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Approximate Purchase Date: This year, next few months for most of it hopefully..

Budget Range: $1000-1500 with rebates and shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Editing, Gaming, that's it..

Are you buying a monitor: Later on yes, if that can be included in build cost it would be great as I'm planning on running a multi monitor setup with 3 monitors I have picked out already costing $120 each when on sale.. I have a 28" hd tv right now that's fine though.

Parts to Upgrade: Buying it all new, I already have bought the motherboard, 8gb of ram, and a psu.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes if I can't use the backup discs from my parents new desktop?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: San Diego, California

Parts Preferences: Intel, and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: A case with a window would be nice, my favorite color is blue and black haha..

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Getting the hell away from console gaming.

Parts I've bought already:

Cooler Master Pro M2 620W PSU: $65

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard: $134

2x4gb Corsair Vengeance 1600: $0 (Came with motherboard)

HP Dvd Drive $0

What I'm looking at getting:

Case: I have no clue...

SSD: Samsung 840 (120gb or 250gb)

HDD: Is this needed if I have 2tb of external storage and get the 250gb SSD?

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (With 2 Cougar vortex fans)

GFX Card: GeForce GTX 660 ti 3gb (SLI eventually)

That's all I know of, what are the suggestions?
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  1. case... you may want to take a full tower since you wish to do SLI. like an NZXT 410 its at a rather good price for full tower (there are others at maybe 85$+ you have to look around at what you like)

    PSU has too low of wattage to support SLI. you need at least 750W .. preferred 850w.

    motherboard is alright...

    the CPU is great. and the cooler is great.


    dont take SLI 660ti... dont... lol

    if you want to.. then get 670 OC you should be able to get a decent price on one of those cards.

    1920x1080 ? x3 monitors?

    my friend runs 3monitors at that resolution... works fine with single 670OC
  2. I've been told by some of the experts here 620W is fine for SLI, estimated power usage is only at 470W and around 580W with a 4.5 overclock on the CPU. And 660 ti's in SLI are much more powerful than a 670 and you can overclock a 660 ti to the power of a standard 670..
  3. yeah.. i just dont think 192bit video cards are a great choice for sli. and you have to think about having a little bit of head room for wattage, numbers in theory are not always numbers that you are going to get. 700+watt psu is needed

    (not saying that graphics are not going to be nice... the bandwidth is just really low)

    support my 700watt+ suggestion

    here you can see it gets quite technical (more in depth of running low wattage psu with sli). the End result is that if you wish to even try do it on a 620watt then you better get a really good PSU. the end result is that you even if you can run everything without a prob you will not have a lot of headroom/your psu will be pushed all the time you are using your pc, load like that will cut life.

    standard 670FTW is not a bad card. if you wish to do a dual vid card, I would rather suggest you a 7870/7950 xfire but i know you said you dont like the radeon graphics
  4. But does the BW Hub really even matter? I've been told that doesn't REALLY even matter all that much but that could be wrong. Hm..
  5. here, do a little bit of reading.

    personally... i think the bw was the sole reason for my old computer's ability to play new games. and when you look at it.. 192bit vs older cards which are 128bit mostly and now you look at higher tier gpu, they are all 256bit/384bit... why do the older ones have 128bit and now the new ones are moving up in bw? they must have a good reason. (which is explained in that post link).

    anyways.. this is my last post for today
  6. byogamingpc said:
    Here is a link to the SSD Samsung 840 (250gb)
    I would get the 250gb because it will have enough storage to put all of your programs on and you can use the external 2tb storage for your documents and files.

    Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (great choice, the best processor for the price for overclocking)

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (Great cooler for the price)

    COUGAR CF-V14S Vortex Hyper-Spin

    HIS H787F2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 (I highly recommend this card, I used to be an Nvidia fan but have opened up to AMD and haven't regretted it)

    ZOTAC GeForce GTX 670 (If you must have Nvidia)

    You may also want to bump your PSU up a bit to at least 700W if you plan to do Xfire or SLI. I also recommend going with a Corsair or Seasonic PSU.
    CORSAIR CX Series CX750

    Antec Eleven Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window (I'm a fan of less obtrusive styled cases but this is my suggestion)

    I hope all of these suggestions help!

    Finally I get an answer of the SSD xD I've been waiting to know if I should get a 120gb SSD and a 1tb HD or just 250gb SSD and use my external 2tb I already have xD Thank you!! My laptop has 250gb of HDD storage and I still have 50gb left and theres a ton of RAW picture files I need to get off of it (x

    Hopefully I can get a deal on the i5 /:

    The Cougar fans will be a push pull config on the EVO.

    I originally planned on getting 2 660 ti's and doing sli but I think I'll just get a 4gb 670 and eventually buy a bigger psu and another 4gb 670 or upgrade to the 700 series when it comes out haha

    That case is eh, I'm thinking the Antec Three Hundred..
  7. A 250Gb SSD is very nice but is going to cost a lot. I have 120Gb Samsung 840, it plenty for the OS, and favorite games/what I'm currently playing but, the more the better if you have the money.
    Microcenter has the 840 series 10% off plus you can get an extra $20 dollars off if you purchase it with a CPU or Motherboard. That's $80 for a 120gb or $150 for the 250gb. killer deal, just letting you know
    Plus MC has the best prices on CPUs
  8. Nearest MC is about an hour and a half away lol..It's going to cost the same to buy a 120gb with a 1tb WD Black as it costs to buy a 250gb and then I don't need a HD..
  9. ship it. But i'm sure you fill find you need more memory but go with the 250gb and get more storage later
  10. I have 2tb of external storage already I think I'm good.. Lol
  11. Alright well the 840 is $40 cheaper at MC
  12. The CPU doesn't ship from microcenter its in store pickup ONLY so I would have to drive it and I can't find the Samsung deal on there...the Samsung 840 drives are 20% on Newegg for 72 hours with a vode i have so the 250gb is $150 with it..
  13. Go for it, good price.
  14. Alright I'm going to grab that, and probably order the case tonight.. then there will only be one more essential piece to get being the CPU, I mean I also have to get a GFX card but that will be a while before I have the money for that.. Meanwhile I can use the onboard GFX or my Asus 512mb card I've had for a few years..
  15. if the mb has mvp chipset you can bond both a onboard cpu and gpu for more speed. (old video card will work if it pci.)
  16. It is PCI
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