Advice for a $1400 gaming rig


Aug 4, 2011
Hey guys, this will be my first build of a gaming computer, Look at the parts and tell me what you think!

Approximate Purchase Date: In about 3 or more weeks

Budget Range: $1200-$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: High-end Gaming, Entertainment

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Offline(Frys, CompUSA, Circut City)

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Yes, i5 2500k

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need to have a window and I don't care about it being loud, just as long as it is not a leag blower.

List of Parts:

Cooler Master HAF 932 (High Air Flow) Full Tower ATX Computer Case New Version With USB 3.0 and Black Interior

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 CMPSU-800G 800W ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Power Supply

Intel Core i5 2500K Boxed Processor 2nd Generation Sandy Bridge CPU

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Dual Channel

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA/300 7200RPM 32MB Buffer - HD103SJ


Parts that I'm not sure what to choose:

Asus Sabertooth P67 Intel P67 1155 Motherboard vs Asus P8Z68-V Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard vs

2x ASUS GTX560Ti OC 1GB 1GB DDR5 MEMORY vs EVGA GTX570 SC 012-P3-1572-AR vs Asus GTX580 1.5 GB vs vs

Thanks in advance!


Jun 29, 2010
Your build seems pretty Solid/Standard.
Only things I can nit-pick at are: your PSU. 800 is nice, but Ti series GPUs are known for their power-sucking abilities. I think youd be more comfortable with a 900W PSU. It will also allow for SLI and OC better than 800. Not that it cant be done with 800, but on a PSU you never want to skimp.

As for your Cooler, the Frio is "Nice" speaking of Specs/Performance as well as Looks, however, the CoolerMaster 212+ is Half the price and performs just as well, if not better (in my experience). Also an easier Install.

Solid choice on HD, it is my favorite to date so +1 for that. They also RAID very nicely. If your thinking of getting a SSD (Boot-Drive) there is currently a 60gb Drive on Newegg for only 100$. (Normally 150)

As for your MOBO, I heavily suggest P67. Z68 has some stability issues, especially with RAM, then again, I dont know if your Overclocking in the future.
That being said, the P67 is VERY easy to set up, very stable, clocks well.

As for GPU. 2GTX560Ti's in SLI > Stock 580. That however, does not help if you want to SLI 580s in the future. My advice would be, if you are going to SLI in the future and you want a Solid start get a 580 now. Instead of 2 560s. You wont notice a Massive difference and it gives you a foot-ahead for future SLI.

Hope this Helps.

-Edit: Here is a Solid P67: