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Gaming rig: looking for advices

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March 25, 2012 9:41:14 PM

Hello experts,

I would like to know your opinion about this setup. It'll be mainly used for MMORPG:

MoBo: Asrock Z68 Ext3 Gen3
CPU: I5 2500K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
RAM: 8GB G.SKILL RIPJAWS X DDR3 1600 12800 (2x4GB) CL8 (8-8-8-24)
Case: Coolermaster CM Storm Trooper
PSU: Seasonic S12ii Bronze 620w
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb Sata3
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1tb Sata3 Recertified
GPU: MSI GEFORCE GTX 570 TWIN FROZR III
Sound: Asus Xonar Dx/xd Pci Express
SO: Win7 64 Pro
DVD-R: SONY AD-7280S
Monitor: SAMSUNG LED 23 S23A550H

Some questions:
- What does "Recertified" mean in Barracuda?
- Should I use dual channel setup for RAM?
- Win7 Pro vs Win7 Home Premium?
- All in all, do you think it is balanced enough?

Thanks in advance for your comments
Regards
Akaron

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March 25, 2012 9:55:29 PM

akaron said:
Hello experts,

I would like to know your opinion about this setup. It'll be mainly used for MMORPG:

MoBo: Asrock Z68 Ext3 Gen3
CPU: I5 2500K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
RAM: 8GB G.SKILL RIPJAWS X DDR3 1600 12800 (2x4GB) CL8 (8-8-8-24)
Case: Coolermaster CM Storm Trooper
PSU: Seasonic S12ii Bronze 620w
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb Sata3
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1tb Sata3 Recertified
GPU: MSI GEFORCE GTX 570 TWIN FROZR III
Sound: Asus Xonar Dx/xd Pci Express
SO: Win7 64 Pro
DVD-R: SONY AD-7280S
Monitor: SAMSUNG LED 23 S23A550H

Some questions:
- What does "Recertified" mean in Barracuda?
- Should I use dual channel setup for RAM?
- Win7 Pro vs Win7 Home Premium?
- All in all, do you think it is balanced enough?

Thanks in advance for your comments
Regards
Akaron

Re-certified = same as refurbished. (was used/returned , and "Re-certified" by the Mfg/seller as good.)
Yes. Use dual channel.
Actually win 7 ultimate would be better. (no restrictions)
If by balanced you mean will it all work together, then yes it will.
March 25, 2012 10:05:47 PM

Chaz21 said:
Re-certified = same as refurbished. (was used/returned , and "Re-certified" by the Mfg/seller as good.)
Yes. Use dual channel.
Actually win 7 ultimate would be better. (no restrictions)
If by balanced you mean will it all work together, then yes it will.


By balanced I actually mean that there is no bottlenecks, no overkill etc... but from your comments, if only "it will work" I guess it is not so balanced :( . Any suggestions to improve?

Thanks a lot for the answers!
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March 25, 2012 10:16:22 PM

Somehow I cannot edit original post. Anyway, header details would be:

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 week
Budget Range: 1500 more or less
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (MMORPG)
Parts Not Required: Mouse, nice speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.pccomponentes.com (or any other dealer shipping to Spain)
Country: Spain
Parts Preferences: n/a
Overclocking: Yes, as it becomes necessary.
SLI or Crossfire: eventually...
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Regards
Akaron
March 25, 2012 10:16:46 PM

akaron said:
By balanced I actually mean that there is no bottlenecks, no overkill etc... but from your comments, if only "it will work" I guess it is not so balanced :( . Any suggestions to improve?

Thanks a lot for the answers!

Don't misunderstand, I like your setup. I'd probably go with this card though:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
sorry don't know how to get to it on your site.
March 26, 2012 12:15:01 AM

Don't waste the money on W7 Ultimate. You'll get no extra use out of it that you would out of Pro. W7 Home Premium is all you need.

That first build looks pretty good but you can get better performance out of the AMD 7XXX cards for the same price as the 570. Dunno what's available to you though.

Also, pass on that refurb HDD. Seagate's drives are questionable to begin with, and refurb drives usually aren't better (and tend to have worse warranty length/conditions).
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