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I have been buying pieces as I have seen good deals and here is what I have so far

PSU OCZ ZT-750 88.99
CPU i5 2500K 189.99
HDD 1TB Green Caviar 79.99
SSD 90GB Force 3 99.99
Case White 500R 99.99
DVD 0.00
Cool Corsair H100 89.99
OS Windows 89.99

Need a MB and a GPU I am looking at an ASUS Gene-Z or a P8Z68-V and am unsure about the GPU. I want to be able to OC and I am a noob so easy to OC will be helpful with the MB. I am looking to keep this below 1200 but the lower the better, I will mostly be playing SWTOR but also some skyrim and others, suggestions would help. Thanks guys
Edited by snowrs - 11/7/11 at 3:03pm
    
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post #2 of 7
For motherboard I'd go with the P8Z68-V Pro. It will have something called TPU where you can flip a switch on the motherboard and it will automatically OC your 2500k to 4.3Ghz or so. It's pretty safe and definitely easy if you're not sure about overclocking the CPU yourself.

For GPU I would recommend a GTX 560 Ti. It should be able to run your games on high settings. If you can extend your budget a little bit then go for a GTX 570 but the difference in price is about ~$150. The performance you get from a 570 is definitely a lot better though. But I use 560s and they're great cards especially if you decide to SLI them in the future.

If you can find a good deal on a Corsair or Seasonic PSU instead then go for it. They're much better than the OCZ ones based on reviews and personal experience. A 750W PSU is more than enough but you could try and go for a 600-650w which will do fine as well.
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I know it's not the time to buy one, but you should probably have more than 90 gigs of space (probably around 70-75 once win7 and programs installed) for games.

I know for a fact that swtor will take up 25+ gigs of room, don't know exact numbers, would have to check how big the beta client is on my pc. (On droid atm)

Just a thought.

GL with the build!
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I was told that 90GB was more than enough for OS and 2-3 games I hope I was not misled. I may try and partition the drive and use one partition in the new mode that the Z68 allows and use the other partition for a boot drive and see how that works.

BTW I just snagged a N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC open box on new egg so now I just need a MB and some RAM
    
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post #5 of 7
Yeah, even 60GB would be enough for the OS and a couple games.

The 560 Twin Frozr II is awesome, I've used it before.

RAM is cheap you can easily get 8GB for $50 or so.

I'd go with these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226191

With the P8Z68-V. Works like a charm.
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go for a crucial m4 64gb or 128gb
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I was told that 90GB was more than enough for OS and 2-3 games I hope I was not misled. I may try and partition the drive and use one partition in the new mode that the Z68 allows and use the other partition for a boot drive and see how that works.

BTW I just snagged a N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC open box on new egg so now I just need a MB and some RAM
See I was under that impression when I got my 80gb ssd, now I have windows and 1 game on it :-/ the space gets taken up real quick
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