$600-700 Gamer build:Too much CPU and not enough GPU?


Jun 12, 2006
Before I get started by apologizing for any ineptness on my end. I haven’t done any building for several years and I have only recently gotten back into reading up on parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: Approximately By the end of the month

Budget Range: Originally 600-700 the lower the better but I am somewhat flexible in going higher

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming videos, surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, case, memory, power supply, hard drive (will post parts)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, I have mainly been using newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1360x768 (At this point, I’d rather spend money on hardware and get a monitor later so I will be using my 19” Samsung hdtv as a monitor until I decided to upgrade later)

Additional Comments: None


At this point in time I am waiting on bulldozer to come out to see how it will do. If it does well, I will do an AMD build, if not it’s the 2500k. For the sake of argument, I will just put the 2500k on here.

I had originally planned on using an HD 6870 on my build but it would seem that my performance on games would be greatly hindered by the slower GPU (duh). For this reason I am willing to up my budget to get a 6950 or 560TI or readjust the build to accommodate a cheaper cpu to bring in the higher end gpu but I would really like to have a beefy processor. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Already Purchased:

PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Case: Rosewill Blackbone

Originally Planned Parts:

CPU and Mother Board: Intel I5 2500k and MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 +

DVD drive: LG DVD Burner 24X

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
This is also currently on sale, after rebate, for $150, which is one of the reasons it caught my eye.

Total cost of build: $686 after rebates and discounts

Thank you in advance!