Feb 23, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date: This week, maybe next week.

Budget Range: Maximum 1000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Movies > Surfing Web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, hard drive, OS, and...
Power Supply:
BFG Tech BFGR650WGSPSU 650W ATX 12V 2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Optical Drive:
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, and maybe Amazon

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: i7-2600k for sure, and GTX 580

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Really need a powerful gaming computer (will be for BF3)


Build I have so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz 250$ from friend who works at Intel.
Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 199$ from Newegg
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 43.99$ at Newegg
Hard Drive: SSD need some advice on what to choose.
Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-TR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 450$ at Newegg

Total is about 950$, without rebates. Like 900 with rebates.

I need some advice on the power supply which I already have that I posted above, will that be good enough for this system? Its 650W but I've read on forums about how some brands won't do the job at 650W for the GTX 580.

Also, I need some advice on an SSD... I have a little bit more cash, but that will be purchased at a later date. Don't give me something TOO expensive.

AND finally, a cooler. As I said before, this is my first build and I'm not an expert on this stuff, but will a cooler be absolutely necessary for me? This computer will be used for gaming, and I will need it for upcoming games like BF3, Skyrim, etc... Want to run these games maxed out.

Well I hope thats all the information needed, please any advice is welcome... thanks!


Jun 8, 2011
Personally I'd have a bigger PSU for a 580, but then again It might not be needed i usually just stick a PSU i know is more then powerful enough for my system, I'm under the impression a good 650w (80+ certified) might do it but i don't know if your PSU is a good one or not. You don't need an additional cooler if your not overclocking. For SSD i think crucial M4 is a good buy atm, i found a 120gb one local for $250 to replace my OCZ agility 3 that was constantly BSOD'ing.

Alternative to the 580 imo would be crossfire 6950, amazing performance similar cost. Though the 580 is an absolute beast and doubt there's a game it can't max out. Also as mentioned if you don't wanna overclock ever, drop the 'k' model, and for gaming i5 is as good as i7 but $100 cheaper.