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My updated gaming build !*Need review*!

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August 21, 2011 10:14:35 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: October

Budget Range: $1,500-1,600 after MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies

Parts Not Required: need all new parts

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Overclocking: Yes, but just minor OC

SLI or Crossfire: No, I prefer single card set-up

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to play in close to max setting in BF3, D3, and Blade and Soul.



1. CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. GFX: EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8. RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

9. Cpu Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

10. OTD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Windows: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech G9x Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speaker: Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 Speaker System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I like to know if this build is good enough for upcoming games such as Battlefield 3 and Diablo 3
and if all these parts are compatible (especially if PSU cables are long enough for case like HAF X).

Other recommendations for monitor, keyboard, speaker, and mouse will be also very helpful.

Thank you!

August 21, 2011 10:17:58 PM

should be a good system.

Its a bit more expensive, but consider the Thermaltake Frio. Its about $60 but a better cooler than the 212+ per frostytech.
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August 22, 2011 1:23:03 AM

This looks like a solid build.
The Corsair PSU is a fine choice, if you don't mind cables. I prefer modular supplies as I like to show off the inside of my case.
The OCZ Vertex III is a better SSD.

For the mouse and keyboard I would look at the Logitech G110 for an affordable gaming keyboard, can be blue or red backlighting. Also check out the Razer Death adder.

The Z313s are underpowered for my tastes but it really depends on what room they're being used in. Have you looked at the Z506? Pretty nice value for a 5.1 system, and very enjoyable.

You will enjoy that monitor very much, I like mine a lot! Very bright and great color. I have noticed a little backlight bleed, but no more than other monitors in this price range. Text is extremely good, even very small fonts are readable for my aging eyes at 1080p.
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August 22, 2011 1:30:37 AM

Good system. However, if prices drop till October - and they should drop - consider getting a GTX580 instead of a GTX570. In BF3 you have some 10% to 15% increase in performance, so it should make it easier for you to play everything maxed out @1920x1080 when BF3 comes out.
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August 22, 2011 1:55:16 AM

Thanks for the replies guys.

Z506 seems nice but price is bit high for my budget. I am trying to reduce the price since it's already around $1700s

Oh and I have a question about the MOBO.

Is it better to go with Asus such as this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or Asrock extreme 3 gen3 mobo is still a solid brand/mobo?
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August 22, 2011 2:00:38 AM

asrock is an excellent brand, specifically if you dont want to spend an absolute fortune. that mobo is great. has pci 3.0 functionality once ivy bridge becomes a thing. should add a bit of future proofing

and i believe that asus actually owns them. i could be completely wrong thats just memory talking
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August 22, 2011 2:01:58 AM

It's not out yet, but looks like Logitech has a new gaming mouse on the cheap.

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August 22, 2011 2:09:53 AM

I see I guess it will be okay to go with Asrock then.

and that mouse seems nice and good price.

When is it coming out?
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August 23, 2011 3:04:18 AM

I see. Oh and is 750 PSU overkill for single card set-up?

Should I lower to 650 PSU if im not planning to SLI?
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August 23, 2011 3:40:14 AM

650 should be fine(corsair) if you don't SLI.
Also for mouse, consider Razer Imperator.I have it, its great.
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August 23, 2011 4:49:06 PM

Okay.

And as for PSU cables in my HAF X Case.

Will it be long enough to make cables go behind the case?

Do I need any cable extensions?
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August 24, 2011 8:20:47 AM

Danger Kid said:
asrock is an excellent brand, specifically if you dont want to spend an absolute fortune. that mobo is great. has pci 3.0 functionality once ivy bridge becomes a thing. should add a bit of future proofing

and i believe that asus actually owns them. i could be completely wrong thats just memory talking

Asrock split with Asus over a year ago, and Asrock is the better for that split. Asrock is #3 behind Asus and Gigabyte in sales but it's closing in on them fast.
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