Gaming Build $1500


May 27, 2008
This is the gaming rig that I came up with but would like to know if there is some way of beating the price down a bit. Interested in overclocking, and will be upgrading to crossfire by the end of the year. I'm including the OS price into the system build as well. Don't have storage drives because I have a bunch that I will be recycling. Can any improvements be made or am I good to go?

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
Item #: N82E16811119160

SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814102915

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active ...
Item #: N82E16817139009

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Item #: N82E16820231445

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157250

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116992

XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible
Item #: N82E16835233081

SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA064/US 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820147062



Jul 26, 2009
Looks great man, but let's try and trim some fat....

Corsair Nova 2 60GB SSD
$99.99, free shipping

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
$99.99, free shipping
*Unless you need the Win XP virtualization of Professional, this will serve your needs

G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz C9 Memory
*You won't notice the difference of C8 vs. C9, except in benchmarking

Now, with that $70 in savings, spend $5 more on a cooler that is tried and true...

Coolermaster Hyper 212+
$29.49, free shipping
*Lower temps and higher OCing potential than that Loki cooler you listed.