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Critique on $800 gaming build

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May 19, 2012 3:39:59 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks

Budget Range: 750-800 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and video editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard mouse monitor speakers optical drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none really

Overclocking: maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: not anytime soon

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $791.80
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-18 23:34 EDT-0400)


is there anything glaringly wrong with this build? anything i could improve on?

thanks.
May 19, 2012 5:28:40 AM

the upgraded psu makes sense, and at $10 extra i cant really argue. ill do some more research on cases before i decide on one. it'll probably be a week or so before i order.

any more suggestions?

and another question. what's the difference between single, double, and triple +12v rails? i've found psu's with all 3 different types.
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May 19, 2012 6:38:21 AM

It really depends if your going to SLI/Crossfire and OC

#1 I would look into a mobo with a newer chipeset like a Z77 or Z79 board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That would be a good mobo to look into if your not going to sli/crossfire on it..... if so i would look into one that does 16X by 8 X

#2 if not going to sli/crossfire a good 550W PSU would do fine

#3 if not going to OC you can save money by just getting the i5 2500 (not) the 2500K its only 10 bucks but it adds up

#4 look for Combo deals at newegg to save some money ( like case and PSU ) ( mobo and cpu )

You could save about 60 bucks if you figure out about OCing and sli/crossfire maybe a little more, or spend to money and have peace of mind you can if you want down the road.
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May 19, 2012 9:05:04 PM

alright so i've basically decided on a few things. i'm gonna stick with my mobo i listed because sli isn't very appealing to me, and i'm gonna go with the $65 (after MIR) psu you suggested for a bit of future proofing in the OC area.

i havent really decided on the case yet. the antec is more appealing to me because of a few comparison threads, the opinions have been pretty evenly mixed. the antec looks better imo and it comes with 4 fans as opposed to the CM's 2 fans.
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May 19, 2012 9:07:15 PM

For OCing, 550W is enough even then.
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