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Old 09-05-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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Question Finishing Build. Seeking feedback on final parts (GPU, Case, Monitor)

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing. - I will be mostly gaming on this PC. I will play D3, LOL, SWTOR, Skyrim in the near future. I would like to play all of these on max settings and be able to play most games for a few years on max settings.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread - I am looking to stay around $1000.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. - US
4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc. - Intel-Fanboy. Slight nVidia-Fanboy

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are. I have already bought some of the parts when they were on sale. They are marked below.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads. I have looked at similar threads here and elsewhere. I want to make as smart of purchases as possible.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds. - I will be OCing the CPU and GPU eventually. But plan to run it stock for a bit.

8. What resolution YOU plan on gaming with. -1920 x 1080

9. WHEN do you plan to build it? - Currently in the process.

10. Don't ask for a build configuration critique or rating if you are thin skinned. Bring it on! ...please


Current build:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($285.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7260S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Mircocenter)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: ~$950 + (~$50 for a keyboard) = ~$1000
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Already bought: CPU, MOBO, PSU, RAM, Optical drive, HDD

I think I am pretty set on the case, but would appreciate any feedback you might have.
I think I feel good about that monitor, but not as set.

I am a bit split on the GPU. I have been going back and forth between these 4 cards (I would def look at any others you would recommend):

1. MSI gtx 560 ti hawk $240 after MIR

2. XFX 6950 $220 after MIR (comes with Deus Ex!)

3. EVGA 570 Superclocked ~$310 after MIR at microcenter

4. Galaxy 570 $280 after MIR
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:56 PM   #2
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go with the 560 ti, not worth the 570 for your gaming.
HAF 912 for the case?
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:59 PM   #3
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go with the 560 ti, not worth the 570 for your gaming.
Ok. That is kind of what I was thinking. Would you recommend that 560 I linked? It looks rather sexy to me. Also, how long would you expect this build to hold up? This is my first build and although I have done quite a bit of research, I am still learning.

Thanks for the reply!
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:15 PM   #4
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Yes that twinhawk is good. but the cheapest one is still good

just go with the cheapest 560 TI (theres a 560 GPU and a 560ti)
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:15 PM   #5
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Your build looks good to me overall. I'd probably save a little by getting the 6950 instead of the GTX 570. While the GTX 570 is faster in some games, most of those are where you're getting 80+ FPS anyway. It is pretty even in more demanding games.
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