~$1,200 Gaming Build

Hey everyone,

From looking at other builds I have picked out the below items. If possible I would like your feedback on my build before I start buying. I would like to overclock the i5 2500K and maybe the RAM, will this be OK? First time overclocking and don't want to break my stuff

Any other comments/concerns are welcome.

As a side note, I would really like to play BF3 on highest settings you guys think the graphics card I picked will do it?

Thanks for the feed back!

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of August

Budget Range: ~$1200 (willing to go over to make better build)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Work (IT), Internet

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US

Overclocking: Yes (first time)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (at a later time)

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:SGC-2000-KKN1-GP
$99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
$169.99 $169.99

Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Model #:BX80623I52500K
$219.99 $219.99

Cooling - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Model #:RR-B10-212P-G1

Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
Model #:CML8GX3M2A1600C9
$79.99 -$5.00 Instant $74.99

Graphics - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Model #:01G-P3-1561-AR
$249.99 -$20.00 Instant $229.99

Power Supply - Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$129.99 -$35.00 Instant $94.99

Card Reader - Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
Model #:RCR-IC002
$16.99 $16.99

Storage - 2x - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD103SJ
$64.99 $129.98

Maybe: Storage - Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST95005620AS

Disc Reader - LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
$79.99 $79.99

Subtotal: $~1,203.88
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  1. a large number of your links are broken. some suggestions:
    this 560 ti has a great cooling system and a higher factory overclock:
    at this point in time, i wouldnt pay over $60 for 8gb ram, there are constantly sales
    if you need windows:

    id skip the hybrid drive.

    also check out the storm enforcer:
  2. Hi Gengkiskron,

    Sorry for the broken links, I have corrected them.

    Thanks for the advice on the parts, I will definitively grab that 560ti combo you suggested.

    As for the ram, I went for the Vengeance Low Profile because of the height of the other chips. I assume the ram you linked will fit without a problem with the cooler I have chosen?

    I just picked that hybrid drive because someone I work with had great results with the performance.

    And the storm enforcer case you linked looks great! However, I am not into the hinged front panels on cases. I guess I could take it off. Also, I see it has USB 3 on the font panel, will the connection be on my motherboard I picked. I don't see it, it looks like a 8 pin connector?

    Thanks again for the suggestions. Do you or anyone else see a great need to overclock the ram? This will be my first rig overclocking so I wouldn't mind giving it a try. I do not intend to do any extreme overclock....yet;)

    Thanks again!
  3. Best answer
    the storm scout is a great case, so id just go with whichever you prefer. your board does have a usb 3.0 header for the front panel.

    i dont think you will need to overclock the ram, even if you oc the cpu, 1600mhz should be fine.

    the ram will fit fine under a hyper 212+
  4. Hey Genghiskron,

    Thanks again for all the information. I think I will go for the enforcer because of the front USB3 ports. The panel I can simply remove. I just still cant find the port on the motherboard for the connection but I am sure you are correct and I will keep looking.

    Thanks again, I always get an answer when posting here. You guys know what your talking about!
  5. Best answer selected by spyke562.
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