Gaming System 2k++ Need Advice...thx in advance!

Mad Dog 2112

Jul 23, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: August 2011

Budget Range: $2000-3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / other

Parts Not Required: Mouse/keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: I am in the U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel processors, Nvidia cards, Asus motherboards

Overclocking: Maybe....atm though lets just keep it simple

SLI or Crossfire: no - Looking for the best Single Card System 580 vs 590? Explain which is better and why?

Monitor Resolution: 24" with dvi /hdmi 1080 - Need advice on 2-3ms vs other monitors...any advice on which is best would be great

Additional Comments: I am not a CPU Tech...LOL. This would be my first build, but I have faith I can do it..LOL! I am looking to build a gaming system to last hopefully 3yrs. I want it to be the best single graphics card system as possible. As for SSD drives I have one listed, but after reading a lot of the reviews on newegg, seems like many are having issues? should I not consider one and just go back to raid zero with fast drives?


CPU= Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600 $314.00

MB = ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $249.00 w rebate

Ram = CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9B $105.00

Video Card = EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $589.00


EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ... $499.00

Feel free to let me know better cards and why...much appreciated :) There are 590 cards...should i consider them vs 580?

SSD = Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-128M2S 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 269.00 w/50.00 instant rebate

HD = SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99 w/ 5.00 rebate

PSU = CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power ... $239.99 w/10.00 rebate

Case = Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer ... $199.00 w/10.00 rebate

Any opinions on better cases based on my system build would be great.

DVD Drive = SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM 64.99 w/5.00 instant rebate

Monitor = ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $229.99 w/ 30.00 instant rebate

CPU Cooler = COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... $29.49

The system is well over 2k.. I am looking for for better upgrades and choices for the money. I will say, "thank you" in advance to everyone for helping me out. :wahoo:


Mad Dog 2112

Jul 23, 2011
Thx guys,

hm.... I know I will be primarily gaming, but if I were to "downgrade" to an I5 processor, would I need to overclock it in order to run max setting:? I really am not the guru for I just figured dropping an I7 in would cover me for the next few years without issue? I appreciate all your help...thx again

Do you guys have a preference between the OC'd EVGA 580 @ 499.00 vs the EVGA 580 @ 589.00 ? Just wondering

thx again to everyone who is willing to give any feedback. :)


Jul 22, 2011
If your running sli I don't see anything wrong with buying the superclocked 580's for 499, it gives you a little extra performance boost and saves you a little cash.