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October 23, 2011 1:16:32 AM

Alright, just wanted to get some opinions before I buy this build. I love playing games, but I'm big in multitasking. From Photoshop, through millions of tabs, music/movies. I'm connecting this to my Samsung 40" LED Series 6 for some awesome 1080p action. This is going to be my main entertainment system, so it's gotta be packing. I don't plan on Overclocking, but if I do in the future I'll buy a better Heatsink.

I already have

DVD/CD ROM: Already have one
Hard Drive: Already have one

Budget $850

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Sink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Suply: OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The total as of now for this build on newegg is = $825.93 from a Budget of $850

Haha Thank you, guys very much for helping me build my pc! I'll be posting pictures after!

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October 23, 2011 1:42:40 AM

looks good.
couple things i would suggest:
-if your going to be doing a lot of multitasking i would go with 8gb 1600 ram. newegg has them on sale for $45 every once in a while. not much more for double the ram.
-good sale going on right now if you are close to a microcenter- $40 off i5 mobob combo, $80 off i7 2600k mobo combo, so you could get the i72600 for $200 http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3451906
PLUS i just bought the combo from them a couple months ago and they sent me a coupons for 20% off rest of system components 1-2 weeks after cpu/mobo purchase. You stack those coupons to items that are already on sale or discounted and you can get some steals of a deal.

i ended getting the EVGA GTX 590 Classified limited edition for only $510+tax
October 23, 2011 1:42:47 AM

Unless you like to waste your money, there is no reason to buy that power supply...
buy this one (corsair 650 TX) it is more than enough and would power your system with two gtx460s even easily: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then you use the money saved on the PSU, and buy this graphic card which is alot faster: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR this one if you want to stay with nvidia and you get free batman:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the ram I would buy also, only a little more, but it's 2x4gb..: ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ). It's 8gb of the same ram you've picked above for only 17 dollars more...

Also the motherboard I would change, as that one doesn't even support crossfire properly at 8x 8x (unless you don't need it).
For example this is a better board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And you are buying an unlocked i5-2500k... buying this means you could overclock to ~4.5ghz with ease: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

in summary if you take my advice... you will have a faster graphic card, double the ram, ability to do crossfire in future.
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October 23, 2011 1:56:04 AM

@amirp I was thinking, I have no idea at all how much power I am going to use, I thought about at least 700+ just in case, are you sure I should be fine with that? If so, I'll change it, thing is also to consider, I really want an all modular power supply. If this is it then, I'll go for it.

For the graphics card, I love Nvidia & that looks interesting.
October 23, 2011 1:58:21 AM

@swolern I'm not sure, I was thinking of I should for for the i7, but I thought that was a $800+ CPU. I really want to keep the Motherboard that I picked, at least it has to be in the line up of the new Asus P67 boards. I'll check that out, can you post a link to the actual deal? Thanks
October 23, 2011 2:02:06 AM

Here's an $850 build that'd be real sweet for the price:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
It'll give you a board that can ACTUALLY SLI, and more ram, a WAY better GPU and just better performance overall.
October 23, 2011 2:13:56 AM

unmatched said:
@amirp I was thinking, I have no idea at all how much power I am going to use, I thought about at least 700+ just in case, are you sure I should be fine with that? If so, I'll change it, thing is also to consider, I really want an all modular power supply. If this is it then, I'll go for it.

For the graphics card, I love Nvidia & that looks interesting.


You are attaching yourself too much to brands bro... there is no need to go with something over another, asrock is just as good and that board I linked has more features than the asus board. And the AMD card I linked is also faster than the 560ti, but both are great cards.
You don't need anywhere close to 750 watts for your build....even with a 6950 or a 560ti, you would be fine with a good 500watt power supply.
October 23, 2011 2:28:42 AM

^ Agreed, don't attach to brands.

Asus makes good boards. But terrible for their price. The P8P67 is $148. That's $20 more than the Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 and Asrock Gen3 Extreme3 Z68, both of which can run SLI (The P8P67 can't) can overclock just as well, both are Z68 compatible. The Asrock can use Ivy Bridge in the future as well as utilize PCI 3.0 and just come with WAY more features for way less.

The Seasonic is just way overpriced for the cost. You could get the Antec HCG750 which is just as good or the OCZ ZS 750w costing $40 cheaper but giving you practically the same wattage and performance.

