First Build

Hey everyone!

Im new to computer gaming and am going to finally build my computer from parts i will list below, my budget is 1200$, i was wondering if i can get any opinion and insight to these parts as i am relativity new to this and could really use the help! :) my main goal is to run games like Battlefield 3, Crysis 2 etc. at High-Ultra settings, as well as music editing software. if you have some time please review the parts and let me know what you think :)!

RAM:Corsair XMS3 Dominator 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz

CPU:Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.40Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm

GPU:EVGA GeForce GTX 560 2048MB Superclocked GDDR5

Motherboard:Asus P8Z68-M PRO

PSU:Corsair Gaming Series 800W 80PLUS Certified Power Supply

HDD:Seagate Barracuda SATA3 6.0Gb/s 500GB

I have a lg optical drive from my old computer so im not going to purchase another one. im getting windows 7 home premium 64 bit, and will be playing games at 1920-1080 through dvi. i was wondering your opinions and what you think of this set up for gaming, any feedback would be much appreciated and thank you in advance :)
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  1. Curious are you using a smaller form factor case? The Core i7 will destroy music editing and video rendering. I'm sure Crysis and Battlefield will do fine with the 560 you won't get probably 60 frames per second on ultra high 16x AA or MSAA. But I would suspect that you'd still have decent frames with that. The memory looks good Corsair Dominator ram is good.
    I would suggest maybe picking up a SSD for a boot up drive if your budget it $1200. Keep the hard drive you have that you want. But perhaps get a 120 gig SSD. With a 120 gig SSD you can put other things on there like the games you play or applications windows only takes up 25 or so gigs of space. I use newegg in the states but here is one from the site you used for your other parts.
  2. for the case im thinking about this:

    thank you for your reply my friend! do you have any suggestions on a card in the 250-270$ range that would perform better than that gtx 560 or state its overclocking ability? thank you for your insight too on the SSD, thats a good idea and will end up getting one for sure for my OS and games, with storing the bulk of my music and media on it as well, and any spill over on the normal hdd, can you also state the overclocking ability on the i7-2600k? ive never done this before but ive heard that it is pretty easy using the bios on this motherboard and the fact that the 2600k is unlocked out of the box. could you perhaps post a link to a guide if possible? thank you! :)
  3. I really like Cooler Master I'm using there Sniper case and I really like it. I think the 560 ti is probably going to be one of the better cards for Battlefield 3. Honestly the 570 gets around 50 frames at your resolution I can't imagine the 560 far behind. Toms Hardware did a article on Battlefield 3 they benched quite a few cards. I myself have really liked AMD/ATi cards primarily because I like watching blu rays on my computer and AMD/ATi does a better job at video playback. But if gaming is all you are really doing and some stuff I don't think there is a better option then Nvidia. AMD/ATi comes close but I think the 560 Ti's price point can't be beaten. I'm kind of looking to upgrade my graphics card as well I'm using a ATi 5770.
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    As far as overclocking the i7 2600k well I think you may run into issues because its a mini atx board. So you may want to look into seeing if you can get a full size. I use a Asrock board and they are a sub company to Asus and have put out some really great boards I know that Toms Hardware has put out some articles on them. Something like this perhaps.
    Also, one thing to bear in mind is that they are limitations to your overclocking with a stock cooler. I use a Corsair Hydro 100 and that's a Pre-Filled water cooling cooler. I'll provide a link to the benchmark he did on that cooler.
    The point of me showing you that is to show you that a extreme cooler like that was able to get a core i7 2600k at 4.2 ghz at around 75-78 degrees Celsius which is really high but its maintainable. I have no idea what a stock cooler would do probably not nearly as much.
    As far as SSD's I wouldn't put to much on it maybe your games if you can and the OS of course but I wouldn't store your music on a SSD or Video files either just because you will be using up prime SSD storage space as storage is the downturn of a SSD because of the cost.
    Oh, and here is a link to a guide on Sandy Bridge K overclocking done by someone on Toms
  4. thank you again for your reply! i have a question about the graphics cards. i have 3 in mind and i was wondering if you could let me know which you think is the best.


    im thinking the 3rd one would give me the best framerate in battlefield 3, but is the extra 45$ actually worth it? would i see a noticeable increase of framerate? thanks again im probably going to get that board you suggested!
  5. sorry for a double post but im going to switch up my motherboard for this one: its an extra 80$ from the one you posted but has support for computer case usb 3.0 and pci 3.0 support as well, other than that though is there really a need for it? could i save the 80 and buy the one you posted and still have overclocking and a good bios to work with? thanks!
  6. yea the 3rd seems to be the best bang for the buck. You know I really don't know if you would or wouldn't with the 45 dollar difference. I would only really spend more money if you get the 448 core 560's as the normal ones come with 384. I don't think you can go wrong with the 560 regardless if you get the superclocked versions (overclocked natively) or the normal one. I didn't see any of the 448 core ones on that site but you can check out newegg's canada site and they have it.
  7. I believe that board is cheaper on

    Personally I like having a better motherboard more then anything. Also, the PCI-E support is really awesome I always like being future proof. Plus when the new ivy bridge CPU's come out you can use those on the same socket. Also, keep in mind to use PCI-E 3.0 you need a ivy bridge cpu. You can overclock on the other board through the bios I'm just unsure the numbers you'll get because it is a smaller board.
  8. thanks again for your expertise! its greatly valued as a new pc builder! with the stock cooler on the i7 2600k, could i overclock and still be stable and have decent temps? i have read people who use the stock to overclock to 4.5 or 4.6, but im aiming only for 4.4 around there, as i found a nice guide and seems easy enough to do, heres a link if you would like to check it out!
  9. The article says set BIOS to stock. If you want over 4 ghz I would probably get a aftermarket cooler whichever you feel comfortable with. I really like the Corsair hydro 100 because my case can fit it and because. It gives a lot of room to see around the inside of my case. However, there are plenty of really good air coolers you may want to look into I've used the Zalman flower style fans and there really good and quiet. I have the 2500k the one below the one you are buying and I want to overclock it to around 4 ghz. I think maybe you should see how it is at stock and then judge it from there just my opinion. On Overclock 3D they suggest the Noctua NH-D14 and here is the review. . I think the stock cooler is great for normal stuff but for heavy overclocking I think its a paper weight.
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