Need quick advice -

Approximate Purchase Date: Will be purchasing most of it in a few hrs.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, Folding@Home

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, SAMSUNG S24A350H ToC Rose Black 24" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor, Logitech z-5500 speakers, Win7 64-bit OS, Antec 900 case, Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-700MA1S 700 W Power Supply, Tuniq Tower 120 cpu cooler. (if any of this might need replacing, please dont hesitate to say so)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Living in the UK, but am stationed here with the USAF, so I am purchasing from US.

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not right now

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need 2 eSATA ports


I will be purchasing these soon:


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K - currently $204.99 with $15 off with promo code EMCJKJG34, ends 10/19

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - currently $175 or 155 after mail in rebate

Motherboard and Memory Combo:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) for $230 with a $20 mail in rebate

Have a question on the following:

Video Card:
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $270, but out of stock. Can either wait or I could go for SPARKLE Calibre Series X560 Ti DF GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card for the same price. It was reviewed vs the 1GB version of the Twin Frozr and was a bit better overall. Dont know if i should just go with this one or stick it out/shop elsewhere for the Twin Frozr 2gb version. Or if anyone has a better suggestion for $250-320 ish im all ears.

CPU cooler:

Currently have a Tuniq Tower 120 cpu cooler, would like suggestions if i should replace this or stick with it, would like to overclock the processor around 4.5-4.8ghz and have an antec 900 case.

Currently the total for what I am going to buy is $634.16 (including shipping of 24 dollars) this is not including the video card or the cpu cooler. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and just an fyi, this is a gaming computer for mainly BF3.
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  1. the tuniq should be fine. I's suggest that MSI has a better quality reputation than sparkle, but sparkle has been trying (and mostly succeeding) to improve its quality
  2. and as far as 2GB vs 1GB? will it make a huge difference? granted both cards are about the same price
  3. the 560 by default is a 1GB card. if someone added a second GB of RAM, its going to be only a slight improvement...if you want to go up to $320 though, that'll get you a 1.2GB GTX570

    that will be better than ANY 560
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