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September 30, 2012 6:49:06 AM

Hello everybody, i constructed this gaming pc, along with the help of some members on the forum and i am wondering if there is anything that i should change to make it better without spending too much more or getting something just as good for a little less
Main use:gaming, web surfing
Already have : Operating system, monitor which is a 1080p led hdtv 32", mouse and keyboard
I want to be able to overclock, but not now , maybe later when i know more about overclocking, and would like to be able to use crossfire
Currently i am thinking about changing memory from the one i currently am getting to another one that is 8gb 1600 mhz and maybe another brand, maybe the best ram that is anywhere from $35-$45
I also would like another motherboard since i would like to do crossfire
Also maybe a better video card if possible?

Here is the link
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hTJC

All help would be appreciated : :wahoo: 

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September 30, 2012 6:56:10 AM

If you want to overclock, you need aftermarket cooling on the CPU. The board and CPU are overclock ready.
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $35 ($5 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Isnt the best RAM, but considering you have already payed for it, its not worth swapping it out for 1600Mhz RAM. Performance boost wouldn't justify the $40 spent.

If you get a new motherboard, it will mean you will have to buy a new OS (unless you have the retail release). And Crossfire/SLI is fairly pointless unless you have a 120hz monitor or multiple in an Eyefinity setup. At this point you would be better off getting a stronger, single card.

My advice is to get an SSD and re-install Windows to it. That will give you the most noticeable speed increase.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 30, 2012 7:00:16 AM

o lol i meant that i constructed it on pc parts picker, i don't have the actual pc yet, but great advice
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a c 176 K Overclocking
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September 30, 2012 7:06:34 AM

Oh, OK then. Swap out the RAM for a 1600mhz kit then.
G.Skill Ares 8gb (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $39
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the mobo to this, it will give you Crossfire/SLI support.
AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The PSU to this so you could support a dual Crossfire/SLI setup (very cheap if you can nail the rebate).
XFX Core 750W, 80+ Bronze non-modular. $105 ($25 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This Seagate HDD is a bit cheaper and slightly faster.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 30, 2012 7:14:34 AM

^good but get the gigabyte ga-z77-d3h or the asus p8z77-v lk for a motherboard, only the asus is sli compatible and crossfire the gigabyte only has crossfire. Get the gtx 660 instead
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September 30, 2012 7:19:50 AM

How is the Extreme4 not SLI/Crossfire compatible? It has the right slot bandwidth to properly support it and claim Crossfire/SLI compatibility in its features page.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The GTX660 over the HD7850 is a valid point though.
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September 30, 2012 7:28:56 AM

computernoob29 said:
^good but get the gigabyte ga-z77-d3h or the asus p8z77-v lk for a motherboard, only the asus is sli compatible and crossfire the gigabyte only has crossfire. Get the gtx 660 instead

Huh? All 3 motherboards mentioned so far all have SLI/CF support.
And I'm pretty sure if a motherboard supports Crossfire, it can support SLI too, and vice versa.
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October 5, 2012 3:00:19 AM

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