Need advice on first rig


Sep 12, 2011
hey guys I need some advice on my first rig I have some parts chosen already but not all, I want my rig to play crysis maxed out with high fps for smooth playing and be able to play flight simulator x at a high level so here is what I have chosen so far

Intel core i7 2600k
Mobo ??
I want a water cooler but haven't chosen
I have three options for my gpu a and hd 6990, gtx 590, or crossfire hd 6950
I want 8/16gb ram

They are the ones I have chosen

So any advice?


In terms of gaming, the i5-2500k performs at the same level as the i7-2600k so you can save yourself some money there. (i7 is generally only recommended if your doing lots of video rendering and coding).

GPU - I think buying a single GTX 580 would be your best option, that way you can always add another card in the future if you require more GPU power. (GTX580 will max every game currently released with very good FPS). If you plan to SLI look for a 1000w PSU with 580's from a decent manufacturer (Corsair, SeaSonic, Enermax, XFX, Antec).

8GB RAM is plenty, ideally 1600MHz CL9 1.5v RAM. Corsair and G.Skill are popular choices.


Dec 25, 2012
If 590 is an option for you then instead of that you could go with a sapphire 7870. if you want to OC then go for a i5-3570k, its the best processor for budget builders. A exact budget would help.