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January 22, 2012 8:09:33 PM

Hey guys,
Looking to upgrade my current rig which is 4 years old. I look to use this for mainly gaming. I play mostly FPS's, but not really seriously any more due to work and other hobbies. Here are the parts I have picked out:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 750 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case, PSU?
OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJ 520 Watts ATX

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU, Nvidia for GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments:

Current parts picked out:
CPU: ntel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 ($230)

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($122)

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1563-AR ($250)

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($50)

That puts me at $652. I plan on reusing my old case that I got back around 2004.

Besides wondering if there are any glaring issues with the selections I made above, I am curious if I can reuse my old PSU. It is from 2005 and has been used in 2 builds so far.

It is an:
OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJ 520 Watts ATX

If it is unwise to continue using it, would either of these be a good choice?
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply ($63 + $6 S/H)

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply ($75 + $6 S/H)

Even though one is 600W and the other is 55W, they seem to put out the same Amps over the same rails. Strange.

I will also need a new DVD burner as my current optical drives are both PATA, and the new mobo does not support that. I will just pick up an $18 one in one of my orders.

Thanks in advance for the assistance.

Editted: Use the template as I should have before, changed the CPU and RAM as per suggested.

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January 22, 2012 8:40:31 PM

Good choices, however that ram will do nothing for you stick to 1600 instead of 2133 ram. For $20 more you can get the unlocked 2500K instead which would be wise.
January 22, 2012 9:08:24 PM

Unless you overclocking which requires a K series processor you might as well get an H67 motherboard. Just a thought.
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January 23, 2012 3:11:24 AM

Ahhhh... I missed the difference between the 2500 and the 2500K. Thanks for pointing that out.

It looks like these might work for memory, which frees up funds to get the K series processor.

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

I am still curious about the PSU however. Do Power supplies generally have an average life expectancy? I need to know if I need to buy a new one or not.
January 23, 2012 9:25:21 PM

Any help on the Power Supply?
January 23, 2012 9:47:08 PM

Time for a new power supply get the 600watt model it was a better buy.
January 23, 2012 11:26:20 PM

Thanks spentshells. I also editted my initial pos tot make it easier to read.

One last question. With the RAM, will the low voltage help or hurt?

January 24, 2012 12:52:14 AM

Nothing to worry about actually. In most cases though the faster(better) stuff will take lower voltages.