Last minute check! Budget Microcenter Rig.


Aug 23, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Today.

Budget Range: $870

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, University work (Office), watching streams, web browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter- New Jersey, Paterson.

Country of Origin: U.S. New Jersey

Parts Preferences: See build below

Overclocking: Yes, eventually.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, by Christmas.

Monitor Resolution: Not very high. 19 inch Dynex T.V. But will upgrade to monitor in the future.

Additional Comments: I play games like WoW, many different RTS games, Mount and Blade, Oblivion. Will be playing Skyrim and some new games like BF3. I'd like the case to have some good looks with a window and LEDs.

XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor- 179.99

Barracuda 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST310005N1A1AS-RK- 59.99

ZT-50303-10M GTX 560 Ti Overclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card- 229.99

ZS Series 750 Watt ATX Power Supply - 89.99

22x DVD±RW Burner with Dual/Double Layer Support - SH-S223F - OEM- 17.99

GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

And a choice between these cases.

I would appreciate a check to see if there is anything better while keeping within the same budget?
Is the HDD good enough?

I plan on running 2 GTX 560 ti's in SLI by Christmas, so take that into consideration as well.

If I upgrade my cases with the max amount of fans will I need an aftermarket heatsink? I'm trying to save money by not having additional after market cooling.

Thanks guys!


Oct 17, 2010
"Is the hard drive good enough?" depends on what you're using it for. If you record a lot of videos or install a lot of games, you might need one/several 2-3TB drives.

The Elite 430 looks like the better documented of the two cases, and it looks like it has plenty of ventilation options