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post #11 of 29
I am very anal about build lists. Normally people have rather poorly thought out builds (not that I blame them, especially if they are just starting out), but I got to say this is one of the most solid builds I have seen in a while. Good job. thumb.gif

There are a few things that could make this a better build though.

Change your case to the switch 810. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146089 There is a white one with cheaper shipping.

Then I would actually hold off on the cooler altogether. Here is my thinking. All CPUs overclock differently. Your chip could be really good for overclocking, and you would only need a cheap air cooler, or really poor for overclocking and you need a full water cooler. So what I would do is use your stock cooler, and try to boot into windows at 4.8ghz with as little voltage as possible. That way we can have a good idea of what you actually need for 4.8ghz so you won't be wasting any money on cooling.

Change your ram to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096 You can OC this to the moon, and the black PCB with the gold traces will match the color of your mobo.

I don't know why you choose the screen that you did. You could have your own special reasons for it, but this screen is better in ever way and I have yet to find a screen that can beat it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236288

Lastly, I would go with the asus GTX 660ti top edition. The gigabyte card is good, but if you have a window in your case, the blue PCB of the gigabyte card is just going to make you want to vomit. Seriously I am doing you a favor. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121658

Edit: these parts are better, but I just saw that you were from AUS, so I don;t know what is and is not available there.
Edited by Tjj226 Angel - 11/2/12 at 10:19pm
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post #12 of 29
Just click through these links and have a look. smile.gif

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($145.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($170.30 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($189.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($112.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($149.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser Mouse ($74.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $2044.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

The OC you'll get would depend on whether or not you get a good chip, your ambient temperatures and how good your CPU cooler is. But for gaming it's great. I'd scale back on your PSU though to a 500W if you'll only be running one video card.
Go for a Seasonic X Series 560W PSU, they're awesome! thumb.gif
Corsair also makes great power supplies.
I'll assume from your username your from Australia as well. thumb.gif
The build I put together is MILESSSSSS better than the one you have and should eat through anything you want to do and overclock great.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($145.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($170.30 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($189.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($112.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($149.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser Mouse ($74.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $2044.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Thanks! That is one amazing system, but I try to stay away from AMD/ATI video cards and processors. I just like Intel. This is a big +1 for you.
post #14 of 29
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Okay ill go for a corsair PSU, but there quite expensive. Ill check up on those sites.

They are well worth the money and very reliable. PSU is not something you want to skimp out on. Also consider the 670 over the 660ti, with the price difference I really don't see any reason to go for a 660ti and if price was really a concern that much you might as well get a 7950 which outperforms the 660ti.
post #15 of 29
The 7970 is a great card and AMD's sorted out their driver problems (which were over-exaggerated in the first place) and now it's the fastest single GPU card out there, what's not to like? smile.gif

You can drop down to a 7950 but you have $2000 so why not have the best you can get for your money?
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

The 7970 is a great card and AMD's sorted out their driver problems (which were over-exaggerated in the first place) and now it's the fastest single GPU card out there, what's not to like? smile.gif
You can drop down to a 7950 but you have $2000 so why not have the best you can get for your money?

Thanks, but i'm still going to stick with a 670 probably.
post #17 of 29
sim~build (Click to show) Here's my try on your budget, mostly same as your choices, change the ssd to samsung 830 much better 3K nand & triple procie, change hdd to wd caviar black 1TB for better warranty of 5 yrs, change the case to much newer CM Storm Trooper, reduce the psu to 720W but can still accomodate to SLI gtx 670 gpu's, change the videocard to gtx 670 reference videocard, added 2 extra case fan, added monitor asus 22" IPS monitor. Hope you like it
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post #18 of 29
Alright then, whatever floats your boat.

If you have to get a Nvidia card, EVGA makes the best ones, their warranty and RMA process is if you ask me is the best out there. Not to mention their cards are built great in the first place, so you'll probably never need your warranty! tongue.gif

Their slight price premium is more than worth it if you ask me.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($145.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($170.30 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($449.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($189.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($112.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($149.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser Mouse ($74.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $2094.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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sim~build (Click to show) Here's my try on your budget, mostly same as your choices, change the ssd to samsung 830 much better 3K nand & triple procie, change hdd to wd caviar black 1TB for better warranty of 5 yrs, change the case to much newer CM Storm Trooper, reduce the psu to 720W but can still accomodate to SLI gtx 670 gpu's, change the videocard to gtx 670 reference videocard, added 2 extra case fan, added monitor asus 22" IPS monitor. Hope you like it

This is quite a nice build thanks for that.
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I've got a 670 and i regret not getting the 7950 I've managed to cap vram in skyrim and 7950/7970 has better floating point which i use. If you wanted to maybe we could arrange a swap you grab a 7950/70 Ive got a EVGA 670 SC and would love a AMD card. Also netplus cool my sister are friend with the daughter of the owners.
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