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Hi guys, I'm a new member and am making a list of the parts that I think I need. Here's my list so far, ASUS P8Z77 V LX, Intel i5 3570K, Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 mabe 2 cards, Masscool 7WA868 cpu cooler, Thermaltake WO382 RU 750 watt psu, CM storm scout 2 case, Koolance prem Hi performance 120 mm x 38 for top fans and front intake. But I really don't know any thing about doing this it just looks rite to me..And looks like it would be fun to do cuz I fell in love with all the case mods and stuff you guys are doing and it just kind of blew me away...
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I would get the Asus P8Z77-V LK instead of the LX - the LX is the cheaper board (not in the good way).

I wouldn't recommend trying to Crossfire two weak cards, instead just get one stronger card. Something like the 7870.

You don't need a 750W for that system, you can get by with a quality 550W. One of these is good:
Rosewill Capstone 550M
Seasonic G 550
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Thanks Forceman, I'll check things out and get back to you. thanks so much. By the way i"m old air force brat grew up at Langley AFB in VA. Like your avatar. I've held and kissed the X-15 in 1958 strapped to the wing of a new B-52 in El Paso,TX.......Best day of my life,better than X-mass!!!
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Raghu78 Thanks so much, I'll check every thing out and get back to you, thanks again...
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Raghu78 I did look at the Hyper 212 Evo it was my first choice then I saw the Mascool and thought it was better...
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I second Raghu78's build. 7950 would be much better than the 7770 CF you were planning OP. Also you still live in Texas there are a couple Microcenters around that have the 3570k for $169 + an additional $50 off when you buy a motherboard with it. Definitely the best price around right now.
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Swolern, Thanks for the info, no I live in NY now. I was in TX when I was 6yr old...... I'll check it out any way and try and get back to you, thanks.....
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I agree with the other two posters.. A stronger single GPU is better than 2 crossfired weak gpus.. Sure the 7770s Xfired will give you better frames but xfire can be a pain the rear you aren't going to want to deal with a lot of the time. Its hit or miss on whether the drivers will run for every game correctly.


Single GPU drivers work pretty much 100% of the time.
 
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CPU -Get a 3570K or a 2500K, whichever is cheaper.
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2500K-Quad-Core-Processor-Cache/dp/B004EBUXHQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355389909&sr=8-1&keywords=2500K
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355389909&sr=8-2&keywords=2500K

Case -Get a basic case, the 690 II seems good.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-690-Advanced-RC-692A-KKN5/dp/B007ZOB9MM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355389956&sr=1-1&keywords=CM+690+II

PSU -Get a power supply that covers your needs perfectly. no more than 750W, 600W would be perfect for any one 28nm GPU. Corsair's TX series is cheap, and of high quality
Multi-GPUs:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Modular-Bronze-TX850M/dp/B005E98EI2/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355389994&sr=1-2&keywords=TX850
Single-GPU:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Compatible-platforms/dp/B004LB5AZY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355390013&sr=1-1&keywords=TX650

RAM -Get a basic 2x4GB 1600MHz RAM kit.
http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Viper-1600MHz-PV38G160C9KRD/dp/B0098WZV0U/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355390375&sr=1-3&keywords=8GB+1600MHz+Ram

Mobo -Get a not-too-over-the-top motherboard. If you don't plan on multi-GPUs, don't buy a motherboard that supports it. This happens to support both single and dual, and is the cheapest.
http://www.amazon.com/LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboard-Z77-EXTREME4/dp/B007KTY4A6/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355390193&sr=1-6&keywords=Z77

HSF -The 212+ or EVO is the best bang for your buck cooler. It performs 95% as well as high-end coolers, but at only $20-$30. The 212+ has less cooling performance, no matter how much you ramp up the fan, but the fan is quiet even at full tilt. The Evo's fan is loud even at 30%, though it pushes more air and has a better contact with the CPU. I'd go with the 212+ because it's quieter and cheaper. You do sadly sacrifice 1-2C of cooling though. In an area with no restriction, the Evo fan is quiet, but on a heatsink or hard drive cage, it slams air off metal in an annoying buzzing noise.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Plus-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355391267&sr=8-1&keywords=hyper+212

GPU -Go cheap on everything else up to this point. Save the extra $5 towards 1866 RAM. Save the extra $10 towards a modular PSU. Put it all here. Try to cram at least a 660, or 7850 in here. AMD's 7900 series is very good for multi-monitor setups, but if you don't see that happening, don't get a 7900 series card. You'll just be wasting money on a 384-bit bus you don't need. My 660 currently pushes BF3 @ ultra w/ 2xMSAA @ 1080p. A 670 will improve greatly upon that. My 7850 could push the same settings, but with 4xMSAA. The 7850 OCs very well. Avoid Asus 7800 series cards. The cooler is the reason I have a 660 instead of the 7850 I used to have.
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N660-TF/dp/B0094CX8QI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355390690&sr=1-1&keywords=MSI+660
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-R7850-2GD5/dp/B00883V06O/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355390721&sr=1-12&keywords=HD+7850
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N670GTX-PM2D2GD5-OC-GeForce-256-bit/dp/B007Z574RU/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355390766&sr=1-8&keywords=GTX+670
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphics-02G-P4-2676-KR/dp/B008HZ5438/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355390766&sr=1-9&keywords=GTX+670

I think you can figure the rest out on your own. Seagate makes a very nice 1TB drive, but WD Blacks are the highest performing, at a price premium. I'd recommend an SSD for a boot drive anyway. Perhaps a 128GB Intel 330, or Sandisk Extreme, depending on how cheap they are.
Edited by 267267123 - 12/13/12 at 1:39am
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