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I'm building a new system for gaming. How does this look?

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January 12, 2012 2:42:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Going to order it all today

Budget Range: $800.00 to $1400.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming will be main, movie's, surfing internet

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: ASUS, INTEL, NVIDIA

Overclocking: Maybe, I have never overclocked but i would like to if i do not destroy my computer.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe SLI but not at the start of build, maybe down the road

Monitor Resolution: ( 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: (I would like it to run games such as the new Staw Wars ToR very well on good settings.


Here is what I have came up with. I like the sound of it all but wanted to ask you guys what you thought before I order it all today. Thanks

Case....Nzxt Phantom 410 white......$99.00

Motherboard......ASUS p8z68-Pro.........$209.00

CPU.......Intel I5 2500k............$220.00

Ram......CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600..$85.00

GPU.....EVGA gtx 560 Ti.........$245.00

PSU..... CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W......$99.00

Drives....ASUS...dvdrw.........$24.00

HDD.....Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB(HHD need to come down in price really)......$145.00

OS Windows 7 64bit pro........$140.00 OEM

CPU fan/Heatsink....Cooler Master 212pro......$29.00
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Total is $1319.00

Thank you very much for any and all help.


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January 12, 2012 3:12:31 PM

Looks good...Except that 16 GB is WAAYYY overkill for gaming. Even 8 GB is overkill for gaming, but with RAM so cheap it is the current sweet spot as far as price/performance. I'd recommend a 2x4gb kit.
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January 12, 2012 3:31:39 PM

Might i Suggest this HDD: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...

It may be like 20 or 30 bucks more. But your gonna be better performance with Caviar Black. I have used two of these drives for two different builds and they both work great!. Plus you get more buffer cache
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January 12, 2012 3:59:22 PM

As clark said, reduce the ram down to 8 from 16, I would also suggest grabbing a SSD for a boot drive if you can wait until HDD prices come down for a mass storage drive.

You plan on going to SLI in the future? I'm assuming your going to OC also with the k chip?
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January 12, 2012 4:13:00 PM

OK, I will cut the Ram in half and add the money toward the HDD you showed me, thank you very much for the help.

Yes, I am buying the 2500k in hopes of OCing it but the problem is I have never OCed any builds before. This will be my 4th build, my last one was the one i am on now, it was a Core2Duo with a 8800GT GPU. I hope the computer I am fixing to build will be a major step up.. This one is starting to lose its gaming muscle. Thank you all for the help and I may be asking for a little overclocking help in the future.


EDIT.........I am just not sure about SLI......I don't know if the PSU would run two GTX560 TI cards or not at 750watts. I was just thinking if I needed the extra gaming muscle in the future I would go SSI. Should I maybe step up a little to maybe the EVGA GTX 560 TI 448 FTW card? It is alot better than the reg 560 ti but also it is a $300.00 card, if i am going to step up to a $300.00 card maybe i should look at a 570.
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January 12, 2012 5:00:43 PM

If you have no interest in SSD caching then you can get a more affordable P67 motherboard and spend more on a better GPU. Reduce 16gb ram to 8gb also but use 2 x 4gb (to leave room for more later on).

HDD prices are shocking really.

The "k" in the 2500k means the CPU has an unlocked multiplier. This means it is MUCH easier to overclock than something with a locked multiplier. You will find it fun, rewarding and - if you aren't stupid about it and you do your research - safe to overclock your CPU.

Regarding SLI: Don't buy a 560ti 448 with the expectation of getting another one "down the road". That is a limited-edition chip that will be hard to find "down the road". Either get yourself a 560ti or a 570 (or a radeon 6950) and then you can plan to SLI/XFire down the road. Those chips are much more common and will be readily available in the used market. Just make sure your motherboard supports SLI/XFire.
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January 12, 2012 6:49:27 PM


As others have said, unless you are looking for the features specific to the Z68 board, I would probably get an ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 or a GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3, drop down to 8 GB and upgrade the graphics card to a GTX 570.

Edit: without a link we do not know exactly what memory modules you are getting, but for your own sake get some without the tall heat spreaders.
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