My gaming build ..Does it hold water?

onespeed

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I am just getting back into PC gaming... seems funny that the last time I built a gaming PC was when Battlefield 2 came out and now I am building again for Battlefield 3. So i was hoping I could get some feedback on my build. My budget is 1500. This build is somewhat future proof and easily upgrade-able in my mind as well and should handle Bf3 well....what do you think?

Corsair 600T http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

Corsair Pro series Psu 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

Asus P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

I-5 2500k

Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Crucial M4 64 SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441 Will be taking 1Tb Hdd out of old Comp as well as optical drive

ASUS ENGTX560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121466 Will buy another within few months for SLI.

Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

OS Windows 7 Pro
 

hunuok

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Nice SOLID build.

My only suggestion would be to squeeze a few extra dollars for a Z68 board.

Performance is the same, but Z68 has a few extra features such as faster video encoding.

As others have stated, the Z68 is what the P67 should have been.

 

Nim Chimpsky

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I don't think he cares about transcoding. There's also the possibility that you can overclock ever so slightly easier with P67 because it requires less voltage (no IGP).
 

AbdullahG

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Overall, nice build. I would swap several things though to save money without much sacrifice:

MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262011
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150549
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016&Tpk=xfx
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Offers overall better performance. Corsair makes great cases, but the price for the 600T is more than a full tower with just as many features (NZXT Phantom for example). The AsRock Gen3 MoBo is a great choice and is often the MoBo of choice nowadays for a gaming build. The monitor is smaller than your current one, but it still is 1080p for a cheaper price. The 6950 is a powerful card that will make out most games available. The PSU is well-built (XFX is one of the many brand-name PSUs that are well-built; it matches your GPU too) and not very expensive.
 

hunuok

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This build is somewhat future proof

I don't think he cares about transcoding.
-He may want this feature down the track.

There's also the possibility that you can overclock ever so slightly easier with P67 because it requires less voltage (no IGP).
-From experience, there is little difference in oc'ing between P67 and Z68. Even on "auto" you can easily get 4.6GHz @ 1.35V.

 

If you were transcoding, video editing, etc... then a Z68 board would be in your best interest. Otherwise it doesn't matter. This board down below has the new PCI-E 3.0 slots and it has a front USB 3.0 header which is nice seeing how those Corsair cases have the front USB 3.0 ports. If you have the ports, then get a board what has that front header like this one down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 $154.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <---- PCI-E 3.0

Add another fan to that CM cooler for a "push - pull" effect to bring temps down even more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069 $8.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan60

gtx 560 ti > gtx 560

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JLNZXU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $224.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944.html <----- gtx 560 vs gtx 560ti

Here's a case with better cooling (200mm side fan and option to add more fans up top) not to mention this case has multiple fan controllers, dust filters, etc..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.722405.11-139-010 $274.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as is that Corsair psu and saves you another $10.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016 $129.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

RAM w/black heat spreaders to match that black board. :)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $58.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
 

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