Hey guys im from india and this is my 2nd post on Tom's Hardware. From my first post, most of my doubts are cleared, though while surfing the net, some doubts still exists. So, im gonna build my new pc on mid april 2012. Ok, first of all let me list my current build configuration. This Config is around 60,000 Indian Rupees ie somwhat 1,168 USD. I cannot exceed the above mentioned price. So here's the list.
Intel core i5 2500K 3.3 Ghz ( Planning to use Stock Cooler now, and will overclock only after 1 year)
Asus P8H67-M-L-X Motherbord ( Please dont tell to upgrade to P67 bord, which will exceed the limit )
G-skill RipjawsX 1333 Mhz 4GB X 2 ( i'll also consider the Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz 4GB X 2 over gskill )
Corsair Carbide 400 R (Also considering, Coolermaster Elite 430 and Elite 431 Plus USB 3.0 )
Seagate 500 GB HDD
Keybord and Mouse Combo ( Microsoft or Logitech )
DVD Writer/Burner ( Asus, LG, Samsung, Sony, HP )
LG 22inch LED Monitor (2260)
700 watts UPS
System Usage :- 3D Modeling and Animation (Maya, 3DS Max), Rendering, Video Editing, VFX ( Combustion ) Adobe Master Collection CS5 or later. Mid-Core gaming in Medium to High setting (Not Ultra) without lagging. Games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Battlefield BadCompany 2, GTA IV, Crysis 2 and Games like these, i mean modern super graphics games.
Now the Questions. Please answer clearly.
1.) About Graphics Card:- GTX 560 ti is my current selection. Also looking at gtx 560, gtx 550 ti, 6850, 6870 and 7770. As the 560 ti is exceeding my build, i'll drop the corsair cabinet and will go for cm elite 430 or 431 plus. As u can see my system usage and that im not a heavy gamer, i dont really want to spend for a high end card. i saw a video on youtube
" BF3 maxed out with GTX 550 ti", so whats the point of buying a 560 ti...? So if you guys are not forcing me to take 560 Ti, i may switch back to Corsair cabinet. So please tell me if a 560 non ti or a radeon 6850/6870 will do the job. And, does the card design really matters..? Like Asus GTX 550 ti vs EVGA GTX 550 ti..?
2.) About Processor and MOBO:- I know 2500K is an overclockable. Not planning to buy extra cpu cooler and mobo atleast for 2 years. Current mobo is asus p8h67-mlx. Can i overclock with this..? or atleast can use the turbo boost 2.0 with this mobo..? Now, on my first post here i got the answer that we can overclock with H67. But here in other posts and on the net, i saw that we cannot do that with H67. Really Confusing. Can the stock cooler can overclock atleast to 4.0 Ghz..?. is it must that i should overclock cpu if i want to play BF3 decently..?
#1) Most of the time, it is OK to spend about 25% of the computer hardware budget on a video card. You have 1150ish minus the cost of a monitor. What is that going for? Call it 150. That puts you about $1000.
Keyboard, Mouse, UPS, and stuff goes in the budget too, so maybe 900 left. That puts you at like 180 for a video card and I doubt you can get a 560 TI or 6950 that cheap.
The 6870 is the best card at that price point. I would advocate for you to get this card. That would leave plenty of budget space so you don't have to cheap out too much on other things.
As for which brand, I like PowerColor and Sapphire, but it really doesn't matter. Supposedly EVGA is one of the best ones if there is a good deal on it. In general, though, you are going to get pretty much the same performance regardless which one you pick.
If you have one 6870 that is 1GB vs another that is 2GB, this would cause easy to notice performance differences in some situations, but most of the time the difference amounts to like +25 mhz clock speed out of a basic amount already approaching 1000 anyway).
I would really just ignore the brand and go with the cheapest one.
#2) The P8H67 has regular EFI which means it should be able to OC, but with acceptable boards from the newer generation at about the same price I don't really see any reason to take the step backwards.
The stock fan should be able to get you to about 4.0 with a 2500k as long as the case in general can suck up the difference.
You should be fine with light or no OCing on BF3.
DVD - The Asus 24x in my signature is by far the most solid choice.
If you can afford a Carbide 400r then you should probably be getting a HAF 912. That is pretty close to the ideal case and it is from Cooler Master which they seem to have in India if you are looking at the Elite 430.
PSU - Cooler Master sucks, avoid it. Corsair is good. XFX is better if you can find it. There are only two brands of PSUs under 1000w where you absolutely don't have to research to know you are getting an extremely well built PSU. Those are Seasonic's own brand and XFX (all of which are made by Seasonic).
Not having to research is better than having to research, and getting a definitely good one is a lot better than getting a maybe good one.
RAM - Crucial and Kingston should be on the radar. Avoid the Corsair Vengeance. You will gain little to nothing from the Vengeance over the 1333s. Crucial and Kingston RAM have 3x less fail rate than G.Skill and 5x+ less likely than Corsair's average.
If you ever get around to exchanging the CPU cooler, you should trade it out for a Hyper 212.
I would go with that but if you can find a cheap asrock z68 mobo like the z68 extreme3 gen3 or extreme4 gen 3 whichever you can find one cheaper then you can go with this.
If you like cuda go for gtx560ti the cheaper one you can buy is evga but I don't know if you can do that step up program from your place.
even if you won't overclock your i5 2500k and don't plan to buy a cpu cooler in the next 2 years just keep with i5 2500k, you never know what great things you can think up with your head, and suddenly want to overclock.
but if you never really i suggest going with an i5 2400 (not 2500) since its much cheaper and go with a h67 motherboard that should help you out on your choices for the PSU i suggest the corsair TX750 V2 80plus gold (I think this is the one oem by seasonic) which should be fairly more than everything you need and should be cheap, for ram go with G.SKILL. If you can find any good monitor at 150$ price range with at least 23" I assure you that you will never look back at smaller than that. it's like the sweet spot for sweet monitors