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November 6, 2012 12:21:34 AM

Out of 10 - what does everyone think?

- i5 3470
- Thermaltake Contac 29 (re-used from older system)
- 8GB DDR3 1333MHz (re-used from older system)
- Gigabyte H77M-D3H
- Gainward Phantom 2GB GTX 680
- Seagate 2TB
- CM Storm Enforcer
- Win 8 Pro, fresh install

I have no interest in overclocking, so I dropped the 3570K along with a Z77 board, and also dropped the SSD, I'm more than happy with a fat HDD for a gaming system. Sunk the savings into the GPU. So out of 10 - what are the comments? :D 

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 12:27:46 AM

I like it. Looks promising. 9.5
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 12:27:52 AM

It looks good, but instead of getting a 680 get the 7970 ghz edtion.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 12:41:28 AM

lt_dan_zsu said:
It looks good, but instead of getting a 680 get the 7970 ghz edtion.


That's what would have rated it a 10 for me.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 1:09:50 AM

Did you already buy these parts? If not, you should definitely forego the 680 in favor of a 7970 or a 670 and put the money saved back into an SSD. The gaming performance difference will be completely negligible, or actually an improvement with a GE 7970, and the SSD will make your computer much more responsive in general.

680 is a waste of money. :/ 
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 1:12:05 AM

yeah 680 is a waste, the 7970 is just as powerful, and the 7970GE more powerful
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November 6, 2012 1:21:39 AM

Yea, 7970 ghz would seal the deal, especially at high res
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November 6, 2012 1:27:54 AM

Nope. Decided to chuck AMD out completely and try out Nvidia. At 1080p, they are both exceptional, plus I get PhysX with Nvidia. For the SSD, I'm typing this on my work box, which has a 256GB Samsung 830. I did not see a point to put another one in my gaming system, which only has games and drivers. Went for the best GPU I could get my hands on, and decided to go Nvidia this time.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 1:58:29 AM

I am partial to nvidia myself. Even if you decide to go with them and you don't want an SSD, you're better off getting a 670 and just pocketing the cash. The 680 only gives you ~5% more performance on average, for a price difference of over $100.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 2:14:59 AM

I am warning you, physx is not that great. You are basically losing half your frame rate sometimes, so you can see a little more dust. You would be better off getting a 7950 or 7970, and then buying a dedicated physx card.
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November 6, 2012 2:30:04 AM

Best answer selected by NV88.
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November 6, 2012 2:30:43 AM

Well I'm satisfied, and I know this system won't hesitate with any game I chuck at it. I don't get the second best anymore. When its time to upgrade I'll get the next equivalent x80 series.
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November 6, 2012 2:55:47 AM

Your basically rolling with the exact same specs I got, I went 680 +ftw and i7-3770k because it is also what I use to do work off of, I was thinking of going with a 7970, but I've had bad experiences with every AMD card I have purchased in the past, the 680 is a better for single card systems anyways you won't be disappointed with it. You should reconsider the solid state drive, I just installed my first one to boot the OS and Antivirus off of, and some other programs like office and some c++ compilers for me there's no going back at this point, it was a $70, for a 60 Gb.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 3:22:21 AM

You can get a high quality 128GB for $70 these days if you catch a sale, but it sounds like the OP has already experienced SSD speeds and is making an informed decision there.

I own a 680 as well, but it was a rage/impulse buy and I regret not simply waiting for the 670 I wanted to just come back in stock again and saving the $150.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 3:25:23 AM

Hm, 7970 would've been a better choice. Then you could afford to throw in a SSD. The 7970 actually outperforms the GTX 680 in most games. PhsX is an overrated feature. I'd rather have more power in order to be able to handle Antialiasing.

Also, SSDs greatly decrease load times in games. While everyone else is sitting at the loading screen in BF3, you could already be flying around in a helicopter and capturing objectives.

I give it an 8.5 out of 10.

I don't like Windows 8 either; should've went with Windows 7. It's fast, stable, mature and familiar.
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November 6, 2012 3:35:21 AM

Why are you asking people to rate this if you really only want to hear good things? Anyway, I'd say an 8.5. Agree completely that 7970GE and an SSD is a better option, and Windows 8 is bullshit. NVidia is overrated, with their PhysX. RADEON ALL THE WAY!!!
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 3:57:35 AM

NV88 said:
Well I'm satisfied, and I know this system won't hesitate with any game I chuck at it. I don't get the second best anymore. When its time to upgrade I'll get the next equivalent x80 series.


... a 5% benefit for $100? When overclocked, the two chips are basically EXACTLY the same. If you wanted nothing second-best, you should have gone with a 690. As it is, you threw away $100 that could have been surpassed with a mild overclock.

My 670 doesn't drop below 60 FPS, ever, on ultra settings on pretty much any game. (Not counting GW2 because it's badly coded and CPU bound anyways.)

If you're going to ask people what they think of your build, don't get aggressive when they try to save you money and get you better performance.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 3:59:21 AM

I would much rather have the 7970 as well, its just the flat out better card.
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November 6, 2012 4:10:49 AM

DarkSable said:
... a 5% benefit for $100? When overclocked, the two chips are basically EXACTLY the same. If you wanted nothing second-best, you should have gone with a 690. As it is, you threw away $100 that could have been surpassed with a mild overclock.

My 670 doesn't drop below 60 FPS, ever, on ultra settings on pretty much any game. (Not counting GW2 because it's badly coded and CPU bound anyways.)

If you're going to ask people what they think of your build, don't get aggressive when they try to save you money and get you better performance.


A) Your 670 does drop under 60 in Battlefield 3, yes in single player. My 680 hits 60+,70+ easily, but does drop to the 50's when the action heats up.

B) Its my money. If I wanted to throw $100 out of the window that's my decision.

C) I'm satisfied and this thread is over.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 4:23:24 AM

My point still stands. Don't troll, and don't ask people what they think and get angry when they don't fall prone in adoration.

No, it doesn't drop under 60, because I have certain settings (depth of field, for example) that give virtually no benefit or eye candy off.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 5:13:51 AM

If you are re-using RAM make sure its rated for 1.5 volts
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