Gaming PC Build ADVICE


Sep 13, 2011
It's been about 6 years since my last build and I could really use advice from the community.

I am going to be building a PC that will be primarily used for gaming, secondly web surfing, lastly multimedia.

I have been doing research, but so much has changed. I would like advice on any of components I have chosen and recommendations on components I have not chosen.

I would like to keep this build under the $2000 mark

Items not needed
1. keyboard
2. mouse
3. monitor

Processer - Intel Core i5-2500k

Motherboard - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68

Boot Drive - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Storage Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Power Supply - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Blu-Ray Burner - SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support

Graphics Card - I am going to buy a single card, but like to SLI in the future. I am considering the GTX 560 - 580. I would prefer EVGA

Cooling - I have no idea what to choose here. I want something that performs well and is well made.

Case - I like Lian Li cases, but open to any suggestions.
This is a case I am considering.
LIAN LI PC-90 Blue Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case



Wow you've really done your homework! Nice build there.

Right GPU's:

GTX 560Ti is a solid card, it will run all current games maxed out (aside from maybe Metro 2033) with a good fps (30+). The 750w PSU you've listed would be enough to run your build with 560Ti in SLI. Buying a single card now, and adding a second in the future would be a nice upgrade path, great performance, without breaking the bank.

GTX 580 - Single card will obviously run everything released so far maxed out with good FPS, and should be fine as a single card for a good period of time. Of course that then allows you to add another 580 in the future if you ever needed to performance boost. SLI 580's are recommended a 1000w PSU.

Generally its my view that you should never buy SLI cards right off the bat, buying the single most powerful card you can fit into budget, allows for good performance, and best upgrade options in the future.

GTX 570 is a good "mid-point" (also consider ATI 6970), but doesn't perform much higher than overclocked 560Ti's.

Bottom line really comes down to how much you want to spend, and what performance you wish to achieve. Rumours suggest a GTX580 is needed to max out BF3 meaning choosing a single 560Ti now, could potentially require you to add a second card if you wish to max BF3. Obviously though, this is rumour, not fact and since the game isn't released, we wont really know.


CPU Coolers:

Budget Air cooling: Hyper 212+
Best Air Cooling Option: Noctua NH-DH-14
Closed water loop: Corsair H60/H70/H80/H100.

As far as i know the Noctua will perform up to and higher than the Corsair H70. Im not sure however how it compares to H80/100.
IMO the WD 1TB FALS is not really a good choice for a 1TB harddrive. Firstly there is the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB which is cheaper, faster, quieter & cooler than it. Then there is the the WD 1TB FAEX, which again is beaten by the Samsung, but it will at least outperform the FALS.

One of the criticisms of PC-90 is that the HDDs are mounted on the left side panel, which can mean that it can potentially be a PITA to get into the system to do any maintenance. So also long as you don't mind this hassle, or don't go into your system very frequently then it's a good choice.

Some recommendations for a CPU heatsink:
NZXT Havik 140 $65 ($3 shipping)

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $70
Need to choose a fan for this.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 $70