New System for 2560x1440 gaming

Hi there,

it's about time for me to get a new system and now I wanted to hear some advice/comments on what I have in mind. I'm no hardware pro and my knowledge is decent at best. I do not plan to overclock and mostly play MMORPS, RPGs and RTS games (I'm not too much into First person shooters) at 2560x1440 (I have a 27 inch display with this being its native resolution).

Heres the system:

Intel Core i7 2700K cpu
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe motherboard
Samsung SSD 830Series 256GB or Kingston HyperX 240 GB
Corsair Vengeance, 2x4GB, DDR3-1866
Gainward GTX-580 Phantom 3GB
Seasonic X-760 (SS-760KM) Gold - 760 Watt ps


I want it to be a SSD only system, so now additional HD. 256 GB will be enough for me as I seldomly play more than 2-3 games at once and for the rest there is always USB 3.0 drives.

My main concern is the motherboard, ram and powersupply. What do you think of the ones I chose?

Very looking forward to all replies. :p

Thanks!
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  1. Switch to this CPU:
    Intel core i7 2600k, very simliar to the 2700k, only with a higher clock speed (100Mhz, which you can easily get on par by OCing the 2600k)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Save: $50

    Switch to this motherboard:
    ASRock Z68 Extreme4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250
    Save: $75

    Switch to this RAM:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    Save: $35

    Then with the money saved, buy 2 of these:
    GTX570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
  2. r0aringdrag0n said:
    Switch to this CPU:
    Intel core i7 2600k, very simliar to the 2700k, only with a higher clock speed (100Mhz, which you can easily get on par by OCing the 2600k)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Save: $50

    Switch to this motherboard:
    ASRock Z68 Extreme4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250
    Save: $75

    Switch to this RAM:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    Save: $35

    Then with the money saved, buy 2 of these:
    GTX570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613



    Thanks for the tips, I'll look into it.

    Btw, the GTX570's are equiped with 1,5 GB VRAM, aren't they? Will it be enough for a resolution that high?
  3. Hold on wait a second, if this is for gaming drop down to the i5 2500k, no point in getting an i7 if your not using the Hyper Threading apps (CAD, 3d Rendering, etc). The i7 is not worth the extra $100 compared to the i5 2500k, its only a little better.

    For example lets say you play World of Warcraft, this game is more CPU intensive than GPU.

    On AnandTech CPU Benchmarks it shows that the i5 2500k if the second best on the list and again beats the i7 only by a little bit. Remember this for WoW doesnt mean it would be like that for every game.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/62

    Since you are getting an unlocked CPU, you will need a CPU cooler if you plan to OC. Hyper 212 + or the Hyper 212 Evo will do the trick.

    Your PSU is 760W, most MMOs arent very GPU intensive. So I would go with a Mid-Range card that will do the trick, GTX 560 Ti or HD 6950. Yes the 570 is better, I know just trying to help you save money if you want. With the 760W PSU you would be able to do SLI/CF with the two GPUs I stated. I would add another GPU down the line when I notice that performance is starting to decrease and BAM! With the extra GPU it will bounce you back up into a higher performance (plus the card should be cheaper by the time you need to upgrade it).

    If your gonna get the CPU cooler I suggested, the RAM heatsinks might get in the way. Get a lower profile RAM (meaning one without the heatsinks [spikey looking like things]). Now yes this will cost about $5 extra but it up to you. And make sure it is DDR3, 1600mhz, dual channel, 1.5V. This will make your intel CPU not have a shortend life span (anything higher then 1.5V is said to have bad effects with new Intel CPUs)
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