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I5-2500K Gaming Build for SWTOR

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November 18, 2011 11:43:15 PM

This will be my first build in several years, I haven't keep up with things. I have been cross-referencing what I've read on here, AnandTech, Maximum PC, and NewEgg reviews to compile this build. This system will be used primary to play Star Wars The Old Republic which doesn't doesn't support Crossfire or SLI.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
SAPPHIRE 100312-3L Radeon HD 6950 2GB
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)]
CORSAIR Professional Series HX650
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer
COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan
CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
ASUS 24X DVD Burner

To my knowledge, I should have no problem overclocking this processor to 4.3 GHz. My choice of this video card is because of it's ability to do a firmware upgrade to unlock the shaders to effectively make it a Radeon 6970.

The only thing I'm having trouble deciding on is the case. I was sold CM Storm Enforcer with an additional 200 mm fan on top until I read the Anandtech review. The claim it is very noisy but yet one of the cases (Fractal Design Midi) in the similar they recommend in a more recent review seems to have the same db levels yet they don't fault it for being noisy. The room I will be playing in is very small, I don't have any other electronics in this room. It was meant to be an office so I could concentrate on work and not be distracted by television or anything else...Also another concern I see from the anandtech review is something I've heard in other reviews about gigabyte motherboards and fans, I'm not sure what they are talking about. "The Enforcer isn't liable to need a fan controller, though: both fans have 3-pin leads attached to molex adaptors. If you didn't make the mistake of buying a Gigabyte board with BIOS level fan controls that could be considered archaic at best (like mine), your motherboard should be able to handle these just fine" The gigabyte board I'm getting shows it has 4-pin CPU fan, 3-pin power fan, 4-pin system fan, 4-pin system fan. I guess that most fan's use a 3-pin connector versus a 4-pin or vice versa.

I'm happy with price, look, & features of the Enforcer, I'm just concerned about cooling & thermal performance, that's why I originally choose the Thor V2 even though it is a little big for my tastes. Other cases I'm considering include Corsair 500R, Fractal Design Midi (So Plain), The increase in price is rather significant in some of these...

I'm open to all suggestions on this build. Thank you for your time :) 

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November 19, 2011 12:00:27 AM

Looking good.
U don't need 16Gb of RAM btw
Also u don't know for certain that that GPu is unlockable and as it is not a reference design I'm pretty sure it's not
November 19, 2011 12:02:23 AM

The extra 8GB will do nothing for gaming

The H60 is not a very good cooler. You would have no problem hitting 4.8GHz on the Silver Arrow.

The 500R is a great case

Equivalent PSU for about half the price

nVidia generally doesn't provide SLI support until very close to retail launch. I'd be getting a SLI MoBo and 850 watt XFX Core Edition
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November 19, 2011 12:06:09 AM

I figured it was only $45 to go from 8GB to 16GB. So I figured that it couldn't hurt as well as I like the novelty of saving I have 16GB. As for that video card, according to the reviews they all mention it has a BIOS switch to allow you to unlock the shaders. The latest review being 11/14/11.
November 19, 2011 12:45:08 AM

8gb is not really needed yet for gaming but it soon will be. 16gb is just worthless for the average gamer. by the time games use 16gb, there would already be DDR4 lol.

EDIT: THIS BUILD IS SWTOR? have you seen the specs requirement? A dual core with a 6770 would be able to max that game out.

Get a Phenom II x 4 955 + 6870. SWTOR isn't that intensive.
November 19, 2011 12:52:53 AM

+1 to Cutebeans