New Build, What should I switch?

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Joined: 01/02/2008
Posts: 2

Hey guys,
hows it going?

Ive just recently looked into building a new rig, its mainly used for gaming and im at a little bit of a crossroads on just a few parts.

I will list my initial build, with Stars ( * ) next to the parts I am not 100% decided on. However, I am COMPLETELY open to any other suggestions you might like to offer.

If not, well thanks for the read :-)

Primary uses :
Gaming, and want to overclock (a respectable 4.0 GHZ)
Looking for good price / quality ratio, would be willing to upclass if it will make a *noticieable* difference in performance.
Max Budget : $1500, Optimal, $1200-$1300


1) Asus P67 Motherboard($180) (*)[b], Was thinking to up to either the [b]Pro($200), or Deluxe($260), however I cannot see for sure how the extra features might serve me.

2) Intel Core i5 2500 K (3.3ghz)(*)($250), not sure if should up to 2600K i7($365).

Its really just for gaming, wondering if 3-4 years down the road I may say to myself, its a good thing I picked up the higher one, or if I say its a good thing I saved $100, because there wont be such a difference in that stage (for gaming uses).

3) OCZ OCZ3G1333LV8GK Gold 8GB DDR3 2X4GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 9-9-9-20 1.65V Dual Channel Memory Kit (*). ($100)

Wondering if there is a better performing pair / brand I should look into

4) Coolermaster Haf 922 Midtower (*) ($100). Too small ? I have a bit extra space under desk from Antec 900 (about 5 Inches for height)

5) eVGA Fermi GTX 570 (*), $375, Better price / performance? I wanta good video card sub $400. Will play at 1440x900 or 1680x1050

6) Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM ($100)

7) Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
or HX620 (both around $130-$150)

8) Any DVD Burner will do 24x, good brand :-) please!

I know they are all pretty much open, but thats because there are so many options,

Main Debates : RAM, CPU, Motherboard

Thanks for your time,

Joined: 07/08/2010
Posts: 24

So, I would recommended this 1600mhz ram:
$15 more and it is 8gb even though you wont need more than 4gb unless you are a super multi-tasker and in some cases it can actually slow down performance. On the motherboard, don't get anything more expensive as you won't see any difference. As for the cpu, I am more of an AMD guy because the price to performance is unmatched but if you can swing the extra money for the i7 you won't regret it. Everything else is good and should run games quite nicely.