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Hi Guys,

1st post. Was hoping to get your opinions on this build. I'm living out here in Hong Kong where I can pick up most of the parts for a pretty decent price at local computer malls.

Just bought a BenQ GW2750 VA 27inch Monitor, so I gave into my temptation to get a proper gaming PC. I want this to be my gaming rig for at least 3 years to come and I hope to do that by getting a 2nd GTX690 in the next 3 months.
I want to know if the MSI Z77A-G45 has enough space to run 2x GTX690 in SLi. I've been looking at a few reviews that have mentioned that the GTX690 is quite large, and may not fit in many older motherboards.

I'm aware I'm offering prices available in Hong Kong and offering a rough US Dollar equivalent, so I'm looking for suggestions into similarly priced parts to swap in if there is a significant benefit.

I'm buying the 'barebones' off a friend for $2500 HKD ($322.40 USD).

CPU Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

RAM ADATA Premier Series 4GB (+4GB included in the motherboard deal)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211548

Case Coolermaster Silencio 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119251

HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136767

& generic DVD Burner

The following is what I found in the computer malls to make my gaming PC. btw I can just about afford this...

Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45 $1220 HKD ($157.32 USD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645

Graphics Card Inno3D GEFORCE GTX 690 4GB DDR5 $8080 HKD ($1042 USD)
http://www.tweaktown.com/news/24473/inno3d_geforce_gtx_690_and_i_chill_based_gpus_get_caught_on_camera/index.html

Solid State Drive (for OS and Games) OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3 120GB $699 HKD ($90.14 USD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

PSU SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W ATX 12V $1580 HKD ($203.75 USD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256057

Total: $14,079 HKD ($1815 USD)

My thoughts are to use the SSD for the OS and whatever games I'm playing at the time. I wanted to save on parts that could be saved on (apart from the PSU!) and spent big on what I thought would make the biggest differences in games (GFX card, SSD, RAM).

Let me know what you think of the build.

I've gotta put this together on Tuesday.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 22

lol what are you doing with  that high-end graphicscard and that medium cpu? Your overspending on the graphicscard if your using that cpu.

post #3 of 22
Get the 2500k or the 3570k for $30 more.
post #4 of 22
Yep, get the i5 3570k for some overclocking goodness as well!
 
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if your getting a GTX690, id say fork over the extra dough for an i7. redface.gif
    
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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies. The reason I'm currently using an i5 2400 is because its what's available in a deal offered to me by a friend of a friend. It's a decent deal for the money and i've already negotiated my way outta the motherboard, PSU and GFX card.

Well what I am open to doing is waiting for my next bonus to swap out the 2400 for a i7 or a better i5.

I honestly thought that since the early 2000's and DOS, CPU's weren't a huge impact on the performance of a game. Is the i5 2400 really that bad? Will it prohibit the card from reaching 100% of its stock performance?

My thoughts were the SSD would help to smooth over the lack of a killer CPU.

What I will take away from this, is I'll definetly swap out the 2400 to something better when I get the 2nd GTX690.

BTW does anyone know if 2x GTX690 SLi will physically fit the MSI 45 motherboard or SIlencio 550 case?

Thanks.
post #7 of 22
probably the 2400 is enough, but if you had a 2500K or 3570K, the OC would help keep up with the gpu.
 
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2 690s for one 27 inch monitor makes me weep.
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post #9 of 22
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Hah! True, I was thinking of that. It'll be 3 months before I buy the 2nd GTX690 (BTW do let me know if the motherboard I've chosen will be able to take 2 GTX690's).

I kinda panic bought a BenQ GW2750 27" VA LED Monitor. It's quite good but its bezel makes it a poor choice for a multi-screen setup.

I'm gonna sell and it and buy 2 LG 27" IPS LED screens. I'm not sure if they run 1080p or whatever is higher. But the point is its a similarly priced but brilliantly colourful and has 0 bezel.
Would 2 be enough or should i get 3? I'm not sure the SLi setup would be able to max out on next generations games with 3 hi res screens.
I'm probably gonna get an i7 and another 8 gigs of ram.

Any recommendations for the cooling system I'm going to need for this BEAST!

Thanks again for the responses.
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Originally Posted by zacharias View Post

Hah! True, I was thinking of that. It'll be 3 months before I buy the 2nd GTX690 (BTW do let me know if the motherboard I've chosen will be able to take 2 GTX690's).
I kinda panic bought a BenQ GW2750 27" VA LED Monitor. It's quite good but its bezel makes it a poor choice for a multi-screen setup.
I'm gonna sell and it and buy 2 LG 27" IPS LED screens. I'm not sure if they run 1080p or whatever is higher. But the point is its a similarly priced but brilliantly colourful and has 0 bezel.
Would 2 be enough or should i get 3? I'm not sure the SLi setup would be able to max out on next generations games with 3 hi res screens.
I'm probably gonna get an i7 and another 8 gigs of ram.
Any recommendations for the cooling system I'm going to need for this BEAST!
Thanks again for the responses.

 

Are you kidding me? With two gtx 690s your set for the next 5 years even with three 1080 monitors.

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