Final Check on Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: Under $1500, I would like to save as much as I can for a new monitor.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (budget is for computer only)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, or anywhere that's cheaper

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

My computer crapped out a couple days ago and is not worth salvaging. I've been doing some speed research and this is what I've come up with. I'm looking for a solid gaming rig that is fairly future proof. Just wondering if anything should be switched out or if I've missed some compatiblilty issues. I am planning on overclocking the CPU/GPU.

Case - $85 LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU - $220 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Cooler - $35 CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo

Motherboard - $200 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GPU - $255 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

Power supply - $105 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Ram - $47 G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

SSD - $190 OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Harddrive - $125 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

With a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, I'm sitting at $1362. Let me know what you guys think. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Everything looks good from here.

    One recommendation however, RAM. You don't need 1.25v RAM with i5-2500k, the 1.5v RAM would be fine (1.65v is the stuff to avoid).
    This 1.5v G.Skill will save you a few $

    I would also opt for a Modular PSU design.
    This XFX 750w PRO is $99 after rebate
    Good quality PSU with 80PLUS Silver rating (I use one myself with my i5-2500k + GTX 560Ti build)
    Corsir Enthusiast 750w $115 after rebate
  2. Thanks for all the input guys. I'll definitely be using the suggestions for ram and psu. I read up a bit more on my GPU selection and realized I probably won't have use for a 2gb card (res will only be 1920x1200), so gonna stay with nVidia It is now between these two and I'm wondering if the difference I'll see is worth the extra cash. The games I'll be playing are SWTOR, Skyrim, BF3, and others.

    $290 - EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    $330 - ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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