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February 9, 2013 10:49:53 PM

Hi this is my first gaming build and would like some advice as what improvements I can make. I want a build that is able to play games like Crysis 3 at 1920×1080 and cost between $1500-$1600. I also plan using the pc with two monitors that I already have. Thank you.

Here is the build specifications:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CvgC

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 9, 2013 11:10:02 PM

Ok, so before you look at the link below with my own personal tweaks let me say that your build was fine overall, but some items were just overpriced for what you were getting.

I'm curious why you picked that case, because for that price you're not getting anything special but cases are a personal thing so maybe you just liked that one so I didn't mess with it. I also would have chosen an Intel SSD like the 330 or 520 series over Samsung but again, there is nothing wrong with the Samsung that I know of, I'm just a big Intel supporter and have used several of them.

The changes I made were:
changed mobo to ASRock Z77 Extreme4
changed RAM to Gskill
changed power supply to Seasonic
changed video card to 7970 ghz edition

After changes, you actually save $80 overall and who doesn't love getting more "bang for your buck"?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CvwV
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February 9, 2013 11:28:19 PM

sharkbyte5150 said:
Ok, so before you look at the link below with my own personal tweaks let me say that your build was fine overall, but some items were just overpriced for what you were getting.

I'm curious why you picked that case, because for that price you're not getting anything special but cases are a personal thing so maybe you just liked that one so I didn't mess with it. I also would have chosen an Intel SSD like the 330 or 520 series over Samsung but again, there is nothing wrong with the Samsung that I know of, I'm just a big Intel supporter and have used several of them.

The changes I made were:
changed mobo to ASRock Z77 Extreme4
changed RAM to Gskill
changed power supply to Seasonic
changed video card to 7970 ghz edition

After changes, you actually save $80 overall and who doesn't love getting more "bang for your buck"?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CvwV


Thank you for the advice. The reason I picked the case was for it's noise reduction foam that is in the interior of the case. And from the reviews that I read about the case it seems to have a pretty good cooling management as well but if you have a suggestion for a cheaper case that can offer equal benefits please do so. If I can save more money I would like to get another graphic card. And I picked the 670 for the 4 GB RAM since I will be using two monitors I thought it would be better than 3GB.

Between 2-way SLI using two GTX 670 FTW and two 7970 Ghz in Crossfire which would perform better?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 9, 2013 11:44:51 PM

I'm not as much of a gamer as some others but from what I've seen the 7970 Ghz edition is a killer!

I don't have a problem with that case, but honestly it's the fans that will make a difference more than anything. My case is the Coolermaster Elite 431 Plus and it doesn't make a sound!! It's whisper quiet and no foam anywhere, so that's why I was curious. Popular cases (aside from mine) are the HAF 912 or 922 by Coolermaster or the Rosewill Blackhawk. Again, all a matter of preference.

Anything else?
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February 10, 2013 5:33:22 PM

Well I have been reading about HD 7970 they seems to be really loud when they are maxed out compared to GTX 670 FTW. So should go for 670 in the end? Also for the cpu cooler would a ball bearing be better than sleeve bearing?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2013 8:04:28 PM

Are you more concerned with sound vs. performance?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/toxic-hd-7970-eyefi...

I think judging from those videos, the 670's do seem more quiet.
Regarding fans, I think overall sleeve fans make more noise and don't last as long.

Here's the rear fan in my case....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Doesn't make a sound!
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February 10, 2013 9:57:07 PM

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February 10, 2013 9:57:38 PM

Thank you for all the advice.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2013 9:58:55 PM

No problem, good luck with the build?
What are you going with?
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February 10, 2013 10:42:52 PM

sharkbyte5150 said:
No problem, good luck with the build?
What are you going with?


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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 39.8 CFM 120mm Fans ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1514.94

The extra bump in the price is due to the OS.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2013 10:45:34 PM

Just curious, what made you go with the Corsair PSU over the Seasonic?
Thought you were set on the GTX 670's?

Excellent build for the money, either way!
ENJOY!
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February 10, 2013 10:56:59 PM

I used a Seasonic before and it did not perform well other than that no other reason. As for the graphic card I guess I picked the HD 7970 because of its overclocking ability and the from videos you provided the sound didn't really bother me.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2013 11:14:31 PM

Gotcha.....sorry about your bad experience with Seasonic, I'm sure the Corsair will work well for you.
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