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Final Check on Gaming PC

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October 12, 2011 8:57:31 PM

CPU: i5 2500k

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU XFX Radeon HD 6950 1gb dual fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G Skills 8gb (2x4gb)
240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Case: Rosewill Challenger

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1 TB 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are all components compatible? Does it look like the best build for my money?
Main concerns are PSU, MOBO, and GPU..
Plan to order this evening! Thanks for the help!
(Budget of ~$850)

Also, anyone have an idea of what kind of frame rates or general overall performance I might see?

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October 12, 2011 9:10:52 PM

the rosewill challenger is the case equivalent of a 3 legged mongrel dog .

Id spend a little more on a quality case
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October 12, 2011 9:12:20 PM

Recommendation? The rest of the components are okay then?
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October 12, 2011 9:25:57 PM

Budget quality case
Antec 300
or Antec 300 illusion
Coolermaster HAF 912

The rest of the build hits the sweet spot for price and performance and quality exactly right .
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October 12, 2011 9:53:26 PM

Def. gunna spend the extra 10 bucks on the antec 300 illusion.. thanks for the recommendation.
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October 12, 2011 10:09:09 PM

I recommend to get at least a 750w PSU just in case you want to crossfire the 6950.
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October 12, 2011 10:20:12 PM

Rodger that about the PSU. Looking into those now.. also, and I don't know how I didn't think of this before. Should I look into CPU Cooler? Hyper 212+ or evo?
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October 12, 2011 10:22:35 PM

Outlander_04 said:
the rosewill challenger is the case equivalent of a 3 legged mongrel dog .

Id spend a little more on a quality case

:lol:  +1
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October 12, 2011 10:23:22 PM

usncooper said:
Rodger that about the PSU. Looking into those now.. also, and I don't know how I didn't think of this before. Should I look into CPU Cooler? Hyper 212+ or evo?


Hyper 212+ is a great cooler especially if you can get it on a discount, although 50$ is good still too.
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October 12, 2011 10:28:08 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Theres the Hyper 212+ for $26..

Although I was pretty set on the board I had chosen.. any reasoning behind why you recommended the Asus board?

About the card.. I'm familiar with the XFX brand.. never dealt with sapphire.. You folks are always knowledgeable however. Anyone else to back Sapphire?
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October 12, 2011 10:31:30 PM

usncooper said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Theres the Hyper 212+ for $26..

Although I was pretty set on the board I had chosen.. any reasoning behind why you recommended the Asus board?

About the card.. I'm familiar with the XFX brand.. never dealt with sapphire.. You folks are always knowledgeable however. Anyone else to back Sapphire?


I would pick up that 212+ without looking back, excellent price! And on second thought go with XFX, they have a good warranty and if you are used to them thats great too :)  The Asus board is great for overclocking, lots of support for it in the OC community too, plus its just an excellent brand.
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October 12, 2011 10:36:51 PM

Agree entirely with the Asus being an excellent brand. I'll look into that card more! Also, the 212+ is in the cart.
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October 12, 2011 10:39:12 PM

Question! Should I reconsider a GTX 560 ti? I have no preference between ATI or nVidia.. discuss!
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October 12, 2011 10:42:03 PM

You're fine with ASRock. ASRock is actually Asus' budget line. Nothing can touch the featureset of the Extreme3 at that price IMO.
I second XFX, they make superior cards. Not to say that Sapphire isn't a good brand, though.

Eh, the 560 Ti is better when overclocked, but the 6950 wins at stock. If you play multi monitor, then the 6950 wins without a doubt. It's pretty even.
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October 12, 2011 10:47:01 PM

Not planning on overclocking to be honest.. a bit hesitant to push limits on expensive parts. Any idea what kind of performance will be achievable with the build at hand guys?
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October 12, 2011 11:00:20 PM

striker410 said:
You're fine with ASRock. ASRock is actually Asus' budget line. Nothing can touch the featureset of the Extreme3 at that price IMO.
I second XFX, they make superior cards. Not to say that Sapphire isn't a good brand, though.

Eh, the 560 Ti is better when overclocked, but the 6950 wins at stock. If you play multi monitor, then the 6950 wins without a doubt. It's pretty even.

Asrock hasn't had anything to do with Asus for almost two years now. They split ways and Asrock is gaining on Asus in a fast way.
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October 12, 2011 11:03:18 PM

Oh really? Damn, I'm outta the loop. Nice catch.
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October 12, 2011 11:06:45 PM

Earlier it was brought up that I should consider a 750W PSU.. anyone have any recommendations?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one has good reviews, however, not very many of them.

To the Asus/ASRock bit.. ASRock is a safe bet for the MOBO then? Can all (or atleast most) agree on this?
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October 12, 2011 11:21:25 PM

usncooper said:
Earlier it was brought up that I should consider a 750W PSU.. anyone have any recommendations?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one has good reviews, however, not very many of them.

To the Asus/ASRock bit.. ASRock is a safe bet for the MOBO then? Can all (or atleast most) agree on this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

Save some money on that asrock board ...

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $124.99 Free Shipping
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155

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

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0
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October 12, 2011 11:37:17 PM

You guys are great. Really think I'm doing the best I can for my money. Going to post the final build here for one last scan by all who cares. :) 

CPU: i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341049

Case: Antec 300 Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: GSkills Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: Samsung DVD/CD Burdner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All compatible/ready to rage o some BF3, I hope!
Going to Crossfire the 6950's in the near future. :) 
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