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February 13, 2012 2:11:53 AM

Hi, Everyone

Type: Gaming, mostly Battlefield 3

Country: USA

Overclocking: Future, Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Future, Maybe

Budget: ~800

Parts Not Required: OS, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x1080

CPU: i5 2500K from MicroCenter $180!!

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB

Considering maybe going with a GTX 560 instead of the GTX 560 ti....

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February 13, 2012 2:22:57 AM

Solid. You could save a few dollars with another ASRock z68 mobo that comes in at $85. The Hdd is the lower end of the WD series (the Black being the top end but more expensive and more dependable). CD/DVD RW? As for the gpu look at the Toms February review and note the AMD options.
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February 13, 2012 4:31:54 AM

That's a pretty solid and balanced setup. Nothing overkill or underpowered for the budget. Good job.
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February 13, 2012 2:17:03 PM

Better PSU for the same price before rebate:
XFX Pro 550W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze $70 ($15 rebate, $6 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is also better:
Antec HCG 620W 80Plus Bronze $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Uses virtually the same internal design as the XFX.

If you really want a modular PSU then I think I would take this before the BP550:
Rosewill Hive 550W 80Plus Bronze Modular $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Uses the same internal design as the OCZ ZS Series 550W, which has been positively reviewed (as have the other members of that series).

Or the OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W $70 ($25 rebate)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=33041&vpn=OCZ600MXSP&m...
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February 13, 2012 2:22:18 PM

If you really want an option to SLi in the future you need to change that PSU to a 700~750w PSU that delivers ALL the power in the 12v rails, to make sure it won't run into problems.
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