Gaming Build - Final Run


Jan 14, 2011
Hey everyone

Posted a while back on a potential build, it's evolved a bit since the SB recall. Looking for any advice/critiques on this build before I start ordering.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week at the Latest

Budget Range: Looking to keep it under $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: No preference really

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The Build So Far -

Case = COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

CPU = Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

MOBO = ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX

RAM = G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL


HDD = Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU = XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CD/DVD = ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

OS = Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Estimated Total: $1380.90 (not including mail-in rebates, etc.)

I appreciate any feedback, thanks in advance!
Your build looks solid. The only thing, drop the 2TB WD Black. Your better off getting a single TB Samsung F3 1TB, you wouldn't even notice the difference since they're both HDDs. At boot they'd only separate by 1 second. I say go with a Samsung F3 1TB (60$) that would leave you with 110$ to get an SSD. Which Would give you WAY better boots.

Cheaper PSU, same performance/efficiency. Both are made by Seasonic.

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