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Advice on first $1100 gaming rig

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January 28, 2012 11:03:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the 31st since a lot of promos end then.

Budget Range: $1100, a little over is not a big deal, preferably a bit under.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com for all.

Country: California, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel + Nvidia.

Overclocking: Convince me to overclock past the i5-2500k's 3.7ghz turbo boost?

SLI or Crossfire: SLI maybe in 3 years, probably not.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Below.

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ASUS 24X DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204 18.99

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146067 119.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136769 89.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130623 229.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341018 89.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314 46.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271 121.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 229.99

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233223 94.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007 12.98

Total: $1,055.59 + Tax ($75.10) + Shipping ($9.95) - $20 in promo codes = $1,120.94

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- Am I overpaying for anything? (Aware that the case is a bit of a luxury, $50-60 more than I need to spend but I personally like the aesthetics of it)
- Am I missing anything? Incompatibility issues with anything? Any of those parts that I should possibly avoid?
- How will this setup run most high end games/MMOs @ 1920x1200? & how can it be improved? Fairly set on keeping the SSD for Win7 + 1-2 games.
- Not really interested in AMD processors, not looking to spend anymore to SLI anytime soon (not ruling it out in 2-3 years), and could use insight on overclocking past the 3.7ghz turbo boost (is it worth it and do I want to buy a cooler for it?)

Thanks, appreciate all the help.

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January 28, 2012 11:27:16 PM

1. Nope, you're not overspending in one area at ALL. It's a great build. Just keep in mind that the white case may get dirty easily, so go with the darker color Phantom cases instead if you feel like it.

2. It is run great! You really can't get anything better for the price you're paying right now. I do however find a concern and that is the Arctic Silver Thermal paste, you really don't need that since the stock fan comes with pre-applied thermal paste that works fine and since you are buying the i5 2500k, go with an aftermarket HSF to overclock the CPU later. Something like the CM Hyper 212+ will work (includes thermal paste):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. I agree with you on the AMD CPUs, they're really only for bragging rights since the FX CPUs cannot outperform the intel sandy bridge i5 2500k. If you wish to SLI later, you're perfectly set, the PSU is enough, the motherboard supports it...don't see anywhere that's going to set you back if you wish to SLI. As for overclocking, you would definitely want to go with an aftermarket Heatsink and fan, the CM Hyper 212+ I listed before works perfectly fine. The stock coolers is great if you don't want to overclock past ~3.7GHz. I can tell you that the stock cooler for the i5 2500k runs the i5 at around 35C at stock clock
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January 29, 2012 12:20:37 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
1. Nope, you're not overspending in one area at ALL. It's a great build. Just keep in mind that the white case may get dirty easily, so go with the darker color Phantom cases instead if you feel like it.

2. It is run great! You really can't get anything better for the price you're paying right now. I do however find a concern and that is the Arctic Silver Thermal paste, you really don't need that since the stock fan comes with pre-applied thermal paste that works fine and since you are buying the i5 2500k, go with an aftermarket HSF to overclock the CPU later. Something like the CM Hyper 212+ will work (includes thermal paste):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. I agree with you on the AMD CPUs, they're really only for bragging rights since the FX CPUs cannot outperform the intel sandy bridge i5 2500k. If you wish to SLI later, you're perfectly set, the PSU is enough, the motherboard supports it...don't see anywhere that's going to set you back if you wish to SLI. As for overclocking, you would definitely want to go with an aftermarket Heatsink and fan, the CM Hyper 212+ I listed before works perfectly fine. The stock coolers is great if you don't want to overclock past ~3.7GHz. I can tell you that the stock cooler for the i5 2500k runs the i5 at around 35C at stock clock


Wow great reply, thanks. That's basically everything I wanted to hear in one post (though other comments are welcome). Another $35+ may not work now but I can definitely get the Hyper 212+ sometime in the future (won't OC anything past 3.7ghz and the 560 @ stock) until then.
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January 29, 2012 12:30:11 AM

No problem! If you have any more questions don't be hesitate to ask! Also, I'm pretty sure you can OC the i5 2500k to 3.7GHz and run the CPU at maybe around 50C? I'm not sure since I haven't tried it. Good luck!
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