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March 15, 2012 10:57:08 PM

Sanity check for a new gaming system, no overclocking.($1000-1200) Want to use the 60G SDD as swap drive - MB supports it. Have I missed anything? Is anything way overkill? Or would you recommend other? Thanks.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SDD Swap Drive: Intel 520 2.5" 60GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Full Version
March 15, 2012 11:14:28 PM

If this is for gaming even 8 gig of RAM is overkill . Games are 32 bit programs so even on a 64 bit OS they wont be able to use more than about 3.2 gig .
Unless you want ot game and process large image files with photoshop AT THE SAME TIME then 8 gig is enough

The 2500k is unlocked so it can be overclocked . If you wont do that then just buy the 2500

The 560ti is a great card , but very soon its going to get monstered by the Radeon 7850 . Run on the integrated graphics for a week or so and see where prices settle .

The 750 watt psu is also overkill .
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
you can run TWO 560ti's with a good 650 watt unit , and a single GTX 560 with a 500 watt unit .
If you use the radeon option you use even less power .
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March 15, 2012 11:42:13 PM

The SSD. Do you mean use Intel's SSD cache technology when you say 'swap drive' ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_Response_Technology I see the SSD comes with the 2.5" to 3.5" bracket you need plus cables and screws.

Ratio of rest of system to graphics card is not mainstream gaming. You'd typically shift some money from the rest of the system toward a stronger video card to optimize for gaming. Or just spend more. Nice system.
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March 15, 2012 11:45:34 PM

Outlander_04 said:
If this is for gaming even 8 gig of RAM is overkill . Games are 32 bit programs so even on a 64 bit OS they wont be able to use more than about 3.2 gig .
Unless you want ot game and process large image files with photoshop AT THE SAME TIME then 8 gig is enough

The 2500k is unlocked so it can be overclocked . If you wont do that then just buy the 2500

The 560ti is a great card , but very soon its going to get monstered by the Radeon 7850 . Run on the integrated graphics for a week or so and see where prices settle .

The 750 watt psu is also overkill .
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
you can run TWO 560ti's with a good 650 watt unit , and a single GTX 560 with a 500 watt unit .
If you use the radeon option you use even less power .


I agree - you don't need 16GB for a gaming system. I'd also suggest waiting for tge 7850 as they're getting 580 numbers or better. If you want I'd even suggest dropping the case to an HAF 912 and you'd have the money to upgrade your GPU to a 7870. That would be a far better investment IMO.
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