$1500 Gaming Rig

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Approximate Purchase Date: In 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1600 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: High-end Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: OS, mouse, keyboard, Display

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, frys(offline)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular

Overclocking: Yes, to 4.5 GHz

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need to have a window

Hey guys.. I've done a TON of research and ended up choosing these parts so what do you think? I'll probably change 1 or 2 depending on sales, but until then, what do you think?



Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ($210)

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($220)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus ($30)

Extra fan for push and pull: Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue ($17)

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB 1600 ($60)

Video Card: ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 ($500)

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ($65)

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X OEM DVDRW ($21)

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ($160)

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 ($200)

Extra Fans: 2x APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue ($16)


There are a few things that I might change.. Like these

Case: Coolermaster HAF 932

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

CPU: Intel i7 2500k

Video Card: 2x MSI gtx 560 ti


What do you think? :eek:
 

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i5 2500k & Scythe Mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.710631 257$ this is a better cooler than a push pull 212+. it will easily take on a 4.5ghz oc.

Corsair HX 750w & Corsair 8gb 1600mhz ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.703304 190$ the hx750 is a great psu.

Gigabyte Z68 UD4- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004ZQ6F7C/ref=sr_1_3_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1313508697&sr=8-3&condition=new 160$ 20+2 phases so you can easily hit 4.5ghz

Samsung F3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=f3%201tb 60$ nice choice on the hdd

Silverstone RV03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Motherboard-RV03B-W/dp/B004X19B02/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313509088&sr=1-1 140$ full tower, window, great cooling, and great cable management

OCZ Vertex 3 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706 200$ an ssd will speed up your whole system.

Asus 24x DVD Burner- http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD%C2%B1RW-DVD-RAM-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313508943&sr=1-1 21$

Sapphire 6950 2gb- http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-100312-3SR/dp/B0055Y66A4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313509304&sr=1-1 265$x2=530-20$=510$ all you will need for 1080p

Total=1566$

Do you need speakers/headset?





 

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Thank you very much for all those advice, especially the bundles! As for the case, I don't really like the style =_= and I don't need a SSD. But thanks anyways! Also, which brands would you recommend for the videos cards? XFX http://www.frys.com/product/6575973?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG , Diamond http://www.frys.com/product/6490922?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG , or MSI http://www.frys.com/product/6559683?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG?
 

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i recommend the one i posted the sapphire dirt 3 edition. are you looking to unlock it to a 6970? most of them dont unlock.

you dont like the 600t?!?! you are 1 in 1000 especially since the case has amazing cable management sufficient cooling and is made by corsair. what about this case?- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Motherboard-RV03B-W/dp/B004X19B02/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313552726&sr=8-1 cools better than the HAF X great cable management and is made by silverstone another great case maker

all gaming builds over 1200$ i think should have at least a 60gb ssd. just for your os and games. games will load much faster and you will be first on the maps by about 5 seconds. just enough time to call a mortor strike haha

if you think upgrading to 2 580's in the future is still overkill and overpriced for 1080p gaming. 2 6950's will be fine for years
 

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Well, I thought about the cases, but the exterior just doesn't appeal to me =_= And there's not a lot of cooling... And what about an Asus gtx 580? Are those any good? This is my build now.( As for SSDs, is it really worth the money? I use my computer about 2 hours on weekdays and 3-5 hours on the weekends)




Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 ($170)

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($220)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus ($30)

Extra fan for push and pull: Antec TriCool 120mm Fan ($13)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB ($66)

Video Card: ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 ($500)

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ($65)

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X OEM DVDRW ($23)

Case: Cooler Master HAF X ($190)

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 ($175)

Prices are from Frys
 

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Lol... no really, newegg has taxes for me too (California) and amazon has taxes too now (a new law just pasted -_-) and I don't want to pay shipping. BTW is the motherboard any good? I heard of something of a problem called a "boot loop" for it
 

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Just asking... Does a Hyper 212+ ,with push and pull, generally can handle a i5 2500k overclocked to 4.5 Ghz? Also, would a CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 be any good? Last question, do you prefer the Haf X, Corsair 600t, or the Antec Twelve Hundred?
 
I haven't heard anything about the board and haven't used it myself.

Probably the cooler will be fine.

I think you'll want at least a Corsair TX 850, HX850, XFX 850W, something in that range. GS800 is Ok in a pinch, but do try to get modular.

The HAF X is going to be hard to beat for performance and features, but lacks in style.

If I were buying an air cooled case I would look at the Siverstone Raven series:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163173

Or the more traditional Lian Li A70F
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112243

Or the more expensive Corsair cases.