New Build Check/Recommendations

Approximate Purchase Date: Now - End of November

Budget Range: 700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Disc Drive, CPU Cooler, Case, OS, PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes. Not immediately, but as soon as I get a good handle on it. I've already read quite a few guides (here and elsewhere) and it seems it would be relatively painless to OC the i5 2500k to somewhere around 4Ghz.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Full HD.

Additional Comments: I already have the remaining parts I need to purchase mostly decided on. What I'm really looking for is reassurance that they are all compatible. However, if you do have a recommendation, either to save money at almost no hit to performance, or to increase performance at a reasonable price increase, then I'm all ears! :D

That being said, if you guys could let me know whether the parts I have, and have chosen to purchase, are compatible then I would REALLY appreciate it. :)

Thanks in advance!

Parts I have:

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

Disc Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM|%20SH-222AL%2fBSBE

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Parts yet to purchase:

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Edit: The current total for parts yet purchased is 719.96. I'm fine spending as much on the Mobo, GPU, and CPU as I am currently, but I'm REALLY hoping HDD prices will go back down at least a bit sometime before the month is out. ;)

Anyways, that's it! Thanks again for your help!

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  1. if you have ANY hard drive use that till prices come down then buy a new one and just clone them. there will be no problems doing that and you shouldnt have to reinstall ANYTHING.

    if you can do that dont get the 560ti, especially since its the cheapest one on newegg. not bad per se but if its the best why is it the cheapest. Get a 570 or a 6950 2gb model. some can be flashed into a 6970 which would be better then the 570 for cheaper.

    this is of course if you have a spare hdd
  2. I, unfortunately, do not have a spare hard drive. The only hard drive I do have is in my current computer, and I'm giving my fiance the whole rig once my new one is put together >_< lol.

    With that being said, I also, unfortunately, do not have the cash to drop on a 570. It's okay though, as the 560 ti will fit my needs just fine until Nvidia's new line comes out sometime next year. The only game I plan on playing for the next year or so is Star Wars the Old Republic.

    With THAT being said (<_<) would I be better off just picking up a 64gb SSD (since all I would have on it is Windows and SWTOR) such as this Crucial M4:

    And then snag a HDD once they come down in price?

    Much thanks for the response! :)

    Edit: This SSD is cheaper than the HDD I was planning on purchasing, and suits my needs a bit better actually, as it will load the only 2 items I currently plan to have on my new computer much quicker than an HDD, correct?
  3. my point was if you for go the hard drive now it would save you 100 bucks which would put you in the range for a 6950/6970(which are both faster then the 560ti/570) or the 570.

    answer to your ssd is i wouldnt go below 120 if you arent going to have a hdd.
  4. I got your point, I just don't have an HDD to spare atm :( .

    So far as SSD size is concerned, even if I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that those will be the only 2 items on there?

    Thanks a ton for your help btw! :)
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    well if that is the case then 64 gb will be fine. the os will take about 15-20 gb probably then the games no more then 20. then when hdd prices go down just buy one then.

    just remember to limit how much space windows can use for restore points.
  6. Got it. Everything else is good though?
  7. Bump. About to purchase the remaining parts, just want to make absolutely sure everything looks good to go! =D Thanks!
  8. yeah your fine
  9. Awesome!

    You have been a ton of help, thank you very much. :)
  10. Best answer selected by p_lock82.
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