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Looking for advice / tweaks to new gaming build

Hi all, I am going to build a gaming system and have considered the components below. Please let me know if there are any better alternatives:

I do not need a monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS

CPU $243: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811139005

Mobo $175: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813157295

Power Supply $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817116012

Case $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811139005

Memory (Would getting 16g help me at all for anything outside of gaming?) $47: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820231314

SSD $240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814130780

Video Card $550: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814130780

Heat Sink $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835608018

Subtotal: $1752
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  1. Would you be kind as to put the name of the item by the link? Thanks.
  2. Here you go... hope this is easier to read.

    CPU i5-2550k $243: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811139005

    Mobo ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $175: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813157295

    Power Supply NZXT 850 Gold $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817116012

    Case Corsair 600T Mid Tower $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811139005

    Memory G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 (Would getting 16g help me at all for anything outside of gaming?) $47 each: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820231314

    SSD SanDisk Extreme 240g $240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820171568

    Video Card EVGA OC'd GTX680 $550: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814130780

    Heat Sink Noctua NH-D14 $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835608018
  3. Also, some of your links are mixed up. E.G. Your CPU links your case.
  4. Unless you're sure you don't need integrated graphics for diagnosing video card issues, get the i5-3570k. Only $7 more. Everything else is great, but the PSU is overkill. Either get an XFX 550W for $75 for one card or PCPC Silencer Mk 750W for two cards.
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    I would suggest you get the i5 2500k instead. Their performance difference is very minimal. If your not set on it, get the the i5 3570k. You'll take advantage of PCI Express 3.0 for your GPU.

    16Gb RAM is too much for gaming. The performance difference is only noticeable if you're doing things like video rendering and such.
  6. l0v3rboi said:
    I would suggest you get the i5 2500k instead. Their performance difference is very minimal. If your not set on it, get the the i5 3570k. You'll take advantage of PCI Express 3.0 for your GPU.

    16Gb RAM is too much for gaming. The performance difference is only noticeable if you're doing things like video rendering and such.



    I intend to overclock and figured I would get the i5-2550k because I didn't need a graphics card. However, as azeem40 mentioned, there could be a use for the integrated graphics card for trouble shooting.

    Despite that though, I thought there were cooling issues with the IB chips. Would I still be able to get the OC performance out of the i5-3750k that I would out of an i5-25xxk?
  7. You can still be able to achieve decent OC rates with IB. You have a very good CPU cooler in your build so it should be good. I've heard of people going up to 4.3 gHz with IB on air.
  8. I have seen 4.5 GHz on a Hyper 212 EVO at 60C MAX.
  9. l0v3rboi said:
    You can still be able to achieve decent OC rates with IB. You have a very good CPU cooler in your build so it should be good. I've heard of people going up to 4.3 gHz with IB on air.


    Alright cool. All other things being equal though, what kind of user experience difference would I get with an IB at 4.3 versus an SB at like 4.9?
  10. Best answer selected by kawiguy.
  11. SB would be better, but anything over 4.5 on SB will net you little fps gains.
  12. SB would be better, but anything over 4.5 on SB will net you little fps gains, and at 4.5 ghz SB, IB will only need 4.2 to achieve similar performance; and at that OC, IB runs just like SB at 4.5 but with less heat.
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