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PC Upgrade Time

Crysis 3 came out today, so that means only one thing: its time to upgrade again. This time around I decided to grab a 2nd GTX 680 and run them in SLI. Some might say its overkill, but when you start trying to run games like Crysis 3 maxed out and in 3D at acceptable frame rates for multiplayer you almost need it. I also took the opportunity to finally do a slight overclock on my processor from 3.4GHz to a little over 4.3Ghz. Its not a new processor, but the improvement is good enough for now and runs at around 52C under load.

I also decided that if I am getting a 2nd 680 it would be nice to actually be able to see it. So I went ahead and ordered a new side panel for my 600T that has a window. Of course, if you are going with a windowed case you need some sort of lighting. I am not a fan of the old school Cold Cathodes, so I decided to go with the NZXT Hue. It is a pretty nice LED controller that allows you to change colors, lighting modes, and brightness. The mesh front goes pretty well with my case, so that was also a nice plus.

With the additional GTX 680 also comes an additional power draw. My older UPS just was not going to cut it, providing me very short battery run times. I had been looking at the APC BR1500G and decided to just go ahead and buy it now. The software it comes with is infinitely better then the terrible software that came with my TrippLite UPS. I don’t think I will be buying any more TrippLite products from now on.

My current specs:

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 4.3GHz
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 w/ two Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition High Static Pressure 120mm Fans in a push-pull configuration
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance
Primary Hard Drive: 120GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD
Other Drives: Over 3TB of storage across 3 HDD
Optical Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back
Video Card: 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 in SLI
Monitor: Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Monitor
Speakers/Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset & Logitech X-540 5.1 Speakers
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G500
Mouse Surface: Razer eXactMat
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
Computer Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T
Power Supply: Corsair HX Series HX750