My Gaming Monster Rig


Feb 7, 2013
I have been a fan of PC Gaming since the Quake series. I built my first custom gaming rig back in 2010 and have been upgrading it ever since. I recently bought a 3D TV and naturally wanted to use it for gaming. My current rig won't run anything on high when connected to the TV so I am planning a new build. I have been saving for a few months and have money to spend. I know that with 3D gaming I need powerful Graphics cards and a good processor to handle the load. Here is the build list that I am planning on buying next week. Any input is greatly appreciated.

Power Supply: Raidmax RX-1000AE 1000W ATX12v v2.3/EPS12V SLI Cretified CrossFire Ready

Cost= $150

Graphics Cards: 2X HD Radeon 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0

Cost= $800

Hard Drives: 2x Samsung 840 Series MZ-7TD250KW 2.5" 250 GB SATA 3 SSD in RAID

Cost= $420

Processor: Intel Core I7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4 GHz(3.8GHz Turbo Boost)LGA 1155 95W Quad Core

Cost= $315


Cost= $50

Motherboard: GIGABYTE G1 ASSASSIN2 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6GB/S USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Cost= $350

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model


CD/DVD Drive: LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback

Cost= $109

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition RC-942-KKN3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Cost= $200

Monitor: Samsung 6500 32" 1080p 120Hz 3D Slim LED Smart TV (already Own)

Cost= $790

Total Cost= $2299

I decided to do a RAID Setup for my Solid State Drives mostly because I have always wanted to. Plus the preformance increase is pretty tempting. I am aware of the risk involved in doing so. I am not sure if i should grab an additional 500gb SATA drive for backups or not but i probably will end up getting one. I also Choose to crossfire the 7970's instead of purchasing a single 690 GTX Because of the price difference to preformance ratio. I do not plan on Overclocking the CPU unless I need to in the future. As you can see I have included links to everything as well as the price I found it for. Please let me know your oppinions because I don't want to spend $2,500 on a new computer and realize later that I could have built it better for the same amount of money.



That motherboard is not compatible with that cpu, it's a lga 2011 for a lga 1155 cpu.
Get the i5-3570K+Z77 motherboard,
Also i'd ditch that psu for this one :
750W is suffice for two 7970.
You don't need 32GB of ram, for gaming, just get 8GB, a dual channel kit of 8GB(2x4GB).
Get a better single 256GB ssd like the samsung 840 pro or ocz vector, the samsung 840 has tlc nand, which is less reliable and slower under load vs mlc nand ssds, specially against the 840 pro or vector.


1KW is massive overkill for that rig, and that PSU is from a horrible vendor as well. Get a really high quality 750W - 850W.

Also that motherboard won't work with that CPU - you will need an i5-3570K and Z77 motherboard for gaming. X79 and Z77 are not compatible. There's also no reason to buy two SSDs - get one and then get a 1TB hard drive for storage.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($157.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1998.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 16:57 EST-0500)


Feb 7, 2013
Ya I just noticed the Motherboard thing. Thanks for the advice. I do need a Blue-ray Burner though for my blue-ray disks since I am going to be setting this up on my TV. I like the case too. It looks pretty sleek.

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