New Gaming Comp Build


Jul 14, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: $1000-$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming, fraps, Sony Vegas, Photoshop, Coding

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Optical Drives, Sound Card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPUs, Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am really looking to "future-proof" this computer with as little money as possible. The closer I can get to $1000, the better. While I CAN spend up to $1500, I really would rather I don't. If there are superior or equal parts for less money, please recommend them.


I have been shopping around and doing research for a couple months now. Just recently I got a recommended setup based off of what I picked on my own.

With this build I am looking to be able to run games like Crysis 2, The Witcher 2, and Battlefield 3 (soon), at a steady 30+ FPS on close to maximum settings.

If there is anything I should change around or improve, please tell me, the only thing set in stone is the case, and I would prefer an Intel CPU. I am looking for parts that aren't built cheap, but provide good bang for the buck. I don't want to buy something that breaks in a month. If something costs $20 more but it's known for its reliability I will pay it. So heres my current build.

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme 4

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K


RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 2x 4GB

PSU: Corsair HX 750W

HSF: Corsair A70

Was told for gaming an SSD is not worth the investment at my budget range. I am also very conflicted on my GPU. Should I go with an AMD card instead of a 570? I will not be using 3D.


definately dont need an SSD yet, they're price for performance arent worth it if you're trying to get bang for your buck.

Best thing you can do is use the Newegg combos... if you can combo 2 things together to save $20 bucks... do that a few times and it starts to add up

-I have that RAM kit... I've had no problems running at the advertised timings

-two GTX 460's in SLI would SMOKE a 570... might want to look into that

You have a nice build there but you want a 850w psu if you plan on running two of those 570's at some point in time.
The build looks good and I dont see any issues. The value of a SSD in a game isnt that much, where the SSDs value comes from is in boot time and quicker access times for any application stored on it. So lets say your boot time right now is around 50 seconds with a SSD you may drop to around 20 seconds, but in a game unless you talking about loading a zone you might not see much difference over the normal course of game play.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

Try running two of those cards on a 750w psu and have headroom to o/c. It's not going to happen.