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October 9, 2012 10:05:22 AM

Hey, this is my first gaming rig. I'm wondering if everything I've got put together is all good. Anything I should add or take away?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue WD7500AZEX 750GB 7200 RPM
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB
GPU: DIAMOND 7970PE53G Radeon HD 7970
GPU: Sapphire 11199-00-20G Radeon HD 7870
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W

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October 9, 2012 10:15:11 AM

Apart from needing CPU cooler, for overclocking, and an optical drive, the rest is OK, but WHAT is with the two DIFFERENT graphics cards. Is that an either/or, because they won't work TOGETHER, in crossfire!!
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October 9, 2012 10:46:44 AM

malbluff said:
Apart from needing CPU cooler, for overclocking, and an optical drive, the rest is OK, but WHAT is with the two DIFFERENT graphics cards. Is that an either/or, because they won't work TOGETHER, in crossfire!!

Yea I'm not very familiar with crossfire so I wasn't really sure what would work together.
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October 9, 2012 10:57:41 AM

AnonymousBanana said:
Yea I'm not very familiar with crossfire so I wasn't really sure what would work together.



You need two of the same card for crossfire.

Generally your best off starting with just a powerful single card set up. A single 7970 would be fine.
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October 9, 2012 11:25:09 AM

Get rid of the 7870, which wouldn't be compatible :) , and get a decent CPU cooler to get a nice overclock going. That Ram is compatible with a NH-D14, so with the money you save from getting rid of that useless 7870 in your build (Its a good card, but it won't do anything LOL), you can get both that Cooler and the best HD 7970.

I recommend this one :

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

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

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October 9, 2012 11:30:49 AM

It's Maximus V, the motherboard, but whilst they look good, they don't really gain you anything, over an ordinary Z77 mobo, like Asus' P8Z77-V Pro, or the cheaper ASRock Z77 Extreme4, unless you are a PC "enthusiast", as much as gamer. The Maximus Extreme's come into their own, if you want to have proper water cooling, and stuff like high speed RAM.
You will need to add a CPU cooler, something like CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo, is good value, plus something like LG, or Lite-On optical drive, plus, of course, a decent case. A Corsair Carbide 500R is a very good case, but there are many others. It's as much a question of what YOU like the look of. Pick a couple of decent mid tower ATX cases, and we can advise which is best.
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