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Old November 30, 2012, 06:03 PM
magiwizard magiwizard is offline
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Originally Posted by Fuel4Life View Post
After a good few hours diggingt around.

I came up with this:

Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Lite Black Mid Tower Case
Motherboard Z77!: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Gen 3 Intel Z77 Chipset - SLI Support!
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core 6MB Cache
CPU Coolers: Thermalright Macho Performance CPU Cooler
Overclocking - CPU: Optimized Overclock - 4.4Ghz - Within wider safety margins for balanced thermal & acoustic characteristics.
Memory - DDR3: 8GB Total (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz, 2 selected
ATI Graphics - Multi GPU Crossfire Options Available: 3GB XFX Radeon HD 7970 925MHz GPU 2048 Cores 5500MHz GDDR5, 2 selected
Power Supply Unit: 850W Corsair Pro Series HX Modular 80PLUS Gold (Dual Graphics Cards)
Solid State Drives: *Solid State Drive Not Required*
System Drives: 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb s 7200rpm 64MB Cache
Optical Drive 1 - DVD Blu Ray: LiteOn IHOS104-6 BluRay & DVD Reader (Not writer)
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM

No i7 after reading lots of posts that it offered nothing over i5 in that most games did not use its extra virtual cores (though the extra cache was a bonus, not worth extra
Also no need for more than 8gb for games and that anything over 1600mhz was not worth it

Most of the budget is 2 7970's: 1,397

I am still not convinced re SSD's and will wait a little longer (I am still too damaged by them lol)

I really appreciate the comments so far. For MSI boards I have ever used them only ever gigabyte and asus though I do like the sound of the overclock button

Cranking it back a little maybe:
Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Lite Black Mid Tower Case
Motherboard Z77!: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core 6MB Cache
CPU Coolers: Thermalright Macho Performance CPU Cooler
Overclocking - CPU: Optimized Overclock - 4.4Ghz - Within wider safety margins for balanced thermal & acoustic characteristics.
Memory - DDR3: 8GB Total (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz
ATI Graphics - Multi GPU Crossfire Options Available: 3GB XFX Radeon HD 7970 925MHz GPU 2048 Cores 5500MHz GDDR5
Power Supply Unit: 600W Corsair Gaming Series 80PLUS Bronze (Single Graphics Card)
System Drives: 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb s 7200rpm 64MB Cache
Optical Drive 1 - DVD Blu Ray: LiteOn IHOS104-6 BluRay & DVD Reader (Not writer)
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8 64bit - OEM

2nd build is one 7970 and so does away with sli ready mobo and smaller psu: 970

What do you think (steering towards Dell U2713HM for monitor), Also if I have it built I need to buy a psu and new case and not use my existing p180 and antech 750w modular?

I7 is nice but if you're strictly gaming even an I3 will do. 7950s are more cost effective if you run crossfire there is absolutely no reason to go on 7970s especially if you're going on 1 monitor. even 1 7970 or 7950 will suffice for 1 monitor. Get the z77x - ud5h board its not that much more expensive and is an overall better board. BTW, if using AMD video cards its crossfire not SLI

As for the dual gpu thing its not even necessary on one monitor you're better off getting an SSD drive or better cpu / board unless you're playing games with heavy mods stick with one 7950.
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