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Old August 26, 2011, 03:19 PM
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I'm planning on building a PC that can run Skyrim on max settings with no lag and able to run battlefield 3 on high - max. I have some parts I'm curious about, will these components work?

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67
CPU: Intel Core i5-200k
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0579 Contact 30 CPU Cooler, 12v
GPU: Radeon HD 6950
RAM: Corsair Dominator Dual Channel 8192MB PC12800 DDR3 Memory
HD: Western Digital 1TB @7200 RPM
DVD Drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7260S-0B 24x DVDRW Drive
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR-500 TR2 ATX Power Supply - 500W
Case: NZXT M59-001BK M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case

my main concern is the cooler, i'm not sure if it's compatible with my mobo.
If it isn't, what cooler do you recommend?
is the power supply strong enough?
radeon 6950 or gtx 560 ti?
Also, do i need a DVD drive like that or can i save money there because i'll mainly be using it for gaming and not movies.
And lastly, will these specs be able to meet my expectations? thanks a lot.

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Old August 26, 2011, 03:41 PM
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I would say my biggest concern would be the power supply! 500w for i7 and 6950? Need more!

Also, if you aren't doing any video work, 2600k is pretty much a waste. save the $$, buy an i5 2500k and invest it in a better PSU and really think hard about getting an SSD for your OS at least.

BTW do you have a budget?
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Old August 26, 2011, 03:46 PM
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my budget would be around $1200 - 1500. Yes I've decided to get the i5-2500k since hyperthreading's useless in gaming.

what PSU do you recommend? and is the cooler compatible with my motherboard?
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not the thermaltake by far,of course

look at corsair,seasonic,antec.

600+ watts if you want to push the clocks way up
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Old August 26, 2011, 03:56 PM
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thanks, last question, which cooler should I go with that's compatible with all my other parts?
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Old August 26, 2011, 04:01 PM
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I'm planning on building a PC that can run Skyrim on max settings with no lag and able to run battlefield 3 on high - max. I have some parts I'm curious about, will these components work?

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0579 Contact 30 CPU Cooler, 12v
GPU: Radeon HD 6950
RAM: Corsair Dominator Dual Channel 8192MB PC12800 DDR3 Memory
HD: Western Digital 1TB @7200 RPM
DVD Drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7260S-0B 24x DVDRW Drive
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR-500 TR2 ATX Power Supply - 500W
Case: NZXT M59-001BK M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case

my main concern is the cooler, I'm not sure if it's compatible with my mobo. If it isn't, what cooler do you recommend? is the power supply strong enough? Radeon 6950 or GTX 560 ti? Also, do i need a DVD drive like that or can i save money there because I'll mainly be using it for gaming and not movies. And lastly, will these specs be able to meet my expectations? thanks a lot.

Swap the 2600k for a 2500k. Unless you know you need the hyper-threading.

I think the 6950 will be fine. Try to get a 2GB one if you can afford it.

Get a Corsair hx650 or something similar. You want to get one from a manufacturer that has a good history. I don't know about Thermaltake's rep, but most people recommend Corsair or Seasonic.

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is a highly recommended CPU cooler. Someone here who knows what they're talking about will have some suggestions.

Know one knows exactly what will be required for Skyrim and BF3. I would say a 6950 will play Skyrim maxed but not BF3.

As for the DVD drive. You probably need one to install an operating system and games. They aren't expensive so it's probably a good idea to get one even if you won't use it much. You'll be annoyed if you need it some day and you have to wait while you order one. Of course you can always steal one from another computer (if there is one available) whenever you need it.


Lastly, do you have a budget? That will help with suggestions for your requirements.





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hr-02 macho for bang for back. supposed to sit around 50-60.
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