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January 30, 2012 1:02:12 AM

hey guys...
sorry for asking the same question everyone asks but before i fork out a bunch of cash
i wanted to check with people who know what theyre talking about wether this is a half decent gaming system

CPU: Intel I5 2500k
CPU fan: Arctic cooling freezer 13 pro
mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO
Ram: 8Gb Corsair vengeance 1866 MHz
GPU: ASUS nvidia geforce gtx 560 Ti direct CUII 1Gb
PSU: Coolermaster GX 650W
case. coolermaster storm enforcer
60 Gb SSD
1 Tb HDD
Windows 7 Home premium
logitech G105 keyboard
Razer deathadder mouse
Thanks

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January 30, 2012 2:07:04 AM

Looks pretty decent but could use a bit of tweaking. Here's what I would suggest:

- For one, I'm not a fan of spending big money on peripherals like the keyboard/mouse you chose. To me, IMO, that's the least important part of a system. Put your money into getting the best components you can, get the peripherals last.

- The CM case you've chosen is decent but for the price you can definitely do better. There's a lot of CM products I like (I'm a huge fan of the Hyper 212) and there's a lot I don't like. Try the Corsair Carbide 400R, or if you want to pay a bit more money - the Fractal Design Arc MIDI. These are two of the best new cases on the market, and Fractal Design won a Newegg award for best new vendor this year.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- GPU: The Asus card is pretty decent but for NVIDIA I'd highly recommend EVGA - they're one of the best and they have one of the easiest service departments I've ever worked with. Try this:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- 1866 RAM - this is a no no. After what Proximon posted last week about Intel's RMA department and RAM speeds, if you use RAM above a certain speed they recommend (usually 1333 or 1600) they will void your warranty. Your motherboard will default to the lowest speeds and timings it can handle, and if you OC or anything of that nature, they will void your warranty as well. Tread carefully here. This is what I'd recommend:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Storage - I'd recommend what I use - the 64GB Crucial M4 and the 1TB Samsung Spinpoint. You really can't go wrong with this combo.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- The CM PSU you've chosen is also decent but I'd really recommend something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Finally the cooler. I've used lots of different fans with mixed results. I don't like the design of that particular fan you've chosen (especially the rubber headers are a major pain to install). The Hyper 212 Evo is one of the best on the market, and I've also had really good luck with the EVGA M020. Try these:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 30, 2012 2:19:05 AM

You are better off with a motherboard that uses the Z 68 chipset . Its much more versatile if you game and use the computer for things like photoshop

Make sure the operating system is 64 bit

1600 Mhz RAM tecnically voids your warranty but so long as its 1.5 volt or less you will be fine . It wont perform worse than the 1866 MHz .

The freezer pro is a decent enough cooler but use the cm Hyper 212 or Xigmatek gaia

IMO a 60 or 64 gig SSD for a boot drive is too small . But thanks to the Z^* chipset you can use an even smaller SSD of about 40 gig , as a cache drive . Everything is installed on the hard drive but frequently accessed programs and OS are cached and load as quick as if you were using an SSD as the boot drive
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January 30, 2012 4:03:15 AM

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The freezer pro is a decent enough cooler but use the cm Hyper 212 or Xigmatek gaia


I lost a motherboard to the Gaia, I will never recommend Xigmatek products again for that reason. Too many loose parts, poorly written instructions, and the cheap paste included almost fried my CPU. I was getting temperature read errors left and right. Stick with the Hyper 212.

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IMO a 60 or 64 gig SSD for a boot drive is too small . But thanks to the Z^* chipset you can use an even smaller SSD of about 40 gig , as a cache drive . Everything is installed on the hard drive but frequently accessed programs and OS are cached and load as quick as if you were using an SSD as the boot drive


I use one and it works perfectly fine for what I need it to do. After format, OS load and programs I have about 8GB free, I store everything else on the Spinpoint.
January 30, 2012 4:41:35 AM

g-unit1111 said:


I use one and it works perfectly fine for what I need it to do. After format, OS load and programs I have about 8GB free, I store everything else on the Spinpoint.




8 gig free on a 64 gig SSD ......I think that proves my point . People like to install more software over time ....and you dont have room to add even a new game unless you are going to uninstall something else first

My typing is having a day off evidently because I did mean the Z68 chipset .
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4329/intel-z68-chipset-sm...
SSD caching will save money too since you can use a smaller 40 gig model
January 30, 2012 5:38:25 AM

brilliant cheers for the input guys i shall research this a bit more then
ta
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