Advice on what parts to use (best bang for the buck)


Jul 23, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: (sooner the better))

Budget Range: (1000 with os before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (autodesk inventor, gaming, homework, bragging rights)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:

Country of Origin: (united states i guess)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (asus motherboard, with good future expandability)

Overclocking: Yes /

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution:, 1920x1080

Additional Comments: prefer best cooling for a long product life, and an nzxt phantom, antec 1200, or df-85 case


With what you want in it, pretty tough getting it to $1000 with OS before rebates. Especially by getting any decent graphics in it.
I would say you can get what you want for about $1000 without the graphics card. And then add the card with however much juice you want.
You have an expandable Asus Z68 MB, overclockable CPU, a case you wanted, enough juice on the PSU to handle SLI/Crossfire and OC.

CPU+mobo combo: i5 2500k + Asus P8Z68-V Pro $409.98
HSF: Noctual NH-D14 $79.99
Mem: Gskill ripjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $64.99
Case: Antec DF-85 $154.99 ( before $20 MIR )
PSU: Antec CP-850 850W $114.99 ( before $25 MIR )
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $59.99
DVD: Asus 24x DVD burner $19.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $99.99


Then add a graphics card: 6950, 560Ti ~ $200-$220 after rebates ( $250 before )
6870, 560 ~$160 after rebates ( $180 before )

You end up with something in the $1200-$1250 range and it should play nicely in resolutions between 1680x1050 - 1920x1080.



Well if you plan on playing things at the 5760x1080, you need a lot more juice than 6850 Crossfire.

I would say that 6950 2GB versions in crossfire will get you a setup that will run things reasonably well.
You will have to cut down on some effects and AA but in general it should work with decent framerates.