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February 7, 2013 5:41:34 PM

Hey! Got refer to your forums as the best place to post PC specs and get it checked out. Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks!

Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid tower
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold (SPG) 800 Watts
Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
EVGA GeForce GTX 660Ti SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Graphics Card (02G-P4-3662-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-3662-KR
Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
February 8, 2013 2:17:53 AM

1. You might want to look into getting hyper 212 evo instead. The performance difference from the price difference from plus is great. So better get the 212 evo.

2. for PSU, check this, http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx. There are better PSU than that for a cheaper price. Look into higher tier (1/2) psu, corsair,seasonic and other brand and series. I would suggest getting a corsair tx750 instead. Cheaper and still fits your build as I guess you plan to SLI.

3. 16gb of ram is too much for gaming. 8gb is more than enough.

4. You can also cut down cost buy buying caviar blue instead since you have an ssd. performance from black is not that observable.

5. From the previous savings, you could upgrade that gpu to 7950/670. And yes, for me 7950 > 660 ti. Especially on higher resolutions (1920x1080 and above). The only advantage of 660ti over 7950 is physx and performance on lower res.

6. Great choice of ssd.
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February 8, 2013 10:15:24 AM

admbautista said:
1. You might want to look into getting hyper 212 evo instead. The performance difference from the price difference from plus is great. So better get the 212 evo.

2. for PSU, check this, http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx. There are better PSU than that for a cheaper price. Look into higher tier (1/2) psu, corsair,seasonic and other brand and series. I would suggest getting a corsair tx750 instead. Cheaper and still fits your build as I guess you plan to SLI.

3. 16gb of ram is too much for gaming. 8gb is more than enough.

4. You can also cut down cost buy buying caviar blue instead since you have an ssd. performance from black is not that observable.

5. From the previous savings, you could upgrade that gpu to 7950/670. And yes, for me 7950 > 660 ti. Especially on higher resolutions (1920x1080 and above). The only advantage of 660ti over 7950 is physx and performance on lower res.

6. Great choice of ssd.


All great idea's! Thanks for the incite. I found this GPU on Amazon for the exact same price as the 660ti:

Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express Graphic Card GV-R795WF3-3GD

Changed other to other specs:
G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz 240-Pin PC3-12800 Desktop Memory F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX

How does it look now?
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February 8, 2013 10:17:50 AM

I'd try and get the Samsung 840 Pro over the regular 840.
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February 11, 2013 1:31:19 AM

yeah i over looked that, i thought it was 840 pro, I should have not said great choice of ssd, because 840 is not great. 840 pro is great. :lol:  Everything else, with the changes seems okay.
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February 11, 2013 2:32:53 AM

If this is your first time, i suggest not experimenting with overclocking. That means you can get a 7970 over a 660 ti.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1106.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 23:32 EST-0500)
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