Help! Building my first gaming rig!

Hi everyone!

After two years of playing ArmA 2 on my 7 year old Pentium 4 2.4 (!!!!), I have finally decided to invest a small fortune and build myself a decent rig :

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow or as soon as possible!
Budget Range : 4300 NIS Max (~900 USD on Newegg before local customs fees)
System Usage : Gaming!!! (ArmA 2, DCS A-10)
Parts Not Required : Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts :, K.S.P (Local Vendor, in English)
Country of Origin : Israel
Parts Preferences : Intel CPU
Overclocking : Most likely in the future
SLI or Crossfire : Maybe

CPU : Intel Core i5 2500K
CPU Cooler : Noctua NH-D14
Motherboard : GIGABYTE P67A-UD3-B3
RAM : 2x2GB DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Edition
HDD : OCZ Agility 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD
CASE : Antec Two Hundred V2
PSU : Corsair GS 600W

As I have mentioned in the beginning, this rig is being built almost exclusively for the purpose of playing ArmA 2, therefore if any of you are familiar with the specific demands of this game's engine, or if you find any additional info on the web regarding this - that would be very helpful.

Any advise/comment is much appreciated!


Please note that not every part which is available on is also available for me here, so using the K.S.P site for substitutions would be more helpful.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Hi,
    This looks pretty good but I had a question about the SSD. The agility SSD's aren't the fastest, here in the US you can get a C300 SATAIII for just a bit more. I would look at prices on the C300 128GB.

    The Noctua cooler is enormous, I'd check for clearance with the Antec 200..

    The HD 5770 seems a little weak paired up with the 2500k CPU. Unfortunately I don't know the specifics of those games, but we could really use info on your monitor resolution. I'd go for HD 6850 or better, right now HD 6950 price are in the $260 range over here which when you add the unlocking to 6970 performance is pretty stellar.
  2. Yeah you should look at the Antec 300 at least, it can be found for the same price as the 200 ($50) when it's on a special, and it's on special quite a bit at Newegg wtih free shipping. The 300 is a better looking case too.

    Arma2 is from 2009, so a 5770 would be just fine but it's definitely the weakest link in that system.
  3. Thanks for the replies, people.

    I made some changes in the configuration:

    1. BD Caviar Black SATA 3 instead of the SSD
    2. Thermaltake Frio instead of Noctua NH-D14
    3. HD 6850 OC instead of HD5770

    Now, a question:

    Will Frio fit inside Antec 200?
    Thermaltake Frio : 139(L) x 98(W) x 165(H) mm
    Antec 200 : 450 mm (H) x 200 mm (W) x 470 mm (D)

    So there it is, tell me what you think, and please remember that this is the highest I can go in terms of budget.

    CPU : Intel Core i5 2500K
    CPU Cooler : Thermaltake Frio CLP-0564
    Motherboard : GIGABYTE P67A-UD3-B3
    RAM : 2x2GB DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Edition
    HDD : WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA III
    CASE : Antec Two Hundred V2
    PSU : Corsair GS 600W
  4. I think your going to be hard pressed to find someone with a Antec200, the 300/600/900 are really the big sellers.
  5. I'd swap out the cooler for a CM's cheaper, very good performance / price ratio and fits on the majority of motherboards well. Also consider getting memory at 1600MHz - if you do OC, the head-room will help for stability.
  6. You don't need ram headroom to overclock a i5-2500K. The ram speed does not change.
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