Gaming Build help

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 3 months.

Budget Range: Around 1000-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, basic school work.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: none, based on performance

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like a window

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Parts:

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Steel ATX Ultimate Gamer PC Case (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Nine-Hundred-Steel-Ultimate/dp/B000I5JHB0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305869917&sr=1-1

Mobo: MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130582&cm_re=msi_p67a-g45-_-13-130-582-_-Product

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Graphics Card: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575&cm_re=radeon_hd_6950_2gb-_-14-127-575-_-Product

Power Suppy: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&Tpk=750%20tx%20v2&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1tutx2hrqf93z

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

Disk Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

HDD: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/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1305869398&sr=8-2

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

CPU Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305870190&sr=1-1


I have one last question. I am now stuck between choosing one of the following graphics cards.

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] neugyzdis2

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] rue&Page=2

I think the extra performance of the GTX 570 is worth the extra $50 or so in addition to Physx, but how much more power will the 570 draw? And does anyone know if I would have issues with overheating?
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  1. Here's a couple tweaks.
    Get the TX V2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&Tpk=750%20tx%20v2

    Switch out the 480 for a HD 6950.

    Also, you can get 1TB F3s for $5 more - similar performance since 6Gb/s doesn't affect mechanical drives.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=spinpoint%20f3

    I would only get the Hyper if I knew I was going to overclock - a lot of people say they might and spend the extra money all to never overclock.

    Finally Crysis and especially The Witcher 2 won't run on ultra with that or hardly any setup at 1080p. Still, it is a solid build.
  2. jbakerlent said:
    Here's a couple tweaks.
    Get the TX V2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&Tpk=750%20tx%20v2

    Switch out the 480 for a HD 6950.

    Also, you can get 1TB F3s for $5 more - similar performance since 6Gb/s doesn't affect mechanical drives.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=spinpoint%20f3

    I would only get the Hyper if I knew I was going to overclock - a lot of people say they might and spend the extra money all to never overclock.

    Finally Crysis and especially The Witcher 2 won't run on ultra with that or hardly any setup at 1080p. Still, it is a solid build.


    Thanks for the advice, think I would be able to run them on at least a high setting? I'm finaly upgrading because my current pc fails to meet the recommended for the Witcher 2.
  3. I can't really say - not a big gamer, myself. My guess is a mix of medium and high settings. Don't worry though, besides the 6970 and dual gpu cards (which aren't good values), this system is about as high end as you can get.

    Edit: I should say the FPS estimate is at 1080p and with consistently high framerates.
  4. Thanks, you have been real helpful. But I have one last question. I won't have to worry about high temps if I don't overclock right? Will the cooling of the case and fans that come with the cpu and gpu should be adequate enough? Because to be honest I probably won't mess with overclocking as long as my games run fine.
  5. Good build. Just some checks
    -You dont need a 750W psu. 650W should be enough if you arent going for SLI or crossfire
    -For the GPU i'd also suggest the gtx 560. its cheaper and it performs better.
  6. You've got a good start and some good advice. Here's some more...change out your items for the ones listed below. It's over $150 in savings for virtually the same things.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 <--Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM, $99.99, free shipping

    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Nine-Hundred-Steel-Ultimate/dp/B000I5JHB0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305869917&sr=1-1 <-- Antec 900, $99.99, free shipping

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1305869398&sr=8-2 <-- Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $60, free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426 <-- G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 CL9, you won't notice the performance difference in gaming, $84.99, free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 <-- Lite-On DVD Burner, $19.99, free shipping

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    Some other things you might want to check out. The cooler below keeps my 2500k at 53*C under load at 4.5GHz.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305870190&sr=1-1 <-- Cooler Master Hyper 212+, $34.99, free shipping

    http://www.techspot.com/review/349-amd-radeon-6950/page8.html <-- 2GB 6950 benchmark, Crysis Warhead, max settings, 41 fps minimum @ 1920x1200
  7. Thanks for saving me $150 dollars! Lol glad you caught that for me.
  8. I have one last question. I am now stuck between choosing one of the following graphics cards.

    MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575&cm_re=radeon_hd_6950_2gb-_-14-127-575-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1dzneugyzdis2

    EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-595&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2

    I think the extra performance of the GTX 570 is worth the extra $50 or so in addition to Physx, but how much more power will the 570 draw? And does anyone know if I would have issues with overheating?
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