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January 8, 2013 4:39:23 AM

Hi Guys

Im planning a new gaming PC. Before I buy I wanted to double check if the two Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Super Overclock Windforce 5x will fit? Or if you see and any other problems, pleas let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.50 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($217.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($579.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($579.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: OCZ ZX 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($161.50 @ Mwave Australia)
Monitor: Dell U2711 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($749.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $3359.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 17:29 EST+1100)
January 8, 2013 10:27:07 AM

Yeah that should fit fine. The case is fine for length and the PCI-e slots are far enough apart.
January 8, 2013 10:41:37 AM

if its a gaming build, this is what you should be getting
http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/wvmC

case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

-id rather not get cheapo watercooling
-not a scam motherboard
-i7s are faster for gaming
-680s are no faster than 670s.
-the 650D is a hot house and is loud
-high res monitors should be using a 7970 instead of a 670 or 680 given it has more vram

note. the d14 se2011 is designed more for 2011 socket CPUs given it only comes with 2011 mounting. just go to noctua.at and get them to send you over a free 1155 mounting kit.
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January 8, 2013 10:48:38 AM

The above build has 2 sets of RAM, either one is fine. Other than that, that second build would give basically the same performance and should be quieter for like $700 less.

EDIT: Dunno if you have some nice speakers already but you could get something sweet like the Audioengine A5+ with the remaining cash, they would look nice with that Fractal Design Case.

http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-Premium-Powered-Speak...
January 8, 2013 10:47:05 PM

Thanks for your help.

On parts picker it said there is issues with your build???
Potential Issues/Incompatibilities
Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard and Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler are not compatible.
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler are not compatible.


UPDATE: oops just saw your note nvm
January 8, 2013 11:32:03 PM

TheBigTroll said:
if its a gaming build, this is what you should be getting
http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/wvmC

case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

-id rather not get cheapo watercooling
-not a scam motherboard
-i7s are faster for gaming
-680s are no faster than 670s.
-the 650D is a hot house and is loud
-high res monitors should be using a 7970 instead of a 670 or 680 given it has more vram

note. the d14 se2011 is designed more for 2011 socket CPUs given it only comes with 2011 mounting. just go to noctua.at and get them to send you over a free 1155 mounting kit.


Why is it a scam motherboard?
January 8, 2013 11:51:34 PM

the heatshield traps heat and dust. if dust gets into the board (you need cooling fans for the motherboard), you can never get it out unless you take apart the shroud

feature set is the same as the v-pro
January 9, 2013 12:31:53 AM

TheBigTroll said:
the heatshield traps heat and dust. if dust gets into the board (you need cooling fans for the motherboard), you can never get it out unless you take apart the shroud

feature set is the same as the v-pro


Ah ok thanks for the info, I do really like the look of it though lol...As for the water cooler do you suggest that I get the H100i instead?
I'm not big on that NH-D14 Fan... I guess because the plan was to have a case with a window with impressive looking internals, and I think the fan is a bit of an eye sore.
January 9, 2013 12:34:36 AM

no one stares at their case, and id never get a 650D. get a R4.

and i dont recommend closed loops. maybe 3c better at high volts or more but it isnt worth 40 bucks
January 9, 2013 7:29:54 AM

Well the case is personal preference, there's no harm in getting the 650D. It might be a bit hotter/louder but it isn't going to burn out your components or deafen you.

Also, you can avoid the vast majority of dust by having more intake fans than exhaust and fit the intake fans with dust filters.

Personally I'd just go with something similar to what TheBigTroll suggested, just saying your choices aren't exactly 'wrong'.
January 10, 2013 12:02:20 AM

What about a corsair 500R? It looks pretty good in terms of fans ect.
Also If i go with the two Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Super Overclock Windforce 5x the case side fan can blow air directly into the 5xfans?

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January 10, 2013 12:23:36 AM
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In my opinion get two 670 gtx windforce 3x, SLI setups are better than crossfire ones, for smoothness and driver support, also i rather get the sandisk ssd, it has toggle nand.
Also a psu with 750w is enough, like the corsair which is a good brand of psus.
Asrock board are better for overclocking the cpu, more power phases, like the extreme 6, it has everything you need.
And some nice case for it's price.

