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1440p 60+fps build critiques wanted

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January 24, 2013 11:26:24 AM

Ok below are links to exact products but ill make a plain list and what im trying for.
Basically im shooting for a pc that will play the newest games in 1440p on ultra with 60fps because im getting a korean 1440p 27inch pixel perfect monitor with voltage adapter and power supply for 389$ on ebay. Im only buying one 7970 at first and then add a second one whenever games get more demanding. U could call it futureproofing i guess. So heres the parts after months of researching.

I5-3570k
Asrock extreme4
Corsair vengeance 8gb 1600 cas 8
Seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm
Seasonic x 850 gold
Enermax fulmo advanced midtower (saw a pic with it fitting two 7970s)
HIS radeon hd7970 ghz x2 iceq 3gb
Samsung cd/dvd
Windows 7

and a second 7970 in the future. Everything OCd. Will it be enough power? Will the pcie3.0 8x8 instead of two 16x lanes bottleneck it? Will any of the items bottleneck these cards? The gpu has dual link dvi so it fits the korean monitor. I would go for one 690 but not trying to spend alot right now and i may never need more than the 7970 for a few years. Do all midtowers fit crossfire gpus? I may get cheaper case and psu and ram. Help me out bros









PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($427.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($427.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax Fulmo Advance ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1667.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 08:01 EST-0500)
January 24, 2013 11:41:02 AM

Looks pretty solid. You have overclocking specs for the CPU and motherboard, so you need to get an aftermarket cooler to do so. The Cooler Master 212 EVO is the best bang for your buck. Also, you can get a Rosewill THOR V2 Full Tower case for just $10 more.

Rosewill THOR V2 Full Tower
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January 24, 2013 11:44:36 AM

1440p? link please
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January 24, 2013 11:55:14 AM

Idk about a fulltower. The fulmo midtower has tons of large fans and fits crossfire 7970s so is it worth it to pay more and get a fulltower that might be cheaper made with less fans?
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January 24, 2013 11:59:11 AM

Just thought I would mention it if you wanted a full tower, but totally up to you.
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January 24, 2013 12:26:41 PM

2 cards really aren't necessary for 1440p. You should still be able to top out every setting with one. I only recommend multi card set ups for triple screen gaming as it really is needed. Multi card set ups still have issues so I say stick with one. Looks like a great build by the way. Have you thought about an SSD? Storage is the slowest part of any system and SSDs really do make a difference.
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January 24, 2013 12:56:09 PM

I just wanted to have the crossfire option, if i ever needed it in the future i wouldnt have to buy new parts. Is it worth it to OC when it comes to gaming? What are the best things to OC for gaming? I may only OC the gpu. would the evo on the mobo be neccesary if i only OCd the gpu? Or just case fans? I know gpu has fans built into it
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January 24, 2013 1:55:17 PM

OCing your CPU with this setup is no-brainer. Only question is how far you want to take it.

You can OC the GPU as well.

Highly recommend getting an SSD.
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January 24, 2013 3:05:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zkis
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zkis/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zkis/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($427.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1067.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 12:04 EST-0500)
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January 24, 2013 3:08:42 PM

Ok heres the question. Is the money spent on an evo and a k model processor and a mobo thats good at OCing worth the gained fps? Here i made a cheaper build that should be able to play metro at 1600p on ultra and its barely over a grand.
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January 24, 2013 3:18:31 PM

Wish I knew the answer to that.

This http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-... shows 51fps on ultra 1600p - but that's with a 4.2GHz OC's hex core.

It might not have a large effect, but if your CPU is at 100% utilization, it's likely that *something* is getting delayed or dropped.

I've had to go up to 4.1 to get under 100% on the latest BF3 maps.
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January 24, 2013 3:29:58 PM

ltbenjamin said:
Ok heres the question. Is the money spent on an evo and a k model processor and a mobo thats good at OCing worth the gained fps? Here i made a cheaper build that should be able to play metro at 1600p on ultra and its barely over a grand.


I highly recommend the cooler master evo, not only will it give you the benefit of over clocking your processor but will make your computer a heck of a lot quieter. You will notice while gaming the fan really doesn't even have to increase speed to maintain temperatures and your ears will thank you.

Definitely worth the money in my opinion.
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January 24, 2013 3:46:52 PM

Go with a Noctua cooler if not closed loop liquid
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January 24, 2013 4:08:17 PM

I dont think you read the question right. Or maybe i wrote it wrong. Im not asking should i get a cooler to OC. Im asking is all the extra money on better parts just to OC worth the gaming performance bump? I dont want to OC the mobo and processor or ram if it really doesnt gain alot of fps. From what i saw on the processor chart a $100 more expensive processor only gained 1fps. So will OCing also only gain 1fps. If so id rather save the money and get the cheap mobo and the 3570 instead of the 3570k and id also save by not having to buy an evo.
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January 24, 2013 4:11:06 PM

You won't see much of a difference if saving the cash is the main concern.
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January 24, 2013 4:11:28 PM

Save $80 by not OCing the processor because instead of asrock ex4 id get pro3 and also the 3570 not 3570k and also wouldnt need evo. How much fps does OCing processor give u? I could still OC the gpu right? Thats where the most fps gain is isnt it?
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January 24, 2013 4:20:14 PM

Yep. For the most part.
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January 24, 2013 4:52:15 PM

Best answer selected by ltbenjamin.
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January 24, 2013 5:03:15 PM

This is an extreme example and they are crossfiring, it's not identical to your setup but it's the best I can find atm:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-core-i7-377...

In BF3, there's no difference between stock and OC'd, F1 saw a 12% increase, and Skyrim saw a 17% increase, all with a ~22% OC. So there can be improved fps with a CPU OC but it is game and hardware dependant.

If you're looking to save a little, I'd think it's OK to cut out the OC and still have happy gaming.

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