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April 26, 2011 11:20:14 PM

Hello, I'm building my first PC and was hoping some of you could review my build and let me know what you think should be changed about it.

I'll be using the PC mainly for gaming (Call of Duty, Crysis 2, Brink, Battlefield 3) and I would love it if someone could give me an estimate on what my frames per second might be and what settings (low, medium, high, ultra) I'll be able to run these games at.

I'm buying parts from Newegg and my price range is $1000-$1200. I'm pretty sure I'm set with the Case, Processor, Graphics Card, Memory, and Hard Drive but I'm still open to suggestions if you have any.

As for the Motherboard, PowerSupply, and CD/DVD I don't know much about what to look for, so I just grabbed the ones that I thought looked best. But like I said I don't know much about these types of components so if you have any suggestions let me know. Also do I need to get a aftermarket heatsink?

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3P-B3 LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128477

Processor: Intel i7-2600K 3.4GHz (DO I NEED THE I7 OR CAN I GET THE I5?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1GB (DO I NEED 2GB? FOR GAMING?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130568

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Power: SilverStone 1000W ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256043

Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm 16MB cache 6.0GB/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

CD/DVD: ASUS Black CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Also I currently have a 32" Insignia 1080p 60Hz TV that has HDMI input, I'm wondering if this will work well with this PC or if I should sell it and buy a monitor?
April 26, 2011 11:52:27 PM

As the 2500k offers 99% of the 2600k's gaming performance but at $100 less, I'd opt for the 2500k, and invest the $100 saved into the GTX560 instead....
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April 26, 2011 11:59:22 PM

Your build would work, but here are a few ideas:
1) The 2600K is a great cpu. but for gaming, the extra $100 you spend for it over the 2500K is not much worth it. Few games use more than two cores, so the hyperthreading capability is not much worth it. The value of the extra cache is unknown.
Also, the 2500K can OC to the same levels as the 2600K.

2) For gaming, the graphics card is all important. Take the $100 you saved on the cpu and add it to the budget for the graphics card.
Look for a GTX560ti or GTX570.

3) The psu is overkill. A quality 650w psu will drive even a GTX580. XFX makes good value psu's right now, how about the 650w for 1/3 the price?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you are preparing for sli(which I am not fond of), then look at the 750 or 850w unit.

4) See if you can't find the budget for a SSD for the OS and apps. Expect to pay $2 per gb. Your pc will feel so much quicker. Windows-7 will take 13gb of it.
I like the Intel ones, the 320 series are good value.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, change your hard drive to a 1tb model for not much more. They are denser, and have better transfer rates on the outer cylinders where your OS will get loaded.

5) Get an aftermarket cooler up front. Your pc will run cooler and quieter with a 120mm fan. The CM hyper 121 is a good deal at $35. There are others in the same price range, like Xigmatek. Most any will do.

I think your TV will work well. At least try it first. If you get a 1920 x 1200 monitor, you will have to get a 27" or smaller. The 2560 x 1600 30" monitors are in the $1000 range.

Lastly, take the time now to download and read, cover to cover, your motherboard and case manuals. Many questions will be answered.

------------------good luck-----------------
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April 27, 2011 12:17:05 AM

geofelt said:
Your build would work, but here are a few ideas:
1) The 2600K is a great cpu. but for gaming, the extra $100 you spend for it over the 2500K is not much worth it. Few games use more than two cores, so the hyperthreading capability is not much worth it. The value of the extra cache is unknown.
Also, the 2500K can OC to the same levels as the 2600K.

2) For gaming, the graphics card is all important. Take the $100 you saved on the cpu and add it to the budget for the graphics card.
Look for a GTX560ti or GTX570.

3) The psu is overkill. A quality 650w psu will drive even a GTX580. XFX makes good value psu's right now, how about the 650w for 1/3 the price?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you are preparing for sli(which I am not fond of), then look at the 750 or 850w unit.

4) See if you can't find the budget for a SSD for the OS and apps. Expect to pay $2 per gb. Your pc will feel so much quicker. Windows-7 will take 13gb of it.
I like the Intel ones, the 320 series are good value.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, change your hard drive to a 1tb model for not much more. They are denser, and have better transfer rates on the outer cylinders where your OS will get loaded.

5) Get an aftermarket cooler up front. Your pc will run cooler and quieter with a 120mm fan. The CM hyper 121 is a good deal at $35. There are others in the same price range, like Xigmatek. Most any will do.

I think your TV will work well. At least try it first. If you get a 1920 x 1200 monitor, you will have to get a 27" or smaller. The 2560 x 1600 30" monitors are in the $1000 range.

Lastly, take the time now to download and read, cover to cover, your motherboard and case manuals. Many questions will be answered.

------------------good luck-----------------


I don't know much about over clocking and I don't want to mess with the CPU so can save the $25 and get the non-K version? Or should I take the time to learn about over clocking and get the K version?
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April 27, 2011 12:47:22 AM

There is such a very small price premium, that I would get the "K" version to preserve your options.
Overclocking is a relatively simple and safe process so long as it is a modest OC to say 4.0
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April 27, 2011 12:49:48 AM

Just read this and you'll be fine, OC on SB is easy. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265056-29-2600k-2500k...

If your're going to sli/cf you're going to need a different mobo. If you're not going to sli I'd still change mobo. I see no difference in the a-ud3 vs ud3p except for price.
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April 27, 2011 12:49:53 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $194.98
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $459.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): 439.98
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.15 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
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April 27, 2011 3:27:14 AM

Thanks so much for the help guys! I changed a bunch of components and I was hoping you guys could check one more time to make sure the changes are for the best, I'm planning on buying these components in the next few days. I've also added a short explanation for why I changed the component.

Processor: ($96 saved)
Intel i5-2500 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from i7-2600K 3.4GHz, because cheaper and hyper-threading not needed for gaming and no plans to over-clock)

Motherboard: ($45 saved)
MSI P67A-G43(B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3P-B3, because cheaper and DDR3 1600+ not needed and extra USB not needed)

Memory: ($15 saved)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600, because cheaper and 1600 not needed)

Graphics: ($140 added)
EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570 1280MB 320-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from EVGA SuperClocked GTX 460 1GB 256-bit, because more power need for gaming)

Power Supply: ($50 saved)
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from SILVERSTONE OP1000-E 1000W ATX 12V, because cheaper and 1000W not needed)
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April 27, 2011 3:59:12 AM

vitalsyntax said:
Thanks so much for the help guys! I changed a bunch of components and I was hoping you guys could check one more time to make sure the changes are for the best, I'm planning on buying these components in the next few days. I've also added a short explanation for why I changed the component.

Processor: ($96 saved)
Intel i5-2500 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from i7-2600K 3.4GHz, because cheaper and hyper-threading not needed for gaming and no plans to over-clock)

Motherboard: ($45 saved)
MSI P67A-G43(B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3P-B3, because cheaper and DDR3 1600+ not needed and extra USB not needed)

Memory: ($15 saved)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600, because cheaper and 1600 not needed)

Graphics: ($140 added)
EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570 1280MB 320-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from EVGA SuperClocked GTX 460 1GB 256-bit, because more power need for gaming)

Power Supply: ($50 saved)
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(changed from SILVERSTONE OP1000-E 1000W ATX 12V, because cheaper and 1000W not needed)

That board supports Crossfire but not SLI. You need an SLI board if you ever plan on running two of those cards. Also 800+w for dual 570's.
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April 27, 2011 4:00:07 AM

Why_Me said:
That board supports Crossfire but not SLI. You need an SLI board if you ever plan on running two of those cards. Also 800+w for dual 570's.


I'll only be running 1 display.
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