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November 17, 2012 11:47:53 PM

Hey everyone!
I've finally decided that it's time to give up on my low-end computer from 2006 and buy something new that'll run modern games at the highest settings. I'm looking for opinions on whether or not the parts I've picked are a good deal. All input is seriously appreciated!


Here is the build as it looks so far, my main question is about the GPU's ...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.78 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card #2: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VW246H 24.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)

Total: $1824.91+Taxes&Shipping
Budget: <$2100


Additional Comments:
My current computer struggles to run Modern Warfare 2 on high settings (No AA) and freezes when I start up Arma 2, so upgrading should have been done a long time ago.This computer will be used solely for gaming and web surfing.

Questions:
I'm looking to play games such as Arma 3, Battlefield 3 and Day Z on the highest possible settings, can this be done with one GTX 670, or should I continue with the plan for SLI?

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November 18, 2012 1:06:30 AM

You don't need sli assuming you play at 1080p one gtx 670 is enough. Either pocket the saved money or use it to get a bigger power supply or full tower case. Nice Build
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November 18, 2012 1:07:35 AM

You can always sli in the future
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November 18, 2012 2:20:47 AM

Thanks, SLI in the future is definitely a better option. Should I wait until Cyber Monday to order the parts?
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November 18, 2012 2:45:50 AM

You defiantly wont need a bigger power supply and if your only gaming you wont need 16gb of ram 8 would be more than enough. also id recommend getting 1 Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB Boost graphics card for $325 they have a great bandwidth and will play pretty much every game on high settings. and if in the future you want to crossfire that would be fine.
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November 18, 2012 2:49:02 AM

Agree with them for the most part, BUT I'd get a GTX 660Ti, and then go with SLI when the 800 series comes out.
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November 18, 2012 3:58:18 PM

DO NOT GET WIN8

it is filled with bloatware and is pretty hard to use. get something simple like win7 easy to use.

If games are priority, just stick with 8GB of ram not need to get more than that since games won't even use that much.

If BF3 is your main priority get a 670 since BF3 prefers Nvidia over AMD. if you will play other games most of the time then get a 7970 which performs better than the 670 in most cases.

here is my build for you

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($165.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($409.66 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($389.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1715.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 12:57 EST-0500)

you can add in the extra card when you really need it/price drops
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November 24, 2012 11:05:15 PM

Best answer selected by monkeyfrompwnworld.
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