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Help my eyes and ears are bleeding! Last piece Graphics card

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January 8, 2013 7:25:28 PM

GRAPHICS Card???
I am in pain from research and looking at benchmarks. I would like some advice or opinions from gamers/enthusiasts.
I have 300$ left in my budget for a graphics card. I can add another down the road maybe.
Nvidia or Radeon?
I want to pull the trigger on this in the next day or to so you advice would help.

i7 3770k 229$ microcenter
Asus maximus 5 formula 269$ newegg
g skills rip jaws x 2x8 1833 @ 84$ newegg
xspc raystorm rx 360 kit 350$
nxzt switch 810 black 179$ newegg
samsung 128g 840 pr0 139$ microcenter
Asus blu ray burner 12x BW 12b1st/blk 59$ new egg

I already have 750w psu; 64g samsung 830 ssd; 2x1tb HDD; Samsung p2770F 1ms

I game bf3, skyrim, wow, ac3 etc. I also want to start tinkering with overclocking and watercooling--GPU as well down the road. Not sure if i would need another GPU as I only have one monitor. This rig will also be used for entertainment streaming vids etc..
Thank you in advance....
January 8, 2013 7:45:34 PM

Woah, i was gonna say bump down to a 3570k for extra money but that 3770k at mircrocenter is a bargain! Try getting a 7950 for $300 if you can find one.
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January 8, 2013 7:49:16 PM

Actually if i were you i would just get the 3570k for $170 at microcenter. Save the $60 and try to get a HD 7970 that would be awsome! You won't see a difference in gaming between the 3570k and 3770k.
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January 8, 2013 7:58:08 PM

Just relooking over the build. Do you really need a $270 motherboard? I honestly can't see a single reason to spend that much. I'd drop down to like a ASrock Extreme 6, which frees up $120 without really giving up any features. That would let you go to like a 7970 3GB.
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January 8, 2013 8:07:35 PM

Heck, drop down to an Extreme 4 - he's not going to be using the extra ports, so why pay for them? OP, you're overspending everywhere but the graphics card, which is the only place you WANT to overspend.
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January 8, 2013 8:11:33 PM

i7 3770k is good the price is a bargain and if you can drop down to a extreme 4 asrock you can get a 7950 or 7970 XD
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January 8, 2013 8:59:11 PM

Just noticed the $350 cooler kit, too. How did I not see that one before! Run a Hyper 212 instead and there's your second 7950!




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January 8, 2013 9:09:09 PM

I chose the motherboard i guess from listening to sales rep about future proofing-the ease of overclocking etc features for novice- and the on board sound. I will look into the ASRock for sure. Maybe I have been looking at this wrong. Cant pass up on the i7. I wanted to break into watercooling for fun, oc and noise level but I guess I need to take care of video first. I am only using one 1080 27 in monitor do I really see benefit of second card?
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January 8, 2013 9:35:07 PM

No, you don't need a second card.

But think about watercooling. $350 cooling for a $300 CPU?

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January 8, 2013 9:52:30 PM

what would safely cool 1-7 3770k processor with a little overclocking work?
When you put it that way it does sound silly?
Its hard not to get caught up in hype with so much sh-t info out there.
If I could cool it for 80$ I could get the 7970
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January 8, 2013 9:57:07 PM

Hyper 212 EVO is like $30-40 and is a forum favorite.

For $80 you could run a giant Noctua D14 (double heatsinks!)
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