Ideas for a $1500 build?


Jul 26, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Next day or so!

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, movies, music

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: intel or nvidia

Overclocking: maybe in future

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i need two pci-e slots for my xonar sound card and NIC card. xonar is for my headphones and NIC because my router is too far from my room :(

I have a $1,500 budget for my new build and these are the parts I plan on buying:

-Intel i7-2600k

-ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Motherboard

Video Card:
-MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC

-Antec Nine Hundred Case

Hard Drive:
-WD Caviar Black 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache

-Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Any better suggestions or ideas on parts or accessories??

I already have a 750watt PSU and a raptor HDD that I'm going to use from my old computer.


Oct 8, 2009
You could get by on 650W with a single GTX580 as long as you don't have a mess of HDD, fans, and other hardware. But you have the hardware so your going to want 750W. For SLI you're going to want 750W+ for sure though.

If you like the Antec 900 look I strongly advise throwing in the extra $$$ for the Antec 902. It has everything the Antec 900 was missing and is worth the extra cost.

The Vengeance RAM is high profile and may get in the way of an aftermarket heatsink. There is better RAM on the market without the absurd heatspreader profile. This pair of G.Skill RAM has much tighter timings and less expensive. I don't know why people buy Corsair RAM, I really don't.


May 16, 2011
yes that PSU is sufficent for the 580, however if you plan to SLI you'll need more. I'd also suggest replacing the deluxe motherboard with the ASUS Pro as it got better reviews and I don't feel the extra cost is worth the difference which is minimal.

I'd also suggest swapping out the WD harddrive and getting 2 samsung spinpoint 3's they're a bit quicker, quieter and a little cheaper.



i5 2500k & 950w psu- 320$

Gigabyte z68 ud4- 160$

Antec DF-35: 100$

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb- 60$ get another 1 if you need the space

G.SKill 8gb 1600mhz- 415$

gtx 580- 415$

ssd (if you want)- 100$

the psu will allow you to sli the 580