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Right now I have:
- Intel Core i7 3770K CPU running at 4.6Ghz with CM Hyper 212 EVO
- ASUS P8Z77-V Pro motherboard, BIOS/UEFI update v2104, all OROMs updated
- Corsair Vengeance 2x 4Gb 2133Mhz DDR3 DC RAM @ 2200Mhz 10-10-10-27-1T
- ASUS GTX 680 @ 1300Mhz core / 7000Mhz memory
- Eizo Foris FG2421 5000:1 CR monitor
- ASUS Xonar DGX soundcard
- Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headset + mic
- Logitech G700 mouse
- Logitech USB keyboard
- Samsung 830 256Gb SSD + a big HDD
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro with the recently released Update 1

I keep PC optimized, with all updates, latest drivers, almost no startup items, no background items when playing games, etc.

I am having my birthday tomorrow and wanted to get something for myself for games, not I am not a competitive player, mostly SP games, some MP games like BF4 and PlanetSide 2. Here is the list of items I think may benefit my gaming experience:

-Liquid CPU cooler like Corsair H80i to be modded for my GPU (not CPU!) since GPU fan gets real loud when my headphones are off, but they are mostly on...
-8gb more RAM
-A mechanical keyboard
-Anything else suggested maybe?

People keep saying 16Gb of RAM is minimum for games, but I am not sure. How would I know if it were to benefit me, especially when I keep my PC optimized, do not run background apps, etc.? I have never seen my system to run out of RAM, but it is also true that Windows caches files into RAM for faster booting and such. It is also true that the latest Windows 8.1 Update 1 greatly optimizes Windows 8.1 memory management, reducing resource utilization, and improving speed & responsiveness. Then we also have nVidia's newest 337.50 beta drivers that further reduce game load times!

Unsure, really unsure...
Edited by MonarchX - 4/8/14 at 8:06am
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Look into a GTX 780 if it was me. The system looks great as is, but if you just had to do something, I'd go GTX 780.
    
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If you are interested in liquid cooling your GPU without going custom loop, I would suggest the Kraken G10 with an Asetek-type liquid cooler.

If you are wondering if you need more memory, load up BF4 or another demanding title and check your memory usage in the task manager. This should give you an idea if an upgrade will benefit you.

One of the largest upgrades for me was stepping up to a 27" monitor. I couldn't believe how much more immersive games were with a larger screen. I had moved up from a BenQ 2420T (I think...).

You have a pretty slick rig as it is, so it seems that any upgrage would just be adding icing on the cake.

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Originally Posted by MrTOOSHORT View Post

Look into a GTX 780 if it was me. The system looks great as is, but if you just had to do something, I'd go GTX 780.

OK, send me the money for it biggrin.gif. There is a reason I listed the items I listed thumb.gif.
Edited by MonarchX - 4/8/14 at 8:06am
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Eizo Foris FG2421 has the highest contrast ratio than any monitor out there right now, with extremely low black levels, so its 24" is more than over-compensated by those factors.

I do know I need to get a real 1:1 traction mouse for sure - G400, or MX518, or Zowie FK because my G700 does not have 1:1 traction. A mechanical keyboard would be a great addition too as mine is a simple one and keys do not always register.

I doubt it makes sense now to be spending much money on liquid cooling for my card as its only GTX 680, but I want to keep the cooler for FUTURE cards. Is there a big chance they will still work? I could also just get GELID Icy Vision rev2 for a lot less, but I think there is a less chance of it worked on next generation cards because they will probably have different PCB shapes, VRM, RAM locations, etc. I am trying to keep it in $120 range or so.
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If you go with the cooling setup that I mentioned, the Asetek cooler will be reusable on future GPU's but you might have to buy a new mount. The Kraken G10 is only $30 so it's not a large expense if it doesn't work on future GPU's.

You sound like you have already decided on a keyboard or mouse. I use a Coolermaster Quickfire TK and I'm really happy with it. The one thing that is slightly annoying is the lack of dedicated arrow keys but I needed a smaller keyboard to fit in my laptop bag when I was mobile. If it was a full size keyboard, it would be perfect for me.

I can't help you on the mouse. I have tried a Mamba and an Ouroborous and wasn't a fan of either. Now I use a Corsair Vengeance M65 and it works great for me.
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