The 460 you picked isn't close to worth the cost. Especially since it costs more than a 6870 and near a GTX 560 (No TI) but performs worse.
October 23, 2011 2:28:47 AM

@amirp Damn this is hard to choose from...Hmm Alright So I changed the ram and the CPU to those recommended... 8GB of RAM and the 560Ti. Hmm..
October 23, 2011 2:30:53 AM

I don't plan on buying two cards, as I feel like one GPU will support my needs. So SLI is not needed at the moment. I had a hard time picking the motherboard, and the one I found seemed like it met my needs. Idk...this is confusing.
October 23, 2011 2:31:33 AM

lol good, we have progress, also what do you mean change the cpu, that's the thing I agree with most from your original thing, the i5-2500k

I think you meant you changed the PSU to the one I recommended?
Please note that the powersupply I recommended (650tx) is NOT modular like you wanted, personally I wouldn't care but maybe you do.
October 23, 2011 2:32:54 AM

I actually disagree with much of the recommended products. Well, not entirely but mostly.

This PSU, close to the pricing of the one recommended but you get more wattage, after MIR it's cheaper and performance is similar.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This GPU:
Stock overclocked to equal a GTX 570 and is cheaper and has a pretty nice MIR, solid cooling as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And this motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
All saving a lot of money.
Oh and this RAM, I suggest this mainly because it's low profile so it wouldn't get in the way of heatsink selection.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 23, 2011 2:33:56 AM

If you don't care about SLI then I would still suggest going for a 750w powersupply just so you have option to do so. When you upgrade it'll be a better value to SLI rather than getting a new card.
October 23, 2011 2:44:53 AM

@aznshinobi Okay, I give up then on the whole, modular thing...if its cheaper. Idk, I won't SLI now, but in the future I might, that power supply.
October 23, 2011 2:50:58 AM

-And I am sure if he bought the 560ti I put up he could overclock it by a mere 78mhz to the one you linked for free, both are gigabyte with the same cooler and everything.

-ram change is fine, and mobo change is also good I dont know why I put up a p67 board. G. Skill ram and CM hyper 212+ will fit though, I know through experience, so personally I would buy that one but w/e same price it's all good.

-psu I would much rather have this one than an OCZ one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
even if it means losing out $25 on a rebate card.
October 23, 2011 2:54:09 AM

True, some users don't want to tweak around though, I just suggested if he wouldn't.

As for the PSU, I like the OCZ ZS 750w mainly because it's not made by the older OEMs OCZ used to order from, it's made by Sirtec which is a solid brand. Plus you have the chance for the MIR which would make it a lot cheaper. Either is good though.
October 23, 2011 2:55:58 AM

Ah okay sorry I didn't know that about the OCZ psu
October 23, 2011 2:56:54 AM

unmatched said:
@aznshinobi Okay, I give up then on the whole, modular thing...if its cheaper. Idk, I won't SLI now, but in the future I might, that power supply.

I wouldnt give up the whole modular thing, there are good brand modular PSU's that arent as overpriced as the Seasonics. Do you have any idea how many cables come off a high end 750w PSU? LOTS.
October 23, 2011 3:02:57 AM

....Hahaha, I'm honestly going freaking crazy too many options. Doesn't matter, as I'm blasting skrillex. Anywas, those two PSU's look really good, I guess getting the Mir $25 would good.

@iam2thecrowe I know, I keep thinking about that, I'm not changing the case for nothing else as it's the one I truly want. So everything has to fit the case, but...I really don't even know.
October 23, 2011 3:09:08 AM

Alright, then (Update)

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

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

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

That's about good...I think, haha.

As for the motherboard. I'm still not entirely sure. The reason I picked that Asus, was because it was a new model line up. It had built in Bluetooth which is not that important, but it sounded good. Any more thoughts, I'm thinking of buying everything withing this week coming up.
October 23, 2011 3:10:28 AM

The OCZ ZS 750 would be fine. Many people use un-modular power supplies and still survive.
October 23, 2011 3:16:58 AM

Alright then, the PSU has been decided for final build. Great

So far I understand that the GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti) would be great for the system for its speeds? Am right?
October 23, 2011 3:19:57 AM

Yeap that'd be a great card.
October 23, 2011 3:28:33 AM

Perfect. Two things left, RAM & Mobo.

Now, I saw some suggestions on the mobo earlier, is that one still better to upgrade to?


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


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

You two picked the same brand, but different versions of the motherboard. Gotta remember that it must fit the i5-2500k. So I don't know about that.


I'm looking through right now at these ram sticks, gonna for the 8GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
October 23, 2011 4:11:15 AM

The Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 As I posted would be good enough for you. Especially since it is cheaper and better in capabilities.
October 23, 2011 4:19:35 AM

Yea, I was looking to see if they both had the new Bios that most boards are using now. & I think they do. Alright then, I'll go with that one then.

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


FUDGE YEA!! i believe I'm done, it would be better if that free game could be changed to BF3, played the *** out of the beta on my ps3. Now that I'm getting an awesome pc, I'll buy BF3 for PC, F*** Yea!
October 23, 2011 4:25:03 AM

Thank you very much guys, I really appreciate all of your help, I just checked the total on newegg...$799.94 AMAZING! That means, I'll most likely pick a heatsink now, for the hell of it. I'll be ordering this on Monday, & I'll post picks on here to show how it all looks together!

