Comment on my mid-high gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: Today

Budget Range: Under $1500 preferably

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, internet, music

Parts Not Required: At the moment, I will reuse my 20 inch monitor, and my keyboard/mouse/speakers. Will be upgrading later.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Full tower case. Prefer Nvidia and Intel to AMD.

Overclocking: Yes on CPU and GPU.

SLI or Crossfire: Possible SLI once Kepler is released.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050. Will upgrade to 24" - 26" 1080p soon.

Additional Comments: I do not care how loud my system is, performance is more important.

Newegg.ca has some good deals on for the next 72 hours, so I finally decided its time to upgrade my ancient dell. This is my first time building my own computer, but I am not new to the concept. This is a mid-high ranged gaming build.


Case: HAF 932 Full ATX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811119160

MOBO: MSI Z68A-GD55 (On sale)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813130606

CPU: 2500k (On sale)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819115072

GPU: MSI GTX 570 TF3 PE/OC
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814127582

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820233147

PSU: Corsair Professional HX850
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817139011

HDD: Hitachi 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb/s 32 MB (On sale)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16822145304

CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212+ (with a second fan)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16835103065

Crucial M4 128 GB Sata III SSD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Total cost with tax and shipping is $1600.

What do you think? My biggest concerns are the 570 vs 560ti vs 6950 and if I should include a SSD or not. I will very likely pick up a second cheap 570 for SLI once Kelper is released.
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  1. Nice build! You've done your homework!

    570 is a good choice, if it fits budget, stick with it :)

    I would also highly recommend a 60GB SSD for a boot/applications drive. It will drastically improve day-to-day performance.

    If its a case of GTX 560Ti + SSD or just a GTX570, id probably suggest The 560Ti and SSD.

    Gigabyte GTX 560Ti and MSI 560Ti are both good choices priced at $235/$240
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007708%20600094002%20600107147&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce%20GTX%20560%20Ti%20%28Fermi%29
  2. I very much like MSI's Twin Frozr 3 models of graphics cards. The gtx 570 is $100 more than the 560, but I think in the long run it may be worth it. I have never had more than one HDD in a computer before, so having the OS and other programs on the SSD will take some getting used to. Should i get a 120 gb SSD so that I can install important games on it? (BF3, Skyrim, etc) Or will they be fine on the HDD? Im assuming it will only affect load times.
  3. 120GB SSD is great if you can afford it.

    As you say, that's plenty of space for your OS, more than likely all of your desktop applications and a good few games as well.

    GTX 570 is a good choice, it will "last longer" in terms of maxing out gaming performance than the 560Ti since its a more powerful card.

    It really all comes down to budget. You don't want to go crazy and build something insane, but getting the best "bang-for-your-buck" is important.
  4. If I decide to get a SSD say a year from now, I will need to reinstall windows right? Likely making it easier to just start over from scratch than copying files. If that's the case, it would be wise to get a SSD now when I am starting over. Does everything else look fine? Is the MSI mobo good? It is on sale for $135, that is the main reason I chose it.
  5. You can set up a Windows partition that will be easy to clone when you buy an SSD if you do a little planning. Just create a partition a little smaller than the SSD that you plan to buy (a 115 GB partitiion for a 128 GB SSD or a 52 GB partition for a 60 GB SSD) and install windows. When you back up the OS you be able to close it to the SSD when you get it.
  6. ares640 said:
    If I decide to get a SSD say a year from now, I will need to reinstall windows right? Likely making it easier to just start over from scratch than copying files. If that's the case, it would be wise to get a SSD now when I am starting over. Does everything else look fine? Is the MSI mobo good? It is on sale for $135, that is the main reason I chose it.


    Its easier to buy one when you start fresh yes.
  7. Okay, 60 GB or 120? SATA 2 or 3?

    OCZ Agility SATA 3 60gb: $105 with $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725

    OCZ Agility SATA 3 120gb: $190 with $30 rebate
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726

    OCZ Vertex SATA 2 120gb: $165 with $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227739

    Roughly how much space will I have left on a 60 gb after installing Windows 7 64 bit plus drivers ect?

    Do I need a 3.5" to 2.5" converter to mount it in a HAF 932? I don't think the case comes with one.

    Converter:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817997013
  8. Bump. Any thoughts on my previous post? I would like to order this soon.
  9. Bump :/

    Leaning towards the 120gb OCZ Agility 3 (SataIII) with the coverter.
  10. OCZ drives have had a lot of reliability issues from what i heard.

    Intel, Crucial M4 and Corsair Force GT are among the best i believe.
  11. AdrianPerry said:
    OCZ drives have had a lot of reliability issues from what i heard.

    Intel, Crucial M4 and Corsair Force GT are among the best i believe.



    How bad? The Agility series are a very good price. I do not want to pay $200+ for a SSD, as I was not even going to get one in the first place.

    How about this? Good reviews:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
  12. Crucial m4(they recently released update that bumps speed 20%) is ur best choice also OCZ recently fixed their problem with SF and I think it's fine now
  13. I am going to go with the Crucial M4 128 gb. I think that covers every question I had with this build, I will be ordering it in a few hours. Any last comments or suggestions?
  14. Bought my system. I added a 23.6" Asus monitor, Microsoft Sidewinder x4 keyboard and a Gigabyte GM-M6800 R mouse. Thank you all for your comments!
  15. Very nice :) I'm sure you'll be very impressed with the finished build. Just over a month to go until you can be shooting £%@! up on Battlefield 3 :P
  16. ares640 said:
    Bump

    Don't...
    Bump posts
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283384-33-read-first
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