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October 31, 2012 6:32:43 PM

Hi guys, so i'm practically new to building a personal rig for gaming and i need some advice/opinions on it. I've been researching like alot about the individuals parts and this is what i came up with

case: nzxt phantom 410
cpu: i5 3570k
mobo: asrock z77 extreme 4
memory: corsair vengeance (2x4g) 1866
psu: raidmax 850w 80+ gold (its overkill but its currently on sale)
ssd : 128gb ocz vertex 4
hdd: wd 750gb blue
heatsink: cm 212 evo

As u can see there is no gpu on that build because i really need some help. I'm stuck between the gtx 660 ti power edition or the gtx 680. The 660 ti is well under my budget but i've been thinking about getting the 680. so which do you guys think is well worth the money? the 660 ti or 680?

P.S I would like some opinion on the build to see if there is some improvements i can make or some of the items may not fit in there. thx guys :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
October 31, 2012 6:42:43 PM

Raidmax, despite the 80+ Gold rating, does not build very good power supplies.

I would go for the 670 personally. I don't see the 680 to be worth the price for little increase over the 670.
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October 31, 2012 6:45:53 PM

Get a 7870. It's like $200 Or a 7970. Well it actually depends on what games you like to play.

If you're going to be playing lots of bf3, get the gtx 680.
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October 31, 2012 6:52:36 PM

Deemo13 said:
Raidmax, despite the 80+ Gold rating, does not build very good power supplies.

I would go for the 670 personally. I don't see the 680 to be worth the price for little increase over the 670.

good tip on the psu, i did not know that. ty

i watched a performance comparison between the 670 and the 660ti. theres really not much of a diff despite their $70+ dollars gap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoWB1wOqlvI
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October 31, 2012 6:52:38 PM

a 660ti is enough for that build
680 is overkill in almost every situation.
I have no problems with the PSU.
The rest of build looks good to me
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October 31, 2012 6:58:05 PM

lchrisk said:
Get a 7870. It's like $200 Or a 7970. Well it actually depends on what games you like to play.

If you're going to be playing lots of bf3, get the gtx 680.

personally, i am a bit biased towards the nvidia platform since like alot of games are using that platform. But getting 7870 xfire them might be an idea
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October 31, 2012 7:00:39 PM

ittimjones said:
a 660ti is enough for that build
680 is overkill in almost every situation.
I have no problems with the PSU.
The rest of build looks good to me

thx for the tip. that was my first initial thought, the reason why i was going back and forth towards with the 680 was because of the long term solution since like gpu tech is like growing fast
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a b 4 Gaming
October 31, 2012 7:01:57 PM

Yea, honestly with the 660Ti, you should be fine. The 670 is nice, but there's not really much of a gap between the high end.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 31, 2012 7:17:05 PM

What kind of monitor are you using/going to use? That will determine what kind of GPU you need.
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October 31, 2012 7:24:02 PM

that power supply sucks, and get a gtx 670, you can find them for close to 350 bucks on sale these days. yeah their is not much of a performance increase between the 660ti and the 670, but the memory bandwidth could be a problem in future.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 31, 2012 7:25:47 PM

I would go with a 670. A good split between the two cards.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 31, 2012 7:30:20 PM

My rule of thumb for a gaming pc is to budget twice the cost of the cpu for the graphics card.
It is that important.
By that measure, the GTX670 or a 7950 class card would be appropriate.
The $50-$70 difference between a GTX670 and GTX680 does not seem to be worth it.
But, If you have the budget, and the price difference is not that important to you, then by all means get the GTX680. It is as good as it gets for a single gpu card and if you don.t, you will always be wondering.

1866 ram does not buy you much.
1600 should be fine.
Read this article:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...
And... buy low profile ram to avoid cooler clearance issues.

Raidmax is a tier 5 unit on this list.
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
I suspect the gold rated one is really higher than that.
But, you can, today, buy a tier 1 Seasonic X750 for $100 which is a roaring bargain:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It will run any graphics card made today.

The ocz vertex4 has a 0-1 egg rating of 11%
Samsung 830 or Intel will be half that.
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October 31, 2012 8:03:57 PM

You should generally get a seasonic PSU or a rebranded seasonic, i've always had the best luck with them, and they are extremely high class.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 31, 2012 10:01:56 PM

farsuka said:
You should generally get a seasonic PSU or a rebranded seasonic, i've always had the best luck with them, and they are extremely high class.


There are other brands that are good, but you are right, Seasonic is one of the best.

I really like PC Power & Cooling and Antec personally.
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