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I need your guys' help picking out some parts, I plan on ordering this today (10/27) if possible, at the very latest tomorrow (10/28)

First off let me tell you what I will be using this rig for...GAMING! and also Overclocking (nothing too major...for the time being)

This is what I have so far, but the motherboard can change given the right reasons.

NZXT Phantom Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146073

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Corsair 750W PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006


I need help with the rest of my build, RAM (fastest possible, and will hold up to overclocking (nothing too extreme, but I plan to get my processor to 5GHz) Aftermarket cooling, video card (Nvidia preferred, I can't afford the GTX 580, but I was thinking of a GTX 570, and plan to overclock it as well)

Thanks
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231416

That RAM should do you just fine. No practical reason to get anything more. Especially just for gaming.

I will try to find a good deal on a GTX 570.

What seems pretty popular these days is getting a 1TB hard drive with a smaller SSD. I'm not sure if you have thought about that much but it is highly recommended.
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I need your guys' help picking out some parts, I plan on ordering this today (10/27) if possible, at the very latest tomorrow (10/28)

First off let me tell you what I will be using this rig for...GAMING! and also Overclocking (nothing too major...for the time being)

This is what I have so far, but the motherboard can change given the right reasons.

NZXT Phantom Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146073

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Corsair 750W PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006


I need help with the rest of my build, RAM (fastest possible, and will hold up to overclocking (nothing too extreme, but I plan to get my processor to 5GHz) Aftermarket cooling, video card (Nvidia preferred, I can't afford the GTX 580, but I was thinking of a GTX 570, and plan to overclock it as well)

Thanks
I would just get a 8gb kit of g.skill for RAM, whatever speed/timings you like/can afford. With SandyBridge your RAM isn't tied into your OC like in previous generations, so it doesn't matter as much.

Unless you get a golden chip, 5.0 ghz on a 2500k isn't exactly easy, most need watercooling and a lot of vcore to hit 5.0ghz. Also not sure if that board is the best to try to get 5.0ghz. Around 4.5-4.6 is a nice easy OC to get, doesn't require too much voltage generally, and can be cooled with pretty much any descent aftermarket cooler, like the inexpensive CM Hyper 212+.

GTX 570 is a nice mid range card, they OC well, so you're fine there. I believe AMD has the price/performance crown with mid range cards and their hd6950, but I would spend the little extra on a nvidia card myself.
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I would just get a 8gb kit of g.skill for RAM, whatever speed/timings you like/can afford. With SandyBridge your RAM isn't tied into your OC like in previous generations, so it doesn't matter as much.

Unless you get a golden chip, 5.0 ghz on a 2500k isn't exactly easy, most need watercooling and a lot of vcore to hit 5.0ghz. Also not sure if that board is the best to try to get 5.0ghz. Around 4.5-4.6 is a nice easy OC to get, doesn't require too much voltage generally, and can be cooled with pretty much any descent aftermarket cooler, like the inexpensive CM Hyper 212+.

GTX 570 is a nice mid range card, they OC well, so you're fine there. I believe AMD has the price/performance crown with mid range cards and their hd6950, but I would spend the little extra on a nvidia card myself.
Well..then I'd settle for 4.5GHz on the overclock, I forgot the chip is only 3.3GHz and 3.7 with turbo. Also, I originally looked at the sniper RAM, and read people having trouble overclocking it? Also, I liked that it was low profile, so I wouldn't have to worry if my aftermarket heat sink was too big or not. Also, I'm having mixed reviews between the 6950, or the GTX 570. I was reading some threads on here showing how to flash the 6950 so you can unlock it to be a 6970, which is just insane. I don't really like ATI's drivers, but I just want the most bang for my buck, what do you guys think? Thanks +1 to both of you for the advice

Also, in response to OldMold, I am going to get a SSD, and a 1TB drive. I actually have a 30GB Kingston SSD, but was thinking about getting one of these instead, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233204 if you can recommend a faster one at around the same price, I'd appreciate it, thanks.
Edited by genji - 10/27/11 at 8:45am
    
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I don't really like AMD GPU's but that's is probably just because I'm probably a nvidia fanboy. Some of the 2gb HD6950's can unlock the shaders to get hd6970 performance, they are getting more difficult to find. I think the saphire toxic cards have a fairly descent chance to unlock, but if you want more info on that, I'd check around the ATI section. Like I said, I really only buy nvidia GPU's, so I don't have much experience with that.

