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Old January 4, 2013, 07:54 PM
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2x EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE: 389.99 each
First ting, if your going to have a 1920x1080 monitor you REALLY don't need 2 670's or even a single 680.
I have the Asus 670 and it max's everything at a solid 60fps (locked to 60)
If you want a 120hz screen or a larger res, then yes go bigger but for a single 1080 monitor 1 670 is plenty.
Also, why EVGA, from what I've heard their quality of service etc has gone down allot in recent years, and add to that a pretty lack-lustre design of cooling.
I would go a MSI 670 power edition. (price dependant but definitely an after-market cooler)

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Corsair Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) 80.00
Don't hear particularly great things about the vengence series. I would look at cl9 ram with 1.5V
I like the Gskill stuff myself.

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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Motherboard: 140.00
If your in CA this could be a nightmare.. Gigabyte to me have not very good customer support and a RMA dpt in the US only..
again MSI is probably your best bang for buck (and very good on support from what I hear)

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Computer case: Corsair Vengeance C70 Gaming Mid Tower Case Military: 150.00
If you do want to go for dual cards now / in the future, make sure the lower card isn't too close to the PSU.
This is common in mid towers and it will restrict the air to your card.

On the SSD, I don't know your personal usage but IMO the bigger the better.. I hate removing games etc to make room on mine and it adds unnecessary writes every time I want to switch in a game / program.
128GB for me does my os, most apps and I think 6 games. If I had the chance I would go back and get a 256GB drive at least.
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Old January 5, 2013, 11:54 PM
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Okay was looking around and I'm thinking of the following:

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor: 169.99

2x EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE: 389.99 each

Corsair Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) 80.00

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Motherboard: 140.00

Thermaltake SMART Series 850 Watt ATX Modular Power: 120.00

Corsair Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Liquid Cooling: 130.00

Computer case: Corsair Vengeance C70 Gaming Mid Tower Case Military: 150.00

Total: 1629.00

OR single EVGA GTX 680

Here are my following questions:

Will the list items work well with each other and provide enough space in the computer case?

Are there any specific recommendations for the build I've provided?

I'm debating between EVGA dual 670's or a single EVGA 680... what do you think?
My opinions/Advice:
  • CPU: Great choice, It'll last you a LONG time!
  • GPU: Don't go with 2 670s, if you really want to be futureproof (And have the best upgrade options later) go with a Single GTX 680, Then one day if your CPU is still kicking butt then just add a second 680.
  • RAM: The RAM is okay, As Dzzope said there are mixed experiences with Vengeance, I've been looking into changing it in my build, There are a lot of people who'll say Vengeance is great though. I think it <should> be fine.
  • Motherboard: The motherboard is a good choice as far as I know, I'm getting the UD5H for my workstation/gaming rig!
  • PSU: I really don't know anything about Thermaltake PSUs, My friend has one and it's been great for years but that's all I really know. I can recommend Corsair, Seasonic or XFX.
  • The H100i is a good choice, I'm getting it in my build also, for my 3770k.
  • Case: I hear a lot of good things about the case, but as Dzzope said the second graphics card (if you get the 3 670s, or a single 680 and upgrade in the future), might get too close to the PSU.

The items will all work together as far as I know, If you want to be sure about RAM go to the motherboard's page on Gigabyte's website and check the RAM support list.

If you have any questions about my recommendations/opinions or want some advice about something, feel free to ask in a reply or PM me!

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Old January 23, 2013, 03:14 AM
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stay away from asrock boards
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Old January 23, 2013, 07:14 AM
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Cooler; Noctua NH-U12P SE2
Video Card; ASUS GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 ( Gtx 680 2GB DDR-5 )
CPU; Intel® Core™ i7-3820 @ 3.6 Ghz ( You can overclock with this cooler. )
Power Supply; Aerocool Strike-X 600W
Case; Cooler Master CM 690 II Lite
SSD: 120GB
HDD: 2 Terrabyte
Motherboard; ASUS P9X79

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Old January 23, 2013, 07:37 AM
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($143.68 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($218.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($395.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.97 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1642.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 10:36 EST-0500)
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Old January 23, 2013, 10:57 PM
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no need for 680, gtx 670 is all you need for single monitor
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Old January 24, 2013, 04:16 AM
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See Great Big Abyss's post for a perfect build, though I would personally get a different case and not bother with an optical drive.

Other thing I would change would be the Black HDD, they are fast and awesomely reliable BUT they are STUPIDY loud.
And you don't need the speed in your storage drive.

Last thing I would suggest is buying quiet fans for your case and cooler.
You want it to run cool but you don't want it to sound like a wind tunnel either.(like mine. :( )
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Old January 24, 2013, 06:46 AM
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Yeah, the case was just to put an average case into the mix. At >$100 most cases will have tooless design, grommeted cable management holes, sideways facing drive cages and a plethora of dust filters. Really, you just need to pick one that you like the looks of, and go with it. Make sure it has the above features.
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