So I'm building a Gaming rig for the first time and I was interested in some outside opinions. I'm interested in playing RPG's such as Witcher 2, and Dragon Age 2, and FPS's, like Bf:BC2 and eventually BF:3. I intend on overclocking my cpu as well. Here's my rig:
Case- IN WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 - 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Motherboard+CPU (combo deal on newegg)- Intel Core i5 2500K + MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Not sure on the price of the Water Cooling kit you have listed.. but you could have gotten an aftermarket cooler for less (depending how good the cooler is and how expensive both the LQS and the Aftermarket cooler are)
ive overclocked my AMD Phenom II x4 955, from 3.2Ghz up to 3.6ghz on stock cooling.
depending how much you want to overclock, and how many different components your water cooling system is going to cool.
ive given you 2 valid points to argue over.
That Rosewill PSU uses an obsolete, inefficient design, which means it may also be overrated (but I can't claim to have found a review that says it is). A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands. Your intention to overclock, plus your use of a power-hungry GPU probably means you'll want 650W-750W.
Thanks for the help! So either a 560 ti or a 6950 2gb would be able to max out the games I've listed? I've also heard that certain games favor Nvidia over Radeon Cards. Additionally, a friend of mine has told me that 6950 cards can be BIOS flashed into a 6970 card. I would do that, I'm just worried about the reliability of the performance once that flash has occurred.
^There is really no compelling reason to flash a 6950 to 6970 since the 6950 is more than enough for the games you mentioned & resolution of 1920x1080. It is even great for triple monitor in most game if you turn off the morphological filtering.
But if you want to squeeze more performance from it anyway, just overclock it.
^Depends on what are you going to downgrade to. The keyboard & mouse is just as important as your graphics and monitor since this is your interface to the PC so do not compromise too much. A few fps increase does not justify the loss of comfort and functionality if you cheap out on the keyboard and mouse.
I'm not quite sure, but the keyboard and mouse were 100$ and 75$ respectively. I figure that's a bit pricey for a keyboard and mouse. I honestly don't know much about gaming mouse's and keyboards, though.
^I see. I thought you have thought well about your choice of mouse & keyboard. I think the $175 mouse & keyboard is a bit pricey too. You could check Logitech gaming series for more reasonably priced keyboard & mouse but with good features and functionality added to comfort. Keyboard & mouse selection may even justify a new thread.