$1200-$1500 High-End Gaming Rig

Bluex610

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Hello fellow PC builders, I am new to this site, but have been building computers several times back in my day. I'm looking for a build that will play current and upcoming games like : Rage, Elder Scrolls V, Diablo III, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Starcraft II, Batman AC, Crysis 2, and many others on Very High Settings. And also a PC that is very future proof. PCI-E Gen 3, and an Ivy Bridge Compatible Board is a must. Thank you for taking your time at looking at my build. Any insights or suggestions is welcomed.


Approximate Purchase Date: 2-8 Weeks


Budget Range: $1200-$1500


System Usage: Gaming, Multimedia, Web Surfing


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS etc.


Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect etc.


Country of Origin: USA, CA


Parts Preferences: Intel based motherboard that is compatible with Ivy Bridge.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Later On


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Game it now, and upgrade later. I know AMD Bulldozer is set to release soon, but I'm going with Intel on this Rig.


Parts Decided/Deciding On :


CPU - Intel i2500k 3.3 Ghz, will upgrade to Ivy Bridge when it releases around 1H 2012 $220.

MOBO - Asrock Fatal1ty Professional Gen 3 Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX with UEFI BIOS(G3), Ivy Bridge and PCI-e 3.0 Supported $235

GPU - EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5, will upgrade to new line of GPU as soon as they're available. $200

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $55

SSD - Still Deciding, will get one in the near future. Any suggestions on a value SSD?

HDD - Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Black SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache $110

PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified, $110.

CASE - Cooler Master HAF 922 $90

DVD - LG 24x SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black) $30

HSF - Cooler Master Hyper 212 120mm $30

DISPLAY - Viewsonic LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor Full HD 1080p and Speakers $180


Total before TAX and Shipping : $1260

New Ivy-Bridge and AMD Video Cards are going to support PCI-e 3.0, so I must have that feature. Is there anything I can do to boost performance or save a little more? Do I need more wattage, even though I don't plan on SLI till years later? Any suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks again for looking at my final build!!
 

mjmjpfaff

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you can get a lot of that stuff from amazon and you will save on tax fyi
 

Bluex610

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if you don't plan on sli but want bf3 maxed... gonna need one powerful single card lol

ill see what i can do

Well some games are not going to be completely maxed out with the 560 GTX TI, but I'm looking forward to the new lines of GPU's , until then the GTX 560 TI will have to do. =) Thanks for your reply!
 

Bluex610

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Yeah I'm ordering most parts from Amazon, but some components I'm going to order from Newegg. Hopefully Asus releases a Gen 3 Mobo soon. But if they're not, I'm satisfied by Asrock's Mobo features. Thanks for the reply!