First gaming build - Need advice

Hello everyone,

This is my first build so bear with me if I made any outrageous mistakes/decision. Let me give you some background. I'm upgrading from my Core 2 Duo E6400@3,00 Ghz, Asus P5QL Pro, Radeon HD 4650, 4GB ram in order to play new games like Witcher 2, BF3, Skyrim and such with graphics as high as possible (max graphics would be the goal here).

I don't need any HD or case, I already got that covered. My budget is around 1,000$ but the cheaper the better.

Here are the components I'm planning to buy to build my new gaming rig:

Intel Core i5-2500k:


eVGA GTX 570:

Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) HyperX :

I was considering the superclocked version of the GTX570 but I'm completely clueless about overclocking/cooling and such so I wonder if it is a good choice.

I would like to know what you guys think about it as far as performance and upgrade possibilities go and if there are components you would switch out/add. I'm also looking for power supply suggestions.

Thanks a lot!
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  1. I'm building a rig at the moment that has a similar goal to yours:

    I'm going for 2xGTX560ti's SLI as they provide a much greater boost to your pc than a single 570.

    To buy 2 GTX 560ti's from ebuyer costs £379.96
    £189.98 each.

    and a single GTX 570 costs £297.95

    So the SLI option is £80 more expensive, however I feel that the gain in GPU power is well worth it. Just one overclocked 560ti can be more powerful than a stock 570.

    Anyway I've gone on about that enough.

    Good choice of processor. Looks to be a good build in gaming terms, although I'm not the most informed person here. Striker410 knows his stuff :).
  2. Check out my build guide in my siggy. The $1000 build would work out fine for you. You don't need the 570, it's kind of a rip when the 6950 2GB or the 560 Ti OC'd can perform similarly. I suggest getting the 560 Ti SOC (950mhz) at that point it is a 570 for about 50-70 bucks less.
  3. I forgot to mention that I'm also aiming for a box that I will not need to upgrade in 6 months/1 year in order to make it relevant.

    If I settle for a factory OC'd card, do I need to consider adding extra cooling?
  4. No, usually factor OC'ds have solid cooling already. And the build I mention in my siggy would last you awhile at least 2 years. My 5850 has lasted me 2 years.
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