Last Minute Advice for Gaming Build


Mar 7, 2011
OK, so after waiting for the Z68 chipset to arrive and after exhaustive reading and researching here is where I am at for my choices for ordering tomorrow. Please take a look and offer last minute advice, thank you.

Budget $1800 - $2K
Current Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (plan on upgrading to SLI with a 3 monitor set up in a few months)
Uses: Gaming, web development, database development, (and maybe some CAD since I can't bring my CAD station home from work, HP Z800)

Date Ordering: Tomorrow

Everything from Newegg

Graphics Card
EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Has $20 discount code and $40 rebate) Price before rebate: $334.00

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Prefer the Deluxe, but not available yet)
Price: $209.99

RAM & CPU Combo
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

bundled with:

1x Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz ...
Combo Price: $384.98

PSU & HD Combo
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

bundled with:

1x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA ...
Combo Price: $204.98

ADATA S599 AS599S-128GM-C 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 34nm NAND and 5,000 PE Cycles
Based on all I have read, I am going with the SSD that Tom's uses on most of it's builds...
Price: $219.99

SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)
Price: $64.99

CPU Cooler
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System (don't like the look of brick sized air coolers)
Price: $79.99

Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
Price: $64.99

Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Price: $59.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
Price: $99.99

(May dual OS w/ Ubuntu)

Total before rebates: $1,924.87

Your advice please!

"Gaming mouse" and 'gaming keyboard' are pure ripoffs/ sales gimicks, IMO....

The terms serve solely to separate you from about 100 of your dollars.

Down to $300 now for a GTX570? Good price, making it more 'value competitive' with 6950.


Jan 1, 2011
you dont need a z68 board if you have such a big ssd. ssd caching is about the only extra thing the z68 boards have over the p67. just get an asrock p67 extreme4 mobo for 160$ i have it and it is awesome. how do those antec liquid coolers against the corsair's. will you actually use blurays i think it is something you upgrade down the line to since they are so expensive just start with a 20$ dvd drive. the 6950 in cf will pretty much match the 570 sli performance for 200$ less because amd stepped up the game with their drivers 6950 is a better investment. ubuntu on the spinpoint windows on ssd. ubuntu is way safer than windows good idea


Mar 7, 2011
I plan on going SLI with the 570 in a few months along with 3 monitor surround vision. Blu-Ray because I may not always want to watch the same movie as the Lady. The OEM manufacture for both Corsair and Antec is the same, the Antec is $10 cheaper and has more flexible rubber hose.

And the Z68 boards run the same price as the P67's with more options, not just SSD caching.

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