New Desktop Advice (Gaming) $1500-1800


Jul 27, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date: mid-End October

Budget Range: $1500-$1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3,COD,WOW)

Parts Not Required: Need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe. If it is easy

SLI or Crossfire: Not exactly sure what this is? And if its in my budget

Monitor Resolution: Not really worried about finding a right monitor.

Additional Comments: This is my first build ever. I currently have the ASUS G73JW-A1 with i7. If you can save me dollars that would be great. I probably won't notice minor differences in graphics/speed and I can't have everything for my budget. Still need to purchase keyboard/mouse/monitor.

I put something together on newegg based on customer reviews and ratings. Not sure if this is any good..
Not even sure if this is everything I need for a desktop.

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
HITACHI Touro Mobile Pro 500GB Piano Black External Hard Drive 0S03105
LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...


Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

Well, you've done well. Build is ok, too much spent on MB and too little spent on graphics IMO.

Try making a few tweaks, like this.

-Change GTX 580 to pair of 6970's
-change motherboard to an ASRock Gen3
-add SSD drive (probably a 128GB Crucial M4)
-add internal hard drive (1TB spinpoint F3)

This will add substantial cost, but it should still fit in the budget. You can always drop to the HAF 932, or check out some other cases like the NZXT Phantom.

Let me know what you think of those suggestions ;)


Sep 26, 2011
Also, if you shall be using it only for gaming, you can drop down to the Intel core i5-2500k. There isn't a lot of difference between the two processors when it comes to gaming. the i5 performs on par with the i7 in almost every game (withing a fps of each other).

Only major differences are the small speed bump, a 100$ and Hyperthreading, the latter being more useful when using multi-threaded applications or ones that use more number of cores (like rendering tasks, etc.)