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PC Upgrade Opinion Please

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February 2, 2013 11:56:17 PM

Hi all,
I just got my tax return back and with the money I am going to upgrade my pc. I am a huge gamer and I’m currently playing Guild Wars 2, Far Cry 3, Black ops 2, Battlefield 3, and soon to be Bioshock infinite, Metro Last Light, and Sim City. I don’t want to spend more than $2000 and if I can even hit $1500 or less that would be great. I was hoping I would get some feedback for what I plan on putting in it or possibly ideas of ways to make it cheaper without reducing too much performance and I also want to make sure it is future proof.

I currently have only a couple of parts I am keeping in my system.

I have a Themaltake Black Widow power supply,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NZXT Phantom 410 Case,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA III SSD (for windows only),
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So that is what I have so far and the list bellow is what I plan on buying.

2x Western Digital Black 7200RPM HD (RAID 0) $99.99each,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7 3770k CPU $329.99,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skills ARES series 16GB DDR3 1866 $94.99,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair H100i Hydro series water cooler $109.99,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x MSI Lightning GTX 680 (SLI) $499.99each,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So that is it… all together its about $1900 including tax. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks a lot
Mike

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February 3, 2013 12:07:43 AM

This is really solid build. You will be able to play anything out there now and it looks pretty future proof. I saved you $40 Bucks on your HDD's, Seagate is very reliable and from Newegg instead of $100 each it is $80 each for the same capacity.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sorry I don't have a lot of insight, I am a budget builder and I find great prices.
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February 3, 2013 1:51:00 AM

What processor are you replacing?

16 gig of RAM wont improve game performance over 8 gig at all

and unless you have a 120 Hz monitor and play with 3D glasses the two graphics cards are serious overkill on anything but three 1080p monitors
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February 3, 2013 1:58:21 AM

u need monitor os?

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February 3, 2013 2:20:32 AM

Dude, way overkill.

Here's what I'd buy, keeping in mind your budget and the stuff you've already bought: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ba1T

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1134.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 23:20 EST-0500)

I added in a new MOBO because you've got the budget for it and I think it's better to run an IB off Z77. That 670 will be perfectly fine for all your gaming needs on a single monitor at 1080p. The 680 really doesn't justify its price, IMO, but if you want one, just buy one. No need for two whatsoever.

Comes in around $1150 at Newegg, but price shop the hard drives and CPU for a bit of savings. I didn't use PCPartPicker's merchant list because it shaved off $100 by buying a bunch of stuff at Microcenter and I don't know if you've got one around (if you do, then totally buy the CPU and MOBO there, it'll save you good money).

Edit - Oh and if you need Windows, get Home Premium OEM 64-bit for about $90.
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