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Critique my first build!

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February 17, 2012 4:49:38 AM

Case - Cooler Master Haf 912 or SGC-1000
PSU - Corsair TX650M
CPU - i5 2500k
Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 912
GPU - Nvidia GTX 560 Ti (is it OK to use cheaper solutions such as Galaxy? Could someone recommend a reasonably priced and reliable brand? for a bit of OC)
Memory - 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws (may consider another brand or model)
Motherboard - ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Generation 3

This is my very first 'build' which I hope to attempt to assemble myself (with the help of some of the great guides on TH). Planning to make the purchase within days.

I'm looking to OC my CPU and GPU but not to extreme lengths, looking at 4.0-4.5ghz for the CPU and 900mhz for the GPU or so.

Please critique my build and advise whether I need anything else apart from I/O devices such as extra fans, etc. to run this rig properly without any heat issues.

Thanks in advance!

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February 17, 2012 6:08:07 AM

Your build looks good. If you're going to overclock your GPU, I'd recommend getting one of the pre-OC'd versions to begin with as they'll have the extra cooling headroom that the stock card doesn't.
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February 17, 2012 6:49:08 AM

what's your max budget???
February 17, 2012 7:03:15 AM


Thanks will look into that


Thanks, so I should be looking for a pre-OC'd version? is it worth getting the new 488 GTX 560 Ti's or is the older version just as good?


I'm looking at a ~900-1000 budget.
February 17, 2012 8:37:32 AM

If now ill have your budget that is the build what ill do for me.
MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
CPU : I5 2500K
RAM : Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GPU : EVGA GeForce GTX 570
HDD : Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM
PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
DVD-RW : LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
TOTAL : $1,079.91 and 1040$ after rebates.