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January 27, 2013 8:52:08 AM

Hi, I'm new in this forum and I would like some advice on my build. Well, I am looking for the best performance to money ratio for my specs. I would like to be able to play BF3, DOTA 2, LOL, Diablo 3 etc on high settings. Also, I am torn between ASRock and ASUS for my motherboard. Please help me choose :D 

This is my current build.

Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6gb/s USB3.0 or ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

RAM DDR31600 - Corsair vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)

CPU - intel core i5-3570k

GPU - GeForce GTX 660 OC or the GTX 650 Ti OC (which is better? :)  )

Fans - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Power source - Thermaltake Toughpower 650W Gold

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 500GB

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January 27, 2013 8:58:16 AM

GPU - GeForce GTX 660 OC or the GTX 650 Ti OC (which is better? )
why not 670? PNY 670 is about 299 usd :) 

Power source - Thermaltake Toughpower 650W Gold
xfx 550/650 is better
January 27, 2013 9:00:50 AM

Your questions.

Between the AsRock and the ASUS, there isnt overly much difference. oth are about the same feature-wise, except the AsRock has two more SATAIII ports.
Get the 660, it just plain performs better.

My feedback on the build

Might want to look into getting lower profile RAM, the massive heat fins on Corsair Vengeance RAM can get in the way of large heatsinks.
Get a PSU from Corsair, Seasonic or XFX. Thermaltake doesn't have the best reputation for its PSU's. Youv got the wattage about right for a single card rig.
Go up to the 1TB model on the HDD, should only be a $20 increase in price for double the capacity.
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January 27, 2013 9:01:36 AM

AMD Radeon said:
GPU - GeForce GTX 660 OC or the GTX 650 Ti OC (which is better? )
why not 670? PNY 670 is about 299 usd :) 

Power source - Thermaltake Toughpower 650W Gold
xfx 550/650 is better


Is there any comparable difference between the 660 and the 670? Besides, can the 670 be overclocked by programs such as MSI afterburner. Sorry I did'nt research much into the 670 :D 
January 27, 2013 9:05:16 AM

manofchalk said:
Your questions.

Between the AsRock and the ASUS, there isnt overly much difference. oth are about the same feature-wise, except the AsRock has two more SATAIII ports.
Get the 660, it just plain performs better.

My feedback on the build

Might want to look into getting lower profile RAM, the massive heat fins on Corsair Vengeance RAM can get in the way of large heatsinks.
Get a PSU from Corsair, Seasonic or XFX. Thermaltake doesn't have the best reputation for its PSU's. Youv got the wattage about right for a single card rig.
Go up to the 1TB model on the HDD, should only be a $20 increase in price for double the capacity.


Ok! I'll take that into consideration :)  Any suggestion on what should I get for the RAM?
January 27, 2013 9:05:30 AM

Any graphics card can be overclocked by Afterburner.

There's a big difference between the 660 and 670, about $200 and two performance tiers. The 660Ti is the next step up from the
660.

G.Skill Ares or Corsair Vengeance Low Profile is what I recommend you get. Dont bother with speeds above 1600Mhz, its not worth the price difference.
January 27, 2013 9:10:13 AM

+1

Both motherboard brands are great, but among those two models I would go with the ASRock.

The most demanding game you listed is BF3, the rest will be no problem. BF3 benefit from all the GPU power you can give it. You might also consider the AMD 7xxx series, as their newest drivers (12.11/13.1) are showing very good performance/price for BF3.
January 27, 2013 9:22:33 AM

Thanks you all for your suggestion!! Especially to manofchalk! I've made a few tweaks to my build :D