Building Gaming PC NEED ADVICE

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) $1300 After Rebates and 50 dollar shipping estimate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming(swtor, crysis 2, witcher 2{hope to play this game at decent setting}), movies, music, school

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case (will get local because shipping jumps up $50 to here)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US but will ship to APO zip 09009

Parts Preferences: i5 2500k, best graphics card for budget, and SSD for OS

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Doesnt have to be right now but would like for future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200(will be using tv)

Additional Comments: Looking at possibly gettind gtx560 with SLI or single 580 but i bust the bank every time. The following is the build that ive made. please give advice. I was told i would need a pretty decent mobo if i wanted it for future up grade.

Friend said he might be able to gift me his old
EVGA 141-GT-E770-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
but that means i would have to fit an I7.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Refurbished: Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148782
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

•EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Item #: N82E16814130604
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

•Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M 850W ATX 12V v2.3 & SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD ...
Item #: N82E16817153143
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

•Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended WarrantyThe product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info19-115-0721.0.120)
1 year: $23.992 year: $39.99

•OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227550
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended WarrantyThe product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info20-227-5501.0.120)
1 year: $9.992 year: $14.99

•GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128495
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended WarrantyThe product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info13-128-4951.0.120)
1 year: $14.992 year: $24.99

•Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
Item #: N82E16820104173
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

Thanks for the help.
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  1. This is a very good board for the money, overclocks well.
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 ~ $122
    i5 2500k is good ~ $230
    for ram i like G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ~ $47 better as it has the heat fins.
    GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB ~ $300
    This GPU is very fast and when you upgrade to having a second one in the future you will have no problems playing any game on one or even 3 monitors.
    it also overclocks exceptionally well.
    SSD:Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III ~ $95

    HDD: i leave up to preferance but Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache ~ $150 is on sale today!
    PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W ~ $100 This would be a good stable power supply
    CPU cooling: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme ~ $65
    this is on the top 5 intel heatsinks and is the quietest and will allow for great overclocking.
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition ~ $140 (EMCNJHD23) on sale today!

    total: ~ $1249 BOOM!
  2. Thanks a lot!!! Do you think the 6950 would do better than a gtx 580. I can cut the case because it will cost me 150 + an additional 50 for shipping. I'll get that local and is not included in the budget. Second 6950 or single 580!?!?!? Also my friend might be giving me that mobo. You think I can pull off the i72600k and still be within. If I can do it without the 580 it's fine. I can always upgrade later. Thanks again ;).
  3. Two 6950s will, but one won't. The 6950 is close to the 560 Ti.
  4. One 6950 will play every game with max setting 45+frames except for BF3 and metro which are compleatly playable at high settings. Ultra was meant for dual graphics solutions anyways. so when you upgrade to two it should play every game at Max settings with a fps of 60+ constantly in even ultra mode. this can also run 3 moniters at high settings in BF3 and Metro and max on almost everything else if you get a 2gig version of the card. so i say go with the 6950 to save money now and upgrade to dual gpu quicker.
  5. What do you guys think about the free mobo. It only uses i7 but If I get the mobo free I can spend a little more money. Will two 6950 out perform a single 580? I've seen a couple of bench marks and the 580 looks a little more future proof. Any suggestions?
  6. After doing some research of my own. I would need to get a LGA 1366 I7 and the i5 2500k out performs them.

    Wont need the Case since ill be getting one local and it is not included in the 1300 budget. any idea where i can toss in the extra 150?
  7. in some games that are more Nvidia oriented the 580 might beat the dual 6950's however in these games the 6950's and 580 push 60+ fps so it does not really make a difference. the 580 has one GPU... two 6950's have... well two GPU's and also are much better overclockers. you can even get one that has a switch where you can unlock shaders and overclock it so it runs at the same exact speed as a 6970. i would do some research and get two that still have the switch for cheap :)
  8. wiarri2 said:
    ...any idea where i can toss in the extra 150?

    how about in to a SSD or a bigger SSD/ more case fans/ fan controller.
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