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I built this mainly for gaming and it is my first build. So far it has maxed out everything I've thrown at it. Mainly GTA IV and battlefield 3. Extreamly happy with the results! I was Originaly going to get the corsair 750 watt PSU, but the 850 watt was only $15 more. (Edit) Thanks for all the comments. overall couldnt be more happy with my build =)

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  • 88 months ago
  • 4 points

Great Build!

  • 88 months ago
  • 3 points

Loving it so far. If I had extra cash to burn, I'd be building pretty much the same thing. Are you planning to use the stock cooling fan for your CPU? (I'd skimp out on the optical drive cuz i'm cheap like that)

  • 88 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh, my questions were already answered... I forgot how to scroll down apparently, my bad.

  • 88 months ago
  • 3 points

also forgot how to look for the "delete" comment. feel free to make fun of me now.

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  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have gone with EVGA's GTX 670 FTW. Just as fast and 100 bucks cheaper

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

not exactly just as fast :P I mean there is probably 2-10FPS difference but hey some people claim that little extra is worth the $100 O.o go figure.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Decent build but you probably could have saved £100-200 and had pretty much identical performance.

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  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

For the love of the computer gods Tuck those cables behind that motherboard tray so you can have good airflow.

Only things to add to this build would be an SSD, and an after market cooler. Great build none the less.

How is this in any way considered a mid range gaming pc?? Top end Gaming CPU, and top end gaming GPU O.o Maximum utilized RAM and a PSU that would allow you to SLI to make it an even further high end gaming pc...

There is nothing mid range about this build. Though the difference between the same brand, make, model GTX 670 and the GTX 680 = 2-5FPS which is not noticable by the human eye. So if the extra $100-$160 is worth 2-5FPS to you then great, you have the flagship Nvidia card!!! Flex that E-Ego and show off.

btw your CPU is crying, wondering why its being neglected and not used to its potential.. Get that after market cooler and OVERCLOCK that beast!!!!!! >_<

$15 more for the 850w which in turn wasn't needed even if you add another Card to the build it wont even use 750W so the extra $15 was a waste. But hell you have a 850W powersupply!!!!!!!! O.o j/k nearly trolled you about this though.

Thank you for not throwing 16GB of ram in your system just because ram is cheap. And thank you for not SLI'ing 660's or something stupid at this price range >_< And thank you for not saying you had a budget restriction and then waste money on idiotic stupid things like a $300 case and then get a low ball GPU and CPU or put a h100 watercooler on a locked CPU. THANK you for building logically even though you over spent.

  • 88 months ago
  • 4 points

Ha ha thanks. I do plan on SlI in the future thanks for the insight

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

_^

People who ask me which GPU I would recommend and if they show an interest in the GTX 680's I show this to them and ask them if they think the price difference between the GTX 670 up to the GTX 680 is worth it.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1038740439

  • 88 months ago
  • 0 points

a GTX 670 AMP from zotac is better than reference 680's

  • 88 months ago
  • 3 points

didn't you get banned? Anyways most GTX 670's can beat stock 680's. My comparison is against highest stable overclocks vs each other and the 670's typically are within 2-5 FPS of the 680's and sometimes can match or beat the 680's :D

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I agree with you then sir..

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh i forgot to mention i went with the GTX 680 superclocked edition. not that it makes much of a difference.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

His other account got deleted which is basically a ban... so yeah.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ya and seriously do something with those cables your computers airflow / heat will thank you. :D

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

OOOOh and one thing you might want to take note of:

The Coolermaster 212 Evo big air cooler will allow you to reach 4.2Ghz easily on your CPU without worrying about the temps. Its under $30 at this time. Other coolers and water cooling loops are available and can allow you to get cooler temps to allow you to overclock higher. That is when you need to ask yourself is it worth it? After 4.2Ghz the performance increase above that is deminished exponentially as the tempatures increase incredibly. Clock for Clock though at 4.2Ghz the system provides incredible performance differences compared to stock clocks. :D hope that helps.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

i thinks you may be a computer god that gpu link thanks for saving me a few hundred bucks :"

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Is a 660ti good or should i go with a 670? i play fallout games, skyrim, and total war series games. Help appreciated. maybe some guild wars 2

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

well simple answer is no. Why? First off they removed half the memory bandwidth. Compared to the Radeon of its near equal price which does not have limitations on memory bandwidth it can't compete. Also for just $50-$60 more you gain huge amounts of performance with a GTX 670 or 7970 and even more budget benefit if you can find one of them on sale.

