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February 23, 2012 9:16:49 PM

I plan to play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim on this computer.

I don't need a mouse, keyboard, speakers, or a monitor.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RFBIUU/ref=ox_sc_a...


Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Processor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXSA/ref=gno_car...

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 1800 ATX Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004K330KK/ref=gno_car...


Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EPUQAE/ref=gno_car...

PCU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 Series Modular 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RWJGC2/ref=gno_car...

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Dual DVI/HDMI/Display Port SLI Ready Limited Lifetime Warranty Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SMUT70/ref=ox_sc_a...

I still need a CD/DVD drive and a Solid state hard drive. This PC will be used solely for gaming so I don't really need a lot of hard drive space.

Am I missing anything?

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February 23, 2012 9:25:43 PM

If its just for gaming, save yourself the money and get an I5 rather than the I7. Also get a z68 motherboard rather than old P67! Also, if its just for gaming, 8gb ram is fine, you will never use 16gb. I don't know a huge amount about cooler master PSUs, but I know many on here dont recommend them! try a Corsair for a similar price!

Intel 15 2500k
Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen3
8gb Corsair vengeance

you will not see much (if any) performance loss for gaming and will save a handful of cash :) 
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February 23, 2012 9:28:19 PM

It's probably not a great idea to get a CM PSU to power your system, especially at that price:

XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will probably work better,is from a more trusted PSU brand, and costs less.

Reliable optical drive:

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Try one of these for overclocking:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Can't recommend a SSD since I've never used one so I will defer to others with more experience.
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February 23, 2012 9:29:33 PM

Pretty much any SATA dvd burner will do at about $20.

For SSD: Samsung 830, Crucial M4, OCZ Vertex 3
240-256GB if you can afford it, if not 120-128GB

And you could use an aftermarked HSF.
Cooler Master 212 EVO is a good starting point, Scythe mugen 3 is nice too and then Noctua NH-D14 at the very high end of air cooling.

Newegg is running a sale on the Corsair HX850 this weekend, ~$125 after rebate so that's a very good price for one and it's a better using than the CM unit you listed.
Comes with a 7 year warranty as well.


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February 23, 2012 9:50:25 PM

Thanks for all of the quick replies!
Would dropping to the i5 be worth the $100 that I will save? Is there any real advantage to a solid state drive for gaming? Also the corsair 8gb 1866mhz is 75$ and the 16gb 1600mhz is 100$ whats the best bang for the buck?

I'll definitely be switching my power supply, adding the cpu cooler and i'm still contemplating switching to the Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen3
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1155-Motherboards-P8Z68-...

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February 23, 2012 9:55:07 PM

Jag3804 said:
Thanks for all of the quick replies!
Would dropping to the i5 be worth the $100 that I will save? Is there any real advantage to a solid state drive for gaming? Also the corsair 8gb 1866mhz is 75$ and the 16gb 1600mhz is 100$ whats the best bang for the buck?

I'll definitely be switching my power supply, adding the cpu cooler and i'm still contemplating switching to the Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen3
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1155-Motherboards-P8Z68-...


The I7 only really has hyper threading over the I5 and this is used for video encoding and the like, it will never be used for gaming so the $100 saving is money well saved.

SSDs are good for some games like WoW but make no difference to others. I have a Crucial ssd and my boot and program load times on it are incredible... It's well worth the money if you have the cash to spend!

1600mhz ram will be fine and just get 8gb (if you really want to spend the extra and go for 16gb for the sake of it... go for it! I did! lol)

Another Motherboard to consider (the one I just bought) is the Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3. It's a good board and will save you more money still!
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February 23, 2012 10:07:46 PM

After all of your insight here's the new build! Tell me what you think

Intel Core i5-2500k

Motherboard: ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1155-Motherboards-P8Z68-...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...


CD/Disk Drive: Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD±RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IUEVZPL0BZSCB&colid=1TV9O15ORKUJC


CPU: Corsair HX Professional Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i7 and Core i5 - CMPSU-850HX
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-850-Watt-Cer...


Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Dual DVI/HDMI/Display Port SLI Ready Limited Lifetime Warranty Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-Lifetime-Warran...


SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB SATA 2.5-Inch SATA III Solid State Drive (CSSD-F120GBGT-BK)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-2-5-Inch-Solid-CSSD...


Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (RC-932-KKN5-GP)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-SuperSpeed...


RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Channel-Memory-...
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February 23, 2012 11:32:03 PM

yeah thats very nice! You have 1 problem left though!!

that Ram and that cooler wont fit in your motherboard together!! get the LP version of Corsair Vengeance or another brand like the G skill ripjaws
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February 23, 2012 11:56:37 PM

rvilkman said:
Pretty much any SATA dvd burner will do at about $20.

For SSD: Samsung 830, Crucial M4, OCZ Vertex 3
240-256GB if you can afford it, if not 120-128GB

And you could use an aftermarked HSF.
Cooler Master 212 EVO is a good starting point, Scythe mugen 3 is nice too and then Noctua NH-D14 at the very high end of air cooling.

Newegg is running a sale on the Corsair HX850 this weekend, ~$125 after rebate so that's a very good price for one and it's a better using than the CM unit you listed.
Comes with a 7 year warranty as well.



He doesn't need a 850watt powersupply no matter the price...
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February 24, 2012 12:15:01 AM

Nor 16GB of RAM, may I add.

For the graphics card, I would rather save some pennies and go for the MSI GTX560 Ti 448.
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February 24, 2012 12:21:07 AM

curiousity said:
Nor 16GB of RAM, may I add.

For the graphics card, I would rather save some pennies and go for the MSI GTX560 Ti 448.


I was gonna suggest that, but if he plans to sli in the future he may struggle to get another as the 448 is limited edition (so I've been told)
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February 24, 2012 9:02:42 AM

zloginet said:
He doesn't need a 850watt powersupply no matter the price...


To run the single card and the setup no, but it will have him set for the next few years in case he decides to SLI for example.
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February 24, 2012 10:50:35 AM

A good real 750W PSU would do the job in that case.
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February 24, 2012 11:08:16 AM

Well 850W will allow plenty of headroom for SLI, 750 is just barely cutting it. Of course, a higher power means in the future it's more futureproof.
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February 24, 2012 1:55:46 PM

Budget OP?
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