Again, Thank You very much!
October 23, 2011 4:39:13 AM

no problem bro, looks good. You have a great build, which can be improved in the future if you need to buy adding a second 560ti
and why not, just pick up the cooler master hyper 212+ for only $25, it's amazing for the price and definitely all you need for a decent 24/7 overclock.

The only thing is I recently built a system with it, and the instructions it comes with are fairly useless, but its so popular that there are youtube videos on how to install it. And having two people do it is much easier.
October 23, 2011 4:48:34 AM

unmatched said:
@swolern I'm not sure, I was thinking of I should for for the i7, but I thought that was a $800+ CPU. I really want to keep the Motherboard that I picked, at least it has to be in the line up of the new Asus P67 boards. I'll check that out, can you post a link to the actual deal? Thanks


http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/save40_p...

I couldn't find the i7 deal, but here is the i5. It's states expired but it still let me purchase online a month ago for instore pick-up. The p67 mobo are included in the deal also. I found that Microcenter beat new egg prices(with 20%off coupon) on all components except ram, even with taxes. But no B&M store can touch their ram prices.

The deals was i52500k for $179 + $40 off any mobo combo. Plus u get the 20% off coupons after that. Just keep ur eye out for it.
October 23, 2011 4:58:47 AM

@Swolern Thanks man, sorry for the trouble. I'm already set with everything I belive, just gonna order everything from newegg, so that it's from one source only, I know I can maybe knock off even more on the price, but I'm pleased with what I have now. Thank you very though, I feel at ease that I'll be rocking my first build soon!
October 23, 2011 5:18:26 AM

No prob. U got a great build there. Building ur first rig is really fun and u learn a ton of information. I got done building my first PC about a month ago and love it.

But a lot of the new games out there are very GPU demanding (Battlefield 3) and the 560ti will not be able to play at max graphical settings with a high(smooth) framerate. Since you are on a budget you could use the money saved to get the 570 or even the GTX 580. Just something to think about. Either way it will be great.
October 23, 2011 5:37:10 AM

Yea I understand, BF3 definitively is very GPU demanding along with bunch of other games. Just out of curiosity, If I were to go with the GTX 570, which would you recommend, I know I don't need it, but I might be able to get my brother to pitch in for it. If he does so anyways.
October 23, 2011 6:26:31 AM

You will be fine with the 560ti, the great majority of games aren't really that demanding, and you will be able to max battlefield, just don't turn on any anti-aliasing, which i find isn't necessary when gaming on a tv at 1080p anyways. And on alot of games the super ultra settings look virtually identical to the high-ultra settings which are alot more playable

With a little overclocking you can close the gap between the 560ti and the 570.
The 570 is a $100 more than the 560ti , personally i don't see the value when most game just don't need it, and your experience doesnt diminish by using the 560ti.
But if you need the performance the 570 is really good
October 23, 2011 6:56:34 AM

amirp said:
You will be fine with the 560ti, the great majority of games aren't really that demanding, and you will be able to max battlefield, just don't turn on any anti-aliasing, which i find isn't necessary when gaming on a tv at 1080p anyways. And on alot of games the super ultra settings look virtually identical to the high-ultra settings which are alot more playable

With a little overclocking you can close the gap between the 560ti and the 570.
The 570 is a $100 more than the 560ti , personally i don't see the value when most game just don't need it, and your experience doesnt diminish by using the 560ti.
But if you need the performance the 570 is really good


I have to disagree with you on that one. First no anti-aliasing is not maxing out a game. Second I can tell a big difference in the smoothness of edges of graphics with anti-aliasing enabled on my 55 HDTV. It all depends how far you sit away from the screen to get the maximum resolution out on 1920x1080. http://carltonbale.com/1080p-does-matter and I guess it's up to preference but depending on which game ur talking about ultra to me looks much better than high and gives some games that more realistic look.

And yes with overclocking the 560ti u can get close to the stock 570, but the same can be said about the 570 over clocked to come close to the 580. So that's not really a valid point.

You will be happy with either card. All I was saying is the 570 will produce more eye-candy. And if you can save $100 on your system with good sales why not put that saved money towards a better graphics card.
October 23, 2011 7:06:24 AM

570 isn't worth the money IMO. Especially since 1 570 = $320, Which is pretty much the cost of 2x6870.

CF 6870 vs 570
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/301?vs=306

So with that said the 560 Ti is overall a better value, it's just a bonus that you can easily overclock it to get to 1000mhz (1ghz) which at that point makes it a little better than a 570 but still maintain low temps.

