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February 25, 2012 11:24:38 PM

I had my friend help me with this but he isn't exactly what you called a professional.
I would like to be able to run games such as Skyrim, BF3 or Alan Wake on ultra or high quality at a high FPS.
Is this a good build and are there any cheaper alternate to any parts:

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD drive: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-2550K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Without IGP BX80623i52550K (Comes with game RAGE)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 25, 2012 11:36:40 PM

To play those games at High (1080p without AA), you can pay 50$ less and buy an HD 7770. If you want more performance headroom, stick with the GTX 560 Ti.

Otherwise, all of your other parts are good and should perform very well.

Link to the HD 7770
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

An HD 7770 vs GTX 560Ti Benchmark
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750...
The HD 7770 is only behind the GTX 560Ti of 15fps...
You decide anyway.

Hope it helps! :) 
February 25, 2012 11:41:53 PM

bloc97 said:
To play those games at High (1080p without AA), you can pay 50$ less and buy an HD 7770. If you want more performance headroom, stick with the GTX 560 Ti.

Otherwise, all of your other parts are good and should perform very well.

Link to the HD 7770
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

An HD 7770 vs GTX 560Ti Benchmark
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750...
The HD 7770 is only behind the GTX 560Ti of 15fps...
You decide anyway.

Hope it helps! :) 

Thanks for the tip but I think I be sticking with the GTX since I will be heavily gaming on my computer.
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February 25, 2012 11:43:36 PM

If you like Nvidia Cards, you can wait for a couple of weeks and buy the new Kepler cards. (GTX 6xx and 7xx)

28nm beats 40nm in any possible ways. ;) 
a c 184 à CPUs
February 25, 2012 11:44:39 PM

Get the Hawk 560ti.
February 25, 2012 11:47:02 PM

amuffin said:
Get the Hawk 560ti.

Is this a faster video card?
This is my first time building a computer so I don't really know much.
a c 184 à CPUs
February 25, 2012 11:48:07 PM

It is a bit faster and is on par with a stock gtx570, it also runs cooler and quieter and allows for a higher overclock.
February 25, 2012 11:51:32 PM

amuffin said:
It is a bit faster and is on par with a stock gtx570, it also runs cooler and quieter and allows for a higher overclock.

Thanks for the tip, I'll look into it.
a c 184 à CPUs
February 25, 2012 11:56:04 PM

Get the i5-2500k and an asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3 over the 2550k and the z68ap
February 26, 2012 2:19:25 AM

I would do what Muffin said, get the ASROCK with the 2500k. The 2550k wasn't that well recieved. And the Asrock extreme3 is a damn fine board at that.
February 26, 2012 3:06:44 AM

If it's within your budget, go for the GTX 560 TI 448 (it's basically a GTX 570 with a few cores disabled and way cheaper to boot):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I agree with Cyan and amuff, go with the 2500k and either an ASRock or ASUS motherboard. Again, if it's within your budget, consider this ASUS board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's got less PCI-e slots than your choice, but it's from their respected ROG line of boards so it's a quality board that'll easily handle overclocking your K series processor. But considering you're using a full tower case, putting a Mirco-ATX board there might look a little funny.

Again, if you're on a budget, the ASRock isnt a bad choice either:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, on a side note, if you do plan to overclock that CPU of yours, I'd recommend getting a quality heatsink instead of using the stock one that comes with the CPU. If you want to go with air cooling, the Noctua NH-D14 is widely considered to be one of the best (but it's also massive so keep that in mind, though I think your case should be large enough); if however you want to go the water cooling route, I'd recommend the Corsair H80 which is a good closed loop, no maintenance water cooling solution. I would recommended the H100 but I don't think your case can support it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 184 à CPUs
February 26, 2012 3:54:31 AM

Do not get the 560ti 448, in the next few months getting another one for sli will be a hassel because they are limited edition cards. Meaning nvidia probably has stopped producing them.
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