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

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June 14, 2011 11:50:24 PM

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

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Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a...

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004K330KK/ref=ox_sc_a...

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
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004R2CE4M/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_a...

HDD: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029F21LA/ref=ox_sc_a...

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)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

Case: Antec Gaming Case for Desktops DF-85
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JH7MIO/ref=ox_sc_a...

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Total comes out to around $1,260.

Please, I need any input that you have. I will greatly appreciate it!

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June 15, 2011 1:39:31 AM

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.
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June 15, 2011 1:54:28 AM

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.
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June 15, 2011 2:56:09 AM

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.
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June 15, 2011 3:05:06 AM

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 :<.
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June 15, 2011 3:18:28 AM

Well I do plan on OC the i5. I heard that ASUS mobos are the best at it.
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June 15, 2011 3:55:16 AM

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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