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August 11, 2012 6:22:55 PM

I’m looking to get a GPU that is future proof. My current GPU of choice is the GTX 670, with the possibility of adding a 2nd one in the future.

The rig is first and foremost a gaming rig, BF3 is my game of choice but will buy new games as they come out. I want a GPU that can run BF3 with 60+ fps (32vs32 matches) as constant as possible without turning off AA/MSAA. In a nut shell, I want to run BF3 on High/Ultra with no hick ups or very few of them.

Also if I upgrade my GPU/or SLI the current one I have will I need a bigger PSU?

Budget: $500
Purchase date: Late Sept.Early Oct.
Resolution: 1920×1080

ASUS VH236H 23 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black x1 (future will add a 2nd one)
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=38845&promoid...

Logisys 5.25" Full Color Thermal / Clock Control - Black (FP708BK)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/ [...] 708BK.html

G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-1333C9D-16GAO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231556

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119213

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125423

Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371051

Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115233

ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820211588

Seagate Barracuda ST3750525AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148702

Rosewill RK-100 Black USB Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823201028

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118067

GIGABYTE GM-M7700 Noble Black 3+3 Buttons 4 Directional Scrolling 2.4GHz Wireless Laser Mouse for Notebook
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6826146004

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

If there is anything I may have left out please let me know.







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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 6:31:21 PM

Everything seems nice except for two things.

1. Since your budget is $500 for the graphics card, you may as well pick 4 GB GTX 670 in case you upgrade your monitor in the future.
2. Do yourself a favor and get i5-3570k instead of i5-3570. It costs almost the same but has the potential to be 25% faster.
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August 11, 2012 6:42:37 PM

Sunius said:
Everything seems nice except for two things.

1. Since your budget is $500 for the graphics card, you may as well pick 4 GB GTX 670 in case you upgrade your monitor in the future.
2. Do yourself a favor and get i5-3570k instead of i5-3570. It costs almost the same but has the potential to be 25% faster.


I will instead get the i5-3570K, only thing that bugs me with the 4GB GTX 670 is that it's another $150 for 2GB more.

When I compare them on newegg the GTX 670 2GB has a faster core clock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-130-785^14-130-785-TS%2C14-125-423^14-125-423-TS
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August 11, 2012 6:42:54 PM

With two monitors he'd still be gaming on only one. No real need for 4GB
Get the 3570k
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August 11, 2012 6:56:49 PM

No need for the 4gb. Just get the 2gb gtx 670. That card is stupid fast. Also, as mentioned above, grab the 3570k and overclock that baby to around 4.0-4.4GHz. Make sure you get an aftermarket CPU cooler such as this to keep it from frying.

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4gb of VRAM would only be necessary if you plan on running a triple monitor setup. In your case, that wouldn't be a good idea. BF3 is best ran on a single monitor...especially for competitive purposes.

The 2gb gtx 670 would be perfect for running a game on one monitor and doing research and other menial tasks on the other monitor.
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a c 259 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:06:53 PM

Your links are not working for me.

With a $500 graphics card budget, get a GTX680. 2gb is fine.
Is it worth the extra $100 more than a GTX670? Probably not, an overclocked GTX670 will approach a GTX680.

I would plan my graphics upgrade by selling your initial card and replacing it with something stronger in the future. Today, that would be a GTX690, but, more likely, you will see a faster kepler card at a better price instead.
One argument for a gtx680 is that the top end single gpu cards will usually command a better price on resale.

If you stick with a single card upgrade approach, there are other benefits:

Your psu wattage requirements will be 150-200w less. A 650w unit will handle a GTX690, and likely any other single card in the future.

You can buy a cheaper non sli capable motherboard.

There will be less heat generated in your case so you will need only a less expensive case.

A single gpu will insulate you from games that do not work well with sli.

On the rest of your build:
A Z77 motherboard will let you oc a 3570K.
If you live near a microcenter, they will sell you a 3570K for $190.

For gamers, 8gb will be plenty. But ram is cheap, so I see no real negative to 16gb.

I would suggest a simple aftermarket cooler like the $30 cm hyper212.
Compared to the stock intel cooler, it will cool better, be quieter, and is easier to install.

Today, I would look at the Intel 330 ssd instead, mainly for reliability.

I would dump the front panel monitor.
I see it as mostly "bling".
Spend the budget elsewhere where it counts.




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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:10:27 PM

josh21 said:
I will instead get the i5-3570K, only thing that bugs me with the 4GB GTX 670 is that it's another $150 for 2GB more.

When I compare them on newegg the GTX 670 2GB has a faster core clock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-130-785^14-130-785-TS%2C14-125-423^14-125-423-TS


That's $60, not $150.
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August 11, 2012 7:18:53 PM

Links don't work for me either.
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a c 177 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:45:21 PM

@ Josh21: Geofelt did n't get that Expert tag through mail order ;) , read his post carefully, he makes total sense.
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