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    Re: Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    You can sometimes get motherboard makers to update the bios for you though it will cost a pretty penny.
    Note:

    This is not a pretty penny.
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    Re: Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    short 670, because who needs footlong cards.



    Makes me wonder how the heatsink would work
    Last edited by JackalStomper; May 7th, 2012 at 05:42 AM.
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    Re: Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    My PSU is starting to cut out, 2 power cuts in a week (wasnt a real power cut as my monitors were still powered). I think I might RMA it when I go on holiday as its within 3 year warrenty.

    Starting to think I may make a new rig, hopefully won't have same issues as last time (faulty mobo, hdd, gfx card from all brand new items).

    Thinking I might get 680GTX, 128GB SSD for default hard drive.

    Why would you want to watch your character get shot by a corrupt US General when you can watch him get eviscerated by an eight-foot alien in purple body armour?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackalStomper View Post
    short 670, because who needs footlong cards.



    Makes me wonder how the heatsink would work
    How did they manage that?
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    Re: Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    Quote Originally Posted by Amit View Post
    How did they manage that?
    Guess the advances made in gk104 allowed them to cut down on the VRM required to run the card, and therefore the length. Meaning if you want to overclock you're going to have to go with the good old giant version.

    Rumors abound that AMD is gearing up to release a 7970 'ghz edition' to compete with the 680/670. (recent benchmarks have the 670 putting up competition against 7970's)
    Not sure if there would be any actual changes in the design or if its just a factory overclock with marketing hype.

    I really hope AMD's next card series are better than this, because they totally shafted early adapters with this one.
    Last edited by JackalStomper; May 7th, 2012 at 06:04 PM.
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    Re: Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    But damn. That new GTX 670 is even shorter than my old Radeon X1600 PRO. Ghz Editions are just marketing hype mostly. OC yourself and save the money. Btw all HD 7770's are Ghz editions really, so they are just a bunch of bullshit.
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    More on that short 670, this time with the heatsink on



    the blue pcb is an 'overclocked edition' 670, which is really just a 680 pcb with a 670 chip.

    I don't understand why they would go through all the trouble with designing that short PCB, and then ruin it by using a blower added to the end of the card :/
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    Re: Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    So I have a rough set of parts that I am thinking of getting and I was wondering if you helpful chaps can like fill in the gaps and make sure the ram is the right type and all that jazz.

    Heres what I'm currently thinking.

    EVGA 680GTX
    Intel i7 3.4ghz
    120GB SSD (Probably OCZ as they are on sale, or a Crucial)
    Coolermaster HAF X Case
    Corsair 16GB RAM
    BR/DVD Burner
    Wireless PCI Card

    Okay so PSU and Mobo, I have no idea. Corsair are good ones but I have no idea what wattage I'd need, and I'd want the possibility of SLI'ing later down the road, maybe a 850W or 1000W?

    Mobo I have absolutely no idea, obviously it would need to be the same socket as the i7. Manufacturer? I have no idea, ASUS perhaps?

    Any help is appreciated
    Last edited by Limited; May 9th, 2012 at 11:42 PM.

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    Re: Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    ...what model of i7? Guess it doesn't matter i7's all cost an arm and a leg anyway.
    I would suggest getting an ivy bridge board for the PCI 3.0 ability (which a 680 will take advantage of) and other doodads like native USB 3.0 and such.
    I've been going with ASUS for years and they haven't let me down. Gigabyte would be a secondary choice and MSI after that.
    AsRock also seems to be pretty popular but I haven't used a single product of theirs.

    Corsair PSU's are horrible on the low level and all their models only have one 12 volt rail, that dies and poof psu evolved into paperweight.
    Not that this is common but I'm paranoid
    Prefer Antec myself.

    For SLI, you shouldn't need anymore than a 850watt these days. This is especially true with the crazy power consumption numbers that the HD7000's and g600's are getting.
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    Re: Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    Here's what I just built (didn't get everything from Newegg):

    Intel Core i7-3770K
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155
    SAMSUNG 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 x4
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
    Phanteks PH-TC14PE 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W, Modular
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced
    Ordered: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
    Sent: ASUS HD7950-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5

    I'm pretty satisfied with everything so far.

    When I was researching SSDs, it seemed the most recommended ones were the Intel 520 and the Samsung 830. I don't remember if it was the OCZ or Crucial drives, but I think I remember hearing about reliability issues with one of them. The Samsung drives are apparently incredibly reliable.

    Also, before you laugh at my ugly, heat spreader-less RAM, you should know that that RAM is recommended like CRAZY. It overclocks very well. I know shit about RAM overclocking, and I have mine at 1866MHz. Once I figure out what the hell I'm doing I should be able to get it to 2133MHz. Some people are getting it to 2400MHz. It's also very low profile, which I needed for that Phanteks monstrosity.

    That gigantic CPU cooler is working well for me as well. I'm at 4.7GHz completely stable (24/7) right now, with hyper-threading on.
    Last edited by king_nothing_; May 10th, 2012 at 03:47 PM.
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