As for the AA thing, yeah. If you have AA on any card could run most games at "Max" settings. AA changes the performance by a lot.
October 23, 2011 7:07:10 AM

unmatched said:
Yea I understand, BF3 definitively is very GPU demanding along with bunch of other games. Just out of curiosity, If I were to go with the GTX 570, which would you recommend, I know I don't need it, but I might be able to get my brother to pitch in for it. If he does so anyways.


I've had 4 different kind of graphics cards because I've been very picky on how I want my system to run. I've had AMD and Nvidia card setups, single GPU, SLI, and Crossfire. Nvidia has much better driver support to get more performance to most games, but AMD has high performance cards for less cost. The Nvidia cards just seem to have less problems. For Nvidia my favorite cards were the EVGA cards. Some of there cards come factory over clocked. But the #1 factor is their customer service is top of the line. They have 24/7 technical support line for any questions u might have and are very helpful. And some of their cards come with a lifetime warranty that even covers overclocking!
October 23, 2011 7:10:31 AM

Swolern said:
I have to disagree with you on that one. First no anti-aliasing is not maxing out a game. Second I can tell a big difference in the smoothness of edges of graphics with anti-aliasing enabled on my 55 HDTV. It all depends how far you sit away from the screen to get the maximum resolution out on 1920x1080. http://carltonbale.com/1080p-does-matter and I guess it's up to preference but depending on which game ur talking about ultra to me looks much better than high and gives some games that more realistic look.

And yes with overclocking the 560ti u can get close to the stock 570, but the same can be said about the 570 over clocked to come close to the 580. So that's not really a valid point.

You will be happy with either card. All I was saying is the 570 will produce more eye-candy. And if you can save $100 on your system with good sales why not put that saved money towards a better graphics card.


Also with these modern cards i find that 2x and 4x antialiasing are enough to smoothen out the edges and come at a much smaller hit than in the past. 8x rapes my performance most of the time, but it looks no different than 4x to me.

Bro according to your website I'd have to sit closer than 5 feet to my 42 inch TV for there to be a benefit, lol there's no way I would ever game that close.

I think it is a valid point because if the 570 is enough for gaming at maximum settings, then an overclocked 560 ti for 100 dollars less will also be enough.. sure he can overclock the 570, but then he won't be able to power two of them (the whole point of switching his motherboard and maintaining his choice of 750 watt psu. And it all depends on the game for ultra vs high, crysis is an example where the ultra setting is much more demanding and it is also greatly worth it. Dirt 3 is a game where ultra and high make no difference during gameplay because you're going so damn fast, but it's a 10 or more fps difference.
October 23, 2011 7:30:36 AM

aznshinobi said:
570 isn't worth the money IMO. Especially since 1 570 = $320, Which is pretty much the cost of 2x6870.

CF 6870 vs 570
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/301?vs=306

So with that said the 560 Ti is overall a better value, it's just a bonus that you can easily overclock it to get to 1000mhz (1ghz) which at that point makes it a little better than a 570 but still maintain low temps.

As for the AA thing, yeah. If you have AA on any card could run most games at "Max" settings. AA changes the performance by a lot.


1000ghz. The speed is only half the equation. The 570 has more pipelines and cuda cores, so it won't be hit by heavy graphics and it also has a larger memory bank for frame buffering and texturing. An overclocked card is good for 10% more than the stock version and that doesn't put the 560 in the same league as the 570 overclocked.

It all depends on what u like to play. If you play Minecraft sure, it can handle max with AA. But not if u like most favorite games like Crysis 2, Metro 2033, BFBC2, BF3, Witcher2, PvsA, ect.
October 23, 2011 6:55:58 PM

I'm telling you that from the standpoint of price. The cheapest 560 Ti is $220 and even that can get to at least 950mhz which gets it to the 570's level. That's $100 LESS than the 570. So in terms of value it's great. I admire than the 570 can overclock very high. For instance this great overclock equaling great performance, better than a 580 too.
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/31154-gigabyte-g...
But if you notice, it's worse than CF 6870 and that's the same price. I'm just saying in terms of value. I think the 560 ti is a bit better as is CF 6870.
December 1, 2011 3:07:44 PM

If he upgrades to 4 slots of ram in the future, will the Hyper 212+ fit? I know the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 is a little smaller and has the ram slots placed right next to the CPU.

Anyone try 4 slots of G.Skill Ripjaws with a Hyper 212+ on the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3?
December 1, 2011 4:15:41 PM

Not 100% but I've heard you can just move up the CM's fan up so it's standing above the ram. On my Scythe Mugen the fan is over on top of two of my ram slots (on a asus p8p67 pro) but ive moved the fan high enough so I can use them.

I also have large ram, the g. skill ripjaws.

Lastly, dont hijack thread make your own next time bro
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