New Gaming Rig, Help

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks

Budget Range: No budget for the RAM and GPU, just whatever is best.

System Usage: Gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: UK

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I need help choosing what RAM and GPU i should get.

Current build so far is:

Gigabyte Motherboard GA-Z68XP-UD3-ISSD

Intel CPU Core i5 Unlocked 2500K Sandy Bridge Quad Core Processor

Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

Samsung HD204UI 2TB Spinpoint F4 Hard Drive SATA II 3Gb/s

120GB SSD Corsair Force Series 3 Series SATA III - 6Gb/s Solid State Drive

Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 CMPSU-850TXV2UK 850W Power Supply (PSU)

Windows 7 64-bit
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  1. RAM: I would personally go with the G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB) RAM. I would suggest the Corsair Vengeance, but the heat sink clearance will become an issue with those (unless you find a slim heat sink version).

    GPU: Depends what your looking for as far as gaming (Ultra High settings I assume). If budget is no problem, I would run a single MSI Lightning Xtreme GTX 580. You could also SLI 2x GTX 570s for around the same price and get more power out of your rig. If budget becomes an issue, then I'd look at the ASUS Radeon HD 6970. :).

    Hope this helps.
  2. kinsley said:
    Budget Range: No budget for the RAM and GPU, just whatever is best.
    What's your overall budget? Do you already have these parts that you've listed? Or do you intend to buy them?
  3. I have the mobo/cpu and psu, i intend to buy the rest i listed.

    Budget wise, i don't have one really, if you have any suggestions please share, i could use all the help i can get.
  4. CPU: £167 i5-2500K

    Mobo: £166 Gigabyte Motherboard GA-Z68XP-UD3-ISSD

    RAM: £39 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3

    SSD: £160 120GB Intel 320 Series - You need not buy this now 'coz your board already has 20GB SSD built in, but that will barely hold Windows with all it's updates, page files, hibernate files and what not.

    HDD: £80 500GB Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm

    GPU: £350 MSI 1536MB GeForce GTX 580 Twin Frozr II/OC

    ODD: £15 Sony Optiarc DVD+-RW SATA Writer with Lightscribe-OEM

    PSU: £98 Corsair 850TX V2

    Case: £77 Corsair Carbide Series 400R

    Total: £992 Plus shipping (Including the stuff you already have). Extra cost - £561 Plus shipping. 80 quids extra with the SSD instead of the mechanical HDD ;)
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