$2500-2750 Gaming Build


Feb 3, 2010
So it's been a couple years since my last build and I think it's time for an upgrade. The new games I want to play (mw3,bf3 and a few others) are due out soon and I want to play them on something new and shiny lol! My budget for the build is $2500-2750 preferably the lower half. I'll only be doing gaming and some video editing stuff here or there but gaming is the priority. Thanks again ahead of time for the replies and help! I asked for help here on the last build and haven't been dissapointed!! I think I went with a madadmiral build suggestion if I remember correctly so if your out there I need assistance once more!

Approximate Purchase Date: October 2011 

Budget Range: $2500-2750

System Usage: Gaming, Video Editing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to run eyefinity or surround. I dont have any parts already found and most of the time I wind up changing what I have to a suggestion on here anyway lol. I was looking at the 6970 in 2 way crossfire as they are cheaper than 580s. I just want to run 3 screens with good frames. I'd possible I would like water-cooling since its quite and I know i can overclock with it. Not to mention I hate dusty fans and even with filters they somehow are still dusty. I want either a red/black or a green/black build if possible as well. Thanks again!!
There are so many ways to go with this build...changes whatever with that budget. Myself I like one great monitor for gaming so I'm going to post an alternative to this build down below. Also keep in mind that people have posted that a single gtx 580 can't max BF3 on ultra high settings. Something to think about.

Add the monitors to this build. The board posted down below has a NVIDIA NF200 chip which allows dual cards to be run @ x16 & x16. Not a big deal unless you plan on going with three cards sometime in the future. All these new Asrock Z68 GEN3 boards are due out on the shelves within the next few weeks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225 $189.99 $179.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103072 $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371050 $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme7%20Gen3 $250 or there a bouts. This board should be on the shelves sometime next week.
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 $314.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010 $79.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455 $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 $209.99
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $20.99
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125395 $349.99
GIGABYTE GV-R697UD-2GD REV2.0 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125395 $349.99
GIGABYTE GV-R697UD-2GD REV2.0 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $94.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,440.90 *not including shipping and mail in rebates

***Alternative motherboards worth taking a look at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157263 $249.99
ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3

ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

***Single monitor set up

Same set up as up above, but with dual gtx 580's @ $460 ea. in SLI with one of these bad boy 3D LED 2ms monitors down below

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001473 $579.99
SAMSUNG S23A950D Black 23" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001474 $629.99
SAMSUNG S27A750D Black 27" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sli-three-card-crossfire,2910.html <----- Review and benchmarks you want to look at


Feb 3, 2010
Thanks for the quick reply!! I like the build you came up with. My previous case was the HAF 932 so this falls in line! You say no water-cooling? I like high end machines but had the noise they give off. Noise and the added asthetics were the only real reasons for it as air cooling seems just as good nowadays. I really want to run surround or eyefinity. I'm going to have multiple monitors either way due to the fact that I like to have my programs separate depending on what I'm doing. With the top 6970 build what monitors would you throw in? Based on the 1500 price tag from that list I should have around 1200 to get
3 monitors
That cpu cooler I posted up above is one of the newer hybrid water coolers. They are a hot item atm. They run quiet and take up very little room.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=575&name=Water-Cooling <----- You want to look at the Corsair and Antec brand coolers on there. Also google some reviews on them to see which one suits your needs.

For the monitors...any LED 2ms full HD HDMI monitor I would think. Here's two decent ones down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236099 $169.99 - $154.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236111 $209.99
ASUS ML248H 24" 2ms Full HD HDMI Swivel & Tilt Adjustable LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1


Silverstone Raven RV03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Motherboard-RV03B-W/dp/B004X19B02/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313250196&sr=8-1 140$ this case cools better than the HAF X thanks to its unique design

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200w- http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Silent-Modular-Supply/dp/B003O8J11Y/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313250406&sr=1-3 240$

i7 2600k & P8P67 WS Revolution- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.701066 555$

GSKILL 8gb 1866mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455 70$

Corsair h60- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Cooling-Hydro--High-Performance-CWCH60/dp/B004MYFOE2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313250761&sr=1-1 61$

Aftermarket fans for the h60- http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Case-R4-C2R-20AC-GP/dp/B0026ZPFDE/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313250816&sr=1-4 x2=16$

Samsung F3 1TB- http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313250857&sr=1-1 60$

Corsair Force GT- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191 230$

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=1313251130&sr=1-1 21$

MSI GTX 570- http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N570GTX-Twin-Frozr-Power/dp/B004XVMAKU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313252395&sr=1-1 325$x2=650$

Windows 7 64bit oem- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 95$

Asus 24" 2ms- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236112 190x3=570$

the psu and motherboard will let you add a 3rd gtx 570