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I plan on building a gaming rig in the week or so and I just wanted to get some advice on my build. I want to get a good value while staying with Intel and Nvidia. I plan on using this computer to mainly play Battlefield 3 and other games. Here is what I have so far.

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - $200

Motherboard: P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $180

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B - $65

Graphics Card: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) - $300

Harddrive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $60

Powersupply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $130

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $90

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 Cooling Fan/Heatsink - RR-B10-212P-GP - $30

DVD Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $30

Monitor: $150
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Intel i5 2500k @ 4.2Ghz Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked Corsair Vengence 8GB 
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 Asus Black 24x DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 7 x64 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Spinpoint F3 Asus Black 24x DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 7 x64 
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post #2 of 8
wow i wish it was that cheap where i live. By the looks of it it should max all games. (You may have a little trouble with cysis 2 on ultra in a hectic moment)
I very highly recommend getting an SSD. I got the vertex because it was the fastest and it failed after a week, therefore my signature. (Apparently my store had got a whole dud batch) so i would reccomend a crucial or intel SSD. besides that your in the clear!
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Sandy Bridge 2500k Asus p8p67 deluxe Gigabyte 6990 2x4g 1600mhz 
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x2 500gb cavalier blue in RAID 0 liteon 24x bisk burner Windows 7 64bit (Home Edition) asus ml248h 24" (1080P) 
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Razer Lycosa Cooler master gold 1000w Cooler Master HAF 932 Razer Abyss Deathadder 2 
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x2 500gb cavalier blue in RAID 0 liteon 24x bisk burner Windows 7 64bit (Home Edition) asus ml248h 24" (1080P) 
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Razer Lycosa Cooler master gold 1000w Cooler Master HAF 932 Razer Abyss Deathadder 2 
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post #3 of 8
I build a rig almost identical to the one you are describing just two days ago. I would definitely recommend the 2500k and an OC to 4.5GHz once you get it. However, unlike you, I decided to stay with the P67 chipset. Z68 doesn't really offer anything interesting (for your needs, anyways) and I've read of people having problems since the chipset its fairly new. I myself prefer tried and tested and went with the Asus P8P67 Pro which seems to be the "classic" 2500k P67 board. It's about the same price (175-180) and you know it's going to be good.

Anyways, besides your board, the rest of your parts look great. I'm using the Hyper212+ and get core temps ~30 idle and ~60 under load which is pretty standard and desirable for the 2500k. I use a GTX460 so I can't comment on your GPU but any GTX5xx card performs well enough (just depends on how much you want to spend). I bought the exact same RAM as you and it's working great. Have it running at the suggested 9-9-9-24 1600 @1.5v and it passes memtest and is completely stable. I'm pretty sure I could get my set to 1866 if I wanted, but I don't see the point.

If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to PM me. It's all pretty fresh in my mind since I just did a similar build!

Edit: P.S. what monitor are you getting for $150? If you're spending all this money on a fresh rig, it's definitely worth it to get a good quality monitor ($200-300). If that means you have to cut down somewhere else (GPU or PSU, maybe?) to stay in budget the I would definitely do it. I myself use a Samsung P2770HD and I LOVE it. 27", 1080p, 2ms, vibrant colors, crystal clear...couldn't ask for more. It's $280 at Costco, or you can get the 1ms version on Newegg for about $300. Just some food for thought.
Edited by Zzari - 8/1/11 at 11:39pm
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i5-2500k @ 4.5GHz Asus P8P67 PRO Rev. 3 EVGA GTX580 SC 1.5GB 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB, 1TB W.D. Black Samsung DVD-RW 22X Corsair H70 [Modded] Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412m Das Model S Professional Silent Antec Signature SG-850W Corsair 600T 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB, 1TB W.D. Black Samsung DVD-RW 22X Corsair H70 [Modded] Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412m Das Model S Professional Silent Antec Signature SG-850W Corsair 600T 
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post #4 of 8
Are you planning on going sli? if not grab a lower wattage power supply.
I would suggest Seasonic x-560

but at least get a Modular power supply.
post #5 of 8
Everything looks good except for the mobo. Stick to the P67 chipset. And why not get the 690 with the side window though, It looks bloody awesome. the extra 120mm fan blowing at the CPU aint gonna make much of a difference unless you are running GTX 480 or sth along that level of heat output.
    
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1Tb Hitachi 5400RPM 2.5" HDD Intel 540s 240Gb SSD Noctua L9i Windows 10 Home Premium 
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post #6 of 8
Buying used is a great option too, never forget that. I built my sig rig for $1200.
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Corsair H100 - Excellent Compact Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CWCH100)
 
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Core i7 920 @ 4.0GHz - 1.21v EVGA Classified X58 Asus GTX 580 DirectCU II 6GB Mushkin Blackline 
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Corsair F60 + 1TB Spinpoint F3 Corsair H100 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Asus MK241H 24" 1920x1200 
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Corsair H100 - Excellent Compact Cooler
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Core i7 920 @ 4.0GHz - 1.21v EVGA Classified X58 Asus GTX 580 DirectCU II 6GB Mushkin Blackline 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair F60 + 1TB Spinpoint F3 Corsair H100 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Asus MK241H 24" 1920x1200 
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
The only reason I choose the Z68 board is because I plan on getting a small SSD around christmas and then I could use the SSD caching on the Z68 board. I also like the security of having the integrated graphics in case something were to happen to my GPU.

As for my monitor, I plan on buying this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236100

@Ipwnnubletz Did you buy your GTX 580 used? If so where can I buy one used and how much was it?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.2Ghz Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked Corsair Vengence 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Spinpoint F3 Asus Black 24x DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VH238 Logitech K120 Corsair HX750 Coolermaster 690 ii Advanced 
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Logitech G500 
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Intel i5 2500k @ 4.2Ghz Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked Corsair Vengence 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Spinpoint F3 Asus Black 24x DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VH238 Logitech K120 Corsair HX750 Coolermaster 690 ii Advanced 
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post #8 of 8
Not a bad monitor, but 21.5" would be considered "small" nowadays Totally up to you though!
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Crucial M4 64GB, 1TB W.D. Black Samsung DVD-RW 22X Corsair H70 [Modded] Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412m Das Model S Professional Silent Antec Signature SG-850W Corsair 600T 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB, 1TB W.D. Black Samsung DVD-RW 22X Corsair H70 [Modded] Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412m Das Model S Professional Silent Antec Signature SG-850W Corsair 600T 
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