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December 10, 2012 5:59:16 PM

Hey, I had a topic a while back about building my first PC, but I can't find it so here's the new one :p 

My current build I have in mind (the main components):

- Asrock z77 extreme6
- Intel i5 3570k 3.4GHz
- Gigabyte Windforce 3X HD7950 3GB
- Thermaltake Smart M650W

At first I was looking at Asrock z77 pro4, but since I heard extreme4 is better for overclocking I went with ex4. Than I was checking out prices and saw that extreme6 really close to extreme4 in price, so what the hell.. What I want to know is if ex6 is same as ex4 in performance (no downsides of course) and can it run 2 GPU's at x16 3.0 speed? Or is is the difference between 2x 16 and 2x 8 too small to bo bothered with?

And is 7970 worth extra money over 7950? I can spend extra money on GPU, but I don't want to if it's not worth it. (Was looking at 670 also, but I went with 3GB memory the 7970 have).

That's it for now, thank you :) 

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December 10, 2012 6:09:20 PM

Add: I would consider buying 670 if (from what I heard); lower noise, lower power needs and better SLI (than xFire) beats the 3GB vram from 7970.

For info: My main game is BF3 and I own 24" IPS 1920*1200 monitor
December 10, 2012 6:12:10 PM

yeah, BF3 runs better on nVidia.Plus you will get Physx and better drivers
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December 10, 2012 7:35:17 PM

Thanks :) 

Any other opinions? Would really appreciate!
December 10, 2012 8:06:10 PM

eroxtroy said:
Thanks :) 

Any other opinions? Would really appreciate!


The 670 is a good card, I'd recommend the 7970 GHz edition but on a $1400 budget you could go either way.

Here's a build I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1388.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 17:17 EST-0500)
December 11, 2012 8:57:59 AM

Thanks for answering but I already have a build in mind and I live in Slovenia so Newegg is kinda off for me lol

To repeat the questions:
Should I buy 670 (from what I heard); lower noise, lower power needs and better SLI (than xFire) or the 7970 with 3GB vram.

And can asrock z77 extreme6 run 2 GPU's at x16 3.0 speed? Or is is the difference between 2x 16 and 2x 8 too small to bo bothered with?
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