New i5 build

Hi everyone. With all of the new game titles that are out already and the ones that are soon to launch I am ready to upgrade my computer. I would like to build a new system around a i5 2500K proc. I cannot decide which ram, mobo, video card to use. I do know that I am partial to Nvidia. The games that I plan on playing are BF3, Skyrim, and Star wars. I will be playing on a 24in monitor at 1900x1200 resolution. I would like to play all of these games on ultra settings. currently this is what is on sale at newegg for back Friday that I am considering.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K . . .$199.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBX
Intel XMP certified, designed for Intel P67 & Z68 . . .$29.99

Im am unsure of what to use as a MOBO. I have heard that these i5 2500ks are easily overclockable but I have never done anything like that to a chip before. None the less I would like to have a MOBO that will be able to overclock the chip if I choose to. Also I dont think I will be doing any crossfire or SLI with the graphics card.

The parts that I already have are the case (Coolermaster 922 HAF), a Fatality1 sound card, 1tb hard drive, and 2 optical drives. All I am really doing is changing platforms from AMD to Intel. So that's why I am looking for only chip, mobo, ram, and an upgraded video card. I would like to stay around 700-800$ If the RAM that I have linked in this post will not work or there is something better, please let me know. I know just enough about computers to confuse myself : ) Anywho, my goal is ultra settings on 1900x1200 resolution. Also for the video card I would like to have atleast 1gig of ram on the card. I think that is about it. Please, if I have left anything out or ya'll need more info, let me know.

Thanks in advance

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  1. If you want a good GPU would go for the AMD 5970 Over clocked Edition. There good on space, and performance. AMD also run a little better at a high resolution.

    I would get this mobo:



    This is an Australia store, I would check newegg for similar or the same models.

    That's what i would recommend for ultra settings any ways... But If you want good FPS with Ultra I would roll a 5990... but there pretty expensive
  2. Thank you for your quick reply, however those parts listed are a bit over my budget. I would like 6-8 gigs of RAM for the system, and was trying to stay under 100 bucks for that. Also that seems like a top of the line mobo. I dont plan to xfire or SLI but I do need slots for sound and video card, was hoping to be in the mid 100s for that piece. I was really expecting to spend the most on the chip and graphics card. Like I said, thanx for the quick resposel, it does help me realize what I'm exactly looking for.

  3. MoBo - $ 190 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance
    GFX - $ 225 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz)

    Total $735 .... tho if ya wait 4 days, the new 560-448 is coming out which is a hybrid 560/570 and will no doubt offer higher performance. If ua have a big enough PSU (750 watts or preferable 850 watts), ya can add a 2nd GFX card.
  4. Okay. . .After searching on the net all weekend and reading reviews until I have become sick of it; I think I have the system all summed up now. Would you guys mind looking over it before I press the go button : )

    Proc - I5 2500k

    Mobo - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 124.99

    RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - 49.99

    Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 - 25.99

    Video card - This is what I'm thinking, but please help me out. I'm going with the 2Gig version because it's only 30$ more than the 1gig card. Seems like a lot of ram for just 30 bucks. Like I said before, I don't know too much about all of this but it seems like a pretty good deal.
    MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - 269.99

    One more thing to add. I'm using an Ultra X4 600w power supply. Just wanted you guys to know what would be pushing all of this equip.

    Thanks in advance for the help

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  6. Update:

    I have installed the listed parts that I mentioned in my last post in my HAF 922. Everything works great as of this moment. Proc and video card stay nice and cool. Only played Skyrim so far and with v-sync on I average between 40-60 fps; mostly 60. This is all with no overclocking atm. Still waiting for BF3
  7. Give us an update for bf3 :)
  8. Okay here is the BF3 update. I installed BF3 and the game suggested high settings. I went ahead and put all settings to ultra to see what would happen. The game runs great on ultra settings. On multiplayer maps I average 30-45 fps which is smooth (no lag). It has dipped down to 25 fps only for a sec and it has been when something has blown up a wall around me with lots of debris flying and smoke, but again this is only for a split sec. As for the hardware, when I bring the computer out of hibrination the vid card and cpu are both at 30 degrees. After I have been playing BF3 for a few hours straight the cpu is at 35 and the vid card is at 68. Keep in mind I also play with the side cover off, if I have the sider cover on it does get a little hotter. But since it is no issue for me to take it off, I do so. I am very happy with the results of this set up. It has done exactly what I wanted for this build; play BF3 and Skyrim with no lag at ultra settings. Hope this info helps people in some way looking to upgrade there system. If I get anymore useful info while playing these games I will post more. Once again, thanks for the help you guys have given me : )

  9. What case have you got the rig in?
  10. HAF922
  11. its a good case, oh you don't really need to overclock anything, any good build which is like 800-1000$ i5 can play any games without overclocking so long as you choose the parts well, ^___^ have fun with your new build, oh if you can afford another gtx 560 ti 2gb, go for it ^_^
  12. 922 is a mid tower, if your looking at OC'ing the rig at a later date I would recommend a full tower case, something like the Dark fleet Antec cases.
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