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December 28, 2012 4:36:13 AM

As stated in the thread name, I'm about to buy this rig: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uAC2

This rig will be used purely for gaming, and I want it to last me as long as possible (3 to 4 years hopefully, to justify the price). I'm willing to go a little bit more expensive, but not much more.

I already have a dual monitor setup, but both of the monitors are 60 hz, 1080p. I realize buying 2 670s for a 1080p monitor is a little overkill, but I figure I can upgrade my monitor later on down the line, as those 2560x1600 ones are expensive as hell!

Here are some questions I have for people who have used these parts or who are just experts:

With the board and cards I've chosen, will I see a lot of negative airflow on my second card? Or are the PCI slots far enough apart on the Maximus V for dual slot video cards?

How are the stock fans on the Switch 810? I'm considering ordering a bunch of Noctua's with the machine if they are too loud, as this rig is optimized for silent operation. How many case fans is too many? (stock vs. Noctua's (Also which is the best to use for that case, considering it supports 140mm as well as 120 mm))

The power supply should be enough for that, granted I'll be doing a moderate overclock on the 3570k. Is it enough?

Any recommendations on a different SSD? Cheaper is better, but I'm still willing to pay extra for better quality components, again, the longer these components last, the better for me!

Is the risk on the Asus 670 DC2 TOPs worth it? I've heard a lot of people saying the cards are unstable, have they fixed that yet? When I get them installed should I update the Bios to their newest version?

So to cover everything, I'm looking for a long lasting, as silent as it is possible to be while still remaining cool, pure gaming rig that will run everything on the market for the next 3 to 5 years. (I realize these might be unrealistic expectations, but I think I've got as close as I can in that price range) Any critiques on the part selection, vendors, ect. ect. will be most welcome.

Thankee!
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2012 10:17:05 AM

you can save a lot of money without losing a single fps ..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($183.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($523.78 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($523.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2172.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-28 07:16 EST-0500)
December 28, 2012 11:36:41 AM

First off, I'd like to say: When going with $2300, I would go with an i7. I'd go with an i7 2600k as you are overclocking with a H100i, which will allow masses of overclocking, and keeps cool if not overclocked too high. We also do not want to spend too much money on a 3770k, although you could if you wanted to. Along with this, I ask, you aren't buying an OS are you? So far I think your build is good, but you could use a i7 2600k, and should swap out the Mushkin 1600Mhz ram for 8GB of 1866 Ram, for around the same price, but a small performance boost.

Furthermore, if you're spending $2300, I think you might as well make your build quiet, as said. So I think you should have 2 or 3 Noctua 80 or 120mm fans to keep your build cool. I also recommend buying some aftermarket thermal paste for a small temperature difference.

And as for the GTX 670 DirectCU2 Top Cards, I know that they perform silently and cool. Two of them in SLI will make temperatures increase, but they SHOULD stay stable and cold in that case with other Noctua fans in.
Finally, for your power supply, instead of downgrading to a 750W Seasonic as suggested, I say you keep your 860W Corsair 80 Plus Platinum incase you fancy upgrading components along the line.
--Bennii
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December 28, 2012 11:51:52 AM

Bennii said:
First off, I'd like to say: When going with $2300, I would go with an i7. I'd go with an i7 2600k as you are overclocking with a H100i, which will allow masses of overclocking, and keeps cool if not overclocked too high. We also do not want to spend too much money on a 3770k, although you could if you wanted to. Along with this, I ask, you aren't buying an OS are you? So far I think your build is good, but you could use a i7 2600k, and should swap out the Mushkin 1600Mhz ram for 8GB of 1866 Ram, for around the same price, but a small performance boost.

Furthermore, if you're spending $2300, I think you might as well make your build quiet, as said. So I think you should have 2 or 3 Noctua 80 or 120mm fans to keep your build cool. I also recommend buying some aftermarket thermal paste for a small temperature difference.

