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Gaming rig decisions. How do I get the best setup possible with the options I ha

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October 19, 2012 1:01:25 AM

Hey everyone,
I'm thinking of buying a new desktop from Cyberpower, but I have a bunch of questions that I want to get cleared up first. (I have tried to do as much research as possible before coming here, but could definitely use some help)

As of right now, I'm thinking of going with a customization of the Black Pearl.

The current specs are:

CASE: Azza Genesis 9000 Full Tower Gaming Case w/ 2 x 230mm fans, 4x Easy Swap HDD, Dual Power Supply Support, & front USB 3.0 Port

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)

COOLANT: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)

HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (128GB Sandisk Sata III Boot Drive + 2TB Single Drive Only)

MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (G.SKILL Ripjaws X [+12])

MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) ASUS P9X79 LE Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI Bios, Remote GO!, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)

POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-850M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply [+59]

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+186] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+26]

COST: ~$1500 Prebuilt


I have several questions ranging from important to not so important:

1) What do you think of the current setup? Is it worth the price if I am not building it myself?

2) I can only seem to find mixed reviews on whether to go with 2 lower end GPUs in SLI or one higher end video card. I will be playing on one monitor, a wide range of games such as BF3, Farcry3, Watchdogs, Bioshock, Arma3, Crysis3, etc.
Would it be better to go with the video card i have selected (GeForce GTX 670 2GB) or better to have 2 GTX 660/650s 2GB running together?

Also, the card I currently have has these options:
EVGA Superclocked
EVGA FTW Edition
Are either of them worth it for about an extra 50 bucks?

3) I have the option of getting everything factory overclocked from the start for a little bit of extra cost. I'm not decided on overclocking as of yet since there are so many mixed opinions. I can either get "Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more)" or "Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more)" or nothing. Would you recommend I get either of these with what I have?

4) This ties into my overclocking question. What power supply would I need if I do overclock? if I don't? I figure 850W is enough for anything but what do you guys think?
Out of these 4:
800 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
800 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
850 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
850 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-850M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply

Is the 80 Plus worth it? which would be the best option?


5) For RAM, which option would be best?
Corsair or Major Brand
G.SKILL Ripjaws X (All Venom OC Levels Certified)
Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme Masters Edition (All Venom OC Levels Certified)
Kingston HyperX (All Venom OC Levels Certified)

I have currently selected the Ripjaws.

6)Last question: is it worth getting an additional 60GB SSD for $80? In your experience does it really speed up anything you store on the SSD vs the HDD?


Thanks for all your help guys. I really appreciate it. I'm just really trying to understand what I am doing before I make any random decisions!

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October 19, 2012 1:27:02 AM
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Build it yourself. Everything there is massively overpriced.

Get a i5-3570K. The i7-3820 needs a more expensive mobo, and won't perform any better when gaming. I'd be looking at the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. It currently comes with 8GB free RAM from newegg, and 8GB will be enough for gaming for quite a while yet. ~$140 from Newegg including shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should get a single GPU. It will use less power and SLI/CF doesn't always scale well. I'd be looking at a 7970; preferably from Asus, Sapphire, MSi, or Gigabyte. Make sure to get a good non-reference cooler, as reference ones are fairly loud and ineffective. You can get a good 7970 for way under $400. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No point in getting closed loop cooling; cheaper air cooling usually outperforms it eg CM Hyper 212 Evo or Noctua NH-D14.

Do it yourself. Plus you can only overclock the i7-3820 a small amount.

Every single one of those PSUs is crap (except the Corsair, and even that is "or major brand"), and could destroy your system if pushed too hard. You could run a single 670 or 7970 on 550W, or two on 750W. Get Antec, Corsair, Enermax, (some) OCZ, PCP&C, (some) Rosewill, Seasonic, or XFX.

You want ram that is low profile, DDR3-1600, 1.5V (which Kingston isn't, so voids your warranty), and CL9. See the above mobo.

Your HDD package already includes a 2TB drive and 128GB ssd, though it's comparatively slow. You may not need 2TB either. I vote for OCZ Vertex 4 or Samsung 830.

But again; BUILD IT YOURSELF! Anyone can do it, and newegg has some good how-to videos.
October 26, 2012 2:50:23 AM

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