New Gaming PC Build...been a long time.


Aug 21, 2011
I haven't build a PC in several years. Obviously, things have change light years. Anyhoos...I have a budget of around $1400 dollars (including tax) and did a bunch of research trying to catch up a bit. Any feedback would be like gold to me since it has been so long and I might have something wrong. I wanted a little bit of looks, water cooling, and lots of gaming power. I do plan on overclocking.

Processor $199.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K i5 2500k 3.3 ghz.

Case $159.99 White Corsair Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case CC600TWM-WHT, w/ 120mm and 200mm Fans, IEEE 1394, USB 3.

Motherboard $189.99 ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

System Memory RAM $57.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Hard Drive $53.99 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 3.5-inch 1TB SATA 6Gb/s Internal Hard Drive ST31000524AS, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache. OEM

Solid State Drive $159.99 Crucial M4 64GB 2.5in SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD), Model: CT064M4SSD2

GPU $235.99 EVGA 01G-P3-1563-KR Geforce GTX560 Ti Superclocked 1GB PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card. Retail Box

PSU $159.99 Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 High Performance Power Supply CMPSU-750TXV2, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Active PFC

Cooling $88.95 Corsair Hydro Series H80 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, for Intel Socket LGA 775 / 1155 / 1156 / 1136 / 2011 and AMD Socket AM2 / AM3 Processors, Model: CWCH80

Total with Sales Tax: $1306.61

Tks folks!



Ditto. A lot of overpriced stuff there. i.e. case, motherboard, overpriced PSU and liquid cooling.

Take a look at the $1000 build in my sig. Comes with a i5 2500k, GTX570 and OS.

Drop the GTX570 and PSU ($1000 - $325 GPU - $50 PSU - $100 OS = $525),

add a couple of GTX560Ti's, Antec 750W PSU and a SSD ($525 + $470 GPU's + $100 PSU + $160 SSD = $1255)

and it would offer much better performance for the same budget.

You can probably stay within budget and keep your case as well.



It's definitely got style. But I'm always for performance over style. $100 can get you a sexy case, and you can use the rest for performance upgrades.