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New purchase soon, 1500$ gaming rig need advice!

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December 30, 2011 3:56:42 PM

Here is my rig I want to put together any advice is welcomed.

I am more biased towards Intel and Nvidia. I already have mouse, keyboard and single monitor (25 inch at 1980x1080) plus speakers.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB 4-Core S1155 Processor, 229$
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Z68 S1155 ATX Mainboard, 154$
Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler, 26$
GPU: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4) PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory Kit, 44$
Hard drive: WD RE4 1TB 7200RPM 64MB 3.5" SATA Hard Drive, 157$
DVD Burner: Samsung SH-222AL/RSBS 22X DVD-RW SATA Burner w/Lightscribe, 25$
GPU: eVGA GF GTX570 2.5GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card, 405$
Sound card: Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Sound Card, 50$
Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Gaming Case, Black - NO PSU, 151$
Power: Corsair Enthusiast TX750M 750 Watt Power Supply, 117$
Budget: approx $1500 CDN

I am planning on OC the CPU that is why I went with a cooler. I decided against dual cards to save money and with a single monitor I feel the 570 is enough. My main games are Civ 5 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Should I go with a mid tower or full?
Should I consider the P67 mobo instead of Z68, what do I sacrifice?
Is 750 overkill?

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December 30, 2011 11:02:46 PM

If you have the room, full tower. The Antec is a fine choice if you like the looks.

I would go with X68 because in many ways they are similar but the BIOS are more refined. With P67 you loose the SSD cache that speeds up HDDs and the onboard video.

Certainly the 750W PSU is overkill for a single card setup.

I do like the WD RE4 choice for the price. Maybe if you trimmed down the PSU and used onboard sound you could squeeze in an SSD?

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December 30, 2011 11:18:11 PM

1100t, 580, SSD and you will max everything... Enough said
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December 30, 2011 11:31:17 PM

Proximon said:
If you have the room, full tower. The Antec is a fine choice if you like the looks.

I would go with X68 because in many ways they are similar but the BIOS are more refined. With P67 you loose the SSD cache that speeds up HDDs and the onboard video.

Certainly the 750W PSU is overkill for a single card setup.

I do like the WD RE4 choice for the price. Maybe if you trimmed down the PSU and used onboard sound you could squeeze in an SSD?



Agree. The Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 the OP listed is a Z68 motherboard not a P67 so stick with that as you have many more options with Z68.
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December 30, 2011 11:33:54 PM

zloginet said:
1100t, 580, SSD and you will max everything... Enough said


If you built a rig for $1500 using an AMD processor I feel sorry for you. Jesus a 2500k is better than the six core. I hate to say it but it's true. That's why I'm moving to Intel. AMD are pretty much finished and I think they know it. I hope the focus on the APU's since that's where they can make their money.
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