New Build - Gaming rig 1500-2000 USD


Aug 10, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: 3-4 week
Budget Range: 1500-2000 USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some development.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, perfer reputable dealers, prefer all parts from same
dealer to save on shipping.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Either, though perfer SLI
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I do have an existing monitor which I may use as a 2nd monitor
for expanded desktop when not gaming. I do not plan on duel
monitor gaming, I will only be gaming on the main monitor (looking
to upgrade to a new monitor).

Here is what I have thus far burrowed from some other people who have posted builds:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W
Quad-Core Desktop Processor 219.99
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $209.99 199.99
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready
Power Supply 149.99
Case: Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Front USB 3.0 69.99
Graphics Card (s): Possibly two 480's in SLI or possibly a GTX 580, with only gaming on the one monitor not sure
what's best. .
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CL8 1.5V 74.99
Main Drive (SSD): Not sure best currently.
Storage Drive: Likely a 2 TB drive of some sort for older games, data, ect…
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 27.1
Monitor: Suggestions? I would like at least a 22" possibly 24". Depends on what the current sweet
spot price point is.
Total thus far: 742.05



Bought a 24" 1080 monitor for like $200 (sale and it was back on 09), used it for a few hours before returning it. Then went and exchange for a 24" @ 1920x1200 for $50 bucks more and the difference is huge. Viewing experience doesn't feel cramped and less scrolling which is great for reading text.


Jul 26, 2009
Here's what I would do. Well, I would go with Crossfired 6850s, but you want nVidia, so we'll do SLI'd 560 Ti's. You won't really need anything more for gaming on one monitor.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
$219.99, free shipping

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
$27.99, free shipping

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
$189.99, $8.50 shipping

RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600MHz C8 1.5v
$79.99, free shipping

GPU: 2x MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
$489.98 ($20 MIR available), free shipping

SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 SATA III
$218.99, free shipping

HDD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
$59.99, free shipping

Optical: Samsung 22x SATA DVD Writer
$22.99, free shipping

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 750w
$89.99 ($25 MIR available), free shipping

Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
$69.99, free shipping

Monitor: ASUS PA246Q 24.1" 1920x1200 P-IPS Monitor
$494.99, $8.99 shipping

Total: $1982.37 shipped, before rebates


Aug 10, 2011

Is there a specific reason you're recommending this monitor? It seems pretty pricey compared to what other monitor's that you can get. After clicking that link and doing some playing around I did find this 27" beast that seems to be getting pretty favorable reviews. Does anyone else have this one?

PLANAR PX2710MW Black 27" 2ms Full HD HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 1200:1



Jul 26, 2009

1. It features the resolution you listed.
2. It fits in your budget.
3. It's an IPS display.
4. It's made by ASUS.


CPU: i5 2500k- 220$

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte Z68 UD4- 160$

CPU COOLER: Scythe Mugen 3- 50$

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb Low Profile- 61$

GPU'S: MSI GTX 570 Lightning- 325$x2=650$ i know it is out of stock but they are a great price and you are ordering weeks from now

SSD: ADATA S511 120gb- 220$

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB- 50$

DVD BURNER: Sony 24x DVD Burner- 20$

CASE: Silverstone RV03- 140$ this case cools better than the HAF X thanks to its unique design

MONITOR: Hanns G 27.5" 1900x1200- 279$ shipped

HEADSET: Corsair HS1A Gaming Headset- 65$

Total=1915$ shipped


Aug 10, 2011
I would like to thank everyone on contributed to the suggestions. I ended up going with this selection of parts and have pulled the trigger. I should have everything by sometime next week:

ViewSonic VA2702w Black 27" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor
ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
IOCell Networks Traveler 251U 2.5" Gray USB 2.0 External Enclosure
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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
ENCORE ENEWI-2XN42 PCI Express Wireless N300 Adapter, 2dBi
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX 1.5TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

My question is, does anyone have any experience with any of the components listed? If so anything specific I should do to prepare for my build while I wait on shipping? I have already sent a note to both ADATA and GIGABYTE to inquire on specific drivers that I should get prior to starting my install. Also to see if I should flash the bios on the MB with the beta version, because I know there are some known stability issues due to drivers with the controller on the SSD and most Z68 MB's. So I am basically trying to head off at the pass any issues and just have a disk pre-burned with all of the needed drivers, updated patches, and everything. Anything specific on any of the components would be great, what to watch out for, that sort of thing.