Need Thoughts and Opinions on my Gaming PC build


Jul 31, 2011
Hello, I am working on building my first gaming PC on my own. I'm coming to a close on what I need components wise, But what I do need is thoughts and opinions on this build. Point out what is missing or wrong with the build, anything I missed. I plan on over-clocking this system so give me your thoughts on that. I have no real budget as long as it's reasonable. My goal for this system is that it last for a few years and works well for that time.

Thanks for the help guys,


Motherboard-ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU-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

Aftermarket CPU Fan-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Memory-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Graphics Card-ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Harddrive-Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PC Case-COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PC Case Full Tower Option-COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0

Power Supply-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
That Asus card is a hose job for the fact it's a triple slot card and it screws just about anyone who tries to use two of them in SLI. Google the reviews and check out the pics. Look for a card that's a double slot card at the most. The scout's a nice case but you lose a case fan with any decent size after market cpu h/s like that CM 212+. Also that WD h/d is slow...and 1600 RAM for the sweet spot. That XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as is that Corsair psu you have up there. Try this $89.98 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $14.31 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan $119.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $29.49 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $19.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black) $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ <---- That super o/c MSI card, the super o/c Gigabyte card, the Palit dual fan card, any EVGA card on there are all great choices...but again that Asus card is going to screw you if you plan on running two of them on that board. <---- That 200mm red LED case fan fits onto the side of this case...which is what you want if and when you run two of those cards (heat).
For the same price, you could have a MoBo w/ a full 3 year warranty; Asrock is only 2 years.

I'd up to the Scythe Mugen 2 for the extra 7C of cooling.

Ya spending $265 for the case / PSU combo and the PSU is a 2nd tier unit. For $20 less ya can get a 1st tier PSU w/ 10.0 performance rating


The DF-85 is an upgrade to the 1200 and the HAF-X is the comparable upgrade from the 932. I have built with all 4and much prefer the Antec combo.....I'm not alone ...the article is base dupon a review w/ the 1200 but as the DF-85 is built on the 1200 chassis and comments still apply.

The Antec CP-850 is a superlative power supply by almost any standard. Its electrical performance is up at the level of its more expensive brethren, the Signature 650 and 850, and Seasonic's flagship, the M12D-850: Voltage regulation is extremely tight for all the lines at all loads, and the ripple noise is amazingly low.

The noise performance is excellent, with the <400W performance matching or bettering virtually every PSU tested thus far. Above 500W load in our heat box, the noise level goes over 40 dBA@1m, or about the norm for PSUs rated this high. It has the virtue keeping itself extremely cool, however, cooler than any other PSU we've tested at such high loads.

A serious consideration is that in each of the [four] compatible Antec cases, the CP-850 mounts on the bottom, and the intake for the PSU is quite separate from the rest of the system. In the P193 and P183, the PSU is in an entirely separate thermal chamber, and in the model 1200 [and DF-85], a direct path can be maintained to the directly opposite, wide-open front vent. This means that our extreme hot box test conditions never apply to the CP-850; in other words, SPCR's test environment is unrealistically hot for the CP-850. Our atypical spot check with a room ambient thermal test showed the CP-850 would reach only 24 dBA@1m at 700W load in a 27°C working environment. This is ridiculously quiet for such high power output.

The above is an obviously unfair advantage for the CP-850... but what of it? Antec has used an integrated systems approach for its CP-850 and its best cases, and if that approach is an advantage over all other case/PSU combinations, then, all the more power to Antec!....

For the quiet-seeking computer gaming enthusiast, the CP-850 (along with any of the three compatible cases) is something of a godsend. Fantastically stable power, super low noise at any power load, long expected reliability due to excellent cooling, modular cabling, and all at a price that's no higher than many high end 6~700W models.

If ya stick with the HAF upgrade to the HAF-X, get the Corsair HX or AX series.

Skip the blue HD for the Hi-performance Black .... or the 7200.12 or Spinpoint F3

The 570 is a really nice card, but at $350 it's a lot more expensive than the 900 MHz 560 Ti (900MHz) which is only $225.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$210.00 560 Ti (455/792) $0.46 - $0.53
$355.00 6970 (526/825) $0.67 - $0.86
$225.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.45 - $0.52
$335.00 570 (524/873) $0.64 - $0.77

As a single card, the 570 beat the 560 (900MHz) by 6% but it costs 58% more. In SLI, the margin is only 11 fps (1%) and the cost is $440 versus $700

RAM is sold out.....this a bit faster


hey jack those gpu #'s you posted are a little false since you put mail in rebates for the 560 ti in and not for the gtx 570 or hd 6970. the price for the cheapest 570 is 280$ and for the 6970 it is 300$ so why dont you run those numbers again. did you forget or something?

gigabyte z68 ud4 & gskill 8gb 1600mhz- 190$ this is a great quality gigabyte motherboard for a great price and it will go out of stock (recently reduced by 30$ because a new ud4 is coming out). gskill makes great ram.

i5 2500k & rosewill blackhawk- 300$ the rosewill blackhawk has great cable management and it has amazing airflow with 5 fans. rosewill has really stepped it up with this case

Corsair tx 850w & evga gtx 570 hd- 440$ corsair makes great psu's with long warranties and evga has long warranties on there gpu's

lite-on dvd burner & seagate 1tb hdd- 73$ quality seagate hdd

Corsair h60- 70$ corsair stepped it up with the h60 for sure. this will cool way better than the hyper 212 plus

Total=1073$ note these prices are all before mail in rebates*

im pretty sure you can afford a more powerful 6970 with all the combo savings i posted- 460$ well this is the only 6970 left so i picked it haha


AFAIK it only fits the Antec 1200? Or so the comments on Amazon would suggest. I'd check on that before buying.

As usual, Why_Me got you covered. :) Check my sig if you want more ideas.