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So...here we go again.

Primary Use:
Gaming

Examples of titles I play:
Fallout 3/New Vegas (heavily modded with textures)
Wasteland 2 (when it comes out)
Diablo 3
L4D/L4D2 (Steam)

Have:
NZXT Switch 810
Creative SB X-Fi
Monitor (2560x1440)
2 x 500Gb HDD (7200 RPM) - Music/Pics Storage
Lots of AP-15s (boxed still)

Need:
CPU (have i7-940 @2.94Ghz)
(Closed Loop?) Water Cooling Block for CPU - 240mm?
Mobo (have ASUS P6T)
Memory (have 1333Mhz @ 15Gb)
GPU (have 2 Zotac GTX 460)
SSD
PSU

Notes:
I will do mild overclocking, nothing too crazy, probably just bumping up clock speeds
Yes, this is a big case - I had originally planned to do a full loop, but then I took an arrow....errrr...bought a house.

Questions I have:
Will another SSD, used for games only, increase game performance?
Any cooling issues I should think about given the size of the case?
post #2 of 7
how about this?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1z4fx

i chose a haswell i5, because it is a new socket and has plenty of room to upgrade in the future. there will be another batch of cpus from intel last i heard that will use the 1150 socket. I decided that a motherboard and cpu upgrade was necessary due to the low ram speeds of your current board. so i chose some high speed ram, 4x4gb=16gb, should keep you happy and will feel fast.

why the i5-4670k instead of an i7-4770k? because the i5 is still a great processor, can be overclocked well, and because it is $100 cheaper.

your current graphics setup is not bad, actually it is pretty good, but i wanted to put a large portion of the budget into nicer graphics

the SSD choice, is because that is what i have and i love it. reasonably priced and very good performance. if you want to splurge a little more, a 256gb samsung 840 or crucial m4 would be a nice upgrade from this

finally, i was going to choose a hyper212 evo cooler, but noticed you wanted a closed loop, so i found a reasonably priced option that works for haswell chips.

edit: updated link
Edited by rocker22dallas - 9/2/13 at 7:53am
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Originally Posted by rocker22dallas View Post

how about this?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1z4fx

Greatly appreciated, sir. I'll take a closer look.

My biggest concern with GPU right at the moment is heat. The 2xGTX460s kick out some high temps (so close together...), and I was really looking to go 1x card, running smoother framerates with the monitor.

Any suggestions/recommendations on a PSU? Am I right in looking in the 750 range, so that I can have headroom for upgrades?

Any advantages to going 2x 128Gb SDD as opposed to 1x 256Gb? Keep one for the OS, and one for games?

Again, many thanks
-Bn
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Originally Posted by Blacknoir View Post

Greatly appreciated, sir. I'll take a closer look.

My biggest concern with GPU right at the moment is heat. The 2xGTX460s kick out some high temps (so close together...), and I was really looking to go 1x card, running smoother framerates with the monitor.

Any suggestions/recommendations on a PSU? Am I right in looking in the 750 range, so that I can have headroom for upgrades?

Any advantages to going 2x 128Gb SDD as opposed to 1x 256Gb? Keep one for the OS, and one for games?

Again, many thanks
-Bn

Personal opinion, you should buy the best parts for everything, THEN buy the cpu gpu motherboard and ram, when you save up some extra money, the reason for this is because of the short life span with new launches releasing at same product prices next year. (According to leaks rumors etc.) So 750-850 watt psu, 128ssd for bootdrive and a couple games, and whatever other parts.
post #5 of 7
i forgot about PSU in my link. the 2x460 is a very good setup, but the 770 I linked will most likely beat it, as well as that card has 3 fans and will stay nice and cool.

750 should easily power your whole rig,try to get 80 plus silver or gold. my PSU is an XFX, which i really like. its semi modular, so i can always add to it if needed
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by rocker22dallas View Post

i forgot about PSU in my link. the 2x460 is a very good setup, but the 770 I linked will most likely beat it, as well as that card has 3 fans and will stay nice and cool.

750 should easily power your whole rig,try to get 80 plus silver or gold. my PSU is an XFX, which i really like. its semi modular, so i can always add to it if needed

Honestly Seasonic 750w plat psu is well worth the 120$ imo.
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Originally Posted by rocker22dallas View Post

i forgot about PSU in my link. the 2x460 is a very good setup, but the 770 I linked will most likely beat it, as well as that card has 3 fans and will stay nice and cool.

750 should easily power your whole rig,try to get 80 plus silver or gold. my PSU is an XFX, which i really like. its semi modular, so i can always add to it if needed

Honestly Seasonic 750w plat psu is well worth the 120$ imo.
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