First Gaming Build- Need Advice-$1200 Budget

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  1. First off, big ups to you for using the system builder template. Makes our job of giving advice pretty easy.

    As for your build, here are my thoughts:

    CPU: good choice

    Is there a reason you are going with EVGA other than you are thinking of going with two 560Ti's? If it were me, I would go with something like this:
    mainly for the UEFI bios and the fact I have had a pretty good history with using ASUS mobo's. Also saves you about $15ish from newegg over the EVGA.

    RAM: good choice

    GPU: how about a couple of these puppies instead of the 560Ti's
    Power, noise, and performance comparison here:
    there are also these models which are a bit cheaper:

    PSU: It's up to you and your overclocking, but if it were me this is the PSU I would use.
    Nothing worse than random system instability because your PSU just ain't cutting it. you can calculate your PSU requirements here: but it is just a rough guide. Be careful to add on some capacitor ageing. If you want to keep your system for 2-3 years then crank it up to 30-40%. if you really wanna skimp then go the AX750 instead of the AX850.

    HDD: any reason you want the caviar black and not just a green or blue drive? the green drives use a fair bit less power and are cheaper. only real reason for getting the black drive is if you plan to install your games on there, or any other performance task which you can't manage on your SSD. i recommend this if u want to just use it for storing media/files etc: Saves you 20-30 bucks.

    Case: cool choice. me likey.


    Total spent with my main recommendations here (not including what you have already bought): $961
  2. mobo- asrock p67 extreme4 (running your cards at x8/x8 will not bottleneck them i am 100% sure of that)
    psu- good choice
    cpu- uh oh you already purchased a 2600k why dont you burn the money since you wont use hyperthreading in gaming. the i5 2500k will give you 100% the performance a 2600k will in gaming
    i agree get that hdd curryj02 put down
    dvd burner-
    how much do you have to spend on a monitor?
  3. I have been reading a lot of great things about the Asrock p67 Board but looks to be impossible to find. Edit: I am thinking of the Asrock Extreme z68.

    The i7 Processor I was able to pick up for only $99 so It was the best choice for me even if I do not take full advantage of it!

    I will definitely take note on using a 5400RPM HDD then!'

    I was thinking on the monitor anywhere between $150-$200. I am flexible though! I just will need it before BF3 is released.

    Do you know if the Asus Mobo can run 2 GPU's @ x8/x8?
  4. xrodney said:
    Hard to find ?

    Asrock P67 EXTREME4

    haha i editted my post! I was thinking of the z68 mobo lol! I have been doing to much research recently!
  5. Wil I need any extra cooling with how open the case is with the airflow?
  6. You should be fine with decent case, at most you will need add some fans to it.
  7. 100$ for a 2600k thats a steal
  8. $1232

    Case - $100 - Antec 902 V3
    PSU - $100 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU
    MoBo - $385 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - inc - Intel Core i5-2500K included w/ above
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
    RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
    SSD - $220 - Corsair Force 3 120 GB SSD To be released next week
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS

    Case / PSU at great price at the moment

    MoBo / PSU - Mobo is excellent and has full 3 year warranty (unlike Asrock whose B3 boards have 2 years, Z68 boards only 1 year)

    Cooler - outperforms units twice the price (Prolimatech Megahalems, Noctua DH-14)

    GFX - At 1920 x 1200,m take the 900 MHz 560 ..... at 2560 x 1600, the 6950 2GB Frozr

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $245.00 6950 (479/751) $0.51 - $0.65
    $265.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $0.55 - $0.70
    $210.00 560 Ti (455/792) $0.46 - $0.53
    $315.00 6970 (526/825) $0.60 - $0.76
    $220.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.44 - $0.51
    $335.00 570 (524/873) $0.64 - $0.77
  9. same gpu for less because of free shipping at amazon
    i switched over from an asus pro board to the extreme4 after i got 2 faulty asus p8p67 pro b3 boards.
    case- i recommended the nzxt phantom
    jack that psu is out of stock go with the corsair tx 750 v2
    that hd is 5$ cheaper at amazon jack but i agree with the choice
    corsair force 3 is released another ssd to try is the ocz solid 3 or the ocz agility 3 both are very close to the vertex 3's performance but less expensive
    also stay with that dvd drive i posted earlier
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