Buying in 3 days!! Full graphics gaming system yo

Hello , I had made couple of different topics each of them having their specific subjects such as : which mobo , which cpu etc.

Now I have collected all the information I've learned on tomshardware and created my own system according to your epic (EPIC) accurate comments which have opened my eyes on lots of basics.

I also request your opinion on the prices I have written. Those are the prices that we have agreed with the place which i am going to buy the parts from. To me they are very good but I might be wrong.

CPU :i5 2500 = 210$

MOBO :GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3-B3 Intel 1155Pin DDR3 S+V+GL = 129$

------- OR -------- : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I already know asrock z68 supports ivy bridge(gen3). couldnt understand if the gigabyte one I wrote does aswell. Can someone enlighten me about that please?

GPU : Sapphire hd 6970 2gb , 6950 2gb or ASUS gtx 570 .

I've agreed on 280$ for sapphire hd 6950 2gb. Couldnt get price on the other two yet.


---------OR------- some CoolerMaster HAF series , 912 or 922.

Ram : RAM KINGSTON 8 GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9 (2x4GB) HYPERX = 46$

PSU : thinking of Corsair AX or HX series with 80+ thingie.

Final words: My budget is a approximately 1200$ . I am sure about the CPU and Rams. Need your opinion mostly on MOBO , GPU , Case and PSU.

I'll use the pc ONLY for gaming. Absolutely nothing else
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  1. *** Important Note : I dont know how much watt psu I need for the list above. is 700w enough? Or can I go for less.
  2. Best answer
    500-650wattage is fine 650 is safe if you plan to Overclock...700 would be plenty with some upgrade headroom.

    To my knowledge any socket 1155 will be compatible with Ivy Bridge. Pci 3.0 is suppose to be better with Ivy tho which only newer boards have. And even then people have been stating that 3.0 won't be at its full potential and only offer minor improvements if at all. But its worth to get for upgrade purposes I guess.

    Everything looks good in your build...I'd suggest the gigabyte mobo...Recently built a system with a low end board and was pleasantly surprised on how well it did. No failures, booted up fine, and unlocked my black edition to 4cores. Running smooth for 2 months.
  3. case: cooler master haf 922
    this is the best one in your price range. period.
    mobo: asus p8z68-v LE
    (asus mobos are way better than asrock or gigabyte)
    cpu: intel i5 2500k
    cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
    its a really nice fan
    video card: nvidia gtx 570
    this ones good oh yeah oh yeah its cool
    ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
    it looks cool it is cool and i like it!!!
    hhd: western digital caviar black 500gb
    (1tb 1.5tb and 2tb versions are available)
    ssd: crucial m4 64gb
    its cheap!!!... and fast!!!... and stuff...
    psu: corsair ax850
    itll definitley give ya some headroom there
    optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
    (if you dont care about blu-ray than get the sony 24x multi)
  4. With 6950 hard to find and 570 at $310 you might want to reconsider switching to cross fire 6870. grab 2 of these total $290 after rebate( you will have to have your friend buy the 2nd card for rebate is only 1 per person/household). 2 6870 beat 570 in sleep :)
  5. Best answer selected by sinthoras.
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