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November 1, 2012 4:56:33 PM

I'm looking to build a system that is geared out for casual-hardcore gaming - not really either, but somewhere in the middle. I'd like it to be able to play current games at relatively high settings, and get a good performance out of them - and it would be nice if it had a lifespan of about 2-3 years as well.
Anyway, here are the parts.

Case: Novatech Cougar ATX Case.
PSU: OCZ Technology 500W CoreXStream Series 80Plus OCZ
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 (Chipset Intel Z68, Socket LGA-1155, ATX)
Processor: Intel i5-2500K
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper Evo 212
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3 (It's in two modules)
Graphics: Sparkle nVidia geForce GTX 560Ti

I just want to know whether it'll hold up against today's games, and whether all the parts are compatible. Thanks very much.

EDIT: This costs £410, in total. The max budget is £500.

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November 1, 2012 4:59:11 PM

They're compatible but it's all older hardware. If you're spending any kind of money on a rig it should be the newest you can get. What's your budget? I could suggest a better system if I knew that.
November 1, 2012 5:09:42 PM

It will WORK, yes, but you could do way better. (I also don't believe that board can overclock, while you have an unlocked processor.)

If you give us a budget, we can build a whiz of a machine.
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November 1, 2012 5:09:45 PM

I would suggest a higher-quality PSU and newer graphics card. The motherboard and CPU are okay.
November 1, 2012 5:15:50 PM

g-unit1111 said:
They're compatible but it's all older hardware. If you're spending any kind of money on a rig it should be the newest you can get. What's your budget? I could suggest a better system if I knew that.

It only needs to be the newest if the newest is the best. The Core i5-2500k is still a fine processor today, because the i5-3570k and other Ivy Bridge CPUs didn't raise the bar much at all. If the 2500k costs less than the 3570k, the 2500k is the better pick.

DarkSable said:
It will WORK, yes, but you could do way better. (I also don't believe that board can overclock, while you have an unlocked processor.)

If you give us a budget, we can build a whiz of a machine.

Z68 motherboards can overclock.
November 1, 2012 5:16:02 PM

You can overclock with a Z68 chipset. I own two systems with with i5 2500Ks in them. One is with a P67 motherboard and the other with a Z68. They are both overclocked. The i5 2500K is very fast and will handle anything you can throw at it. If I were buying a PC today I'd get an i5 3570K and a Z77 motherboard just because it is the newest thing. In reality the performance difference between the 3570 and the 2500 is tiny.
November 1, 2012 5:22:52 PM

The cost for this rig at the moment is about £410, I'd say that the budget is <£500.
It's not much, which is why I didn't go for the latest stuff. I probably should have mentioned that in the original post, I'll edit it in.
November 1, 2012 5:26:32 PM

Sakkura said:
It only needs to be the newest if the newest is the best. The Core i5-2500k is still a fine processor today, because the i5-3570k and other Ivy Bridge CPUs didn't raise the bar much at all. If the 2500k costs less than the 3570k, the 2500k is the better pick.


Z68 motherboards can overclock.


Yeah I know that Z68 motherboards can overclock - I have one. But by going with the 2500K you still forfeit PCI 3.0, and as my philosophy on builds prohibits limiting expansion options, that's something I never encourage people to do.
November 1, 2012 5:43:13 PM

Well, before you need PCIe 3.0 you'll probably need a new CPU.
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