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December 19, 2011 4:09:39 PM

I am working at building a computer for games and video streaming.
I typically play starcraft 3, Day Of Defeat, WOW and looking forward to Diablo III

Price: about $1500-2K

I have: Mouse, Keyboard, Sound system and 1 monitor.

Websites: NeWegg, microcenter and any other suggested reputable sites

I will be overclocking and doing SLI once i get a good deal on a second Vido Card. I will also be dual monitoring

What ive been looking at:

MOBO: ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA
model: Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3
price: $269
PS: OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply
model: 01G-P3-1461-KR
Price: $199
VidCard: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560
model: 01G-P3-1461-KR
price: $199
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
model: BX80623I52500K
price: $ 224
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III
Model: AGT3-25SAT3-120G
Price: $ 189
Ram X2 G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Model: F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
price: $100

I still need to pick out:
2nd monitor for dual monitor (one for watching vids)
Harddrive
DvD drive
Fans
Case (not worried about, probibly a cooler master)

Advice and ideas are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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December 19, 2011 8:07:57 PM

Looks like a sweet system, but overkill for what you'll be doing. You won't actualize any benefit from SLI with those games. In fact, I believe that Diablo 3 and Starcraft are more CPU-dependent.

With this in mind, you can scale back to a $150 mobo, a 550w PSU, and 1600 grade RAM. Everything else looks pretty sweet. But with those other things, you'll be spending more money for extra power that you won't use.

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December 19, 2011 8:15:43 PM

No bumping here. It doesn't work, and it's against the rules.
A $125 ASRock Z68 Extreme3 will be fine.
560 SLI is shaky. Tom's found that microstuttering can be quite a serious problem with cards of that caliber: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...
Just get a 570( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) and a 500W PSU ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ), or a 750W ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) if you think you'll go SLI in the future.
How much data space do you think you'll need? Hitachi's got 750gb drives for $100 at the moment, and that's about the best deal around.
For the case, just trawl the Egg and check here when you find something that looks good. Most cases above $50 or $60 will be fine.
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