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May 26, 2012 2:56:04 PM

Hi Guys,

Just wondering what you guys think of this gaming setup. This is my first build so I have very little experience in the area. I havent purchased this yet, but it is sitting in my cart at NCIX.com.

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3: $156.99
Video Card: MSI Geforce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II: $229.99
CPU: Intel i5 3750k 3.4 GHz: $238.99
PSU: Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W: $54.99
Case: Coolermaster HAF 912: $54.59
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 72000RPM 64MB: $108.99
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120MB: $119.99
Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212: $30.98
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600: $67.08

What's the word? BTW my budget was around $1600 with tax and shipping etc... Included in the budget was a copy of Windows, and a mechanical keyboard.

I'm hoping to be able to run, specifically, Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 on max settings.

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May 26, 2012 3:05:07 PM

Looks good but I would suggest a Z77 motherboard for an Ivy Bridge processor. Most Z68's need a bios update with a Sandy Bridge cpu to support Ivy Bridge.

Also the psu is crap, it's really only 500w and not very efficient. It doesn't even have a basic 80+ certification.

I would suggest something at least 80+ bronze rated.

May 26, 2012 3:05:51 PM

You should have no issues with running either of those games tbh. I'm rockin the 570 and I'm having no issues running either on max.
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May 26, 2012 3:07:48 PM

The only reason I went with the Ivy Bridge is because it is on-sale for the same price as the 2500k. Would I be better off just going with the 2500k and the same motherboard?
May 26, 2012 3:10:10 PM

For a $1500+ Build, you should be going with a more powerful graphics card than a 560 Ti. A Radeon HD 7950 or a GTX 670 (Both are about $400 @ Newegg) would better suit your system considering you have $200 to spare in your budget.

Other than that, it should be fine.

Edit: Like the others said, a more reputable PSU brand is a good idea.
May 26, 2012 3:12:56 PM

Tubert said:
The only reason I went with the Ivy Bridge is because it is on-sale for the same price as the 2500k. Would I be better off just going with the 2500k and the same motherboard?


I would go with the Ivy Bridge cpu and Z77 it's faster clock for clock and more efficient.

You don't need anything more powerful than a 560ti for those games.
May 26, 2012 3:15:04 PM

How about this for PSU

Antec HCG-620M 620W ATX12V Modular SINGLE-RAIL 48A 80PLUS Bronze 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply: $74.89
May 26, 2012 3:18:59 PM

Hows this:

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H: $164.99
Video Card: MSI Geforce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II: $229.99
CPU: Intel i5 3750k 3.4 GHz: $238.99
PSU: Antec HCG-620M 620W: $74.89
Case: Coolermaster HAF 912: $54.59
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 72000RPM 64MB: $108.99
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120MB: $119.99
Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212: $30.98
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600: $67.08
May 26, 2012 3:44:19 PM

The updated build is costing right around $1600. Thanks for your guys' suggestions. I think I'll buy this bad boy now.
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