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First time builder, but have a specific need, 1 piece still to choose

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September 7, 2011 3:50:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: By Oct 31st.

Budget Range: < $1500 US after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming 80%, 5% watching movies, 5% surfing, 5% other.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but willing to go to other name sites, i.e amazon.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Whatever is the best for my need, not a fanboy of any maker.

Overclocking: I will be overclocking the CPU and CPU not RAM.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I first want to thank all the people who contribute with “How To” and “Reviews of” guides. I am a first time builder and the guides have really answered many of my questions. The purpose of this rig is to play SWtoR at max graphic settings with super low load times and hit 60 FPS at all times, even during heavy AoE in a raid setting. I will rarly use this computer for other games. Civ5 and Mass effect 3 are games I also play or will play. I realize SwtoR isn’t out and there are not many benchmarks but I have been using WoW benchmarks to make my choices. I never play FPS, or RTS games, mostly RPG and MMO’s. If anyone sees any mistakes I made please let me know. Based on the last 6 years of my computer use, 90% of time on this rig is going to be SWtoR. If you think I could choose something better with reasoning in regards to my goals, please let me know. I probably made some novice mistakes so please help me learn. Thanks in advance. If you are a SWtoR beta tester please speak up on your experience so on hardware needs.
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Chip: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ($219)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have no idea if Swtor is going to support more than 4 cores, if it does I would consider a hex core AMD that would be around the same price. This would change a lot of my choices. I have heard SwtoR is using direct 9Xc and that shifts burden to the CPU.

MOBO: ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel ($119)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will never use SLI, blue ray, etc. I do not need a lot of bells and whistles. I do want USB 3.0 on this rig for my external HD.

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal ($193)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I plan on running my OS and SWtoR on this drive and everything else on the HDD.
SWtoR beta is a 40 Gb install and I need room for expansions. This is for fast load times of zones.

GPU: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($250)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want to run SwtoR at max graphic settings, but do not need a card that does more than that as I never play FPS. I will play Mass effect 3 and Civ 5 and would like to do at max settings or close to it. I will never SLI, hence the MOBO selection.

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($119)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Something cheap, I use steam now and would rarely use it except to burn music CD’s I will just pick a deal on newegg later. ($30)

Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case ($160)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-139-...

Monitor: I need a recommendation for a 24’’ running at 1080p in the $200 to $300 range to round out my budget.




Did I make any mistakes, or what would you do differently based upon my need?

Thanks,




September 7, 2011 4:06:34 AM

Dell , Samsung

Preferably an IPS panel , rather than the more common and cheaper TN if you can find one in your price range
September 7, 2011 4:19:33 AM

Quote:
I plan on running my OS and SWtoR on this drive and everything else on the HDD.
SWtoR beta is a 40 Gb install and I need room for expansions. This is for fast load times of zones.


Lol Swtor is part of the reason I'm working on a new gaming rig too.

I'm playing Beta aswell.
Keep in mind that you cant base performance 100% on how betas perform
and also that the beta is 40gb but launch will likely be less GBs
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September 7, 2011 4:38:30 AM

i5 2500k- 220$

Asrock Z68 extreme3 gen3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 125$

Spinpoint F3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$ faster and cheaper

Corsair 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 53$

Crucial M4 128gb- 193$

Sony DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 20$

Silverstone Raven RV03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Mo... 140$ much better cooling and it is a full tower

Asus VS 24" 2ms monitor- http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS247H-P-23-6-Inch-LCD-Monit... 185$

EVGA GTX 570- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-DisplayPort-PCI-Expr... 320$

PC power and cooling 650w psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 81$ with promo code

Total=1237$
September 7, 2011 9:59:04 PM

gspotfrenzy said:
I'm confused. You recommended he buy a 3 Gb/s with a 32 MB cache over a 6 Gb/s with a 64 MB cache HDD with the same spindle rate?


For a mechanical hard drive " 6 gbits/s" is meaningless . The mechanical read and write heads cant keep up with a 3 gb/s connection .
Cache can make a difference ,

but the Samsung is the fastest mechanical sata 7200 rpm drive , and in some situations its MUCH faster
September 7, 2011 10:04:22 PM

Outlander_04 said:
For a mechanical hard drive " 6 gbits/s" is meaningless . The mechanical read and write heads cant keep up with a 3 gb/s connection .
Cache can make a difference ,

but the Samsung is the fastest mechanical sata 7200 rpm drive , and in some situations its MUCH faster

yup.
September 10, 2011 1:46:13 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. Would you be willing to explain the RAM and MOBO selection?
September 10, 2011 2:40:55 AM

The ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 is a good solid board for the price and is considered future-proof with its 2 PCI 3.0 slots.

The Corsair RAM mjmjpfaff mention is a quality ram that is the faster 1600Mhz vs. 1333mhz. aswell as being the required 1.5V that that operates with the 2500k CPU
September 10, 2011 6:45:26 AM

well put j-dub
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