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December 12, 2012 11:09:17 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sbSc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sbSc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sbSc/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 ($33.99 @ Mac Mall)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1522.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 20:01 EST-0500)

System to be used for gaming, with a critical eye at Far Cry 3.

I chose 16GB ram because I want to make a large ram disk and use it for cashe and paging to save wear and tear on the SSD.

SSD of 256GB because it will about double its life and increase its speed as I add more and more crap to it.

Dual 670's because Nvidia seems to be considerably faster with Far Cry 3 and since I am gaming at 1920X1200, I won't need any more than 2GB video ram.

Running Far Cry 3 on a 680 with everything maxed out, including 8XMSSA brings it down to 32 FPS. Assuming a 670 is 10% slower and SLI is 90% efficient, you will get 52FPS with SLI 670's.

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December 12, 2012 11:34:47 PM

this is better. video card COMES with far cry 3, hitman, and sleeping dogs (chinese GTA if you ask me)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/seaS

-no crappy 256gb SSD
-by the time your SSD is dead, it would be 10+ years later
-you need the vram for the aa.
-amd is faster just saying
-16gb is not enough for ramdisk. and there is not much of a practical use for gaming
-platinum psu is not needed
-id prefer a R4 over the 500R. not enough fan filters

pleas try out one 7970 first. if its not enough, overclock. then consider buying another. safer that way
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December 13, 2012 12:49:30 AM

Just switch the ssd for a samsung 830 256GB, and for the cards stay that way a single 7970 will not run at good fps ultra dx11 far cry 3 :

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/12/05/far_cry_3_vid...
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December 13, 2012 12:54:17 AM

Mine is different from the above builds - I used a Phantom 410 (my $100+ case of choice) and a single 7970 as opposed to dual 670's.

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: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($235.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1479.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 21:52 EST-0500)
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December 13, 2012 12:56:40 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Mine is different from the above builds - I used a Phantom 410 (my $100+ case of choice) and a single 7970 as opposed to dual 670's.

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: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($235.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1479.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 21:52 EST-0500)


id rather get a 830 256gb if it was 70 bucks cheaper than a vertex 4
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December 22, 2012 11:17:29 PM

Best answer selected by babernet_1.
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