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Hello community,

So I need some help with my new gaming build (shown below). I'm struggling on choosing my monitor and making sure I have enough GPU power to make the monitor worth it. I like the idea of a 144Hz monitor and the awesome fluid FPS that can come with it. I'm just wondering if it is worth it with this build. Currently I only have a GTX 670 and don't really want to go SLI right now so I can keep the budget a little lower. I will be upgrading the GPU in a year-ish when the new NVIDIA architecture launches. So I guess the big question is is this worth it with my build?

Oh and feel free to critique the build etc. I would love some helpful comments. And the reason I'm going with an 3770k is because I can buy it for the same price as a 3570k so I figured why not :D

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($380.04 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($132.72 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($297.54 @ Adorama)
Other: NZXT Phantom 630 (Grey) ($179.99)
Total: $1756.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 20:37 EST-0500)
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  1. Grab 3 60htz monitors and do some surround... plus 2 660's will perform better anyways...

    but if your dead set on a single monitor system with 144htz, go for what you got... but I know I wouldn't, once you go triple monitor you don't go back.

    Right now, this is a REALLY awesome deal:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2898965&Sku=A204-2460
  2. Best answer
    -no reason to get a sniper 3 board
    -no reason for 16gb of ram for gaming.
    -get a 7970 instead. performs better for the money. sucks a little more power though
    -id get a IPS panel instead of a fast 120/144hz TN. its slower and all but colours are much more vibrant, viewing angles dont suck, and it just looks better. i personally dont see any lag from my IPS display from asus. highly recommend you get these instead
    -surround isnt for everyone. i suck so badly with them. i think i had a 20 deathstreak in COD using 3 monitors
    -optical media is dying. no reason to blow that much money on a blu ray drive


    get this
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GTia

    monitor
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75619&promoid=1345

    ram
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321

    case. really dont see the point of spending so much on a case. the 100 dollar mark is where cases tend to peak for its value and function. after that it just goes downhill until you get something like a silverstone tj11
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75051
  3. Thanks for the response!

    I've thought about triple monitors, but I know I'd have to get two GPUs. And two 660s will perform better than one 670 overclocked? Is that going to be cheaper than a single 670? If not I may as well go dual 670s right?
  4. rdubs628 said:
    Thanks for the response!

    I've thought about triple monitors, but I know I'd have to get two GPUs. And two 660s will perform better than one 670 overclocked? Is that going to be cheaper than a single 670? If not I may as well go dual 670s right?


    id suggest trying surround for at least 3hrs before moving in on the purchase. 2 660s will perform better than a 680, but then it instantly blocks upgrade paths and the 2gb frame buffer isnt enough for most. if you want surround, amd is the way to go.
  5. TheBigTroll said:
    -no reason to get a sniper 3 board
    -no reason for 16gb of ram for gaming.
    -get a 7970 instead. performs better for the money. sucks a little more power though
    -id get a IPS panel instead of a fast 120/144hz TN. its slower and all but colours are much more vibrant, viewing angles dont suck, and it just looks better. i personally dont see any lag from my IPS display from asus. highly recommend you get these instead
    -surround isnt for everyone. i suck so badly with them. i think i had a 20 deathstreak in COD using 3 monitors
    -optical media is dying. no reason to blow that much money on a blu ray drive


    get this
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GTia

    monitor
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75619&promoid=1345

    ram
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321

    case. really dont see the point of spending so much on a case. the 100 dollar mark is where cases tend to peak for its value and function. after that it just goes downhill until you get something like a silverstone tj11
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75051



    Interesting build. I actually already have an SSD. So why did you choose that Gigabyte motherboard? Also according to PC Part Picker the 7970 is still more expensive than the 670. And I haven't seen that IPS monitor before. That is an awesome price for something like that!
  6. honestly dude, surround is awesome. I will agree, it does take a learning curve... but it is the most impressive thing ever. Do it, you wont be upset you did.
  7. rdubs628 said:
    Interesting build. I actually already have an SSD. So why did you choose that Gigabyte motherboard? Also according to PC Part Picker the 7970 is still more expensive than the 670. And I haven't seen that IPS monitor before. That is an awesome price for something like that!


    the gigabyte board i chose has all the necessary features that you will ever need. you dont need a plx board like the sniper 3 for 2way SLI

    its a bit more expensive but it could be worth it as it does perform better and comes with crysis 3
  8. Best answer selected by rdubs628.
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