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First Gaming Build [Advice/Compatability]

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December 23, 2012 7:34:06 AM

I've been tearing my hair out with what gpu / mobo to get. I hope you guys can help me.

Here's my Current 'Planned' Setup.

CPU: Intel i7 3770k
Mobo: ASUS Maximus V Formula
RAM: G.Skill Ares G.Skill Ares F3-2133C11Q (2133mhz 11-11-11-30 2N)
Graphics: 2x MSI GTX 660ti Power Edition
SSD: Sandisk Extreme 240GB
HDD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm
PSU: Corsair TX-850M
Cooler: Corsair H100i
Case: Corsair Carbide 500r
Optical: Samsung DVDRW Drive.

Total price is $2233 AUD (Australian Dollars).
My budget is between $2200-$2400.

So far i've gone back/forward on so many setups it's not funny.
I've gone from 1 670 to 1 680 to 2 670s to 1 7970 matrix now to 2 660ti's and it's really confusing me.

My primary purpose is to build a high end gaming system that will run everything out there at Ultra 1920x1080 60FPS or more.
It has to be strong all through 2013 and until the Maxwell architecture comes out in 2014.

So help me out here, PLEASE give me decent specs for a system that's within the $2200-2400 range that can play games on Ultra and then hold it's position through 2013. (games wise i'm mainly talking Bf3, Crysis 2, GTA V(2013), SimCity(2013), BF4(2013???).

Thanks.
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December 23, 2012 9:24:48 AM

RAM: G.Skill Ares G.Skill Ares F3-2133C11Q (2133mhz 11-11-11-30 2N)
this is waste of money, believe me you need DDR3-1600 from corsair(recommended) or gskill :) 

Graphics: 2x MSI GTX 660ti Power Edition
GTX 660 Ti sli will be bottlenecked by its own 192bit bus. you need GTX 670 for SLI :)  or you can go cheap by crossfire two 7870. but i bet you already what is the consequence of using xfire/sli. you will face microstuttering. i think you need to choose BEST single GFX atm and add them later in the future for sli

SSD: Sandisk Extreme 240GB
if the price is close, consider choosing trsuted brand : intel, samsung, crucial M4, OCZ vertex 3/4

PSU: Corsair TX-850M
You will need 750 PSU :)  you can save money

otherwise, it is good build, you know what you will buy
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December 23, 2012 9:27:17 AM

AMD Radeon said:
RAM: G.Skill Ares G.Skill Ares F3-2133C11Q (2133mhz 11-11-11-30 2N)
this is waste of money, believe me you need DDR3-1600 from corsair or gskill :) 

Graphics: 2x MSI GTX 660ti Power Edition
GTX 660 Ti sli will be bottlenecked by its own 192bit bus. you need GTX 670 for SLI :)  or you can go cheap by crossfire two 7870

SSD: Sandisk Extreme 240GB
if the price is close, consider choosing trsuted brand : intel, samsung, crucial M4, OCZ vertex 3/4

PSU: Corsair TX-850M
You will need 750 PSU :)  you can save money

otherwise, it is good build, you know what you will buy


I think i might just get a single gpu 7970 matrix or 670 ftw.
Also for ram i will get Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz 16gb.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 1:48:08 PM

getting i7 and 16 gb of ram for gaming makes no sense at all , if i were you i would pick one of this builds.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($205.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($339.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($339.00 @ Scorptec)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($238.00 @ Foxcomp)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1879.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 02:40 EST+1100)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($205.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($429.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($429.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($238.00 @ Foxcomp)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $2059.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 02:43 EST+1100)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($205.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($475.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($181.40 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1619.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 02:47 EST+1100)
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December 23, 2012 2:13:36 PM

I'd +1 Mr Downtown's second built - if you're wanting 60fps at 1080p AA and max, you really will need a dual-GPU setup. A single GTX670 will handle Far Cry 3 at those settings (most demanding game I'm aware of) but in the 30s. You'll need a second to reach 60.
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