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Hi all. After many weeks of research and price watching, I have finally gotten all of my parts together. I'm coming from an overclocked q6600 and Radeon 5850. Both were solid performers but were definitely starting to show their age.

This new build is a beast. With the overclock, I average about 80 FPS in BF3 and 80 FPS in Arma 2 (DayZ) at max settings in 1920x1080. Temps average from 27C to around 68C. They only get to 80C when first starting stress tests then they drop. I love the 500r. I think it looks good and it was super easy to build with. I plan on getting another 670 when I feel it is needed. Hopefully prices don't fluctuate too much.

Please leave any comments or suggestions! This site was a huge help when I was looking for parts and trying to figure out the best price vs performance options. Before anyone yells at me for having 16 GB of RAM, I know only 8 is needed for gaming and that's what I had at first but I mistakenly bought a single DIMM and since 2 channels is faster than 1 I figured I might as well just get another. Thanks for looking!

Also, sorry for the crappy quality pics. My phone is the only camera I own :/

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  • 86 months ago
  • 4 points

First off, awesome build. Well balanced and good cable management. Most of the time when I comment about 16GB of RAM it is because the builder usually cheaped out on other parts such as a GPU / PSU when that extra money could have upgraded performance parts. To have 16GB of RAM in a system that didn't cheap out on the GPU or other performance parts that actually give a noticeable increase in performance, there really isn't anything anybody can critique with that.

I personally wouldn't have gone with an A-Data SSD but hey aside from that everything else is just absolutely spot on!! Great job again and I have to say I really enjoyed browsing your photos, thank you for sharing the experience.

I wouldn't recommend wasting the money you spent on the 670 to trade up to the 780 next month. Unless you can get most of your money back from reselling the 670... Adding another 670 in the future is a very good upgrade plan as long as you have a monitor that can benefit from the extra performance. 60Hz monitor will only display 60 FPS no matter if your system is pushing 100+, which a single 670 can do in a lot of games. So a 120hz or 144Hz monitor would be an additional upgrade path along with SLI 670s ;) just food for thought.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks IamApropros. I appreciate your feedback! I went with the A-Data SSD because I read a lot of reviews and they were all positive and it was on sale. I don't think I will be doing anything GPU wise for a little while but when I do I will definitely do lots of research to see which makes more sense and whether or not my monitor setup has changed. Thanks again for your comment!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

The A-Data SSD you chose is one of the fastest 64 gb SSDs out right now, so if all you wanted was a boot drive and nothing more, I think you choose a good SSD for that.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea that's what I was reading and pretty much why I picked it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

What is wrong with A-Data?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Wrong nothing, but there are better more reliable drives for nearly the same price.

  • 86 months ago
  • -1 points

Do you have a more specific reason for disliking A-Data Solid State Drives? I don't think there is anything wrong with them.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

Not really anything wrong with them I just know certain brands have a more tested / tried record of reliability and performance. Samsung 840 / Pro, Kingston Hyper X, Crucial M4. A-Data is generic brand which is to compete with the "budget" tier not really performance / reliability tier.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

QuadForce

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm stuck between i5 and i7. Have you found i5 to be good enough for gaming?

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

The i5-3570k is going to be the best Intel gaming CPU option. The i7 performs no better than the i5 in gaming.

The only things that benefit from the i7 are processes that can take advantage of the hyperthreading.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I've heard from others as well, thanks for the advice!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea the i5 is the best gaming processor you can buy. Anything else really isn't worth the difference in price.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I've heard from others as well, thanks for the advice!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

correct me if im wrong but is the cpu cooler a push fan. You would want the airflow to go out the back forsure. Unless you flipped the fan its not the most ideal but good build overall.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually he seems to have it in a pull config. I did the same thing in my build with the evo and I get great temps so far. If you take a look on my build I linked an article on push vs pull vs push/pull on the hyper 212. Also op, very nice balanced build and great cable management. Cudos!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And yea that's what I was talking about but I guess my reply was late :( oh well.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I flipped the fan and made it a pull because some tests on tomshardware or anandtech, I forgot which, showed its as good or better than a push/pull setup.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Do Gigabyte make good GPU's? And do they have good Software?

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Originally I was looking at the EVGA 670 with the 680 PCB but I read an article on tomshardware that showed the Windforce 670 was the best overall card when considering noise and overclocking potential. This is the first build that I have used any Gigabyte products so I can't speak for their reliability but everything seemed good and is working perfectly. I didn't use any software for the card but their bios is pretty nice.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

4.5 GHz with a Hyper 212 EVO! You got yourself a good chip there!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea! It runs a little warmer than I would like but I guess that's normal for ivy bridge chips.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the HX750? a lot of people complain about the noise level

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  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I just wanted a boot drive. I've never done RAID 0 or anything so it didn't matter to me. And SSDs don't do much for games. I may go that route but it depends on the price vs perfomance. Thanks again for your input.

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  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be a pretty sweet setup. Might have to try it in my next build. I've always thought it was a security/backup thing.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

RAID 1 is security and backup (mirroring). RAID 0 is speed and storage (striping).

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for clearing that up. I knew security was part of something with RAID

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  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, there's no point in having SSD's in RAID 0 for a boot drive. More suited as a scratch drive for editing, or recording where you would benefit from a high write speed.