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January 31, 2013 1:54:27 AM

This is my first build. I would like to know if everything is 100% compatible and if i can get better performance for around the same cost (i plan on playing a lot of demanding multiplayer first person shooters for ex: bf3, arma 2, and crisis 3 on high settings). All feedback is greatly appreciated

system specs:

cpu: i5 3570k
cpu cooler:NZXT Kraken X60
motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155
ram:G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM HDD, and Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD
gpu: (2) MSI R7970 Lightnings in 2 way CrossFire
case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower
psu: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

disk reader thing: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
os: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

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January 31, 2013 2:01:09 AM

What's the resolution ? if it's 1080p, two 7970 lightnings are overkill, a single one is suffice.
I rather get an aircooler like the noctua nh-d14 or phanteks coolers.
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January 31, 2013 2:15:01 AM

I will look at the coolers and, yes, i plan on using a 1080p monitor.
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January 31, 2013 2:20:46 AM

sorry for double posting. which cooler would be the most affective because I plan on over clocking as much as I safely can noise is a factor but isn't deal-breaking.
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January 31, 2013 2:25:48 AM

I agree. 2 7970s are overkill for gaming at 1080p. Might as well get one card and the money saved could go to another SSD (maybe a 480-512GB drive for games), or higher efficiency, modular and better built psu (like corsair HX/AX or Seasonic X series) or a better monitor (maybe IPS or 2560x1440/1600 monitors). Just throwing out some ideas.
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January 31, 2013 2:26:26 AM

reedunbar said:
sorry for double posting. which cooler would be the most affective because I plan on over clocking as much as I safely can noise is a factor but isn't deal-breaking.



The noctua NH-D14 is your best choice for that.
Also just a single 7970 will do.
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January 31, 2013 2:51:00 AM

If you really wanna go crossfire, I'd say drop to two HD7950's and put more money on a 1440p IPS. You can now buy them under $500 on Amazon, like this one.

Not a fan of the HAF-X. I'd go for something like a Corsair 650D for the awesome build quality.

Get a better PSU. Go for gold :p 
Corsair HX750 80+ Gold Modular - $130
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January 31, 2013 3:22:35 AM

I chose the haf-x because it had room for the radiator of the x60, but if i use the nh-d14 I could be more picky with the case, and as for the power supply would 750w still be able to run the 7970s if I didn't get something cheeper? Just curious. the reason its so graphics heavy is because I was hoping go get a solid 120 fps on some more demanding games.
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January 31, 2013 3:45:58 AM

750W is enough as long as it's a good quality unit. Do you have a 120Hz monitor? If you don't, getting anything past 60fps is a waste.
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January 31, 2013 4:13:06 AM

Yes, i have a 120hz monitor. Thank you so much for the help.
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February 1, 2013 2:55:25 AM

Is the Corsair AX860 80 PLUS Platinum a good psu and do you have any recommendations for cost efficient full tower cases airflow is my primary concern for cases.
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February 1, 2013 3:05:45 AM

If you want to crossfire two 7970, now or later, get this psu : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0050751YS/

It's just 102.75$ after mir, it's a high quality psu made by seasonic and it's modular.

For a full tower case get the nzxt phantom : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 1, 2013 3:14:44 AM

The Corsair AX860 is a great power supply, as long as you don't mind paying the premium for it. The XFX djangoringo suggested is good too though.

Not exactly full tower but the Antec Eleven Hundred and Cooler Master HAF XM are great cases as well.
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February 1, 2013 4:45:28 AM

Thank you so much for the quick responses. I think I will go with the phantom case, the
nh-d14 cpu cooler, and the XFX 850w XXX psu with everything else the same as I started. the problem is I now have 130 extra $, should i get a more expensive psu and if so do you have any recommendations? btw how do I close this thread when i'm done sorry i'm new to this.
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February 1, 2013 4:55:03 AM

sorry forgot to refresh the page before posting that... which out of those cases would have the best airflow? the ax860 psu sounds good.
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February 1, 2013 4:56:43 AM

You don't need a larger psu, even for two 7970 it will do.
Both cases have good airflow, it's all a matter of preferences.
You could get a larger ssd with the extra from the same brand of ssd that you like.
To close the thread, select a best answer, it will be closed by then, i think.
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February 1, 2013 5:33:35 AM

Maybe not larger psu, but more efficient and better quality doesn't hurt. However, I agree with djangoringo to get a larger SSD. Another thing you could do is save up some more money, and a few months later buy a 480-512GB SSD for games.
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February 1, 2013 1:44:45 PM

I was planing to buy another of the same ssd at a later time and raid0 them would 256gb be enough for a few games I play alot and the boot drive?. which higher quality power supplies brands/specific models would you recommend?
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February 1, 2013 1:50:47 PM

Maybe Corsair's HX/AX or SeaSonic X series. Understand that some of the features or enhancements they come with might not be considered necessary by other people but it's usual for any top products to have better features then lower end ones.
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February 1, 2013 2:01:10 PM

reedunbar said:
I was planing to buy another of the same ssd at a later time and raid0 them would 256gb be enough for a few games I play alot and the boot drive?. which higher quality power supplies brands/specific models would you recommend?


There's no higher quality units, only with a higher efficiency, the XFX 850 XXX is made by seasonic, the HX series is now made by channel well (anything above 650W), the AX is a seasonic oem unit, the same for the seasonic psus.
The XFX 850 XXX is 80 plus silver, the other units might be 80 gold, but the difference is really minimal, not worth spending more, this might help you : http://hardocp.com/article/2011/10/04/80_plus_irrelevan...

A 256GB ssd is a good option, it will have space for more games, the 128GB might be not suffice for that.
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February 1, 2013 10:06:39 PM

In this case the efficiency does not concern me and by 256 I mean two 128s in raid0. I will get the xfx 850 xxx and spend the extra money on the other ssd. any warnings/ tweaks before I order everything and close the thread?
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February 2, 2013 12:51:14 AM

I did some looking and I found that the amd fx-8350 had better benchmarks than the i5 3570k plus it is cheeper. thoughts?
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February 2, 2013 12:52:04 AM

Stay with the i5-3570k for gaming it's better, i wouldn't get the FX-8350.
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February 2, 2013 2:04:50 AM

Thank you all so much for all the help. :) 
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February 2, 2013 2:07:11 AM

Best answer selected by reedunbar.
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February 2, 2013 2:09:30 AM

I cant tell if the thread is closed, and I don't want people to post when i'm not going to see it at a later time. much thanks!
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February 2, 2013 2:16:35 AM

Usually some moderator will close it.
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