Some advice on a gaming PC - ~1300usd

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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  1. Now looking to buy on the 17th August, so any advice before then would be good.
    Cheers
    James
  2. 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=N82E16819115072

    Mobo: As Rock extreme4 p67
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    OR

    AS Rock extreme4 z68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    HD: Samsung spinpoint

    GPU:galaxy 580
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162073 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=N82E16817139011&Tpk=corsair%20850hx

    cpu cooler only if you oc: hyper 212+
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