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December 13, 2012 10:52:46 AM

Ive looked into a couple of things but i need help/opinions on what to get. The main point of my pc is just to game.
So far this is what im looking at

Processor: i5-3570k
CPU cooler: Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce Overclock (In the future I will run 3 in SLI)
Hard drive: SEAGATE Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM ST2000DM001
PSU: Corsair TX850w 80 plus bronze certified
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
Case:CORSAIR CARBIDE SERIES 400R MID TOWER + 2x Corsair 120mm case fan

This is what ive got so far, can anyone recommend anything? comment, thanks.
What is a good 2TB hard drive?

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December 13, 2012 11:17:39 AM

Youv got the basics down fairly well and are heading in the right direction, nothing really wrong with what you have.

8GB of 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v RAM is all you need for gaming, The brands to get are Corsair and G.Skill, preferably from the Vengeance Low Profile or Ares ranges respectively. Get whichever one you like, fits your colour scheme or is the cheapest, all will perform the same.

Case is largely down to personal preference, you have to like the look of it after all. Have a look at the Coolermaster HAF series, any Corsair case, NZXT Phantom series or any Fractal Design. All are fairly good and will cover a range of aesthetic tastes. Make sure to read some reviews on them though, make sure it will handle what you want to do.

With the GPU I advise going down to the GTX670, its $100 less than a 680 and only has 5% less performance. You can even surpass 680 performance by overclocking it. Get a good aftermarket model from Gigabyte or ASUS, as EVGA has reference design cooling and the MSI has some voltage issues.

A 750W PSU will be enough for dual cards, even with everything overclocked. Make sure to get a good unit, as the PSU is the one component with the potential to kill everything else. XFX, Corsair and Seasonic are the recommended brands.
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December 13, 2012 11:29:37 AM

A 750w PSU is enough for a 680sli setup.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sikP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sikP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sikP/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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($105.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1092.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 08:28 EST-0500)
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December 14, 2012 6:13:32 AM

manofchalk said:
Youv got the basics down fairly well and are heading in the right direction, nothing really wrong with what you have.

8GB of 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v RAM is all you need for gaming, The brands to get are Corsair and G.Skill, preferably from the Vengeance Low Profile or Ares ranges respectively. Get whichever one you like, fits your colour scheme or is the cheapest, all will perform the same.

Case is largely down to personal preference, you have to like the look of it after all. Have a look at the Coolermaster HAF series, any Corsair case, NZXT Phantom series or any Fractal Design. All are fairly good and will cover a range of aesthetic tastes. Make sure to read some reviews on them though, make sure it will handle what you want to do.

With the GPU I advise going down to the GTX670, its $100 less than a 680 and only has 5% less performance. You can even surpass 680 performance by overclocking it. Get a good aftermarket model from Gigabyte or ASUS, as EVGA has reference design cooling and the MSI has some voltage issues.

A 750W PSU will be enough for dual cards, even with everything overclocked. Make sure to get a good unit, as the PSU is the one component with the potential to kill everything else. XFX, Corsair and Seasonic are the recommended brands.


Hi first of all thanks for the help. Ive looked at a couple of different threads on various websites and like you pretty much everyone is saying to go for a 670 because with a little oc it can match a 680 plus its $100 cheaper however ive been reading about the msi 680 lightning edition is one of the best 680's out there for the extra money, do you think it would be worth it?
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December 14, 2012 6:21:36 AM

No, getting a 680 outright isnt worth it, so paying a $40 premium on top of a 680 for the Lightning edition wouldn't be worth it. You would still have roughly the same performance whichever way you go, so theres no point really in getting the expensive option.
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December 14, 2012 7:06:13 AM

Ok, so ill get a 670 is there any brand in particular which you would reccomend? Im thinking about just getting a EVGA one, also ive decided for my ram i will get Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB DDR3 1600MHz. Thanks man
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December 14, 2012 9:22:27 AM

The Gigabyte or ASUS model, whichever is cheapest or you like the look of. Prefer the Gigabyte myself.

Good choice.
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December 14, 2012 9:53:22 AM

manofchalk said:
The Gigabyte or ASUS model, whichever is cheapest or you like the look of. Prefer the Gigabyte myself.

Good choice.


Ok, thanks also for the motherboard im pretty sure I want to get a ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
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December 14, 2012 9:57:52 AM

Since you have an Ivy Bridge chip, I advise you get the Z77 version rather than Z68. Some more features (like PCI-3 and SATAIII) and is more suited for Ivy.
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December 15, 2012 2:19:17 AM

manofchalk said:
Since you have an Ivy Bridge chip, I advise you get the Z77 version rather than Z68. Some more features (like PCI-3 and SATAIII) and is more suited for Ivy.


For my 670 im going to go for a Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce Over clock ( Gigabyte N670OC-2GD),
and for my motherboard im going for a ASUS P8Z77-V PRO, Do you reckon this is a good choice as in both the 670 and the mobo?
Thanks
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December 16, 2012 2:28:26 AM

Nothing wrong with them, just know that you can get much cheaper mobo's with pretty much the same features.
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December 16, 2012 2:40:07 AM

manofchalk said:
Nothing wrong with them, just know that you can get much cheaper mobo's with pretty much the same features.


Ok, I think thats all done :D  , well thank you very much for helping me with my first build I hope to be as helpful as you at a later date. Bye :hello: 
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December 16, 2012 2:40:57 AM

Best answer selected by piggy321.
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