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November 10, 2012 9:28:57 PM

hi, can someone help me make a 2 grand gaming rig? I live in Canada, mississauga. I'm looking at intel only, and nvidia only. Im looking for sli, and possibly triple moniter set-up. Thanks :bounce: 

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This is the rig I came up with. http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ndoa

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November 10, 2012 10:19:15 PM

Pretty good rig, though you have gone overkill in some areas.

Get a cheaper RAM kit, the days of premium RAM are well and truly over. You will see no difference between this kit and the Dominators.
G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $38
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

The PSU is very overkill, the peak draw of the system I suspect would be less than 600W.
XFX PRO750W, 80+ Silver semi-modular. $135 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Not really overkill, just a better competitor.
This Seagate drive is much cheaper and slightly faster than that WD Black.
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. $120
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Use the saved cash to get a better case, preferably a full tower.

For the time being, avoid MSI 660Ti's and 670's. They were found to be overvolting a chip beyond its rated capacity and there are fears that it will impact its longevity. Go with this Gigabyte model.
Gigabyte GTX670 OC. $380 ($20 rebate)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71107&vpn=GV-N670OC-2...
November 10, 2012 10:31:37 PM

manofchalk said:
Pretty good rig, though you have gone overkill in some areas.

Get a cheaper RAM kit, the days of premium RAM are well and truly over. You will see no difference between this kit and the Dominators.
G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $38
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

The PSU is very overkill, the peak draw of the system I suspect would be less than 600W.
XFX PRO750W, 80+ Silver semi-modular. $135 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Not really overkill, just a better competitor.
This Seagate drive is much cheaper and slightly faster than that WD Black.
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. $120
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Use the saved cash to get a better case, preferably a full tower.

For the time being, avoid MSI 660Ti's and 670's. They were found to be overvolting a chip beyond its rated capacity and there are fears that it will impact its longevity. Go with this Gigabyte model.
Gigabyte GTX670 OC. $380 ($20 rebate)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71107&vpn=GV-N670OC-2...


Would the 600w be enough for the sli 670s? I always though you needed 1000
November 10, 2012 10:37:49 PM

Also, would the evga 670 ftw work?
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a b å Intel
November 10, 2012 10:38:51 PM

Back when graphics cards were much less power efficient that was true, but nowadays they have a surprising small draw.
You could run two 670's and a 3570k on 600W, though that doesnt leave much room for overclocking and the PSU will be running fairly hard under load. 750W is the recommended wattage for dual Crossfire/SLI rigs.

I avoid EVGA because of their reference design cooling, runs louder and hotter than custom designs.
a b 4 Gaming
November 10, 2012 11:03:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.02 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1284.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 20:01 EST-0500)

7970 works loads better at higher Res so something like a multi screen would be better on a AMD GPU build

1x is good for now just add another one later
November 10, 2012 11:05:36 PM

manofchalk said:
Back when graphics cards were much less power efficient that was true, but nowadays they have a surprising small draw.
You could run two 670's and a 3570k on 600W, though that doesnt leave much room for overclocking and the PSU will be running fairly hard under load. 750W is the recommended wattage for dual Crossfire/SLI rigs.

I avoid EVGA because of their reference design cooling, runs louder and hotter than custom designs.


Ok, so I changed some stuff, here it is now http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nelp
Advice?
November 10, 2012 11:07:20 PM

boulbox said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.02 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1284.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 20:01 EST-0500)

7970 works loads better at higher Res so something like a multi screen would be better on a AMD GPU build

1x is good for now just add another one later


Do you have any proof that it runs better at a higher res?
Sorry if I sound rude XD
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a b å Intel
November 10, 2012 11:08:37 PM

Brand-swap the graphics cards to Gigabyte, then you should be all good.

Also Boulbox brings up a good point, consider the HD7970 instead of the 670. AMD cards have typically performed better at higher resolution than Nvidia cards and come with a superior utility (Eyefinity) for it.
November 10, 2012 11:14:05 PM

I have never heard of the problem you mentioned of the msi. I won't be over volting, in case you are wondering. Just ocing.
a b 4 Gaming
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November 11, 2012 12:03:46 AM

Its reference design, while it isn't bad, there are much better solutions out there.

The 3x and 2x refers basically to the number of fans on the card, advise the 3x version. The OC means it has a factory overclock or not, dont bother with this is it seems you arent averse to overclocking it yourself.
This one will do fine.
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71107&vpn=GV-N670OC-2...
November 11, 2012 12:08:53 AM

manofchalk said:
Its reference design, while it isn't bad, there are much better solutions out there.

The 3x and 2x refers basically to the number of fans on the card, advise the 3x version. The OC means it has a factory overclock or not, dont bother with this is it seems you arent averse to overclocking it yourself.
This one will do fine.
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71107&vpn=GV-N670OC-2...


I believe you have convinced me to buy the gigabyte version :) 
Actually, I will be overclocking it my self. Just not to extreme's since this will be my first build. I might actually settle for a less expensive rig http://pcpartpicker.com/p/neNg
Could you tell me if this is a good enough rig?
a b 4 Gaming
a b å Intel
November 11, 2012 12:15:52 AM

Would swap the mobo out for the full size one (which is cheaper somehow)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a better case (something along the lines of a HAF-XM or Eleven Hundred).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (might want to throw on two intake fans for the Eleven Hundred).

But yes, that should be a good rig for a single 1080p screen.
November 11, 2012 12:36:52 AM

manofchalk said:
Would swap the mobo out for the full size one (which is cheaper somehow)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a better case (something along the lines of a HAF-XM or Eleven Hundred).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (might want to throw on two intake fans for the Eleven Hundred).

But yes, that should be a good rig for a single 1080p screen.


Do you have any cheaper cases? These 2 are sorta breaking the bank :/ 
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