Need help with parts check


Sep 27, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: By the 16th of october. Planning to do multiple purchases over a couple weeks.

Budget Range: $1000 maybe a little over if needed

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, and doing schoolwork.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, ASRock or Gigabyte MOBO,

Overclocking: Yes, when i learn how to.

SLI or Crossfire: SLI definitely in the future, but just a single card setup for now.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I already have an NZXT Phantom case that is all black.

Planning on using this for bf3. but so far this is the list i have come up with.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k

MOBO: either the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
or the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm

HDD: Samsung spinpoint f3 500gb 7200 rpm

PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 800w

GPU: Either the EVGA GTX 560ti DS Superclocked
or the MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560ti


Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Case fan: NZXT 140mm performance case fan

Total = $975 with ASRock and EVGA card
Total = $937 with Gigabyte and MSI card

Let me know what you guys all think. I'm up to any suggestions. Thanks


The twin frozr is actually a very good and quiet cooler, so i would go with the MSI card for GPU.

The Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 is a very good mobo, I would choose that one as it is somewhat more future proof with the Gen3 support.

For PSU 750W would be sufficient ( for OC and 560Ti SLI ), but the $119.99 for that is not a bad. PC power & cooling Silencer 760W would work out great.
And it comes with a 7 year warranty. $89.99 ( before $20 MIR ) so would be a pretty sweet deal.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB would be a better choice for HDD, but not available in microcenter so you would have to get it elsewhere.

Generally the build is looking good.



Seems that what they have done is modified the base so that they removed the spacers between the different heatpipes on the bottom, making for a flatter surface.
More copper contact to the CPU. Should work better than before, but not sure how much better.

Both are still excellent choices :)



The fan is also supposed to be better pushing more air.

For $5 more, you cant really go wrong.