I'd go with the 64gb crucial m4, it's a very highly recommended drive on OCN, and price/performance is nice. I guess if you want/need the extra space that Corsair drive is probably fine.

As far as g.skill RAM goes, I've never had the sniper series, so I can't personally attest to it's OC abilities. In general g.skill does a very good job of binning their RAM, so just get the RAM that runs at the speed/timings you want, because chances are you won't be able to OC it much. Honestly you don't really need to OC the RAM for good gaming performance, anything over 1600 isn't really necessary for gaming ATM. I went w/ the 8gb kit of Ripjaws-X 1866mhz, it's descent, and it was only $60 at the time. I just set the XMP profile, and let it be.

Also, 4.5ghz is a nice OC for gaming, the difference between 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, and 4.8ghz is negligible in my testing I have done. 4.8ghz is the top speed I could get my 2500k, but the differences in gaming performance wasn't noticeable, so I just set it at 4.5 for the lower voltage.
Edited by anubis1127 - 10/27/11 at 9:17am
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Thanks, man, and great advice for the SSD, I think that's the one I will be going with instead.
    
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How much are you looking to spend on GPUs, Dual GTX 560Tis will give you the best price/performance. You can always go with a GTX 570 as well. I have no complaints with mine

EDIT: I know you said you want this build today or tomorrow, but if you wait till black friday/cyber monday you might save youself alot of money and be able to upgrade to a GTX 580 Maybe even the 3GB model!
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How much are you looking to spend on GPUs, Dual GTX 560Tis will give you the best price/performance. You can always go with a GTX 570 as well. I have no complaints with mine

EDIT: I know you said you want this build today or tomorrow, but if you wait till black friday/cyber monday you might save youself alot of money and be able to upgrade to a GTX 580 Maybe even the 3GB model!
I'm not waiting a whole month! I'm without an even decent rig atm. I sold my signature rig months ago! Anyways, I already purchased my build through newegg, it will all be here Monday

The final results were *drum roll please!*

Intel core i5 2500k
NZXT Phantom Case (black with orange striping)
AsRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 motherboard
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 Sniper Low Voltage Ram @ 1600
Crucial M4 SSD 64GB
Sapphire Toxic edition 6950 2GB
Corsair 750W PSU
ASUS DVD burner

I'm just going to wait until they have a sale or go to fry's for a cheap data drive. Thanks for everyone's help.
    
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Congrats! That is going to be a nice rig! That should hold you off for quite a while... Or until you get the upgrade itch
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I need your guys' help picking out some parts, I plan on ordering this today (10/27) if possible, at the very latest tomorrow (10/28)

First off let me tell you what I will be using this rig for...GAMING! and also Overclocking (nothing too major...for the time being)

This is what I have so far, but the motherboard can change given the right reasons.

NZXT Phantom Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146073

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Corsair 750W PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006


I need help with the rest of my build, RAM (fastest possible, and will hold up to overclocking (nothing too extreme, but I plan to get my processor to 5GHz) Aftermarket cooling, video card (Nvidia preferred, I can't afford the GTX 580, but I was thinking of a GTX 570, and plan to overclock it as well)

Thanks
Get this psu
seasonic x750
its gold rated & much better than corsair tx750
get this gpu
evga gtx570 classified
this is the highest clocked gtx570 in the market.
For the ram,2x4gb corsair vengeance/gskill ripjawsX 1600mhz cl9 are good enough for gaming & overclocking,
for the cooler a cm hyper212+ will do the job pretty nicely.
Hope you like my suggestion.
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