Need help on 1300 gaming pc before I order.


Sep 30, 2011
This will be the first time I'm going to build my own computer so I need help to make sure the parts work with each other and reccomendation on other parts. My hard drive died and my computer is already quite old (5-6 years) so I decided it was a good time to just get a entirely new one. I took 2 reccommended builds and put them together for a start.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today
Budget Range: 1300$ after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, some web surfing.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, moniter, speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None.
Overclocking: Yes.
SLI or Crossfire: Probably later.
Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 or 1900 x 1080 when I have the money for a new moniter.
Additional Comments: Perfer a quiet pc.

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive Converter - Black

HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible

Windows 7 Professional Upgrade

I need a 120-128GB SSD reccomendation.

For the windows 7 upgrade do I have to install windows xp then buy the upgrade or can I just buy it on another computer and use the back up cd instead?

Will 750w be enough when I add another 6950?


Aug 29, 2006
Your missing a tower. Consider the hyper 212+ cooler over the Hyper N its cheaper and works great. As for SSD anything but the OCZ vert II. Also Arctic silver was great 5 years ago, but better stuff is out now look at the IC Diamond compound. Also Make sure to check the manufacturers website to see if your memory is compatible with their MB.

Also if you have a valid copy of any previous Windows not OEM you can install 7 upgrade legitimately Go here to find out how.