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I will take a look. The MB doesn't have to be ASUS, I've read ASRock has some good boards over at Tom's Hardware and I know Gigabyte is gaining better reviews with their new boards.

I'm still debating the CPU some but a few friends have sort of sold me on the idea the ~$100 is worth it. I still have a good 10-12 weeks until I need to start ordering parts so who knows what the prices will be like then.
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Refer to Phaedrus PSU calculator to make a decision on what you will need.
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html
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A quality 650w PSU would be more than enough, any of these would suffice:

Antec TruePower New TP-650
XFX Core Edition 650W
XFX XXX Edition 650W
Corsair TX650V2 (the XFX Core above is identical internally, so there's no sense in paying more for the Corsair)
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if you just look for anything at 750watt or more from crossiar you should be fine for a long time u can deff get away with a good 750watt psu but u never know when your gona need more power later on...depends how much you want to "future proff" i just looked it up and a QUALITY 750watt would be plenty
When you say "good", do you mean like gold certified? Or just a good brand?

I would prefer to pay upfront and not have to worry about upgrading much (hence why I included what upgrades I am considering).

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If you are going to be air cooling the Hyper 212 Plus is the best bang for your buck. If you care to invest a little more the Corsair Hydro Series have affordable Water Cooling options that are just amazing. The H60 costs around $70.
I haven't put too much thought into the water cooling units. Are those better generally speaking? How often do you have to keep up with them? I'm not very computer/technology/mechanically literate.
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Also if your building a gaming rig why the i7? The i5 is more than enough for gaming, put that $100 into getting a better gpu!!!

For mobo I would recommend the Asus P8Z68 V PRO or if the Z68 features don't really appeal to you (on board gpu & SSD caching) then go for the P67, more specifically the Asus P8P67 Pro.


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BTW welcome to OCN
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You guys don't think the i7 will come in handy when doing other things while being in game? Plus I've seen some benchmark tests showing the i7-2600k is superior to the i5 even though others say it is close (or even the i5 edges the i7). I figured it would be better to go with the better CPU than GPU long-term.
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I haven't put too much thought into the water cooling units. Are those better generally speaking? How often do you have to keep up with them? I'm not very computer/technology/mechanically literate.
Generally water cooling gives better temps than air does. The Hydro Series I mentioned is pretty simple to install just plug and play. Every once in a while you got to clean it but the same goes for any air cooling unit anyway.
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You guys don't think the i7 will come in handy when doing other things while being in game? Plus I've seen some benchmark tests showing the i7-2600k is superior to the i5 even though others say it is close (or even the i5 edges the i7). I figured it would be better to go with the better CPU than GPU long-term.
it's totally upto you, it's only good for what you use it for, if do rendering, video editing etc then yeah the 2600k will be a much better option, however if your primary usage will be gaming then go for the 2500k. It's been proven (sorry don't have link right now) that HT can hinder gaming performance. I say go for the i5 2500k
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You guys don't think the i7 will come in handy when doing other things while being in game? Plus I've seen some benchmark tests showing the i7-2600k is superior to the i5 even though others say it is close (or even the i5 edges the i7). I figured it would be better to go with the better CPU than GPU long-term.
The GPU makes MUCH more of a difference in games. Honestly the only difference in the 2500k and the 2600k is hyperthreading, which games dont need, and slightly more cache. Spending the extra on a GPU will net you much higher performance.
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Hello everyone. It was recommended to me that I give this site a look so decided to post my latest thoughts on my upcoming build then spend some time this weekend reading some discussions. I've heard from a few people that this is a great site so hoping for some good feedback.

Looking to build a new gaming machine. I bought a Dell XPS in Jan '05 but it is starting to get outdated. Even with the low min recs for SWTOR, it can't run it. Here is the build with a few thoughts:

CPU: i7-2600k (OC'd to 4.5-4.8+ GHz)
GPU: GeForce GTX 560 Ti (eventually add 2nd card)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 (eventually double to 16)
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB SATA III (boot drive)
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
CD Drive: ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

MB: Z68 but which? Prefer to stick with ASUS based on reviews.
PSU: Is 750w enough after OC and upgrades? 850w?
Cooling: Suggestions? Is this enough? Does the case make much difference?

The SSD will most likely just have our OS and a couple of programs we use on a daily basis. I would like to get a 120-128GB SSD so I can put whatever my current game is on the SSD but can't justify the cost giving what small increase in load times it might have (most people seem to think it wont affect it much at all). If the prices fall, I would probably look at a larger SSD but I'm afraid of the cheaper brands right now.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance for any advice and feedback you can give.
I'm giving you a better & more powerful gaming build.
cpu- i5 2500k
mobo- asus p8p67 pro rev3.1
ram- 8gb corsair vengeance/gskill ripjawsX
gpu- hd6970/gtx570
psu- corsair tx750 v2/tx750 m
pc case- cooler master 690II advanced
cooler- corsair H60/cooler master hyper 212+
hdd- 1tb western digital cavair black
ssd- ocz vertex3 60gb
optical drive- asus 24x dvd rw
Hope you like this setup.
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