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First Gaming rig build, need advice.

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July 11, 2011 2:33:00 AM

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

GPU- Recertified EVGA 012-P3-1570-RX GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (for 250.00$)

PSU- Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL

HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cooler- Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling System

My budget is from 1200-1275, give or take. I also bought a razer keyboard and mouse with this too.

Thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated!
July 11, 2011 4:17:34 AM

Looks excellent. I'd go with a Corsair or Antec PSU over a Rosewill though
July 11, 2011 4:39:51 AM

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.

HAHA, but IMO, Air cooling is easier.
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July 11, 2011 4:43:10 AM

you can go with a ddr3 1600 for optimal performance, and dont take a recertified card as it has only 3 months of warrenty. they will mostlikerly dead very soon. instead go with a 560ti or a 6950 2gb.
July 11, 2011 4:44:17 AM

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.
July 11, 2011 5:29:14 AM

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.
July 11, 2011 5:53:00 AM

^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.
July 11, 2011 5:59:51 AM

Really? I thought the 6950 wouldn't have the power to play DA: 2 on max/ultra settings. How about Crysis 2? Do you think I would have any issues maxing it out, with the DX11 patch?
July 11, 2011 6:22:00 AM

Very nice, didn't know the 6950 had that kind of power. But now I'm noticing that if I downgrade on my keyboard and mouse (I had a razer keyboard and mouse) I can afford this card-

EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Should I just go cheaper on the mouse and keyboard and uprgade to the 570 HD?
July 11, 2011 6:34:17 AM

^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.
July 11, 2011 6:38:50 AM

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.
July 11, 2011 7:19:01 AM

^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.
July 11, 2011 11:04:16 AM

yes gtx 570 is more powerfull than the 6970, as mdd stated, go with that card.
July 11, 2011 12:10:05 PM

The benchmarks I've seen show the 6970 just barely getting the edge over the 570 cards. And the two gigs of vram are enticing. I'm gaming at 1920 x 1080, not HD, if it matters.
July 11, 2011 4:02:45 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey