Have selected components for my gaming rig, could you check it over?


I'm about to purchase the components for my first decent gaming rig. I've selected all the components but since I'm still an amateur, I'd be glad if you could look it through and see if everything is a good pick and that I haven't missed any better alternatives.

The rig is for gaming at high quality at 1920x1200.

The components are as follows:

CPU Intel Core i5 2500K € 193.00
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 € 287.00
MB ASRock Z68 Extreme4 € 178.40
RAM Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz 2x4GB CL9 Vengeance € 41.80
PSU Chieftec PSU 650W 14CM ATX 80+ € 70.70
case Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl € 94.50
monitor Dell 24'' LCD UltraSharp U2412M € 237.00

The points that I would like most feedback are:
1) Is the motherboard a good pick for such a rig?
2) Is the PSU powerful enough and good quality enough?
3) Is the case good enough cooling-wise? I love the looks but if I can get better cooling at the same price, I'd consider it.

If you have any comments about any other components, I'd like that as well.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. id honestly get the gtx 560 ti 448 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500231

    it has 32 less cores, but can be overclocked to pass the power of a gtx 570. plus that model comes with batman AC and battlefield 3. a gtx 570 would still be overkill for even bf3 believe it or not XD a gtx 460 can max out bf3 with a minimum dive of 20 FPS. and you board has 2 PCIe x16 3.0 slots, so its pretty future proof. when games get extremely intensive you can just throw in another and almost double your performance. but youd need a better PSU for 2. other than that, your build seems pretty good. dont forget about the disk drive and keyboard/mouse. my first build i completly forgot those 3 and had to go order them after XD that was embarrasing :P
  2. Thanks for your reply.

    I don't live in USA so I don't have access to newegg, the best offer I can get for 560 Ti is €271.8 so it's basically a €8 price difference. In Tomshardware GPU tier hierarchy it's however a tier lower to 570. Are you sure that 560 Ti overclocked is better then 570 overclocked? I know 570 doesn't clock as well but it should still remain better, am I wrong? Also as I can't get the newegg offer, I won't get the free games.

    Thanks for advice and let me know what you think.
  3. Is the motherboard a gen 3 motherboard?
  4. amuffin said:
    Is the motherboard a gen 3 motherboard?

  5. Do you have 850w power supplies available? Just in case you want to sli the 570 later on? I suggest the corsair tx850W
  6. Yes but they're about €100 and up. I don't think I have the resources to upgrade to SLI too soon and if I do, I might want to switch out the PSU as well.
  7. Looks good! buy a different psu though.
    Antec TruePower New Modular 650W SLI/CrossFire 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply
  8. Not available for me. If you think Antec provides better quality I have this available for me: Antec PSU 650W 12CM ATX12V2.2 80+. I could get it for about €85. The question is, is it worth it? I know PSU is an extremely important component but isn't Chieftec also good quality? Let me know what you think.
  9. totally worth it on the psu.

    don't get the 560ti 448 core.
  10. esrever said:
    totally worth it on the psu.

    don't get the 560ti 448 core.

    Alright, if the Antec I wrote about is a good PSU, I'll get that one instead of Chieftec.
  11. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  12. Ah, sorry about the wrong subsection. What about the case? Is it cool enough?
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