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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($165.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
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: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($141.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($689.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $2633.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
January 10, 2013 2:04:35 AM

dont bother with a 680 of any sort unless they are custom and priced the same as a 670

djangoringo: id say pay the extra dollar for the pwm fans on the se2011. he can get a mounting bracket from noctua for free/ also would suggest getting him a modular unit. he will have a ton left over

the extreme6 isnt that good.

1100 runs pretty good but kinda lacks something. the window in my opinion with the holes is hideous
January 10, 2013 2:09:45 AM

I thought he wanted a full tower case with good airflow, the 1100 is a good one.
If needed a silent case the fractal R4 is the best choice, for space and airflow and cause it's cheaper the 1100 is to be taken in consideration.
The extreme 6 has more power phases than the asus board, they're overpriced in my opinion, the asrock has everything he needs.
The cooler, depending on the wait for the bracket, it's not worth it, in my opinion, but the noctua NH-D14 is indeed is best option than a corsair h100.
January 10, 2013 9:37:18 AM

actually the extreme6 has 8 phases just like the extreme4, just that its now all digitial instead of analog

yes i know the d14 would be a cheaper and better choice, but paying a extra dollar, you can get a se2011 version that comes with pwm fans
January 10, 2013 11:57:51 AM

Hey mate. All good info above. With those suggestions you'll be on the track. By any chance do you live near an MSY store?

http://msy.com.au/

They stock the majority of those parts... bar the fancy 5 x fan GPUs.

The website is bit all over the place... I just download the pdf part pricelist and call the stores in my area and do a bit of a run around. Will save you a bunch in having to ship from all the places PC PartPicker points you at :) 

gtx 680s are in a bad place price/performance wise at the moment... 670's or even 7970 are the way to go. For multiple card setups I am favouring GPU models that exhaust from the rear, rather than the models with fancy coolers that will dump all that hot air into your case.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
January 10, 2013 12:35:58 PM

yes but any closed cooler is much less efficient than other coolers. you end up with 70+c right out of the box while open coolers end up around the 50-60c mark. plus, the reference 7970 is highly prone to coil whine
January 10, 2013 10:59:53 PM

@Formata
Ok kewl, so what would be the best tri-SLI gtx 670 or HD 7970 ghz tri-Crossfire setup? budget <$1500

@TheBigTroll
I'm not really fussy about noise, also have you got the charts that show the h100i being hotter than the NH-D14? Id like to check it out if so.
January 10, 2013 11:11:46 PM

The thing is the part you listed is the H100 not the H100i, the h100i can match up(or get better temperatures) probably the noctua in terms of temps, but it's louder and more expensive, also for long periods of time, it can get higher temps vs aircooler.
The H100 is not as good cooler as the noctua in terms of temps or whatsoever.
So between the H100 and the noctua, the obvious choice is the Noctua NH-14.

Also keep in mind, you cannot do tri way SLI with those mobos.
And in my opinion not worth it, you need a >300$ mobo, two 670 gtx will do for 1440p.
January 10, 2013 11:18:51 PM

i never said that the d14 was going to beat the h100i. i already know its going to lose. but then when noise comes into play, the efficiency of the d14 just smacks the h100i in the a$$. you can never run a h100i passive while you can easily do that with a d14 and get 4ghz (i tried and got 75c at full load. with fans it was 50c)

i really dont see the point of paying 40-50 bucks for that extra 4c cooler when in real life, it wont make a huge difference since after a certain point, closed loop and heatsinks differences make zero difference if the load temps hit 85c. your choice if you want something like that.

expect double the noise of a d14 compared to a h100i.


for 1440p, id rather get a 7970. performs better
January 11, 2013 1:15:58 AM

Best answer selected by gigaflare.
January 11, 2013 1:17:51 AM

Awesome thanks for the good info guys.
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