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$1200 budget gaming PC, your blessings(feedback) please!

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September 26, 2011 7:04:19 AM

Hello all!

I'm hoping I could get some feedback regarding a build I'm close to moving on. Some things I'm not too sure about is if maybe I would be better off getting a different Motherboard or GPU. If it makes sense to upgrade from a 560 to a 570/570ti or the motherboard or whatever else you all think please let me know. i would like to stay around the $1200 budget but if the upgrade makes sense and brings value to the build I would not have a problem spending more. I'm looking to go SLI about 2-3 months down the road as well.

the most intensive game I'm hoping this build would run is BF3. I'm hoping this would run it at high setting and eventually run in at its highest upon adding another card. The only other game i'd be looking to play is Starcraft 2 which i'm sure would be fine.

some minor OC not much.

Thanks in advance for all your feedback.




NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9

Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ...

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LG CD/DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP21 - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler


This come out close to that $1200 budget....
September 26, 2011 7:42:49 AM

Is this US, Canadian, or Australian dollars? Like what country are you in ?
September 26, 2011 7:43:58 AM

US, sorry.
September 26, 2011 8:55:08 AM

You want a SATA drive, not that EIDE drive you have up above. Also you want the gtx 560ti not the gtx 560. That case is a hot box, and the 2600K gives you no advantage over the 2500K in regards to gaming.

This build down below includes Windows 7, low profile RAM, 128GB SATA 3 SSD, after market h/s (thermal paste included, gtx 560ti with the option to add another one later on in SLI, etc....

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $148.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $304.98 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $26.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $67.48 $5 off w/ promo code EMCKAHH23, ends 9/28
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ... $224.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=CT128M4SSD $184.99 Free Shipping 10% off your order (max $10) w/ code: CHICKEN, ends 9/26
Crucial M4 2.5 inch 128GB SATA3 Solid State Drive(MLC) - CT128M4SSD2

Total: $1,163.15 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes

*Additional case fan for that case up above

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.29 Free Standard Shipping
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP Red LED 200mm Case Fan

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp... <----- gtx 560 vs gtx 560ti benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- A better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- A better look at that case
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