First PC Build - Gaming

Building a PC for gaming. Specifically BF3. Have been perusing other people's builds and suggestions on the site and reading newegg reviews. Heres what I've put together:

Case: Antec 900
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4
CPU: Intel i5-2500k
RAM: Corsair DDR3 1600 16GB (Prob be fine with 8gb? but theres a combo for $15 off with the mobo and ram seems cheap atm.)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560
PSU: OCZ 850W Gold (On sale for $100 after MIR)
HSF: Cooler Master 212+
SSD: Intel 40gb
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB ($25 off with the i5)

Budget is 1200-1500, but still need to get peripherals.

Any suggestions on compatibility/swapping for better value/available deals?

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  1. Hmm might upgrade to that and forgo some gaming accessories til later. Thanks for the suggestion.
  2. Best answer
    16GB of RAM is overkill for gaming, and you can get 8GB of decent quality RAM for < 40$.

    I agree with dirtyferret as well, go for a GTX 570 / 580.

    Also, there is practically no reason to have 3TB of hd space, I would trade it for a (much cheaper) .5-1TB drive.

    Finally, if you can spare the money, try getting at least an 80GB SSD so you can place many of your games/applications on the SSD.
  3. Any suggestions on compatibility/swapping for better value/available deals?


    Your Power Supply is too much

    Get this and save 50 bucks.

    Your memory is too much, you only need 4gb to play a game and some make assurances with 8gb. 16gb is just a waste. Get this instead.
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    I'd get this mobo just to be cheap , personally i feel there is no big difference with this and the extreme4. save $40

    Get a samsung spinpoint 1tb. Unless you have 2tbs of pictures worth of yourself, there is no reason for getting 3tb even WITH a $25 off. Harddrive prices are always going down. By the time you max your 1tb, prices would have gotten down by a bit.
  4. dirtyferret said:
    good build, i would personally go with an nvidia GTX 570 / intel i5-2400 (to stay within budget) set up, or just go for the GTX 570 upgrade if financially viable.

    Wuuhh? Sacrifice the i5-2500k for more GPU?

    Just get this video card, A 560Ti. It's kinda near the performance of a 570. Much better than the 560.
  5. Since we're just giving out 1 example

    How would an i5-2500k bottleneck a 560Ti?

    Check it. If you lack the intelligence to see that then that is your noobish issue. Also, I really don't get the logic in your reasoning IF the i5-2500k bottlenecks a 560ti then why would you suggest a WEAKER CPU i5-2400 with a STRONGER GPU GTX570. I know bottleneck sounds cool for you but you shouldn't just throw it and throw that without checking the facts.

    Anyway, the 560ti is still better than the 560.
  6. Upgraded to a gtx 570.
    Swapped the power supply.
    Got 8 gigs of ram.
    Went with the 1 TB drive.
    Sprung for a 80gb solid state.

    Thanks for the advice everyone.
  7. Best answer selected by Mattchew.
  8. will 2500 bottleneck a 580?
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