/Gigabyte:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70546&vpn=GV-N680OC-2GD&m...

That's a very good price for one of the fastest GTX 680s on the market. I picked up one for my new build which I just put together and got it for ~460 CAD so overall I'd say I got a great deal.

It really depends on how hard you will be gaming and what resolution you'll be doing it at. The 7970s/680s are probably a little unnecessary at resolutions below 1080p.

EDIT: For SINGLE monitor setups below 1080p. If you plan on running multiple monitors, then its a whole other story.
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October 1, 2012 4:57:55 AM

whats the price difference? should it still be MSI?
and yeah im sticking to a single monitor. i heard the 680 can still handle multiple monitors well though.
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October 1, 2012 5:02:55 AM

danielstern96 said:
whats the price difference? should it still be MSI?


I think you can probably find some cheaper 680s/7970 GHz edition cards. For example: http://ncix.com/search/?categoryid=0&q=radeon+7970+Ghz+...

But that's after rebate. It's the same deal if you search for 680 OC cards.

They are priced similarly, and depending on where you buy, I'd say the price difference is negligible. It comes down to which games you play, and what resolutions you'll be playing as there are tons of benchmarks where Nvidia/AMD trade blows depending on the game.

The Nvidia cards do consume less power, and from what I researched, end up being a little quieter - but that's dependent on the specific manufacturer of the card.
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October 1, 2012 5:03:38 AM

danielstern96 said:
whats the price difference? should it still be MSI?
and yeah im sticking to a single monitor. i heard the 680 can still handle multiple monitors well though.


Okay, one monitor - what's your max resolution?
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October 1, 2012 5:08:36 AM

i havent picked a monitor yet TBH. but im guessing ill get one that fits the parts.
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October 1, 2012 5:14:36 AM

danielstern96 said:
i havent picked a monitor yet TBH. but im guessing ill get one that fits the parts.


Ah, I see. Well, for anything 1080p and under, you really don't need a 7970 or a 680. Save the ~$100 and buy a GTX 670 OC. A very solid graphics card that will perform almost, if not the same, as a stock 680 at those resolutions.

If you think you may upgrade in the future to multiple monitors, or you want to keep the build for a while, then maybe go higher, but again, that's your choice. At the moment, the 670 OCs have some really great prices and their performance is stellar.

Although, you've already got a pretty robust build, so I don't really know what you could put the saved money towards :p  Maybe some decked out peripherals or sound?
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October 1, 2012 5:26:00 AM

now hd 7970 can be picked up at the price of gtx 670.. given that the recent driver update has given great improvement to its performance.. i think its really worth the money you about to spend since it is $400.. nt $250.. buy a hd 7970 and overclock the hell out of it.. you'll get a topping gtx 680 performance at 670 price.. so why not?

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...
Core i5 3570K - $190

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M - $110

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fractal Design Arc Mini Black - $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $20

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M - $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW - $200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB - $40

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-2DHV3 - $390

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner 24X - $18
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October 2, 2012 2:33:21 AM

the 7970 will be fine
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October 2, 2012 4:22:52 AM

I would suggest the Sapphire Vapor-X for better cooling, and further OC abilities. If you can find one though, since they're out of stock everywhere.
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October 2, 2012 7:36:28 AM

So some new processors have came out. Would you guys please update this build?
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October 2, 2012 9:21:41 AM

Only processors to have come out recently are the Ivy Bridge i3's and the Trinity AMD APU's. Neither of which are a concern for the OP's usage and budget.
I suspect you may have posted in the wrong thread.
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October 2, 2012 10:48:31 PM

danielstern96 said:
interesting...well the Gigabyte HD 7970 Ghz edition is a little more expensive than the 670 but reviews say its much better...so should i get that?

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


If you're really looking into a GHz edition card, then why not go for the OC 680 card from Gigabyte? I posted the link above. There are other 680s that are less expensive than $449 on the market too.

EDIT: Ack, I forgot you were only gaming on one monitor. I stand behind what I said earlier, the 7970 stock is already overkill for the majority of games at 1080p on one monitor. Paying a premium for a GHz edition card is not going to give you any noticeable gains. For your gaming environment, a GTX 670 (OC if you really want) will be more than enough to give you stunning performance at 1080p on one monitor.
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October 2, 2012 11:00:40 PM

MSI GTX670 power edition? :D D Has a Great Price.
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October 3, 2012 1:34:48 AM

JetD: NO!!! didn't you see the article I linked just above? the MSI ones have a poorly designed power regulator that sends 188% of the reccomended voltage into the GPU, and fries it.

NOT MSI! NO!
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October 3, 2012 2:08:49 AM

either hd 7970 or gtx 670.. nt 680 or 7970 ghz edition..
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October 3, 2012 4:00:49 AM

^eh, why? I generally recommend people who are planning to buy a regular 7970 to get a GHz edition already since the price difference isn't that much but the performance increase is fairly significant.

The 670 over 680 is understandable though given the current Nvidia prices.
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October 3, 2012 4:13:32 AM

well because hd 7970 can also be overclocked to match of hd 7970 ghz edition at cheaper prices..
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October 3, 2012 4:23:13 AM

That's beside the point. Why would you want to overclock something you can get at stock for at better cooling and performance. Which can *also* be overclocked to achieve higher. And again, the price difference isn't that big to make a deal out of it.
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October 3, 2012 4:27:24 AM

every choices serves its purpose for the buyer.. if don't mind spending more... get the ghz edition.. otherwise... get non-ghz edition...
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