$1500 - $2500 Gaming PC + all peripherals build by Oct. 25th.


Sep 19, 2011
I am currently on an ASUS G50V laptop and would like to upgrade to a desktop PC for BF3, Skyrim, D3, and SWTOR. I would like the PC to be viable for around three years before needing to upgrade most everything. However, I am open to the idea of getting a strong single GPU right now and adding on another one for SLI or Crossfire within the year. I do not need to purchase the PC right now, though I would like to. Thus, if there is a reason to wait a month for prices to drop or new parts/peripherals being released then I can. Especially when it comes to the keyboard, mouse, and headset. I can get by without those if there is a really good reason to hold off until, at the latest, the end of December.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before BF3 Launches, Oct. 25th.

Budget Range: $1500 - $2500, less is always better and $2500 is a hard-cap. Ideally, I'd like the desktop to not cost over $1500 and spend around $400 - $1000 on peripherals + monitor.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: All parts are required including mouse, keyboard, headset, microphone, monitor, and desktop. Only part that I could hold off on for now is speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ideally Newegg to use their 6-month no-pay option unless Amazon has a similar option.

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I am open to doing it for the performance boost, but I am worried about micro-stuttering. I really do not know just how noticeable micro-stuttering is, but from reading the Tom's article on it, I would say that I am more in favor of just using a single GPU.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 is what I am aiming for right now given my budget, but obviously the resolution depends on which monitor and GPU(s) are chosen.

Additional Comments: I already have an OS so that cost does not need to be factored in.

I am still unsure I want to get an SSD or not. I am not knowledgeable enough about them to decide whether they are worth the extra cost or not. I also have no idea how to install and the best way to use them.

A quieter PC is always preferable. The look of the case isn't that important to me. I do like a nice looking one with a window and lights, but I am much more concerned with the weight, noise, size, price, upgradability, (in that order) and a flashy look last.

I have ideas about what parts to get, but nothing really set in stone enough to link, except to mention that I will be getting the i5 2500k for my PSU. I really have no idea on what monitor to get. As far as the peripherals go, I would really like a mechanical back-lit keyboard. The mouse I am still up in the air about other than that I don't want a zillion buttons on it. I like having a headset with a microphone on it, but from researching headsets, I think I have been won over to the idea of just buying a headset and table microphone for the performance value.

Thank you for any help! =]
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850W Corsair AX - Tad expensive but modular, very quiet, very efficient and very reliable.
Noctua NH-D14 - Again, expensive but very cool and quiet.

Your case is personal preference but if you want quietness stay away from the Antec 900/902/1200 and the HAF series. The Fractal Design Define R3 and XL are quiet but maybe not the best cooling. The Coolermaster Storm Scout is cooler but louder. I hear the Coolermaster Cosmos is the best of both worlds and it looks awesome but it is quite expensive. Also any of those cases should fit GTX 570 SLI and that big cooler.
I can't do much searching on newegg for you because I'm on my phone atm. I do however have a few suggestions.

I5-2500k - Obvious choice really seeing as though you don't want to wait six months for ivy bridge.
8gb Corsair vengeance LP - Good for the price with very small heat spreaders in case you want a big CPU cooler.
Asrock Z68 Extreme3 - Equivalent board of a different brand would be good too but this one is a good price. Good for overclocking and x8/x8 SLI/Crossfire.
MSI Twin frozrII/OC GTX 570 - Really no need for any more than this at 1080P. This one is meant to be fairly quiet too.
Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB - Fast and cheap drive.
Crucial M4 128GB - Reliable SSD, still fast too.
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850W Corsair AX - Tad expensive but modular, very quiet, very efficient and very reliable.
Noctua NH-D14 - Again, expensive but very cool and quiet.

Your case is personal preference but if you want quietness stay away from the Antec 900/902/1200 and the HAF series. The Fractal Design Define R3 and XL are quiet but maybe not the best cooling. The Coolermaster Storm Scout is cooler but louder. I hear the Coolermaster Cosmos is the best of both worlds and it looks awesome but it is quite expensive. Also any of those cases should fit GTX 570 SLI and that big cooler.


