Jul 13, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: IDK, before end of year

Budget Range: $1000 after shipping and rebates

System Usage: Guild Wars 2 when it comes out

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Parts Preferences: i5-2500k

Overclocking: not planning on it

SLI or Crossfire: don't really understand the benefits of 2 GPUs

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

All I need is a rig that will play Guild Wars 2 smoothly when it comes out. The system requirements haven't been released yet, but I assume they will be similar to other high-end games.


Apr 21, 2011
Here's my recommendation with an SSD :

CPU & Optical Drive: $226- i5-2500K & Samsung DVD Writer

Motherboard & SSD : $230- Gigabyte Z68X UD3 & OCZ Agility 3 64 GB

Power Supply & RAM: $175- GSkill RipjawX (2X 4GB) & Thermaltake Black Widow 850 (Cheap memory & power supply capable of powering two cards )

Graphic Card: $270- HIS Radeon 6950 2GB (Capable of supporting multiple monitors)

HDD: $65- Samsung Spinpoint 1TB

Case: $55- Apervia X Dreamer(feel free to select any other in case you don't like this one)

Total (Excluding Rebates) : 1021 USD

Rebates: 80 USD

That should be of help.

Also about dual GPU i.e. Crossfire/SLI allows us to achieve performance of a costly single GPU by investing in two cheaper GPUs.
Example : GTX 460 SLI beat a single GTX 580
This card HIS 6950 has great ability to pair with another similar card to give exceptional gaming experience.
Proof :

So when you have extra money in future get another of this card. You don't have to worry about power supply, 850 watts is sufficient for your needs