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I have two gaming PC builds. Which is better?

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Which gaming PC is better?

Total: 11 votes (3 blank votes)

  • Build 1
  • 13 %
  • Build 2
  • 88 %
October 6, 2012 10:14:09 PM

I like Build #2 Better to be honest.

Also a side note for the first build, you should get the Hyper212 EVO, Better cooling because more surface area.

Good luck
October 6, 2012 10:16:33 PM

Thank you for your input. Are there better builds than what I posted for $1,200?
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October 6, 2012 10:27:36 PM

Build 2 for sure. Samsung SSDs FTW and you are just getting spanked with the GTX 670 at that price. You can easily get a 670 closer to $370

Also, I'm pretty sure you're getting an HDD in build 2 over none in build 1 :p 
October 7, 2012 1:52:07 PM

Anonymous said:
you can drop 100 watts off of each PSU; a 650 for the 7970 and a 550 for the 670 set up.

(pssst i am a fan of XFX being made by seasonic)
XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
$59.99 -$10.00 +FREE s/h $49.99



I was wondering if it is a good idea to have extra wattage from my PSU in-case I make upgrades in the future that require more power. I was wondering what you think about that.
October 7, 2012 5:54:08 PM

It's always good to have extra psu room. With you having a unlocked cpu, you may want to overclock. therefore the extra room wont hurt.
You don't want to put alot of stress on the psu by having it full load the whole time, make sure you leave some wiggle room in between. Forcing your psu under full load will lower the life of the unit, and you will end up replacing it in no time. Also, you may want to go sli in the future and that uses alot of power.

Hope this helped.
October 7, 2012 6:24:53 PM

morgilroka said:
It's always good to have extra psu room. With you having a unlocked cpu, you may want to overclock. therefore the extra room wont hurt.
You don't want to put alot of stress on the psu by having it full load the whole time, make sure you leave some wiggle room in between. Forcing your psu under full load will lower the life of the unit, and you will end up replacing it in no time. Also, you may want to go sli in the future and that uses alot of power.

Hope this helped.


So, should I get more than 550W. I liked Looniam's suggestion:

"you can drop 100 watts off of each PSU; a 650 for the 7970 and a 550 for the 670 set up.

(pssst i am a fan of XFX being made by seasonic)
XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
$59.99 -$10.00 +FREE s/h $49.99"

particularly because it is cheaper. But do you think I will pigeon hole myself if I go to that low?
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October 7, 2012 9:19:48 PM

beegeepee said:
So, should I get more than 550W. I liked Looniam's suggestion:

"you can drop 100 watts off of each PSU; a 650 for the 7970 and a 550 for the 670 set up.

(pssst i am a fan of XFX being made by seasonic)
XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
$59.99 -$10.00 +FREE s/h $49.99"

particularly because it is cheaper. But do you think I will pigeon hole myself if I go to that low?

one thing is those PSUs, the XFX 550 i suggested and the 650 you have on the first build that can move to the second, are quite enough for overclocking the cpu.

also if you are not already setting aside money for a budget to go CF or SLI you will not in the near future; with the two different cards you choose (the 670 and 7970) it is doubtful you will have a need for anything better unless you get a multi monitor set up and even then both cards (esp, the 7970) will do well depending on the game.

with power saving features of cpus and gpus systems idle usage can be as low as ~100 - 150 watts; far below stressing out any quality 550 watt PSU. just keep in mind that systems spend more time idling then under full load. and since efficiency takes a big nose dive when less than a 20% load on a PSU getting too big of a PSU is a waste of money when it sits there idling with less than 74% efficiency.

on the other hand, if you have the budget to keep the PSUs you have then go for it. at least you are not insisting on getting a 950 watt PSU for a i3/7770 set up. ;) 
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