Gaming computer recommendation?


Dec 18, 2011
hey everyone, not really very tech savvy and wanted to get into computer gaming again (tired of console gaming). was thinking of ordering a custom built computer from cyberpower pc but not really sure where to begin. what I am looking for is something that i can play say diablo 3, swtor, battlefield 3, all on max settings. i want to just fork out the money and get something nice and that can be easily upgraded in the future. anyways from just playing around I came up with this build so tell me what you think i could do without or possibly improve. thanks an hope to hear some input.

Case: * Coolermaster HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port [+120]
Laser Engraving: NONE
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: Flexible LED Interior Light Strip [+19] (Red Color)
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+15] (Red Color)
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K 3.40 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA) [+63]
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: High-Performance Non Conductive Coolant powered by Koolance [+19] (UV Red Color [+10])
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GigaByte GA-Z68XP-UD4 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 4x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+101]
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None
Memory: 32GB (8GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+311] (Corsair Vengeance [+60])
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+263] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Freebies: FREE Just Cause 2 Game Coupon
FREE Game Coupon Batman: Arkham City
Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+215] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Video Card 3: None
Power Supply Upgrade: 1,050 Watts - Corsair HX1050W 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+193]
Hard Drive: 240GB Corsair Force Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 550MB/s Read & 510MB/s Write [+206] (Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 120GB Corsair Force Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 550MB/s Read & 510MB/s Write [+192] (Single Drive)
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [+21] (2 x Systems [+27])
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+4] (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: LG 12X Internal Super Multi Blu-Ray Rewriter [+92] (Red Color [+9])
Sound: * Asus Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Sound Card [+89]
3D Vision Glasses: None
LCD Monitor: None
2nd Monitor: None
3rd Monitor: None
Speakers: None
Network: Killer™ 2100 - Gigabit Maximum Network Performance Online Gaming Network Interface Card [+89]
Network Switch: None
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Black USB Gaming Keyboard [+63]
Mouse: Razer Lachesis 5600 DPI Multi-Color Ligthing Mouse [+69]
Mouse Pad: Razer Scarab Expert Hard Gaming Mouse Pad 350mm x 250mm x 3mm [+31]
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: None
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: Linksys WMP600N Wireless-N Dual-Band Adapter [+66]
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (RED COLOR [+5])
Video Camera: None
Headset: None
Printer: None
Cable: None
Power Protection: * OPTI-UPS TS2250B 2000VA/1200W Uninterruptible Power Supply [+209]
IEEE1394 Card: None
Internal USB Port: Internal USB 3.0 4-Port Hub [+29]
USB Port: None
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
Office Suite: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 [+15]
McAfee Internet Security 2012 [+19]
Ultra Care Option: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]


Oct 5, 2010
Excellent system. However, a single 580 will struggle with Battlefield on max. I would suggest that 2*560 Ti or 2*6950 would be a better system. Are either of these options?

Only real advantage of a single 580 is that you can later upgrade to 580 SLI, which would be better than either of the two GPU configurations mentioned above.

Although the GTX 580 is the best single GPU card out there, I think you'll find its performance a little underwhelming. In BF3 for example, you will probably find yourself dialing down a couple of the settings.

Personally, I run a 560 Ti SLI setup, which can only JUST cope with BF3 at max (1080p). I dial down the AA to get a smoother experience.


Dec 18, 2011
thanks for your input!!! both options you listed are also available to choose from. I am leaning towards the 2 560 ti's. what are your thoughts on the 590? Worth the xtra $$$?

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