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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Its time to upgrade!
I'm building a new computer and appreciate insight.

The computer is for gaming and developing. Also the plan is to get three monitors for this system, hope to game of them with decent fps on decent quality.

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 $339.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz $219.9 OR Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz $329.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $139.99
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB $112
Power Supply: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W $139.99
total: $~1000

Monitors: 3 (three) Dell S2340M 23" 7ms $189.99 each / $569.97 total

I'm the most unsure on the motherboard...

For the CPU, is upgrade from the Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz to an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz worth the extra $110? I'm budget investing, so I can upgrade if its worth it. I can trim/beef up the budget on certain items if I'm going about it wrong...

Also taking suggestions on storage. Theres a 120gb SSD by Sandisk on sale for $105



Many thanks!
post #2 of 11
If you want to run 3 monitors at high settings I imagine you'll need more than a 7950
post #3 of 11
Three monitor gaming will need a little bit more power to max games out. The 3570 Is good for now. But in the near future it might bottleneck. And I would recommend the 7970 ghz as more powerful and will be better for eyefinity

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Thanks guys, I wouldn't be playing the games on max, closer to high. The most resource intensive game I'd play is Call of Duty... but mostly tf2 (easy on resources). I'm definitely not a high quality connoisseur, and I'm upgrading from a measly gaming laptop.

So it sounds like the weakest links are the processor then the graphics card. I'll definitely make the upgrade to the i7 then. As for the graphics card, I was hoping I wouldn't have to spend much more than that $340 but if I can swing it, I'll upgrade it to the 7970. I get that one is cheap and one is better - but I'm hoping for 18 months of happy sailing

It looks like 3 monitor gaming is has worked for some ppl using the 7950 (although I can't see how well). But if you guys say I'll be exponentially happier upgrading the GPU as well I'll take your word for it. Any specific model of 7970 that ya'll consider the bees knees on a budget? I was pretty stoked for the SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 7950 I settled for compared to the other 7950s.

Again, very appreciated thumb.gif
post #5 of 11
I'm sure someone else will be able to give you a lot more info but I think in most games theres only single figure fps difference between i7 3770k and i5 3750k so moving up to that particular i7 won't really do much to prevent the onset of future bottlenecking unless developers start using hyper threading for games. I'd put the extra cash to a good cooler and overlock the proverbial out of it smile.gif
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Setup choices are fine, except for gaming a 3570k is more than enough. Also, since this seems to be a gaming rig, all you need is 8GB of Ram. Go with some 2133MHz G.Skill Ripjaws X Series. Not really that expensive and will help out with FPS in games over the 1600MHz.

Short of getting more than 2 cards in the future, don't see the point in the 750W Seasonic. Not that it is bad, but just go with a Rosewill CAPSTONE-650-M 650W PSU, it's like $90 after rebate and will be more than enough; even for SLI in the future (plus still modular).

Based on the games you will be playing, it seems that you shouldn't really have any issues with the 7950 @ 5760 x 1080. However, something you might want to consider is just going with a single 30" 1440P Monitor. You won't take as much of a hit on frames as with 3 monitors, and seriously, when you have your face directly in front of a 30" monitor you come to realize anything larger than that is just plain ridiculous (still don't understand how people play like that with huge gaps from the monitors in their vision) .

Here's a 1440P 30" Yamakasi for about the same price as what you're paying.
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Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post

Setup choices are fine, except for gaming a 3570k is more than enough. Also, since this seems to be a gaming rig, all you need is 8GB of Ram. Go with some 2133MHz G.Skill Ripjaws X Series. Not really that expensive and will help out with FPS in games over the 1600MHz.

Short of getting more than 2 cards in the future, don't see the point in the 750W Seasonic. Not that it is bad, but just go with a Rosewill CAPSTONE-650-M 650W PSU, it's like $90 after rebate and will be more than enough; even for SLI in the future (plus still modular).

Based on the games you will be playing, it seems that you shouldn't really have any issues with the 7950 @ 5760 x 1080. However, something you might want to consider is just going with a single 30" 1440P Monitor. You won't take as much of a hit on frames as with 3 monitors, and seriously, when you have your face directly in front of a 30" monitor you come to realize anything larger than that is just plain ridiculous (still don't understand how people play like that with huge gaps from the monitors in their vision) .

Here's a 1440P 30" Yamakasi for about the same price as what you're paying.

First off, thanks for the sound advice. I'm a web developer and really appreciate the value of the screen real estate of 2+ monitors when designing and writing code. It just so happens that I can use them for gaming when not freelancing smile.gif. I agree with your opinion on getting a large 30" if gaming wasn't (unfortunately) secondary. Also with the Dell S2340M Black 23", the thin outer profile the gaps wont be as bad as a large bevel

As for the RAM, I do some video editing so opted for the 2133MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) package. I'm also going with the power supply that you recommended. You rock!
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Keep the 3570K and use the $110 difference to move up from a 7950 to a 7970 GHz Edition. More bang for the buck that way.
     
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First off, thanks for the sound advice. I'm a web developer and really appreciate the value of the screen real estate of 2+ monitors when designing and writing code. It just so happens that I can use them for gaming when not freelancing smile.gif. I agree with your opinion on getting a large 30" if gaming wasn't (unfortunately) secondary. Also with the Dell S2340M Black 23", the thin outer profile the gaps wont be as bad as a large bevel

As for the RAM, I do some video editing so opted for the 2133MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) package. I'm also going with the power supply that you recommended. You rock!

You're very welcome, I understand your concerns if you are doing work and the ease of having more than one monitor to move things around to.

One thing I didn't notice is whether or not you were going to overclock (didn't see an aftermarket cooler). Takes about 30-45 mins to learn, and within the hour you should have a relatively stable overclock. Grab a Hyper 212 Evo for $32 and you will be sitting at 4.4/4.5GHz without too many issues.

Hope you enjoy your system thumb.gif
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Stay away from the XFX Double D 7970s. They are loud and they don't cool very well.
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