Gaming PC for around $1,500. Need second opinions.

Alrighty, so my intent is to build a great rig that will hopefully handle BF3 well. I heard that the rigs BF3 was running on at E3 had GTX 580s so that has me intersted. So I need some opinions on my parts. I'm unsure whether or not to get one GTX 580 or 2 560 Ti. Also unsure about the PSU and MOBO. If any other suggestions can be made I would greatly appreciate it.

Approximate Purchase Date: At the latest would be mid July.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, internet, random crap

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon as I have a Prime so shipping is free. Also NO TAX!!!!

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes (Just the i5 2500k, maybe the GPU later on)

SLI or Crossfire: Debating buying a GTX 580 now, or one 560 Ti and then another for SLI later

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080



CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67

Graphics Card: Unsure what to do here. I'm thinking of picking up this for now and adding another later. OR Getting one GTX 580
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Golden Edition Video Card

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800)

HDD: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply

Drive: Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black)

Case: Antec Gaming Case for Desktops DF-85


Total comes out to around $1,260.

Please, I need any input that you have. I will greatly appreciate it!
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  1. Dual 560s would be over miles ahead of a 580, and I doubt BF3 wont be SLI-optimized being what it is.

    I would switch to Z68 and utilize SRT though, improves perceived "useability" by quite a bit IIRC. (out of stock @Amazon :( ) (HAs a $10 MIR at the egg though)

    Other than that pretty nice build.
  2. Thanks. So you think that SRT is worth it? I know the price of that mobo is actually cheaper than the ASUS I have selected.
  3. I haven't used it personally, but from the the thing Ive read, it offers a nice boost in loading time for pretty cheap. IMO the HDD kills alot of the "perceived" fastness on some higher speced rigs, so some improvements on this should go a long ways. It is also better and safer than RAID0 for all what its worth.

    Besides, Z68 enables quicksync just in case you'll ever need it.
  4. Are those new boards reliable? I was going to go with the ASUS P8P67 pro, but after reading about the sheer amount of board failures and problems, I decided to pass. The one I selected has a 5 year warranty, and the reviews seem pretty good thus far. I'm just worried about the new Z68 boards.
  5. Z68 is the same silicon as P67 I believe, and I think its Asus that having the problems, not the chip its self. Gigabyte support is pretty nice and I think return shipping is free for prime?

    Found this Z68 from gigabyte, if you don't plan to OC that seriously I don't think you'll notice a difference. 2DOA reviews out of 13 on the egg though :<.
  6. Well I do plan on OC the i5. I heard that ASUS mobos are the best at it.
  7. Its Multi OC anyways with SB, so the difference between better OEMs is under 100Mhz.
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  8. I'm have zero experience with OC'ing. So with that in mind, which board will allow me to hit 4-4.5 + without much thought?
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