New Gaming Build


Sep 10, 2011
Hey all i just wanted some inputs on this build I'm thinking of doing,
this computer will be for gaming, for the new games coming out by the end of this year like Battlefeild 3, COD5, Skyrim, and SWOTOR
I only have about $1200 to spend on the build, and i can get free shipping for all of these items from newegg and amazon, and I live in Hawaii ;D

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $220
CPU cooler:CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $74
MOBO: ASRock P67 EXTREME6 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $220
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model - $64
PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $140
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - $165
Bluray/DVD/CD drive: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - $60
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $110
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $45
Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $140

and all this comes to about $1180 so just right, if i could get some opinions that would be great that would help put cost in other areas that more necessary that will be very helpful (n.n)v


Aug 20, 2010
Excellent choice of case, I have one. As far as the rest of your PC goes, since you'll be using it for gaming I would recommend you put more money into the graphics card, get a HD 6950 or HD 6970. You'll also have to get a higher wattage PSU, a 750W or above. To compensate I would recommend you spend less on the motherboard... that one you have listed is too much for your budget. I'm also thinking you should not get an SSD, at this budget range you'll probably get more performance if you put that $110 into a better GPU.
You could do much better with a better GPU by cutting costs in other areas, as I'll describe.
-No H60. The 2500K just doesn't run that hot; you'll be absolutely fine with a Hyper 212+ or Xigmatek SD1283 heatsink.
-Corsair Builder series 600W PSU ($70,
-A cheaper mobo, maybe the Extreme4. I doubt you'll notice any difference, and it's $160 (

Compared to your build, that's how much less...
-$30 on the cooler
-$70 on the PSU
-$60 on the mobo
So another $160 to dump at the GPU. That's $325; you're looking at a 570. I like EVGA:

Responding to above^ you do NOT need a higher wattage PSU than 600. 500 would run fine, but might not be very efficient as PSUs lose efficiency at high load. The 570 will max around 330W ( Adding the CPU and miscellaneous other parts' wattages, you'll probably be using around 450W max.

An SSD gives a completely different type of performance boost than a better GPU; it's up to you to decide whether you care more about not sitting around waiting for a level to load or it looking slightly nicer when you finally get to play it.