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New Gaming Build; Budget: 1300-1700USD

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April 18, 2012 11:28:38 AM

Hello everyone, wanted to submit to you the first build I will ever try. Any feedback on it would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: In approximately one month.

Budget Range: 1300-1700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming: 1) Star Wars: The Old Republic, 2) World of Tanks, 3) Battlefield 3

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg but wherever the price is best.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Preference is the highest performing part to meet the price range.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, depends on comments and common sense.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The end state of the build is to create an economical but powerful PC that can play the listed games and still have a reasonable upgraded future. Lifespan of at least 5 years. Planning on waiting to see if Ivy Bridge drops some prices for Sandy Bridge parts.

Parts List:

Processor
Intel i5-2500K

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 (Open Box)

Graphics Card
EVGA SuperClocked+ GeForce GTX 680

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

SSD
Crucial M4 128GB SATA III

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB

Optical Drive
LITE-ON DVD Burner - 24X DVD+R

CPU Cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced

PSU
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W

April 18, 2012 11:34:02 AM

I would get ivy because pcie 3.0 which will boost the performance of the 680. Everything looks good. Post the prices and I can begin on the fine tuning.
April 18, 2012 11:36:11 AM

Get a z77 MoBo. It is newer and therefore more future proof. Also, unless your planning on SLI, your PSU is too much.
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April 18, 2012 11:42:21 AM

I had actually thought about doing SLI but from the benchmarks I saw it didn't really look like it is needed right now. Since I am trying to future proof it I thought the bigger PSU would be ok.
April 18, 2012 11:44:47 AM

adgjlsfhk said:
I would get ivy because pcie 3.0 which will boost the performance of the 680. Everything looks good. Post the prices and I can begin on the fine tuning.


I was under the impression that the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 was PCIe 3.0 ready, am I mistaken? I will start posting the links as soon as I figure out how!
April 18, 2012 11:49:39 AM
April 18, 2012 11:53:53 AM

RangerE51 said:
I was under the impression that the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 was PCIe 3.0 ready, am I mistaken? I will start posting the links as soon as I figure out how!


Yes, you are correct. However, Z77 MoBo's are newer making them more future proof. Here, take a look at this MoBo. It has very good ratings and more expansion slots that the one you have. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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