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January 7, 2013 3:09:00 PM

Purpose: Gaming/game recording & publishing/Photoshop
Budget: $2000 (not including monitor and keyboard)

Gaming Aim: BF3 and other latest games on MAX settings.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/we1p (first build)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wf9d (2nd build)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wmcQ (final and complete build)

I have decided to stick with the HD7970 because the gtx 670/680 is only a bit better in my opinion and like 100/200$ more. The 32gb ram i decided to take because its only $90 more than the 16gb. Over all pretty happy but i still want to see what you all think.

Any Thoughts? My first build :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2013 3:20:07 PM

You don't need 32 GB, for what you need 16GB will do, it's terrible expensive, you can get 16GB 2x8GB for ~80-85$...
Also don't get the asus sabertooth it's way overpriced, i can't see why it's 250$...it has low power phases, no features that justifies the price(doesn't have wifi nor thunderbolt ports), that thermal armour is just marketing, it doesn't make the board cooler(in temps), and with time it will collect dust...
Also get the corsair hx750, why spend much more for the ax series ?...the hx is good enough...
Also a terrible priced hdd, i'd just get the seagate 2TB for much less, and spend in a larger SSD...
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January 7, 2013 3:23:41 PM

djangoringo said:
You don't need 32 GB, for what you need 16GB will do, it's terrible expensive, you can get 16GB 2x8GB for ~80-85$...
Also don't get the asus sabertooth it's way overpriced, i can't see why it's 250$...it has low power phases, no features that justifies the price(doesn't have wifi nor thunderbolt ports), that thermal armour is just marketing, it doesn't make the board cooler(in temps), and with time it will collect dust...
Also get the corsair hx750, why spend much more for the ax series ?...the hx is good enough...


im fine with spending even $100 on twice the ram
i will research other mb and see if I can find something...everyone tells me to switch that
thats the issue i have...with overclocking will 750w be enough or should i go higher?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2013 3:24:52 PM

Are you kidding ? a good psu with 650w is enough, a quality gold psu with 750w is enough for two 7970 crossfire.
The corsair hx is modular and gold, and it's less expensive.
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January 7, 2013 3:31:02 PM

ok good to know..thanks
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January 7, 2013 3:34:03 PM

djangoringo said:
Are you kidding ? a good psu with 650w is enough, a quality gold psu with 750w is enough for two 7970 crossfire.
The corsair hx is modular and gold, and it's less expensive.


actually, im looking at it now and the only gold 75 is the ax all the others are silver or bronze, the hx is silver
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January 7, 2013 3:41:24 PM

djangoringo said:
Is it ?

Cause i see it's certified gold : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And like i said unless you plan to add another one, 750w is overkill, you can get 650w if you don't plan to add another card.


lol jk it was labeled wrong where i was looking... when i was looking at ibuy power builder (not that im using that) it said that with that configuration i needed 628W or something so i thought a 650w would be pushing it with oc...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2013 3:45:01 PM

That ibuy power calculator is wrong, 650w is plenty even with the cpu and gpu oc.
That's of course with a quality one, and not a raidmax, coolmax or crappy type ones.
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January 7, 2013 3:46:05 PM

djangoringo said:
That ibuy power calculator is wrong, 650w is plenty even with the cpu and gpu oc.
That's of course with a quality one, and not a raidmax, coolmax or crappy type ones.



mk, thanks for the help again... :) 
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a c 412 4 Gaming
January 7, 2013 4:47:50 PM

djangoringo said:
You don't need 32 GB, for what you need 16GB will do, it's terrible expensive, you can get 16GB 2x8GB for ~80-85$...
Also don't get the asus sabertooth it's way overpriced, i can't see why it's 250$...it has low power phases, no features that justifies the price(doesn't have wifi nor thunderbolt ports), that thermal armour is just marketing, it doesn't make the board cooler(in temps), and with time it will collect dust...
Also get the corsair hx750, why spend much more for the ax series ?...the hx is good enough...
Also a terrible priced hdd, i'd just get the seagate 2TB for much less, and spend in a larger SSD...


I agree with everything said here. I'd also ditch the 3770K - you won't need hyperthreading even for BF3, I know it's one of the few games that takes advantage of it - but it's really not worth spending the money. Drop that to the 3570K and upgrade your GPU to the 7970 GHz edition and upgrade your cooler to a Noctua D14.

You certainly don't need 32GB of RAM or Windows 7 Ultimate - you're just throwing money away needlessly. And don't get the Vengeance RAM with the tall heat sinks either if you use a D14.

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January 7, 2013 5:23:36 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I agree with everything said here. I'd also ditch the 3770K - you won't need hyperthreading even for BF3, I know it's one of the few games that takes advantage of it - but it's really not worth spending the money. Drop that to the 3570K and upgrade your GPU to the 7970 GHz edition and upgrade your cooler to a Noctua D14.

You certainly don't need 32GB of RAM or Windows 7 Ultimate - you're just throwing money away needlessly. And don't get the Vengeance RAM with the tall heat sinks either if you use a D14.



I dont just play games, thats not my first priority...i also render...
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a c 412 4 Gaming
January 7, 2013 5:29:54 PM

USERTNite said:
I dont just play games, thats not my first priority...i also render...


If you're going to render I'd suggest purchasing an NVIDIA card over and AMD one - you will benefit from the additional hardware instructions that the GTX cards have, and the Radeons don't.
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