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June 28, 2012 9:00:27 PM

Hey guys, I'm new here (duh) and would like to get some feedback on this rig I'm planning to build come end of July/start of August. I'm from South Africa but the CPU, Motherboard, GPU, and RAM will be bought in Korea:

[CPU]
• Intel Core i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)

[Motherboard]
• Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H

[GPU]
• NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

[RAM]
• CORSAIR Vengeance® 16GB (4 x 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit

[SSD]
• Samsung 830 (64GB)

[HHD External]
• WD My Passport Portable (2TB, 3.0 USB)

[OS]
• Windows 7 64-bit

So what I'd really like to know is if this is a good rig for gaming at 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 with high/maximum settings for most games and for work concerning programmes for audio editing/production/etc like DAWs (Cubase 6, Reason, etc)? Also is 3.0 USB really as cool as it sounds and will putting my OS, Cubase, and 1 or 2 games (which can be replaced after I finished playing) on the SSD really be all that greater concerning loading time? Those are my main questions but I also have a list of secondary things I'd like to know please:

1) Will I be able to add another GTX 560 Ti in the future (SLI config) and what would that do for quality and performance?

2) What power supply and cooling system will be needed for this rig (SLI included in future) as well as an affordable recommended case?

3) Will I need to OC (CPU and GPU) for maximum performance and quality (especially in games) and if so how well can these components handle OCing?

4) Also is anything on the list incompatible with each other?

5) And finally an estimate of about how much it will cost me since I can't really find accurate prices on the net since my budget is at around $800)?

Thanks in advance. :) 

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June 28, 2012 9:08:17 PM

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1) Will I be able to add another GTX 560 Ti in the future (SLI config) and what would that do for quality and performance?


SLI is only useful if you're running multiple displays or maxing out your monitor's resolution with the highest frame rates available. If you want to run multiple displays I'd suggest getting a Radeon 7850 over a 560TI.

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2) What power supply and cooling system will be needed for this rig (SLI included in future) as well as an affordable recommended case?


See recommendations below. What PSU you get is determined by what GPU you get.

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3) Will I need to OC (CPU and GPU) for maximum performance and quality (especially in games) and if so how well can these components handle OCing?


It doesn't really make too much of a difference but if you want to the unlocked CPUs give you the option, and while that motherboard is a great overclocker, it's major overkill for an $800 rig.

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4) Also is anything on the list incompatible with each other?


Everything is compatible but I'd suggest better.

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5) And finally an estimate of about how much it will cost me since I can't really find accurate prices on the net since my budget is at around $800)?


Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($256.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $882.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Slightly over budget but the case and PSU are excellent, and a bigger HD, better GPU, and if you want to get the unlocked it will come out to less than $1K.
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