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Would this build be a respectable mid-range gaming desktop?

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September 14, 2011 10:53:10 PM

Attempting my first build shortly after initially considering a prebuilt, and this is what I've assembled for my budget:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
Gigabyte Z68X UD3H
Corsair Vengeance 2x2GB DDR3 1600Mhz CL9
Galaxy 560ti
Corsair CX600
60GB Patriot Pyro SSD
Seagate 1TB HDD
Antec 300 Case

What kind of gaming performance could I anticipate? Not looking for other builds - just feedback on the current one.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 14, 2011 10:56:58 PM

That will do you fiine for a couple of years,minor upgrades later ofc
Moto
September 14, 2011 11:00:30 PM

Could you elaborate on "fine"? For instance, could the build handle fairly new games and have some future flexibility?

Any other thoughts?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 14, 2011 11:11:09 PM

I would wait for AMD's bulldozers to come out and since AMD's cpu sockets are going to stay AM3+ for a while, I would go for AMD since their bulldozers are supposed to be better than intel's i5's and some of the i7's.
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
September 14, 2011 11:15:08 PM

Your list is good, but I would rather see a GTX 570 or AMD 6950 2GB card in there, if you are looking to avoid upgrading for a bit. You could squeeze the money out of the build if needed, on newegg.

I would even consider the stronger GPU before the SSD.
September 15, 2011 5:04:00 PM

I don't think I'll need the Bulldozer. For one thing, I think it's going a little overboard for my needs and its estimated price range takes me a little more out of my budget than I'd necessarily like to be. The core i5 seems sufficient enough for someone who primarily intends to game mid-range only.

a c 113 B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2011 8:29:53 PM

I have seen some factory overclocked GTX 560 ti cards that compare well to a stock 6950 2GB, but cost a bit less. That may be an option also.
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