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June 1, 2011 10:01:00 PM

Trying to put together a balanced gaming rig without going past $1100. Here is the list:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Edit: Does anything stand out as incompatible or overkill?

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June 1, 2011 10:12:21 PM

You haven't add a case..Don't you need one? Also with Z68 you don't need big SSD cause it ruins smart cache..an Intel 80GB 320 series is an ideal one! Maybe you need a little more powerful PSU..Like XFX 550W!
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June 1, 2011 10:14:09 PM

i think that you should definitely get a more powerful power supply....at least 650W

also the SSD stands out to me as it being too expensive. if you want a fast boot drive then you should buy a $100 SSD with another $100 hard drive for actual storage
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June 1, 2011 10:15:03 PM

michxymi said:
You haven't add a case..Don't you need one? Also with Z68 you don't need big SSD cause it ruins smart cache..an Intel 80GB 320 series is an ideal one! Maybe you need a little more powerful PSU..Like XFX 550W!


No I don't need a case, or any peripherals. I will ne using the SSD as the main drive, so it needs to be big enough to hold more than just the system. Good idea on the psu, although I have read that Seasonic is the most reliable. Thoughts?
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June 1, 2011 10:28:33 PM

This is what I would get

The PSU I was talking about. Enough for this system..I calculate with several online calculators and you system with O/C CPU and the 6950 was 450 Maxed..And I think this one is a rebranded Seasonic

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo for motherboard and CPU

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

bundled with:

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Lot of RAM!

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6950 2GB more powerful than 560TI

XFX HD-695X-CNFC 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=N82E168...

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G3K5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SUM 1012$ With MIR!


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June 1, 2011 10:36:29 PM

That is for sure a great build, I wanted Z68 as I am moving out of country so if my discrete GPU fails I can still use the HD3000. I originally had the 6950 as well, but the GTX560 is almost $100 less and only loses a few fps in the games I play (Civ 5, F12010 etc) And I need a larger SSD as it will be the only drive (I have 4 TBs of USB 3.0 external for data)

But I could be way off base...;)
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June 2, 2011 5:40:53 AM

The Asrock Z68 motherboard is OK, but concider the Asrock Z68 Extreem 4, it's a much better motherboard with more features, a bit more expensive but worth the extra money.
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June 2, 2011 5:44:33 AM

Zacman said:
Trying to put together a balanced gaming rig without going past $1100. Here is the list:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Edit: Does anything stand out as incompatible or overkill?


Go with your build, that power supply is HUGE for the hardware you're buying. These other guys are used to buying more power supply than they "need" in order to deal with quality issues, but you picked a high-quality unit.

Don't buy the Gigabyte board recommended by michxymi, it loses Quick Sync.
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June 2, 2011 1:18:19 PM

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