So no the 660 ti is not a GPU I'd recommend for anyone. A 7950 with non reference cooler would out perform 660 ti. Like I mentioned above just $50-$60 more to upgrade to a GTX 670 or 7970 Radeon is quite a difference and may be worth the extra money without the restrictions persent in the 660 ti.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Awsome, thanks! I will be going with an evga geforce gtx 670 ftw.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, very well balanced. Are you thinking about adding an SSD to the mix to reduce your I/O bottleneck in storage?

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I may. How much is speed really improved other than boot time witch isn't a priority for me.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

if you throw your main games on the SSD there will be a Huge difference in time spent in load screens. For instance in BF3 I'm usually one of the first loaded and ready for combat while others might be a good 30-60seconds behind. So yes it increases the load times of games and such :D

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

But your still stuck waiting on other people to load so it really doesnt speed things up :P

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

What Apropo said. Its great for avoiding that long time just to load and launch the game, then while its running any level or resource loading that happens occurs so much quicker. I picked up a 256GB Samsung 830 for $150 at Microcenter a couple weeks ago, you can find some pretty good deals around.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

People on here are sticklers for cable management. Truth be told, it does make a difference. Also it just looks much better. I am personally of a mind that if you want to spend a little bit extra just to get top of the line then it is worth it. Honestly, I am a little jealous of the 680 as are most other people on here. :-) Order that cooler soon though. I am personally a fan of the corsair water coolers. They keep things icy. Also, like most everyone else, I think a SSD boot drive is spectacular to have. Get one for under $110 and you won't regret the extra couple of dollars you spent.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

DEM CABLES

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya i know I just did some cable management looks 110% nicer. =p

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

What Cpu Cooling did you use

  • 88 months ago
  • 0 points

I personally prefer the Gigabyte 670 to the EVGA and Corsair vengeance 8GB RAM (which is cheaper than mushkin). Do you have an aftermarket heatsink? There is really no point to a "k" CPU without it. Also, the 850 was $15 too much for you. I don't think you will get anything out of it unless you do some serious upgrading and/or Crossfiring. You would have been fine with a 650w. Sorry if this sounds like a rant. A respectable first build :)

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I plan on getting an after market heatsink. I may have or my have not forgot to order it.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a Noctua NH-D14 for serious overclocks or a coolermaster hyper 212 for a small clock jump, both will reduce noise compared to the intel stock fan so if noise is an issue get a new fan soonish. Also, the words "mid range" and "GTX 680" don't belong in the same sentence/title :D

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  • 88 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, but you could've done a bit better.

You could've gotten a gtx 670 and sacrifice a bit of fps, not much difference. The "k" in the i5 3570k is for overclocking, not much use for it compared to a regular cpu unless u overclock. For the cpu cooler i suggest you get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus which is only about $20.00 and very effective.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I don't know if I agree about "Better" but definitely could have saved some money. He is setup however for future upgrades. Not really needed to overclock his CPU at the moment but if he chooses to he can add a cooler and get on it. But I do somewhat agree that the difference to me personally between the GTX 670 / GTX 680 does not warrant the difference in price. Its an easy choice to me but really if I don't have to worry about the price tag that much, I'd probably have gone with the 680 myself, just probably not reference model especially at that price range when so many are available with non reference coolers.

  • 88 months ago
  • -1 points

Could have gone with Corsair/Crucial memory instead of Mushkin for about the same price. Best bet would have been to get a 670 instead of 680 and overclock it. Could have gone to a 750W or even 650 if you aren't planning on SLI and saved a couple bucks. The HP DVD seems too high, most of the ones I buy are ~$20 or less.

All in all, roughly the same performance (or equal if you OC the graphics) for about a savings of $100.