Check on $1100-1400 Sandy Bridge Gaming Build


Jan 10, 2011
I'm finally building a new desktop after my dell inspiron 1720 laptop died a few weeks ago. I'm looking at making a i5-2500k sandy bridge gaming build.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1100-1400 but the less expensive the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (namely: WoW, SC2, COD:BO, HoN, CS:S etc. and would also like to use for future games)

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, os ( I have a Windows 7 Professional already)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: I have no specific parts preference, but would like reliable manufacturers.

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future (~ 6 months)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:


Part List:

Motherboard/Cpu combo:

-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
-ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$300 ($285 AR)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
$180 ($170 AR)

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$110 ($90 AR)

Thermal Compound:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Total price: $1220 ($1175 AR)


I have a couple questions then:

Would everything work well together or should I change anything out to get better bang for my buck?

Would I need to buy a CPU cooler?

Would it be possible to add a SSD to this build and would the performance be worth the money now or should I wait to add that in the future?
^ Good build, some suggestions

LCD - Get this one - Cheaper with shipping and is better with 2ms response time,...

Thermal Grease - Drop the AS5, its electrically conductive,...Get the TX-2 or NT-H1

As for your questions
1. Yes they would work well together and I have given my suggestions,...
Hop you know about the HD 6950 BIOS unlock to 6970,... ;)

2. If overclocking, then it would be needed...

3. SSDs are a very good, whether they are worth the money or not, depends on you,... It significantly reduces the boot up and app load times,... Dont offer any advantage in in-game performance, but will speed up the level load times,...


Jan 10, 2011
Thanks for the replys guys.

I decided to go with the other thermal grease and monitor. And I decided to add in a coolermaster hyper 212 plus cpu cooler in my final build.

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