I'm building up a new gamin system $1500/1700 and need your expertise.


Aug 8, 2011
I have saved what I think is a decent amount for a Gaming pc. I'd like for it to be as future proof as possible seeing as it's expensive to build new pc's. So I'm asking you all to help with your knowledge and experience to build me a pc of such quality. I'd do it myself but it's my first build and I want it to be as close to perfect as it can be.

I'd like to stay on one monitor at well i'm not sure what resolution.
Sli/Crossfire i don't know to be honest that's why I'm here asking.
I don't need a keyboard or mouse I already bought some Razor products.
There is also a used Smilodon ( I think that's what it's called) case with a 550w? Psu i can get for free. If I need better please say so.
Gaming and casual browsing is the only thing i will use it for.

Here is where the plot thickens. I was thinking about helping my buddy by buying him a new mobo/pcu/gfx card/ram since he's the one who wants me to play with him and he's in a bit of a rough spot. He's using some old E-machine. Is there anyway to build me a great gaming pc and still help him out with future games? If not I can always help him out later. Primarily I just want to have little to no issues running games for the next few years.

I appreciate your time and opinions and await your comments.
Thank you.


Aug 8, 2011
sorry =(

Approximate Purchase Date:September/October

Budget Range: 1500 - 1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, maybe case?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Cheaper is better

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: The best I can get for the price range I have

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure

Additional Comments: I have a copy of windows 7 also
Remove the SSD in this build to lower the price. This build is set up to add another one of those vid cards later on for SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 $89.98 - $79.98 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4-LUS-07AR-GP/dp/B002LE8BJA/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312702502&sr=1-4 $14.76 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Silent-140mm-R4-S4S-10AK-GP/dp/B00314J422/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312702521&sr=1-13 $9.86 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Cooler Master R4 Series Silent 140mm Case Fan R4-S4S-10AK-GP

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371050 $129.99 - $109.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&title=ASRock-P67-EXTREME4-B3-LGA1155-Intel-P67-B3-DDR3-Quad-SLI-Quad-CrossFireX-SATA3-USB3-0-A-GbE-ATX-Motherboard Combo Price: $359.98 save: $ 10.00 Free Shipping
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $29.49 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211551 $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312081809&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S-0B/dp/B003MRHOQG/ref=dp_cp_ob_pc_title_2 $19.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GDDR5-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B004B8VL64 $449.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Lifetime Warranty 015-P3-1580-AR


Total: $1,384.02 *not including mail in rebates

***Dual gtx 560ti's in SLI ....replace the psu and vid card up above with these down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $89.99 - $64.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604 $239.99 - $214.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594 $239.99 - $219.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007617%2050001315%20600060968%20600030647&IsNodeId=1&name=ASUS <----- some monitors worth taking a look at.

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1EqpvWFEN <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-extreme4-p67-and-fatal1ty-professional-p67-vs-x58-with-core-i7-950-review-asrock-p67-extreme4.html <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bridge-with-the-asrock-p67-extreme4 <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards in it's class

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4 <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard

The first option is a single gtx 580 now and add one later on, the other option is to get two gtx 560's right away. dual gtx 560's in SLI > single gtx 580.

I posted two different gtx 560's in there to look at...decent deal on either one. Both can be over clocked.

btw those fans in that build...the 200mm fan goes on the side, and the smaller one is for the bottom of that case.

Yep...if you plan on adding another one later on. A lot of people plan on adding a second card later on but don't for one reason or another. You can't go wrong imo either way. Two now or one big one now and add another one later.


hanns g 1920x1200 res. 28" monitor- http://www.amazon.com/Hanns-HZ281HPB-28-Inch-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B003C2B1O2/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312825791&sr=1-2 300$ high resolution all the way!

Rosewill Blackhawk- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107&Tpk=rosewill%20blackhawh 100$ tomshardware just reviewed this case and it cools better than the cooler master haf x!

Lepa 850w- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194093 50$ lepa is a solid brand. and this is an amazing price

im going to have to steal why me's combo for the cpu and motherboard- http://www.superbiiz.com/combo.php?cat_id=480 350$ with promo code

Scythe mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185168&Tpk=scythe%20mugen%203 50$

Sony 24x dvd burner- http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S-0B/dp/B003MRHOQG/ref=dp_cp_ob_pc_title_2 20$

Samsung F3 1TB- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20spinpoint%20f3 50$ usually 60$ so get that now...

Gskill 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 60$

EVGA GTX 570- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7218672&CatId=3669 290$x2=580$ yes you can get 2 rebates i checked

Corsair force 3 60gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233194 119$ or you can get a bigger ssd but it would break your budget- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227729

Total=1679$/1720$ depending on which ssd you get