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Building my first gaming PC v2.0

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May 1, 2012 5:33:15 PM

Ok, so I took everyone's advice and made some changes to my original specs. Again the usage is for:

Gaming and light applications
Dual monitors @ 1920x1080 (only one will be used for gaming at a time)
Games should be playable at high to ultra settings
Games will include Diablo 3, Star Craft 2 HotS, Sid Meier's Civilization V, Total War Shogun 2, and newer RTS as they release over the next 2 years (estimate).


Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 1066 Intel - LGA 1155 Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI-I/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Limited Lifetime Warranty Graphics Card, 012-P3-1570-AR
RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series Division 2 Edition DDR3 8 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 for Intel P67 Using Core i5 Core i7 Memory Modules PGD38G1600ELK
Case: Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 No Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Case
Primary Storage: SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-120G-G25
Secondary Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX
ODD: LG UH12LS28K LightScribe 12x SATA Blu-Ray Combo Internal Drive
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Card Reader: Rosewill RDCR-11003 74-in-1 USB3.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/USB Port
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

This build will cost me about $1250. I'm just asking if there are any holes in my build design. Is there something that won't work together, or something else that i might have missed?

If I did not overclock any of my components, will the stock fans that come with the case be enough? Will there be a problem with this design if I do overclock my CPU and GPU? Or is it even a good idea to overclock the CPU/GPU?

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May 1, 2012 5:55:09 PM

Try to stay away from that old school 1.65v RAM so it doesn't play havoc with the controllers on these 1155 boards. Look for 1.5v RAM. $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 550W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $319.98
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K <----- a better look at that board $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black) $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5 <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870