Would this build be a respectable mid-range gaming desktop?

matthewjer18

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Attempting my first build shortly after initially considering a prebuilt, and this is what I've assembled for my budget:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
Gigabyte Z68X UD3H
Corsair Vengeance 2x2GB DDR3 1600Mhz CL9
Galaxy 560ti
Corsair CX600
60GB Patriot Pyro SSD
Seagate 1TB HDD
Antec 300 Case

What kind of gaming performance could I anticipate? Not looking for other builds - just feedback on the current one.
 

samuelspark

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I would wait for AMD's bulldozers to come out and since AMD's cpu sockets are going to stay AM3+ for a while, I would go for AMD since their bulldozers are supposed to be better than intel's i5's and some of the i7's.
 
Your list is good, but I would rather see a GTX 570 or AMD 6950 2GB card in there, if you are looking to avoid upgrading for a bit. You could squeeze the money out of the build if needed, on newegg.

I would even consider the stronger GPU before the SSD.
 

matthewjer18

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I don't think I'll need the Bulldozer. For one thing, I think it's going a little overboard for my needs and its estimated price range takes me a little more out of my budget than I'd necessarily like to be. The core i5 seems sufficient enough for someone who primarily intends to game mid-range only.