Do I need a better CPU for this setup?

Hello there!

After doing some research through the forums, I think I have found the items I want to build a new computer.

The current items I have in my computer are: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022


The cpu I want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&Tpk=intel%20i5%202500k
The mobo I want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130574
The case I want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
The memory I want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104239


What are your opinions on my 'final' options?

I plan on playing games like BF3 maxed (with a good frame rate). Do I need a better CPU??

I really appreciate you taking the time to read this, look forward to replies.
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  1. just for your graphic card you will need a psu of 500 wattts with 30 amp on the 12 volts your choice is only 25 amps also did you check memory compatibility with the motherboard for the case will you have enough a good air flow for the components and check the size of the graphic card that she would fit in the case
  2. My current PSU is 550w, so I'm good there.

    My main question is if the i5 will be a good enough CPU. I might go a step higher, but I'm not sure.
  3. Thaat i5-2500k is more than enough to handle the system you got.
  4. Thanks for the links, but my 550w works perfectly fine with my card, why do I need an upgrade?
  5. it up to you but if you had another graphic card with this one not enough power for both card and some of the others all almost the same price
  6. i5 2500k is perfect for this rig
  7. hert said:
    Thanks for the links, but my 550w works perfectly fine with my card, why do I need an upgrade?


    i guess because looking at the specs on new egg for your card it says to have a 30 amp 12 volt rail . .

    however looking at nvidia's site:
    http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-gtx-560ti/specifications
    Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 170 W

    your PSU is 80 PLUS Certified meaning

    25amps*12volts*.80% is 240 watts for your card

    and looking at a TOTAL SYSTEM power consumption (354 watts) :
    http://images.hardwarecanucks.com/image//skymtl/GPU/GTX-560-ROUNDUP/GTX-560-ROUNDUP-82.jpg

    why new egg would suggest a 30 amp rail (30*12) for 360 watts would be speculation on my part. unless they think your getting a 55% efficient PSU.
  8. So you are saying I should stick with the 550w for now? Sorry I'm not too tech savvy.

    I basically just want to run great games like BF3 at max settings with a very smooth frame rate. Possibly a consistency above 60 or 80.
  9. hert said:
    So you are saying I should stick with the 550w for now? Sorry I'm not too tech savvy.

    I basically just want to run great games like BF3 at max settings with a very smooth frame rate. Possibly a consistency above 60 or 80.


    looking at the chart on hardware canucks it show the total system power of a "regular" 560ti to be 310 watts and the evga superclocked at 335. so i will assume the SC model will draw 25 more watts.

    so going back to the nividia site specs which are 170 watts and adding 25 watts that sum is 195 watts.

    since amps*volts=watts than 25*12=300 and 80% (the efficiency of the PSU) of 300 is 240 watts.

    unless i am totally missing something here . . . i don't see why not.

    HOWEVER: if you have not gotten the psu the suggestion of getting one big fat 12 volt rail instead of two 25 amp rails is a lot more desirable. you would not be able to SLI another card but for that you would need a MUCH beefier psu!
  10. we would not suggest you this if the one you choose was enough to power your system safely without any issue or bug
  11. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322966-28-list-recommended-psus

    i5 2500K will max out BF3 with your 560Ti no probs. Why P67 when you could get Z68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506 - UD3

    Don't bother for that case.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147108 - Rosewill FUTURE
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060 - Rosewill CHALLENGER

    Don't that RAM. Intel says 1.6v will void your warranty. Going over 1333 or 1066 will also void your warranty and memory frequency doesn't matter as long as you have good timings.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308 - G. Skill 8GB
  12. hert said:

    Use the same HDD since the price is inflated due to the flood. SSDs on the other hand, are cheaper than ever so it's your choice if you want to get an SSD or not.

    Everything looks good.
  13. scout_03 said:
    we


    got a mouse in your pocket?
  14. i will not discuss is choice and what you suggest but he will be soon back on forum for help
  15. e56imfg said:
    Don't that RAM. Intel says 1.6v will void your warranty. Going over 1333 or 1066 will also void your warranty and memory frequency doesn't matter as long as you have good timings.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308 - G. Skill 8GB


    Doesn't look like it is in stock. Any other suggestions? Sorry for bothering you. I really don't want to mess this whole thing up.
  16. What about this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    EDIT: nevermind this will void warranty.
  17. hert said:

    The Vengeance RAM is top quality but it interferes with some CPU coolers so I just wanted to the safe way and recommend you a low profile heat spreader.
    If you're staying with the stock cooler or getting a single tower CPU cooler, than go for this RAM. Just don't get the D14 or any other dual tower coolers :]
  18. scout_03 said:
    i will not discuss is choice and what you suggest but he will be soon back on forum for help

    i guess we will wait and see about that. :)

    give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
  19. scout_03 said:


    What do you mean? haha
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