Hello Tom's Hardware, just wanted to hear what your comments on a budget rig around a loose 800-1000 dollar system
Keep in mind that:
-I don't plan on overclocking right now, but I will overclock years later.
-I do plan on setting up a future SLi setup with either double 560 Ti's or the next generation of graphics cards.
-I may insert additional storage devices including: Solid State Drives and SATA 6.0Gbs HDDs
-This machine is intended for gaming purposes. Namely: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Battlefield 3 and more to come.
~Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHZ
~G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM
~Seagate Barracuda ES ST3400620NS 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gbs (Already Bought)
~ASUS nVidia GeForce 560 Ti (Already Bought)
~CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
~ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 Motherboard
~Plain DVD-Writer Drive.
~Coolermaster 430-Elite Computer Case
~Coolermaster 212+ Aftermarket Cooler
z68 motherboard? and if you don't want to oc, then a 2500 on stock will do. if you go p67 with the "k" and you don't oc then you have wasted your money (i5-2500k is the unlocked version and it has intel HD3000, which won't work on p67)
z68 also has the intergrated graphics, but if you get discreet, its useless. have you got the mobo yet? i've heard good things about the ASrock z68 extreme 4... but idk if thats within your price range
I'm headed for the ASRock z68 Extreme 3. People on other places suggested the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 but I think its not worth it. I ordered it today and it is en route. I was also tempted for the Extreme4, but I didn't need all of those features.
if extra features is a no save some money and get a TX-850, isn't modular but is still very good quality, but i think if you've got a GTX 560ti 750w should be plenty if you plan to SLI, may i also suggest a Antec TP-750 (semi modular if i remeber correctly)? and the computer case is a personal choice but, thelmaltake dokker and the antec 300 are also worth a look...