Building a gaming rig seeking advice from the pro

Hello everybody,

I am building a gaming rig and since I have been lurking on these forums and on google doing my personal research for countless hours since a few weeks now I have finally concluded on the parts that I am going to buy. However as I do not want to miss on the details I would like to hear of other peoples thoughts in this rig.

My monitor is a syncmaster XL2370hd,so I will be playing games and watching movies on this one @1920x1080 screen resolution, therefore all my research regarding graphics quality/performance was done with the aboementioned in mind.

I am interested to OC the system as far as possible(although I'm going with fan cooling for now due to budget) while on the other hand I am aiming for a rig that will be easy to upgrade or at least not to lose value with time at a high rate, I want this to be able to withstand in the next 4-5 years (ie a GPU upgrade not sooner than 4 years).

Now as I am on a tight budget here I am not really considering going far beyond that 700-750$ limit.

All things considered these are the parts that I intend to buy:

KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX
$49.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JO3L40/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
$169.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C8RTTU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

MSI P67A-GD80 (B3)
$195.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QGJV8Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

CMPSU-650TXV2 - Corsair
$89.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket
$209.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXI0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Total
$715.95

My main issue is the GPU obviously a radeon 6870 it's not a 6950 that could be unlocked to a 6970 but I am struggling to stay as close as possible to my goal.

Seconly I am not sure on the ram choice yet. I have studied an article here @ Tom's about 8GB ram being a must for 64bit system in gaming ect and since most likely in the upcoming years this will be the general rule I went for a pair of 2x4gb Kingston HyperX since my rig will be SB based will it be better if I went for a pair of corsair instead?(I have read reports of corsair not OCing as good as in theory though and being rather unstable)

Now if I picked a pair of cheape ram + cheaper MB I could afford a 6950 but since GPU advances at a much higher rate than ram/MB I thought of making a stable choice of these that will last me for the upcoming years sinc eevn if I bought the 580gtx today next year it would be outdated by the newly fotm( I was considering going for a gtx560 ti first but it seems the 6870 proves to be the better of the two for the money considered).

All in all I'd like to hear other peoples opinion on this matter.

Thanks for reading this.
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  1. Thank you for the reply mate that's the configuration I would buy but I live in EU and saddly newegg doesn't ship over here yet, so I am stuck with amazon or with all of the other EU online stores wich are pure stealing.
  2. That Sux the big one for real...
  3. I wish I could buy it and send it to you guys...Hmmm, how much is shipping I wonder??
  4. lowjack989 said:
    I wish I could buy it and send it to you guys...Hmmm, how much is shipping I wonder??


    This is the ss as the total output I get from amazon
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/18/totales.jpg/

    Regarding newegg I had made this wishlist a few days ago just planning ahead what parts I might get. Opting for cheaper MB/Ram and going for a gtx560ti but I think between the 2 I will stick to the main list I posted earlier.
    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=16460051

    @lowjack989 your sugestion on the parts are a considerable replacement though however funny thing with amazon most of those can;t be shiped to my destination at all. Especially all the Asrock p67 B3 or z86 MBs quite irritating realy.

    However my main issue still remains ram config: the debate Corsair vengeance vs Knigston HyperX still remains valid and I can't find convincing info on the web as to why corsair is better for gaming/OC since I hade read many reports of people stating the system gets unstable with corsair Ram OCed and they do not meet the theoretical expectations while the hyper X on the other hand might not OC that much but yet they are stable.(unless all fo this is just speculations from fans of one brand over the other)
  5. Go with the Hyper X RAM it is a better performer than the Vengeance series
  6. lowjack989 said:
    Go with the Hyper X RAM it is a better performer than the Vengeance series

    Most probably I will stick to that up untill now it seems the best possible choice.
  7. HyperX Ram is more stable and is worth less, so it's a steal. As far as overclocking goes, go with the 2500k. Only 20 bucks more and is worth every penny. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
  8. chrismath said:


    @lowjack989 your sugestion on the parts are a considerable replacement though however funny thing with amazon most of those can;t be shiped to my destination at all. Especially all the Asrock p67 B3 or z86 MBs quite irritating realy.




