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Out of the loop... new build GPU advice needed

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October 19, 2012 1:16:48 PM

My current computer is biting the dust (it's 5+ years old... about time for a replacement!), so I'm working towards building a new one. Thankfully, some parts of it are reusable (case, PSU, opt drive, hdds, etc) and I picked up (the wrong for my current PC) memory the other day at MicroCenter.

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Here's what I already have:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kE0m
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kE0m/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kE0m/benchmarks/

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Not sure of type, but I have one that works.
Monitor: Acer V223WEJbd 22.0" Monitor ($136.92 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer X223WDbd 22.0" Monitor ($138.73 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full (32/64-bit) ($249.95 @ Adorama)
Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech Wired Optical Mouse

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Here's the CPU/mobo I was considering (please feel free to make suggestions for better parts... I've never built an Intel system before, so I'm not too familiar with it):
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/75Oe
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/75Oe/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/75Oe/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $389.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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I'm looking for a recommendation on a video card (changes to CPU/mobo welcome as well!). I'm hoping to spend under 1k.

I currently use my PC for WoW (raiding 25 and 40 man currently lags me, even when I'm staring at the ground, scrolled in all the way) and other gaming (Crysis, Skyrim, Torchlight, etc) and would prefer ultra settings on all graphics. I like to multitask with FF and Thunderbird running in the background, maybe with some Netflix or Hulu going, or even Spotify. That being said, I want something that will last me another 3+ years before having to be upgraded at a large cost like this, as I have no clue what games will strike my fancy in the upcoming years.
October 19, 2012 1:36:27 PM

Can you afford a GTX 680?
If so, I think that would compliment your system the best, and make it last for the next few years.

A GTX 670 would be the cheaper alternative.

You can also keep SLI a possibility down the road for a cheaper, major performance boost, as prices go down a year or so from now.
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October 19, 2012 2:01:35 PM

I 100% agree with ittimjones, You've already got some really great parts. the 3570K and Z77 motherboard are going to carry you for another 5+ years at least. either a 670 or 680 are both going to be strong cards for years to come!
October 19, 2012 2:06:23 PM

No reason for a 680 over a 670, its a 5% performance boost for 20% higher cost. You can even overclock a 670 to 680 performance.

A good alternative to a 670 is a HD7970 Ghz.
October 19, 2012 2:17:30 PM

I would go with a 670 as it is faster at WOW than the standard 7970. Its also cheaper than the 7970 ghz edition.
October 19, 2012 4:09:34 PM

I'm considering going with the 670... Would it be a better investment to go with a 4gb card over 2GB, since the price difference isn't really that much?
October 19, 2012 4:12:15 PM

a 7970 is a better option but if you do want a 670, id suggest getting the msi power edition gtx670

4gb is useless to you unless you are doing multi-monitor
October 19, 2012 4:26:42 PM

As per my original post, I have 2 22" monitors, that I alternate between while playing games.

Is the 7970 w/3GB a better option than 670 w/4GB, with multimonitor support in mind?
October 19, 2012 4:58:53 PM

way better. eyefinity is much more mature than nvidia surround
October 19, 2012 5:53:16 PM

TBT, thanks so much for your help. One final question, since I'm not familiar with Intel just yet... is the stock CPU cooler sufficient, or should I pick up a strong one?
October 19, 2012 6:05:20 PM

stick is fine for stock speeds.

You shoudl get your CPU & Mobo at Microcenter -- huge discounts there
October 19, 2012 6:06:49 PM

Eyefinity uses three monitors, not two. I agree that Eyefinity is better than Nvidia Surround though. Unless you go with three monitors, 2GB is plenty and if WOW is your main game, again, the 670 is faster than the 7970 standard edition. If you play other games, I suggest you go and look at the benches for those games and pick the card that runs those games the fastest. As far as the cooler goes, if you want to overclock, a Coolermaster 212 will cool that cpu nicely as the stock cooler is only good for stock clocks.
October 19, 2012 7:44:58 PM

alanthiana said:
TBT, thanks so much for your help. One final question, since I'm not familiar with Intel just yet... is the stock CPU cooler sufficient, or should I pick up a strong one?


the stock fans are crap. get a noctua u12p se2 cooler from us.ncix for 39.99. cools way better than the hyper 212 and is much quieter. very good deal at the moment
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