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First time builder, need advice/critique on an $1000 gaming rig

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October 25, 2011 4:21:24 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: approx. $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, general office tasks, movies/music

Parts Not Required: kb/m, monitor, os

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: cpu = definitely, gpu = yes, but not regulary

SLI or Crossfire: in the near future, yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I am mainly building this system for battlefield 3. I do plan to buy a second gpu on or possibly before black friday, so it's set up for SLI.


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

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

Motherboard - ASRock Z68 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - it WAS the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb...however, it just sold out at newegg, and is $20 more at amazon.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - LEPA B850-MA 850W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total is $922, without the HDD

I am looking to cut costs where it makes sense, as I am nearly $100 shy of the monitor I want (Dell U2311h) and until then will have to play on an old 1280x1024 panel :cry: 

I plan on OC'ing the 2500k to a reasonable level and, occasionally, the 560 ti's. I'm looking for the most cost-effective cooling solution, be it from the case or additional heatsinks. would the HAF 912 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) have enough airflow for this setup, since the MSI twin frozr already has 2 fans?

the PSU was recommended to me because of the rebate, however, I don't want to rely on a rebate. are there any good 850w under $100?

and obviously, the HDD - I can settle for 750gb, as I have a ton of external storage. as long as it's fast and reliable.

thanks for reading, any help is greatly appreciated.

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October 25, 2011 4:28:57 PM

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

Haf 912 is good too.

Get this 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use combos, there's a lot of em that can save u a buck.

i5-2500k and MSI Twin Frozr II combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Change your ram to DDR3 1600.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't have an optical drive, HAf 912 + op drive combo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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October 25, 2011 4:37:55 PM

GTX560 Ti is not applicable in this situation where you are going to OC it anyways. Get the GTX560, save $70.

Hyper 212+ EVO is the better buy, and only an extra $10. Go for it, you'll love it!

The board Cutebeans suggested is amazing, as well as the PSU.

With those, you have an extra $125 in your budget, plus the $75 you have left over is an extra $200. Upgrade the GTX560 to a GTX570 (leaves you with $40)

New total is $960ish, with a much better GPU, and power where it counts. You can upgrad to a better monitor later on. For now, get the meat and potatoes!
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October 25, 2011 5:00:00 PM

wow, great suggestions, thanks.

I'm concerned though, are you sure 750w is enough for sli 560 ti and oc 2500k? seems like that's shaving it awfully close.

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GTX560 Ti is not applicable in this situation where you are going to OC it anyways. Get the GTX560, save $70.


I don't understand, do you mean that a 560 can match a 560 ti when overclocking both? I thought a factory-clocked ti was nearly the same performance as a stock 570, and I saw that as the sweet spot since once I SLI it there probably won't be an appreciable difference between 2 560 ti's and 2 570s, at least not for a while, and not enough to justify the extra $100+.

still need an HDD!
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October 25, 2011 5:12:51 PM

yes...750W on good psu is plenty
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October 25, 2011 5:29:27 PM

well this brings me under $1000, OS included. bravo! considering the 570 now, but I may wait until some bf3 retail benchmarks are released.

big thanks to both of you :) 
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October 25, 2011 5:30:06 PM

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