New $1500 Gaming System


Apr 20, 2011
Hi guys,

The last system I built was a few years ago, so I'm pretty out of date. I've done my reading but if you check this build out for me it would be really appreciated.

Heres the parts:

CPU: Intel i5 2500
CPU Cooler needed ?
Graphics Card: Sapphire 2GB HD6950
Motherboard: Asus P8P667-pro
Memory: Gskill 8GB(4GX2)1600C9 Ripjaws
Harddrive: OCZ 2.5" 120g Vertex 2 E
Power Supply ?
case ?

I also have a few of questions.

Is it worth waiting for the new AMD Fusion CPU's?
What wattage of power supply would I need for this system?
Should I stick with the stock cooler on the CPU?


Approximate Purchase Date: the next couple of weeks

Budget Range: around 1500, happy to spend a bit more for much better options

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Portal 2, Starcraft 2 and WoW at the moment) some photo editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm in Australia, but Im happy to hunt around to find the hardware you recommend

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet, small PC
I would opt for an 800-850 watt PSU, simply so that Crossfire (adding a 2nd 6950) is an option in the future if you so wish....

I'd be very surprised if AMD's offerings next quarter come close to matching even the older i5/i7 cpus, much less the newest 2500k/2600k offerings.

(I would buy a bigger cpu heat sink/heat pipe, opting for the 2500k if possible. Stock is fine if you are sure you won't be delving into overclocking.


Apr 20, 2011

Newby question:

With all the other parts identical, does an 800W power supply use more power than say a 600W power supply? Or is the rating the limit of what a power supply can provide? <----- I used that site for this build

This build includes dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), etc... $115.00
CoolerMaster CM Storm Scout $145.00
Antec TruePower TP-750 750W $198.08 inc gst
B3 ASRock P67 EXTREME4, LGA 1155, Intel P67, DDR3 2133 (OC),PCIE, SATAIII, 7.1 Ch, Gb LAN, USB3.0, ATX $239.00
Intel Core i5 2500K (3.30Ghz / 6MB / LGA1155 / Quad Core, Overclocking Enabled) $32.97 Inc. GST
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler $54.16
G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL DDR3 4GB DDR3-1600 4GB (2x2GB) $60.50 GST Inc.
Samsung 1TB Hard Drive 'HD103SJ" HDD, 32MB Cache, 3.5" 1000GB SATA II 7200rpm, Spinpoint F3, HD103UJ $45
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Overclocked 1GB $269.00 inc. GST
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Overclocked 1GB

Total: $1,427.71 AUD <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards <---- Asrock two year warranty <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
Total $1456 using US web sites....had planned on looking up aussie sites but just got called out to do "Daddy Taxi" .... son needs ride home :). Expect you'll pay a bit more down under.

Case - $155 - Antec DF-85
PSU - $110 - Antec CP-850
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - $40 - Scythe Mugen 2
TIM - $5 Shin Etsu 751
RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $240 - Gigabte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
GFX - $240 - Gigabte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre

Case / PSU - Huge roomy case w/ high airflow, great cable management, inlet air filters and ability to take CPX form factor PSU's. Why is CPX a good thing ?

[The CP-850] is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise. .... 10.0 performance rating

Next best alternate is the HAF-X w/ XFX Black Edition or to save some cash Antec 902 V3 w/ XFX Black 750 (twin 560 Ti's). The Black Edition also gets a 10.0 rating on jonnyguru.

MoBo / CPU - Solid componentry results in full 3 year warranty. If ya not getting a 3 year warranty gotta ask why ????

Cooler / TIM - Beats Hyper 212 by 7C + ...... Megahalems tops 212 by 7.2 C here:

Mugen 2 tops Mega here:

Shin Etsu matches AS5 thermal properties but no curing issues that AS5 has (see bottom of page)

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