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My New Gaming Rig

#1BA_in_BSPosted 6/1/2012 12:55:22 PM
Well it's been 5 years since I upgraded my gaming PC, so seeing as that one runs D3 like crap (let alone anything intensive) I figured I'd go for something that could at least last me another 3-4 years, but not break the bank.

Case: Corsair 500R
CPU: Intel 3570k
Heatsink: Hyper 212 Evo
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V Pro
GPU: Asus GTX 670 DC2 TOP
Memory: G. Skill 16GB
PSU: NZXT 82 750w
SSD: Crucial M4

Coming from a Q6600, 8800GTS 320mb, 4GB RAM. It should be a nice change of pace.

Thoughts?
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#2CheeseCurlsPosted 6/1/2012 12:58:57 PM
if gaming is key, I'd think about going sandy bridge and trying to get a 680 instead of the 670

opinions may vary, but you are hardly CPU limited in games, whereas at 1920 x 1080 there are still games that the 680 barely hits 60 FPS at max settings on
#3ShubPosted 6/1/2012 1:04:11 PM
1) Drop to a 650W PSU. And if you're not planning on doing SLI, drop to a good 500-550W PSU.
2) Save yourself $75 and get an Asrock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard instead.
3) Drop to 8 GB of RAM
4) No hard drive? I know you listed a solid state drive, but most people get both. It's fine if you just want the SSD of course, so long as you understand you'll be limited in space.
5) With the money you save by doing steps 1-3 above, see if you can squeeze a GTX 680.
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#4BA_in_BS(Topic Creator)Posted 6/1/2012 1:45:03 PM
Well upgraded is past tense. I'm not sending anything back. I got the Asus for a few reason, one of them being built in Wifi and the DTS audio output built in the mobo. I also had $25+15% percent off the mobo, so it's not that much savings.

I thought about SB-E, but it's not worth the cost to me now. No significant gains really over IB I think for the cost. Both will be obsolete by the time I upgrade again.

The ASUS GTX 670 DC2 TOP beats stock 680's for $100 less. I'd have to move to the 680 OC models, for a 5-10% gain over what I bought. Bought the 670 for the same reason I didn't buy the 3770k or a SB-E. Price/performance ratio.

I tend to be strapped for RAM on my MBP, which has 8GB. Mostly during heavy multitasking. I'm hoping to avoid that on my desktop. It's not only going to be a gaming desktop.

As for no additional storage. I have an 1TB external for media, plus my old machine which will still be up and running. I'll add on storage in the future as needed. Probably go Raid 0 with another 256gb ssd in the future as well. Storage prices drop so fast, so I went with what I really needed and I'll buy more when i need it for less.
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#5DarkZV2BetaPosted 6/1/2012 1:48:35 PM
You could just overclock yourself...
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mmarkster posted...
Even though the game runs in 720p, it produces another 480p stream for the New Controller. That's like 1200p!
#6BA_in_BS(Topic Creator)Posted 6/1/2012 1:52:28 PM
Another note, given I'm doing single monitor 1080p or 1920x1200, there are very few games maxing this card right now. Metro 2033 whoops up on it, but most everything else I'll play will be good.

I'll be console gaming 75% of the time and I'll be playing Diablo 3 75% I'm gaming on my PC(Maybe Torchlight 2 and Guild Wars 2). I bought Metro 2033 for $5 a while back, I'll probably play that just to see what this rig will do.

Part of the reason I went with 750w is for the flexibility of going SLI down the road. In a year, if I need a boost. I saw a guy running my card in SLI doing 100+ FPS in the Heaven benchmark.
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#7DarkZV2BetaPosted 6/1/2012 1:54:56 PM
670 isn't really a power hungry card. A good 600w would be plenty enough for SLi.
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mmarkster posted...
Even though the game runs in 720p, it produces another 480p stream for the New Controller. That's like 1200p!
#8BA_in_BS(Topic Creator)Posted 6/1/2012 1:55:26 PM
From: DarkZV2Beta | #005
You could just overclock yourself...

True, DC2 is quiet though and I'm not much of an OCer. The only thing I will probably do is OC the CPU mildly, but only until the point I'm not raising the fan speeds too high under load. I want this box to stay pretty quiet, but I'm not going to invest in a water cooled setup. I don't have the time to tweak and fiddle too much with system.
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#9BA_in_BS(Topic Creator)Posted 6/1/2012 1:58:21 PM
From: DarkZV2Beta | #007
670 isn't really a power hungry card. A good 600w would be plenty enough for SLi.

Again, not sending it back now. Used a PSU estimator for my load+case fans+potential upgrades (like SLI) and it came up just over 700w. The cost saving would be negated by the time I exchanged it through Newegg.
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#10DarkZV2BetaPosted 6/1/2012 2:08:19 PM(edited)
Wow, what kind of awful PSU calculator did you use that could come up with that?

Your peak load should be under 500w with SLI 680s.
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mmarkster posted...
Even though the game runs in 720p, it produces another 480p stream for the New Controller. That's like 1200p!