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Alright, in 2 weeks i will be doing a new build. I do alot of photo and video editing, also the only game i play will probably be BF3. My main Questions are:

1. Will the gtx 560 be sufficient for BF3 on high settings in 1080p?

2. I'll be running mostly Adobe cs5 suite (photographer/videographer), will it be smart to run a SSD or just go for a HDD. I'm not too educated in SSD's but i know it cuts boot time dramatically and that's why i kind of want it.

3. Since i do a lot of photo and video editing should i just bump it to a i7 for the HT or should the i5 be enough?

4. If i do go i7, do i really need the 2600k or should i be fine with the 2600? Only difference i see is the hd graphics 2000 or 3000.

Yes i will be overclocking the cpu. If i have more questions i will update. Thanks you guys for the help.

Case: 650D or Azza Solano 1000
Mobo: Asrock Extreme4 P67 Gen 3
Cpu: i5 2500k, i7 2600 or k
Cpu cooling: Corsair H100
Ram: 16gb Corsair Vengeance 1600
Gpu: Something under $220(nothing over!) Was thinking a EVGA GTX 560
Hdd: 1x SSD(Don't know what brand or how big) and 1x 1tb hdd
Psu: Seasonic x750
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Well CS5 does support hyperthreading buy using i5 for it is not the end of the world, I cant see hyperthreading offering that much of a benifit, therefore my advice is to drop the i7 for the i5 so that you can get a better GPU, maybe a 6950 or 560ti?
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The ssd in my opinion great,on the 2600 u cant unlock the multiplier, so if u wanna overclock u need the 2600K! Haven't played bf3 but if u wanna go on high settings i would recommend atleast a 570. Accordin to some stuff i've read a single 580 won't max bf3 out, but could be a big difference from high to ultra graphics settings
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the 2600k would be your best cpu option as the hyper threading would benefit you, but it depends on how much you are willing to spend. The 2500k is just as fast in every other task as the 2600k and only alittle slower in heavy multi threaded apps, encoding etc, Its upto you if the extra $100 is worth it.

I would personally put that extra $100 into a better gpu for bf3 the gtx 560 would be pushed quite hard for max settings in bf3 and you would want to allow for some headroom.

The asrock board is a gem and i cant think of better for the price, The cpu cooler is a bit expensive for its performance as the h70 is more than adequate to cool a 2500/2600k upto 5ghz.

HDD would have to be a spinpoint F3 1 tb drive, The psu is spot on. I use a 60gb SSD as a boot drive and still have over 35gb available space after windows 7 64bit install on it, the hdd is more than quick enough for games etc.

Good luck with the build
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1. On high (not ultra) at 1080p, the 560Ti should be more than enough to maintain atleast a playable 30fps at all times.

2. An SSD not only increase boot times, but also load time for any application or game that is loaded onto the SSD. So not only will you get faster map loading times on BF3, as well as a quicker boot, but all programs within CS5 will run faster as well. If you have the extra money for an SSD, I personally do not know of anyone on this forum who would not recommend one, especially if you are big on editing.

3. Money aside, the 2600k would definitely be your best bet

4. The difference between the 2600K and the 2600 is that the non-K version has locked multipliers, which meaning that you're not going to be overclocking the non-K version pretty much at all. And since you said you will be OC'ing, by all means spending the extra $10 or so and get the K version is what you want to do.

For your components:

Case: 650D or Azza Solano 1000 - 400R, 650D, or 800D are all amazing cases, and I would choose one of those if I were you. The CM HAF series (922, 932, 942, X) are also quite phenomenal

Mobo: Asrock Extreme4 P67 Gen 3 - GREAT

Cpu: i5 2500k, i7 2600 or k - i7 2600K

Cpu cooling: Corsair H100 - Great choice as well. If you change your mind and want to go full air, I would go with an Noctua NH-D14

Ram: 16gb Corsair Vengeance 1600 - Many would say 8GB is more than enough, but it just depends how much you are actually going to be doing. I personally think 8GB is way more than enough unless you're triple monitoring with CS5 on all monitors and then rendering in Vegas in the background

Gpu: Something under $220(nothing over!) Was thinking a EVGA GTX 560 - If you're going with a 560, make sure you get the 560Ti version

Hdd: 1x SSD(Don't know what brand or how big) and 1x 1tb hdd - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for HDD, Crucial M4 #GB for SSD

Psu: Seasonic x750 - 750 is a bit over the top for just a 560Ti and an OC'ed 2600K. I'd go for a 650, UNLESS you plan on SLI'ing in the future

Monitor: something 24" LED - ASUS VH238H would be what I would choose here
Edited by Invisible - 10/3/11 at 10:59am
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Thanks for the input guys. Looks like i will be going with the 2600k since i do a lot of video encoding/editing. I was browsing around and saw that most people recommended the 64GB crucial SSd so i will be going that direction with the samsung spinpoint. I think i will just keep the ram at 8gb, and if thats not enough ill upgrade since its only $50 more.
 
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Thanks for the input guys. Looks like i will be going with the 2600k since i do a lot of video encoding/editing. I was browsing around and saw that most people recommended the 64GB crucial SSd so i will be going that direction with the samsung spinpoint. I think i will just keep the ram at 8gb, and if thats not enough ill upgrade since its only $50 more.
The 64GB is a perfect size for most people, leaving tons of room for the OS and many demanding programs.

About the RAM, starting off with 8GB and then upgrading the 16GB is a great way to go. No need to spend the extra money if you literally dont need it.

Build looks great by the way.
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The 560 ti won't get you ultra high settings but it should be playable on high. My 460 GTX plays on high so far in the beta.

And yes, you should get the 2600k because it is unlocked and you mentioned you want to overclock. The hyperthreading will come in handy as well if you video and photo edit.

I notice you didn't have a monitor listed but are looking for a 24" LED. You may want to check out the Dell U2412M, it is more of a budget IPS panel compared to it's big brother the U2410 but it is still IPS and will have clearer colors than a typical TN.

HP also has a series of LED backlit IPS monitor's out now, with the 24" dropping sometime in mid-october. I believe it is called the ZR2440w... plenty of info and reviews floating around the forums on either of these.
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