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Seeking Advice: Is this a solid gaming build?

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January 24, 2012 8:11:49 AM

Hey THW,

I was wondering how this build would hold up for my gaming needs. I don't plan to overclock, and I may get another video card in the future for SLI. I'd be playing fairly taxing games like Final Fantasy XIV and BF3 through my 32" 1080p TV, with every intention of cranking the settings as high as they'll go.

I'm pretty inexperienced with computers, and will be building the PC through CyberPower. I want to be damned sure of myself before committing the money, so any and all advice/criticism is greatly appreciated.


case. Azza Hurrican 2000

cpu. Intel i5-2500K 3.30

gpu. nVidia GTX 560 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe

hdd. 120GB Corsair Force GT Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 515MB/s Write

hdd2. 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM

ram. 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Chan

mobo. GigaByte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68

psu. Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus

lcs. Asetek 510LC

os. Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)


Edit: spelling error
January 24, 2012 8:18:15 AM

keysc said:
Hey THW,
This build will serve you well,you have done your homework,Gigabyte is a good mobo,have one myself with GTX 570 Superclocked card,run all new games max settings.I also have that same SSD and it is really fast,set it to ACHI in Bios.

I was wondering how this build would hold up for my gaming needs. I don't plan to overclock, and I may get another 560 in the future for SLI. I'd be playing fairly taxing games like Final Fantasy XIV and BF3 through my 32" 1080p TV, with every intention of cranking the settings as high as they'll go.

I'm pretty inexperienced with computers, and will be building the PC through CyberPower. I want to be damned sure of myself before committing the money, so any and all advice/criticism is greatly appreciated.


case. Azza Hurrican 2000

cpu. Intel i5-2500K 3.30

gpu. nVidia GTX 560 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe

hdd. 120GB Corsair Force GT Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 515MB/s Write

hdd2. 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM

ram. 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Chan

mobo. GigaByte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68

pus. Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus

lcs. Asetek 510LC

os. Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

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January 24, 2012 8:21:54 AM

Actually a really nice balanced build. Motherboard allows for SLI, as does the PSU, another card could simply be added in future if required.

Is this a system you have designed yourself? Or a pre-built one?

Price?

Bottom line though, from what I can see, it looks a good build.
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January 24, 2012 8:31:41 AM

It comes to about $1500 (including a blu-ray player, wireless keyboard/mouse)


I've pretty much put it together myself, from what I've researched on forums (fora?) over the past week or two. I'm glad you think it's good.. I just wanted to get the most without breaking the bank.

I'm wondering how future-proof it will be though? It seems like higher tiers are rolling out every day.
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January 24, 2012 8:35:47 AM

should be fine, can add another gpu, can oc your cpu and can add more ram. have you thought about a aftermarket cpu cooler? oh and what brand is your gpu, i've never seen a 2gb gtx 560ti
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January 24, 2012 8:40:58 AM

you dont need an 850w psu, a 750w psu would be ample for all that with sli 560ti's and everything overclocked. If you dont overclock anything 650-700w would be fine.
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January 24, 2012 8:45:52 AM

CyberPower lists it as "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+90] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)"

I'm assuming that could mean either evga or msi,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sorry if I'm stating the obvious or anything. I just started learning all this stuff last week. Which brings me to this: what's an aftermarket cpu cooler? Something additional that I'd install myself after it's been built?
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January 24, 2012 8:55:00 AM

keysc said:
CyberPower lists it as "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+90] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)"

I'm assuming that could mean either evga or msi,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sorry if I'm stating the obvious or anything. I just started learning all this stuff last week. Which brings me to this: what's an aftermarket cpu cooler? Something additional that I'd install myself after it's been built?


Basically, with your motherboard you will get a CPU cooler out of the box. This is known as a "stock-cooler". They are sufficient for cooling purposes providing you don't over-clock your CPU. However, when you over-clock your CPU, you push the voltage and the speed up, thus making the CPU generate more heat. After-market CPU coolers tend to be much more efficient than stock coolers and allow over-clocks to be pushed higher, and CPU temperatures to be kept cooler. Other advantages of an after market CPU cooler can involve less noise generated from the fan *not always the case however* depends on the cooler.

Stock cooler: http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/880/i7_round...
After market cooler: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/wp-content/uploads/126d_...

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January 24, 2012 9:21:37 AM

msi gtx560ti twin frozrII/OC 2GB get this, it's really good, i run one in SLi on my i5 2500k system and only one in my i7 system, it's good, really good specially with lots of monitor,

for the mobo i prefermsi z68a-gd80 (g3)(gen3)
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