My first Custom Build.

Hi, Here are my Components Budget Cap= $1310

$214.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

149.99.99 GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155

$92.99 Intel 310 Series 40GB mSATA

Video Card:
219.99 GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi)

Hard Drive:
149.99 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB

$49.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

69.99 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel

DVD Burner:
$17.99 ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Heat Sink:
33.99 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

Power Supply:
89.99 OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance


Display, Keyboard, and Mouse:
$215.26 Toshiba 24SL410U 24-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LED-LCD HDTV, Black

(or a 32" 3d tv for cheap on ebay)

$32.95 Wall mount

$26.99 HP KF885AT Silver/Black

(television price is loose)

Intel: $1364.92

Any Suggestions? Advise? Criticisms?

1.Is the cooling system alright?
2.Does the power supply check out??
3.Should I get a computer monitor and mount that? I mainly want to be able
to use the high graphics to their potential with a good screen about 24"-32". (I don't have very much room in my apt)
4.I know the keyboard and mouse are crappy but I'm willing to spend more on that later

Right now I'm leaning toward AMD, it's cheaper for a very slight decrease in performance it seems.
Based on some benchmark charts I saw.

Although I'm a total Noob so this might be incompatible in some way I don't see. I'd really appreciate some council.
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  1. The HSF is great! You can easily OC a CPU to 4.0GHz and have it run stablely. Also, I would recommend going with the Intel build because the i5 is a better gaming CPU than the FX-8120 despite the fact it has 4 less physical cores. Also, if you are going with the Intel build I would recommend you change the gfx card to a 500 series card, such as the 560TI because the 470 is re certified, meaning someone already opened it and didn't want it. You can compensate for the $10 from the graphics card by going with the G.SKILL 8GB RipJaws RAM, which is essentially the same as the sniper series but only cheaper.
  2. Thank you, I will do that, what about the Sniper being DDR3 1600 compared to the RipJaw's 1333? is that worth the ten dollars? I can go a little bit above 1300 I guess max is like 1310
  3. You won't see a difference in the RAM clock speeds. There is barely any difference between a 1333MHz stick of RAM and a 1600MHz stick of RAM
  4. I'd suggest going the i5 2500K route, the 2500K is just a lot better in gaming and it's pretty close in performance to the FX-8120 if not better.

    1. Cooling is solid
    2. I'd suggest this PSU just because at this point it's a solid price and it's great for power
    3. As long as it's 1080P it should be fine, even the cheapest ones it's good.

    As for just suggestions you can check out my $850 build here. It's cheaper and would give you some good ideas.
  5. At that budget the Intel system is a more versatile computer . It will do more things better, faster and use less power .

    The AMD rig is only cheaper because it has a weaker graphics card . Since the graphics card is more important in high end gaming than the cpu its also going to perform much worse .

    If you wanted to trim the cost of the intel build then drop the processor to a 2400. Still a quad and clocked only a little lower than the 2500k . Not easy to OC but when the graphics card is the bottle neck [in games] that is not a huge issue IMO .

    There are definitely cheaper Z68 motherboards , you could use , and with the intel system you could drop the power supply to 600 watts and still have head room
  6. Thank you these are really useful.
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