First Gaming Build Need Help


Oct 3, 2011
First of all I am new to building computers and this will be my first attempt at building my personal gaming computer so i appreciate any criticism and suggestions anyone has and if someone could answer my questions

Corsair CMPSU-800G Gaming Series GS800 800W - Power Supply $139.99 Will this be enough to power this rig?

Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB PC12800 1600MHzDDR3-RAM $119.97 is it worth it to get 8GB Dominator instead?

Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced ATX - Mid-Tower Case $95.99 thinking about changing this to a full tower

EVGA 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 SuperClocked Video Card $479.97 Should I spend the extra $120 to get the 3GB DDR5?

ASUS P8P67 LE B3 Intel P67 - Motherboard $139.97 unsure of this motherboard many mixed reviews, suggestions?

Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor $219.97

HP HPDVD1270I Multiformat - DVD Writer $35.99

Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs $79.97

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT - Operating System Software $99.97


Hi there, welcome to the forums.

Good Build! I would change a few things though. First, can you fill this out and put it in your post? It would help tremendously.

PSU: Good, but it'll depend on budget. There are better options.
RAM: Overpriced, and you sure as hell don't need 16GB for gaming.
Case: Excellent, one of my favorite cases.
GPU: Not the best bang for buck, but it depends on your screen res.
Mobo: Definite better options. Depends on budget.
CPU: KEEP IT! Excellent choice.
DVD Writer: Overpriced. Sony Optiarc would be a better option.
HDD: Overpriced. Samsung Spinpoint F3 wins here.

Get back to me with the form and I'll add much more detail. As you can see, there's a few changes to make for the best performance/deals.



Oct 3, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range:

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. Period.

Parts Not Required: keyboard mouse monitor and speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and possibly newegg

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an i5-2500 cpu and gtx 580

Overclocking: In the future.

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Monitor Resolution: Im using my 40" 1080p Sony Bravia TV



Alright! Lets get started.

First, when buying I would check for parts before anything. They offer free shipping, while tigerdirect and newegg dont.

First I'd like to ask, why GTX 580? You'd get much more performance in your rig if you went with a pair of 6970's, which you can fit in your budget. I'll leave graphics wide open for now.

CPU: 2500k (maybe get at newegg, depending on deals)

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Gen3


Keep the case.

PSU: (unless you go with GTX 580, that is.)

DVD drive:

That gives you a lot of extra wiggle room, letting you add dual 6970's if you wish.


Well it depends. The 750w would be PLENTY to run a single GTX 580, but in my mind i'd like to have the option to upgrade, where basically you need a kilowatt PSU. Yes they can run on 850w PSU's, but it's not nearly as efficient or good for the PSU.

Since you have plan to go SLI "In the future" I suggest a PSU like this: Not a name brand, but the build quality seems excellent the price for features is pretty unbeatable. If you want the brand name, this is the one to go with IMO:

And here's a pretty sweet bundle: