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October 16, 2012 1:08:22 PM

Hey guys,
Im new in tomshardware and i wanted to ask if this gaming rig will work

Case:
NZXT Phantom Big Tower - White

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K Box

Mainboard:
Asus Maximus V Formula

Ram:
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8)

Graphics Card:
Asus GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II TOP 2 GB

Power Supply:
Corsair Enthusiast Series 750W

Harddisk:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA 3 6GB/s

SSD Harddisk:
Samsung SSD 830 64GB SATA 6GB's

CPU Fan:
Corsair Hydro Series H80

Optical Drive:
Asus BC-12B1ST Blu-Ray Combo bulk

Software:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Will everything work with the Sockets, Watt usage? Will everything Fit in the Case?
As far as i checked everything would work, but i wanted to make sure.
Would it play Battlefield 3 decently when everything is maxed out(1920x1080)

Thanks Advanced.

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October 16, 2012 1:13:14 PM

Replace the i7 with an i5 3570K, the Maximus with a Gigabyte Z77 UD3H.

You dont need 16GBs of RAM for gaming. 8GBs is more than enough. Make sure to get the low profile ones too.

Get the Professional 750W from Corsair. Modular PSUs reduce clutter in your case.

Closed loop systems are crap. Dump that H80 or get a real watercooling system. Get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO instead.

Lastly, replace that GPU with a 7970 GHz Edition. Faster than the 670 and overclocks like a beast too. One from Powercolor, Sapphire (Vapor-X if you can get it), or XFX.

Trust me, you will still have a beast of a gaming machine after all of these changes. :D  A big beast at that. Big. And. Powerful.
October 16, 2012 1:45:54 PM

Kay thanks, ill have that in mind.
But if i would get a watercooler, what seems better than the h80?
What would be worth it?
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October 16, 2012 1:47:47 PM

^+1. You also want more than a 64GB SSD - at least 128GB.
Unless you want to watch Blu-Rays on it get the cheapest DVD you can find. I vote GA-Z77X-D3H.
October 16, 2012 10:17:22 PM

The watercooling units from Corsair are not really worth it in terms of performance. Usually a good air cooler will do the job just as well if not better.

I may seem like a hypocrite since I have a H60, but before this I had a Cooler Master 212 Plus, and it performs about the same.

I got it for free....so yea.
October 17, 2012 9:48:51 AM

None of the closed loop coolers. If somthing leaks, boom. There goes your rig. Real watercooling would be around $600 or so alone, so I wouldnt do that unless you want a REALLY silent rig.
October 17, 2012 1:10:49 PM

Thanks guys.
I made a couple changes. I'm using the 212 Evo instead of the h80.
But im still staying with the new ivy bridge= i7 3770k
But im not sure of the motherboard.The Asus Maximus v Formula inspires me quite a lot
but in terms of gaming, im just using 1 grafic card for 1 monitor, im not sure if you can use 2 grafik cards for 1 monitor.
So it doesn't decrease gaming performance, when i use the Gigabyte Z77 UD3H?
October 17, 2012 1:14:37 PM

Im telling you now, you wont reap any benefits from the i7.

Those ROG mobos are overrated. Some ~$100 mobos can and will be more than enough.
No, it wont decrease performance going from Maximus to UD3H.

1 GPU for 1 monitor is the common set-up. Two cards for a single monitor, leave that to the ones who have 120Hz monitors.

Edit: Again, remember to get the 7970 GHz Edition for your GPU. Faster than the 670.
October 17, 2012 5:43:04 PM

Thanks for your answer.
Im going with the ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB.
It seems to be a little better, but it costs much more.
Anyway, thanks guys.
October 17, 2012 6:00:15 PM

The i7 won't give you any more performance in terms of gaming.
October 17, 2012 6:07:32 PM

You're paying $100 more for a feature that won't be fully utilized for atleast 5 years to a decade.
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