Gaming desktop need advice


Sep 6, 2011
Hey everyone, I browsed through newegg and make a more specific version of my question:

How should I build 1500$ Gaming Desktop?

Approximate Purchase Date: within two weeks

Budget Range: 1200 - 1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Game, School, Movie

Parts Not Required: speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: intel chip

Overclocking: Maybe, I don't really have an idea of this

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Here's what I found:

Intel Core i5-2500 210$

HD 6970 350$

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 55$

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower 150$

SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BD-5300S-0B - OEM 100$

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 70$

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 160$

especially thank ervinelim for him to answer my last question

I do not have a very clear conception of everything I chose. Some of them maybe a waste and some may not be compatible. And I have some questions, I hope there is somebody to optimize my choices.
1. Is i7-2600 a big difference from i5-2500? is it worth it?
2. Which one better meets my need for GPU, Nvidia or AMD?
3. Is Crossfire too luxurious/SLI for my budget?
Will anyone give me some advice?
a 2600 costs a lot and wont give value for a gamer . But a 2500K will , since you can overclock it .

you will have good gaming with nVidia or AMD graphics cards in that budget range . I would be tempted to buy a single 6950 and see if you get the performance you want

a 30 gig SSD will allow you to install windows and a game or two . Its too small to be practical IMO . 120 gig makes more sense

You need a power supply


Apr 24, 2011
hmmm.... looks good, but you should probably get a z68 board, it will let you use the ssd as a cache with your regular hard drive. and for gaming at 1080p you wont need more than a 6950.

as for the i7-2600, for gaming there isnt much difference. you will only see a differnece if you are using heavily threaded applications cuz the i7 has hyperthreading where the i5 doesnt.

if you plan on watching movies in 3d then nvidia would be better since its easier to set up and easier to find monitors for.

and for your budget sli and crossfire isnt too luxurious. toms recommends getting 2 6850/6870 instead of a single 6970 for that much money.


Sep 6, 2011
thanx dude, the parts I have chosen cost roughly 1100$ so I still have some budget room..
Is there anywhere I can cut the price off? because I still have to add power supply, keyboard, monitor and heatsink

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