And as for the GTX 670 DirectCU2 Top Cards, I know that they perform silently and cool. Two of them in SLI will make temperatures increase, but they SHOULD stay stable and cold in that case with other Noctua fans in.
Finally, for your power supply, instead of downgrading to a 750W Seasonic as suggested, I say you keep your 860W Corsair 80 Plus Platinum incase you fancy upgrading components along the line.
--Bennii

- can you tell us what is the advantage of the i7 in gaming ? nothing.
- and if he changed to 1866 ram , how many fps he will gain ? 1 maybe 2 worth it ? naahh...
- although i am with that he should install some quality fans like noctua to keep his system cool and quiet.
- a 750W is enough and maybe plenty these 2 gtx are not power hungry cards like AMD ones , i was running 2 gtx with 650W with no issues.
December 28, 2012 12:11:30 PM

Although he states it is a purely gaming machine, for things such as steam, origin, youtube, and other GENERAL processing stuff, he will get a marginally faster machine: and it doesn't add that much to the cost. Within 3 to 5 years, games are going to start using more cores and threads, and it saves him having to spend the extra money upgrading later on the line than from now. Also, he might even end up adding more cards for SLI in 6 or whatever time, and he might be adding on sound cards, PCI cards etc. He can always downgrade the 750W if he does not choose to do this anyway, so yeah depends on what he's like I guess. Furthermore, 1 or 2 FPS for a gaming machine means a slightly better performing machine. And it costs like 5$ more or whatever? I call that a good deal.

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December 28, 2012 12:26:38 PM
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Why start with 2 670's? Get the most powerful single card to start and then add one later if needed. The rate new cards come out, one "new" card usually beats two last generation cards. Plus, you don't have to deal with the heat issues, SLI/CF issues, or driver issues. A gtx 680 will be more than you need and then there is always the GTX 690 for about $200 more than two 670's.

If you do go i7, why would you go with the last generation? Sandy 2600K? I would get the Ivy 3770K. But like Mr. said, there really is no advantage to gaming with i7 over and i5 (quad core of course)
December 28, 2012 12:29:23 PM

Quote: " We also do not want to spend too much money on a 3770k, although you could if you wanted to." And yeah, I was thinking 690 too, but look at the pricing...
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2012 12:34:02 PM

the i7 has the same cores like the i7 , the i7 only has the advantage of the HT which is better for editing videos and photos and these stuff , he can still put a sound card , fan controller , optical and etc... with this psu no problem ... lol i can't even call 1 or 2 fps " slightly better performance "
December 28, 2012 12:37:48 PM

Sure, infact after that I guess he should go with the 750W power supply, but 1 or 2 fps for 5 dollars, not a bad deal I say, and performance is performance, why not? And i7 is just better for general facebook and whatever processing stuff. Sure, if you don't even do that, go with i5, but for not much more, i7 could be what you want.
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2012 1:17:23 PM

didn't know that facebook need i7 ...
December 28, 2012 3:41:33 PM

Thank you guys for all the help, I think I'm going to stick with the i5, as stated by mrdowntownkiller, the extra $100 bucks isn't really that much better for day to day tasks and I won't be editing or anything.

as far as the cards go, do you think a 690 would be out of the question? It is MONSTROUSLY expensive, and unless EVGA offers like, a 5 year warranty or whatever on it, i just can't see spending that kind of money. But there again, it leaves me open to get quad SLI down the line, and will be much more FPS in higher resolutions, whenever I get them, and I know people who are still running their 490's strong and with good fps, so it might be a good buy, as long as it doesn't die.

Is it worth the extra 200 bucks? You guy's thoughts? (thanks again btw for your responses)
December 28, 2012 3:56:07 PM

I think I am going to get it, I just can't not with EVGA's customer service (i've had evga cards in the past)

Is that Corsair 860i a large enough power supply for that and an OC'd ivy bridge i5?

Which Noctua's should I get? Bearing in mind I'll need 2 for the cpu cooler and my case can accept 120mm OR 140mm (also how many should I buy for mounting them in the Switch 810? I want as close to quiet while not sacrificing too much heat as possible. So if you guy's know, where's the sweet spot? :) )
January 3, 2013 11:53:19 PM

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