    Its a conspiracy to put a speed limit on your computers !!! :o
  9. Besides quantity (and only up to the limit of how much you could possibly use), the speed of RAM matters least of all components on a PC. If it's 1600mhz CL8 or CL9, you're fine. 1333mhz is fine too. 1800mhz is also fine. You won't notice a difference when gaming, at all.
  10. lowjack989 said:
    Its a conspiracy to put a speed limit on your computers !!! :o

    hehe conspiracy or not it is certainly annying.

    @gcmartini:woops nice spot over there I didn't pay attention so I wanted to get 2500K model but forgot to put the K so ended up with the weaker model instead... I'm glad I didn't make that mistake for real.

    So all in all to sum it up:

    cpu: core i5 2500K

    gpu: 6870(I'll opt for a model with good cooling)

    mb:Asrock p67B3(preferably)or any other decent p67MB. I am not into hard core video editing that much so the z68 seems a waste.

    ram:HyperX 2x4gb grey

    Psu: Corsair 650W probably.

    Aiming for a price as close as possible to 700$ (before shipping)

    The way I see it gpu will bottleneck it sooner or later but at the moment the best I can get for the money is the 6870. Do you guys think this system will be able to perform well for the next 4 years with good OCing and maybe with an extra 6870 xfire in there by next year?
  11. wolfram23 said:
    Besides quantity (and only up to the limit of how much you could possibly use), the speed of RAM matters least of all components on a PC. If it's 1600mhz CL8 or CL9, you're fine. 1333mhz is fine too. 1800mhz is also fine. You won't notice a difference when gaming, at all.


    Yes I was thinking to stick with 1600mhz OCed at 8-8-8-21 it should do ok for a couple of years.
  12. Looks like a solid build to me...I wish I had purchased a 2500K instead of the 965 BE again...I have a surplus of AMD boards so it was cost effective for me
  13. Nothing wrong with that, lowjack! I doubt you're seeing a performance bottleneck.
  14. Thanks a lot for the advice guys I realy appretiate it.
  15. Np chrismath...I gotta find out why newegg can't ship to your place...Seems to me to be bad business practices...Utter stupidity to not sell merchandise to everyone...Where on Earth do you live chrismath?
  16. lowjack989 said:
    Np chrismath...I gotta find out why newegg can't ship to your place...Seems to me to be bad business practices...Utter stupidity to not sell merchandise to everyone...Where on Earth do you live chrismath?

    They don't sell in Europe mate. In fact they don't sell anywere else appart from USA qq
  17. That is horrible business.
  18. They sell in Canada through their newegg.ca site, but yeah... that's it.
  19. Isn't the owner from Taiwan, a Mr. Fred Chung....Whats his deal?
  20. Ok, after much thought and the help I recieved from you guys I have come to my final conclusion(I hope)

    Now I have changed my mind on z68 vs p67 since the z68 is the way to go for any future expansion so all things taken under consideration this is what I will be aiming for.

    XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    $179.99 -$15.00 Instant $164.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
    $119.99 -$30.00 Instant $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Intel Core i5-2500K $224.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104239

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Subtotal: $659.95

    Now the only thing left to do is digg up some of my relatives phone numbers in the US, pay for the equipement and have it sent to them so they can mail it to meas a gift alas the only way I found of possibly getting equipement from Newegg to Europe.(Unles I find any better prices at Eu stores wich I highly doubt.

    So cheers for the help/tips guys if anyone has any extra advice to contribute I'd gladly hear it.

    Thanks for the read/help.
  21. Looks really good to me except that you don't have a case, hard drive, CD/DVD drive, or operating system.
  22. wolfram23 said:
    Looks really good to me except that you don't have a case, hard drive, CD/DVD drive, or operating system.

    I already got those :)
  23. Great looking, solid build...Good Luck and Happy Tinkering !!! Welcome to Toms
  24. lowjack989 said:
    Great looking, solid build...Good Luck and Happy Tinkering !!! Welcome to Toms

    Hehe thanks a lot man :bounce:
  25. aqe040466 said:

    Which is what he has picked... He's also in the UK not America.
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