900-1100 RELIABLE build.


Oct 9, 2011
Hello all, I have built systems in the past, but have been unlucky with dead mobos and most importantly hard drives. I want to build a system that will last me into 5 years in terms of upgradability. Hard drive size isnt as important as RELIABILITY.

Approximate Purchase Date:ASAP

Budget Range:900-1100. Before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: A computer that works and doesnt break... then gaming.

Parts Not Required: Prepherials.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Anywhere reliable, but im used to newegg.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:none. Ive had back luck with asus mobos, which usually have great reviews.

Overclocking: Most likley, but id back down for supreme reliability.

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, but it isnt a prime concern. If there is a more reliable single slot mobo, Ill just get a better single slot gpu.

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: RELIABILITY

EVGA 560ti

I would add around 100 to the budget if I could get a card MUCH better than this.

Corsair 16gb kit Vengence

Antec Earthwatts ea-650w

Samsung 256gb ssd

msi z68 5year warranty mobo.

I want to be able to game, but I really want STABLE, CONTINUED performance.


If you want extreme reliability I would stay away from any form of SSD to be honest, except for maybe an Intel one. I think a couple of WD blue or black drives in RAID 1 might suit you well. The reason I say WD is because I hear they have great customer service and a nice long warranty. I would then get a top of the line PSU like a Seasonic X-560, super quiet/reliable/efficient. As for RAM I think 8GB would be plenty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049 $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $25.99 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=N82E16820220570 $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON 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 iHAS124-04 - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401 $219.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3 <----- a better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0