Aug 23, 2011
With the build suggested by jmsellars you'll have to skimp a little on the peripherals, but should still be able to get everything you need.

An SSD will only speed up boot times of your OS (if you put your OS on it) or a few favorite games loading times. Its a nice little extra that gamers use. Worth it if you have the money, if not then you can get one later as they are expensive.

Micro-stuttering is noticeable on slower cards. Two 570s or 560 ti's wouldn't be all that noticeable in my opinion, but a gtx 570 should be good enough for quite a while, so no worries.

Overall, jmsellars1 build looks great for your purposes. +1


Sep 19, 2011
Thanks for the input guys. Could you verify in the following links that these are all the parts recommended please.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127564
HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119150

I was also curious if there is any significant benefit to getting the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 instead of the Extreme 3, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

Also, any advice on what fans to get for the case? I have gotten the impression that Scythe Fans are really good.

I also, only really plan on OCing the CPU since I do not have any experience OCing any other part. Is it advisable for me to OC other parts of the PC? And if I am not planning on OCing any other part, is this still the right build, or vice versa, if I am OCing other parts, should I get a different build? Thanks!

Overall the build looks awesome. Thanks jmsellars1!



Aug 23, 2011
I wouldn't say that there is a "significant" benefit. The Extreme 3 should be fine for your purposes.

Scythe fans do work well, but so do many other fans. Just get some highly rated ones that fit your budget and fit into the bays in your case. You could snag some nice LED lighted fans as well!

The GPU you have is factory overclocked but could technically be amped up a bit more. Although you may find that there is no reason to. Although it is quite easy if you decide to do it, just look up a guide on here or even youtube.

And no your build is perfect for overclocking both your GPU and CPU. If you wanted to go SLI with GTX 570s and overclock them in the future you may want a higher watt PSU though.


i5 2500k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 220$

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=asrock%20z68%20extreme3 125$

Gskill Sniper 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416 50$

XFX 6970 2gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517 x2=680$

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 60$

Corsair Force 3 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206 180$ make sure to get the new firmware (1.3)

Corsair Carbide 500r- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009 130$

Seasonic 850w PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151100 115$

Scythe Mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185168 50$

Gateway 21.5" 2ms- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824113023 x3=450$

Logitech g400- http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Optical-Gaming-High-Precision-910-002277/dp/B0055QZ216/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1316574838&sr=8-2 35$

Logitech k120- http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002478-Keyboard-K120/dp/B003ELVLKU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1316574991&sr=1-1 12$ a standard wired keyboard is fine

Corsair headset- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-HS1ANA-Gaming-Analog-Headset/dp/B004IZN3NY/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1316575442&sr=1-2 73$

a tri monitor setup will give you an edge gaming because you can see more that other people. it gives you a bigger resolution and does not just magnify the picture


Jul 18, 2011
You can find better prices if you look for them around the net, so here's the components with rough prices.

GPU: 2 GTX 580s in SLI. Best price is on microcenter.com, but that store's location may not work. $800

Processor: i7 2600k, also on microcenter for $270

Mobo: ASUS P8P67 EVO -- $170 on newegg

RAM: G.Skill 8GB 9-9-9-24 1600Mhz - $60 on newegg

Case: Your choice!

Mouse: Your choice! My personal faves are Logitech G500, Razer DeathAdder, and Cyborg R.A.T. 7 - $70

Keyboard: Your choice! My personal fave is Cyborg V.7, as it has 12 hotkeys which are useful in MMOs and RPGs. - $70

PSU: Any well-reviewed 900-1000w. Check newegg for reviews. $170

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200RPM. $60

CPU Heatsink: Broke my rule. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

DVD Drive: Anything. No more than $20.

Win 7 (if applicable) $90 on Amazon
This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.730392 $148.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.717978 $448.98 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696126 $66.48
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236099 $154.99 - $139.99 after mail-in rebate card
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)