Hello everyone I am seeking reviews, opinions, suggestions on my current gaming build. I intend on hardcore gaming (settings set as high as my $ will allow). I have been researching parts for a few weeks now and have put together a build but i have been out of the pc building game for about 7 years (time since i built my last rig) so a lot has changed.
As stated above my max budget is $1100 and I am willing to buy parts from Newegg, Amazon, or any Brick and Mortar (Walmart/Best Buy/MicroCenter). My monitor will be a 42inch 1080p LCD TV. My purchase window is going to be 1-2 weeks max. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Just curious what made you choose that CPU and mobo?
Most people pick the i5-2500K because of the integrated GPU and the boards that have GPU switching. Also, your graphics card is PCI-e 3.0x16, and your board doesn't have 3.0 and without an Ivy Bridge CPU, it won't run at 3.0 even on a board that has it. If you want PCI-e 3.0x16, get a Gen3 Z68 motherboard like the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 and wait for an Ivy Bridge i5 CPU with integrated graphics.
I chose the 2550k because from the articles i read here on Tom's Hardware it was the best processor you could buy for gaming in the $200 price point. I made a last minute Graphics Card change from the
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
I guess I didn't catch the change from PCI E 2.0 to 3.0 (thanks). The Mobo was chosen at random due to it having pcie2 and being lga 1155. I will update the above list with the new changes you recommended. Thanks.
It is better to have the iGPU on the i5-2500K in case something goes wrong with your dGPU because in that scenario you would still be able to use your computer until you got the issue sorted out. But you need a Z68 or Z77 chipset motherboard in that case, which would be a better buy at $150 anyway.
It is perfectly fine to use a PCIe 3.0 card in a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot. The spec is deliberately both backwards and forwards compatible.
the rig looks good enough for what your wanting to do with it. though i would suggest taking a look at the 7 series chipsets (ivy bridge) before you buy in a week or two. they are compatible with sandy bridge cpus and may give you a better upgrade path next year.
Yes, with the 2500K, as Silvune says, you have backup GPU in case your card goes out and the 2500K is the most popular gaming CPU out there.
There is no reason to pay for a 3.0x16 graphics card unless you're going to wait for an Ivy Bridge CPU because you need that CPU for it to run at 3.0. The Extreme3 Gen3 has PCI3.0 slots but your card will run at 2.0 with the i5-2500K. ASRock Z77 boards are already out there and the Ivy Bridge CPU's are coming soon so just wait for the new CPU's if you want to use that card.