My gaming build! anything i should upgrade on ?

think i might have put it in the wrong section, sorry.

CPU: i5 2500k 3.3ghz

MOTHERBOARD: AsRock Z68-Extreme3-Gen3 Intel Z68 USB3.0 or Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 DDR3 Intel 1155pin

PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520C 520W PSU



RAM: 8gb (4gbx2) G.Skill Ripjaws X


is there anything i should upgrade on or change around ?

is asrock a good motherboard ?

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  1. Never had an Asrock motherboard before but I heard that they're pretty decent overall.

    CPU, MB (any of them), RAM and Case are good,.. AFAIK, HD6850 is a hair better compared to the GTX550,.

    Only concern is your HDD,.. you better pick up something in the Black/Blue version of WD Caviars,. Greens are low-power/performance drive best used for storage but not for booting.

    If your budget allows,. pick a small SSD (25Gb - 64Gb) as boot and practically any HDD for "mass" storage.
  2. what resolution are you planning on gaming at?
  3. I never had a asrock either. Im a ASUS, Gigabyte, Msi fan. I never stray on my motherboard brands.
    Although i recall way back. Before Dell bought alienware. That alot of alienware builds had Asrocks in them.

    Im with that guy. Get a SSD. Id want atleast a 64gb one. For windows install. Plus a few games id jungle around on it. For instance BF3 is like what 21-gb after patches? that 25-gb not going to cut it.
    Then whatever is cheaper for a data drive.

    Then Id say. Since your getting the "k" version cpu. That youd want an aftermarket cooler for it.
    Im a fan of the "sunbeam twister". Make sure it works for your CPU though. Alot of people recommend a coolermaster 212 though. The twister has more features though.

    Then Im a fan of full sized towers. One your buying is midsized, it seems. I just prefer the extra room. I never have to worry about "oh will it fit" it fits in mine, or it doesnt fit in anybodies lol.
  4. I second the HDD recommendation.
    The green editions are terrible for anything more then media storage.
  5. get a gtx 570
  6. thanks alot guys, so should i get the gigabyte motherboard ? or is the asrock better or could some1 recommend a motherboard $150 max or so.
    i was now planning to get ITB WD BLUE ?
  7. What games do you play and at what resolution? Are you using this machine only for gaming? if so you might want to get a cheaper cpu like an i3 2100 and spend the money you save on a better gpu like 6870/gtx560.
  8. the only thing i would change and wouldnt affect your budget to much. is , i would change the hdd for a none green version or even swap it completley for a samsung spinpoint f3
  9. maplestory at its highest resolution not sure what the resolution is. and cod.
  10. We need to know your budget before we can help you fully. Regarding the SSD, you don't need to use one as a boot have a Z68 motherboard, which means it can be set up as a cache drive. Don't get anything bigger than 64GB for this is the cache size limit. However, it's up to you whether you want to set this up or not, of course.

    I'd not go with the GTX 550. The 560Ti isn't that much more expensive and performs better. Again, need budget details to help you here.
  11. i really dont wana use w drives, i ill just get a decent HDD ! WD 1TB blue good ? or should i go for black ?

    my budget is 1,000, and total everything there is around $850
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