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Some advice on a gaming PC - ~1300usd

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August 11, 2011 1:01:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Middle to end of August

Budget Range: Around 1300usd

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter as I'm living abroad, though newegg usually seems to be the best reference point.

Country of Origin: I'll be buying the parts in Turkey

Parts Preferences: Nothing fixed, but have some ideas below

Overclocking: Not really overclocked before, but not against the idea if it will help and be safe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future?

Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080

Additional Comments: Putting it together myself, something I haven't done for a while, so hopefully not too difficult a build :) 


Thoughts so far...

CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.30 Ghz
Mobo: Not too sure, p67 or z68. I read the z68 is better for with SSDs - something I wasn't necessarily planning on now, but maybe adding in the future.
RAM: Was thinking 8gb 1600mhz. Maybe G SKill Ripjaw or Kingston Blu?
HD: Samsung F3 1TB
GFX: Not too sure on this one, and it's quite an important/ expensive part. Perhaps a GTX580? Maybe add another further down the line?
Case: Inwin Dragon Rider
PSU: Inwin Commander 850w (Is this over the top?)
SSD: Would it be money well spent? Or maybe wait 6 months - a year until prices drop a bit?
Cooling: Is extra cooling always needed? I've no idea on this front...


As I say, nothing here is set in stone, but these are ideas I've put together from browsing the forums and other builds. Have I missed anything? Am I wasting my money in any areas? Might there be any potential bottle necks? Any advice would be much appreciated :) 

Thanks,
James

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August 14, 2011 6:48:33 PM

Now looking to buy on the 17th August, so any advice before then would be good.
Cheers
James
August 14, 2011 8:04:46 PM

jbrannan said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Middle to end of August

Budget Range: Around 1300usd

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter as I'm living abroad, though newegg usually seems to be the best reference point.

Country of Origin: I'll be buying the parts in Turkey

Parts Preferences: Nothing fixed, but have some ideas below

Overclocking: Not really overclocked before, but not against the idea if it will help and be safe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future?

Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080

Additional Comments: Putting it together myself, something I haven't done for a while, so hopefully not too difficult a build :) 


Thoughts so far...

CPU: Intel i5 2500k 3.30 Ghz
Mobo: Not too sure, p67 or z68. I read the z68 is better for with SSDs - something I wasn't necessarily planning on now, but maybe adding in the future.
RAM: Was thinking 8gb 1600mhz. Maybe G SKill Ripjaw or Kingston Blu?
HD: Samsung F3 1TB
GFX: Not too sure on this one, and it's quite an important/ expensive part. Perhaps a GTX580? Maybe add another further down the line?
Case: Inwin Dragon Rider
PSU: Inwin Commander 850w (Is this over the top?)
SSD: Would it be money well spent? Or maybe wait 6 months - a year until prices drop a bit?
Cooling: Is extra cooling always needed? I've no idea on this front...


As I say, nothing here is set in stone, but these are ideas I've put together from browsing the forums and other builds. Have I missed anything? Am I wasting my money in any areas? Might there be any potential bottle necks? Any advice would be much appreciated :) 

Thanks,
James



The main difference between z68 and p67 is that z68 will allow you to utilize the integrated graphics on the Sandy bridge processors. z68 will also allow you to use an ssd of 64 gb or smaller as a cache to increase the speed of your mechanical hdds. Transcoding is also faster on the z68.

Gaming performance on the z68 an p67 is the same. overclocking ability on both chipsets are the same also.

If you plan to get an ssd greater than 64GB and do not plan on using the integrated graphics on the Sandy Bridge processors, I would get a p67 mobo.

Here is a build for you based on either p67 or z68

CPU: SB i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: As Rock extreme4 p67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

AS Rock extreme4 z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Samsung spinpoint

GPU:galaxy 580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 435 after MIR

I would personally go for a 6950 or a 560ti but the 580 I linked to you above has some great reviews. If you are not trying to max out in dx11 on metro 2033, I would stick with a 6950 or 560 ti as both are about 250 range...

case: your case

psu: corsair 850hx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu cooler only if you oc: hyper 212+

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