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Building new gaming rig. Looking at 2x GTX 660 Ti's in SLI or GTX 680

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November 14, 2012 2:51:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Christmas

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1800 After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
Games: Gmod 13,Arma 2&3, EVE Online, BF3, Minecraft, Farcry 3, etc.
I'd like to run all at max settings. Or very close to.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: None. New build.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Case:Thermaltake Level 10 GT
Mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155
RAM:G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866
PSU:Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W
CPU:Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
Cooling: Stock. 3x 200mm 600-800rpm fans(2 in, 1 out.), 1x 140mm 1000rpm fan(out).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer EVGA Nvidia cards, but any Nvidia chipset will be fine so long as it works good. On AMD chipsets, I would prefer not to buy an AMD but I've heard good things abuot them, fast and cheap with good OC.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 HDMI

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: What I'm looking at for cards:

EVGA 02G-P4-2685-KR GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature+ w/Backplate 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-3662-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 14, 2012 3:03:57 PM

Neither IMHO. I would probably go with a gtx 670 OC for the time being, and buy a 2nd one in the next year if the current couldn't handle enough FPS still.
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November 14, 2012 3:40:06 PM

What can I expect to get from it OCed?
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November 14, 2012 3:47:33 PM

centaurius said:
Neither IMHO. I would probably go with a gtx 670 OC for the time being, and buy a 2nd one in the next year if the current couldn't handle enough FPS still.


I like this advice
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November 14, 2012 3:49:54 PM

Redbaron5678 said:
What can I expect to get from it OCed?


You can get near 680 performance if not more depending on brand and if your board is good. Some overclock better.

Also lose the i7. It does nothing for gaming. If you only game, get the 3570k (k is for unlocked multiplier. If you don't want to overclock, don't get one ending in k).

I also noticed that you dont have an aftermarket cooler, so you most likely arent going to OC. So get the 3570 non k.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can then put that $100 from dropping the i7 and get a beefier 670. They have factory overclocked ones that cost a little more than stock.
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November 14, 2012 4:07:09 PM

Any recommendations on aftermarket cooling if I OCed the i5?
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November 14, 2012 4:51:30 PM

Evo.
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