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January 24, 2012 2:13:56 PM

Hi All,

Since it has been a very long time since I really understood where things were with Components I thought I would quickly get some expert opinions.

I will be using this for mostly Gaming (preferably on max settings) with the likes of SW: The Old Republic, BF3, Skyrim and also for doing some programming so running Visual Studio, MS SQL although I'm sure if it can handle those games then it'll have no issues with that software.

Here are the specs:

Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked (4 x 3.3GHz) 6MB OEM
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13
Corsair 8GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x4GB) - Lifetime Warranty (DDR3)
1GB Gainward GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample, 40nm, 4200MHz GDDR5, GPU 900MHz, Shader 1800MHz, 384 Cores
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P (Intel Z68)
Power Supply OCZ 600W Modular Gaming PSU - Low Noise
1TB Western Digital WD10EARX Caviar Green, SATA-III, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, Quiet
Samsung 22x DVD Re-Writer/Reader /- RW- Black - (SATA)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

I am also looking at adding a 60gb SSD to use as with IRST later on with maybe a little overclocking but not overly worried about that.

Any comments would be greatly received

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January 24, 2012 2:20:22 PM

Great build.
January 24, 2012 2:24:23 PM

DaveDes said:
Hi All,

Since it has been a very long time since I really understood where things were with Components I thought I would quickly get some expert opinions.

I will be using this for mostly Gaming (preferably on max settings) with the likes of SW: The Old Republic, BF3, Skyrim and also for doing some programming so running Visual Studio, MS SQL although I'm sure if it can handle those games then it'll have no issues with that software.

Here are the specs:

Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked (4 x 3.3GHz) 6MB OEM
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13
Corsair 8GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x4GB) - Lifetime Warranty (DDR3)
1GB Gainward GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample, 40nm, 4200MHz GDDR5, GPU 900MHz, Shader 1800MHz, 384 Cores
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P (Intel Z68)
Power Supply OCZ 600W Modular Gaming PSU - Low Noise
1TB Western Digital WD10EARX Caviar Green, SATA-III, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, Quiet
Samsung 22x DVD Re-Writer/Reader /- RW- Black - (SATA)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

I am also looking at adding a 60gb SSD to use as with IRST later on with maybe a little overclocking but not overly worried about that.

Any comments would be greatly received



All looks good for what you want to do. Nothing seems overkill and nothing seems lacking.

If I had to nit pick I'd say go for a seasonic PSU but for all I know that OCZ might actually be made by seasonic. I know some corsair PSUs were made be seasonic. And any specific reason why your going with Professional edition? I think home is good for most applications.

Everything else seems like a solid choice. Let me know how you like that CPU cooler. What kind of case are you going with?
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January 24, 2012 2:29:04 PM

I'm going for Windows Pro as am expecting to have to connect to a remote Domain.

The case i'm not too sure on the maker as it just states "Black ATX Gaming Tower Case". Was thinking about the Cooler Master Elite 430 but I'm trying to keep the cost down without sacrificing too much.
January 24, 2012 2:38:20 PM

It looks good. I would recommend maybe a Hyper 212 cpu cooler instead? Depending on your resolution, a 560ti won't be able to absolutely max BF3 or star wars though. You'll get some very nice settings, but going over 1680x1050 will start to limit what settings you can use and maintain 60+ fps. Would recommend a 448 core 560ti instead, which comes at a modest price premium, but does yield some better results.

With regard to CPU etc, I think you made some smart choices. Perhaps look into the Corsair 8gb 1.35v Vengeance kit instead? It's the same specs but lower voltage @ the same speed (better binning on average) and it doesn't have the huge headspreader fins on top of the heatsink, which can potentially limit your aftermarket CPU cooler options (the fins can sometimes cause vertical clearance issues with aftermarket air-coolers which tend to be relatively large).
January 24, 2012 3:06:20 PM

casualcolors said:
It looks good. I would recommend maybe a Hyper 212 cpu cooler instead? Depending on your resolution, a 560ti won't be able to absolutely max BF3 or star wars though. You'll get some very nice settings, but going over 1680x1050 will start to limit what settings you can use and maintain 60+ fps. Would recommend a 448 core 560ti instead, which comes at a modest price premium, but does yield some better results.

With regard to CPU etc, I think you made some smart choices. Perhaps look into the Corsair 8gb 1.35v Vengeance kit instead? It's the same specs but lower voltage @ the same speed (better binning on average) and it doesn't have the huge headspreader fins on top of the heatsink, which can potentially limit your aftermarket CPU cooler options (the fins can sometimes cause vertical clearance issues with aftermarket air-coolers which tend to be relatively large).


Exactly what he said to max games I would recommend a better graphics card. for another 100-150 you can get a nice nice card.
January 24, 2012 3:23:09 PM

My monitors native res is 1680x1050 so I won't be going over that anyway I wouldn't think.

I could at a squeeze upgrade to

Corsair Hydro Series H40
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Arctic White, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.35V

But I think that would be the most I could really go to without going too far over the price I was looking at spending.

January 24, 2012 3:35:28 PM

Skip the H40. The hyper 212 air cooler is better. The h60 in push/pull config with 2 120mm fans is where the sealed liquid cooling starts to keep up/surpass the best air coolers (noctua, silver arrow etc).
January 25, 2012 2:22:53 PM

Thanks for all the help guys so now i'm pretty much finalised on this:

Cooler Master Elite 430
i5 2500K Unlocked (4 x 3.3GHz) 6MB OEM
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Arctic White, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.35V
1280MB EVGA GTX 570 HD Superclocked, 40nm, 3900MHz GDDR5, GPU 797MHz, Shader 1594MHz, 480 Cores
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P (Intel Z68)
Power Supply OCZ 600W Modular Gaming PSU - Low Noise
1TB Western Digital WD10EARX Caviar Green, SATA-III, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, Quiet
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 BIT (Genuine DVD & COA Included)

I've decided since i'm not planning on heavily overclocking it that cooler should stand up fine but I figure I can always upgrade later should i feel the need to a better one.

Graphics wise I'm looking at the 570.

Final thoughts ?
January 25, 2012 6:33:22 PM

What can you say? Looks like a great build that will run BF3 on maxed settings with 2x MSAA and never drop below 60 fps at your resolution.
January 26, 2012 10:56:40 AM

Great that's just what I wanted to hear.

Thanks to everyone for the all the help .
January 26, 2012 1:44:23 PM

DaveDes said:

Graphics wise I'm looking at the 570.

Good choice.
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