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January 9, 2013 1:31:46 AM

Okay, I'm kind on a bit of a budget (about $1.3k - 1.5k) my main intention is gaming. I know nothing has been said in about a year but I want my pc to play Rainbow Six: Patriots, Far Cry 3, and Battlefield 3 on high (at minimum). I would like to verify that all of these components will work properly together. I don't plan to OC until later so I would think the CPU cooler could wait. Also, I don't know how long is left until next series of video cards comes but I currently have a gtx 550ti 2GB (I know it's weak but originally had a 9800gt that crapped out and needed something to play D3)

-Case: Thermaltake Overseer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($130)

-CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($220)


-Mobo: ASRock Z77 OC Formula
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($240)

-Memory:G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (x2) ($100)

-Storage: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SSD (OS, Games, Etc.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($165)

-OS: Win 7 64 bit home ($100)

POSSIBLE TEMP BUILD
I can take these from my current pc, but I intend on building my dad a cheaper pc and letting him have some of these items to lower cost for him.
-Storage: old 500Gb hdd
-PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-GPU: EVGA Nvidia GTX 550ti 2GB

WANT
-PSU: SeaSonic X Series X-850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($160-20)

-Storage: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($85)

Now comes the tricky part, I guess I am a bit of a Nvidia fan and was considering the gtx 670 or (2)gtx 660ti's, but all I have been seeing lately is everyone ranting and raving about the 7970
Currently I am stuck with console games because my 5+ year old pc feels like it's on it's last leg in the gaming world and that makes me a sad sad man.

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January 9, 2013 1:47:36 AM

the oc formula is overkill. what resolution are you running this at? if its just 1080p i would get a single card and make sure you actually need to use sli. you didn't say anything about os or monitor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.68 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VN700M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($112.19 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.13 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1546.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 22:48 EST-0500)
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January 9, 2013 2:02:05 AM

I want a good mobo that takes full advantage of sli / xfire options for later on down the road, I'm sure I will overclock sometime in the future. I'm obviously not a pro at this so let me know if I'm getting too out of line. I am currently just running 1080p on a 42" tv. It is a possibility that multiple monitors will come into play in the future as well. OS is Win 7 (64 bit home).
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January 9, 2013 2:10:47 AM

SoberJunkie said:
Okay, I'm kind on a bit of a budget (about $1.3k - 1.5k) my main intention is gaming. I know nothing has been said in about a year but I want my pc to play Rainbow Six: Patriots, Far Cry 3, and Battlefield 3 on high (at minimum). I would like to verify that all of these components will work properly together. I don't plan to OC until later so I would think the CPU cooler could wait. Also, I don't know how long is left until next series of video cards comes but I currently have a gtx 550ti 2GB (I know it's weak but originally had a 9800gt that crapped out and needed something to play D3)

-Case: Thermaltake Overseer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($130)

-CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($220)


-Mobo: ASRock Z77 OC Formula
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($240)

-Memory:G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (x2) ($100)

-Storage: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SSD (OS, Games, Etc.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($165)

-OS: Win 7 64 bit home ($100)

POSSIBLE TEMP BUILD
I can take these from my current pc, but I intend on building my dad a cheaper pc and letting him have some of these items to lower cost for him.
-Storage: old 500Gb hdd
-PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-GPU: EVGA Nvidia GTX 550ti 2GB

WANT
-PSU: SeaSonic X Series X-850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($160-20)

-Storage: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($85)

Now comes the tricky part, I guess I am a bit of a Nvidia fan and was considering the gtx 670 or (2)gtx 660ti's, but all I have been seeing lately is everyone ranting and raving about the 7970
Currently I am stuck with console games because my 5+ year old pc feels like it's on it's last leg in the gaming world and that makes me a sad sad man.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.13 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1506.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 23:22 EST-0500)

XFX is made by seasonic. =)
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January 9, 2013 2:20:46 AM

SoberJunkie said:
I want a good mobo that takes full advantage of sli / xfire options for later on down the road, I'm sure I will overclock sometime in the future. I'm obviously not a pro at this so let me know if I'm getting too out of line. I am currently just running 1080p on a 42" tv. It is a possibility that multiple monitors will come into play in the future as well. OS is Win 7 (64 bit home).

the extreme4 and most other motherboards in its price range will let you sli/cf. imo you are just wasting money unless there is some specific feature you need on a $200+ board. the extreme4 will also be fine for overclocking.
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January 9, 2013 3:05:30 AM

jonjonjon said:
the extreme4 and most other motherboards in its price range will let you sli/cf. imo you are just wasting money unless there is some specific feature you need on a $200+ board. the extreme4 will also be fine for overclocking.

Okay you got me, I will change mobo. Everything on it looks good as well. Thank you for helping, anything else here you see as wasteful other than the case? I'm looking at a MSI twin frozr II 7970 for the time being. All of this may have to be done over again because I don't know if I'm going to buy until after I get back from vacation in Feb.
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January 9, 2013 3:12:56 AM

another thing to note is the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos uses the slower asynchronous nand. you want the model # with -DX at the end because it uses faster toggle nand.

if your going to get 16GB of memory get 2x8GB. but you don't need more then 8GB for gaming anyway. so you could get 2x4GB and save money. if you ever did need more memory you could add another 8GB. anything above 1600Mhz and you get diminishing returns for the money. 1600 CL 9 1.5V is the sweet spot.
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January 9, 2013 3:19:37 AM

jonjonjon said:
another thing to note is the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos uses the slower asynchronous nand. you want the model # with -DX at the end because it uses faster toggle nand.

if your going to get 16GB of memory get 2x8GB. but you don't need more then 8GB for gaming anyway. so you could get 2x4GB and save money. if you ever did need more memory you could add another 8GB. anything above 1600Mhz and you get diminishing returns for the money. 1600 CL 9 1.5V is the sweet spot.

Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... be the right one?
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January 9, 2013 3:38:49 AM

yea thats the better one with toggle nand and its cheaper.
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