Should I pull the trigger?


Aug 11, 2011
This rig is in my budget, I've been agonizing over it for weeks. Does everything work together? Is the 580 worth it? Is it complete? Any input is appreciated.

CD/DVD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner: $19.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922: $110. $100 after MIR.

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB: $60

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 580: $489.99

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 16GB (2 x 4GB): $55

Mobo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3: $160

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+: $28

CPU/PSU Combo: Intel Core i5-2500K & CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850: $327. $312 after MIR.

KB: Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard: $44.48

Mouse: Razer Naga Special Edition: $75

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64: $92

Monitor: ASUS VW246H 24": $189.00


x Heavy

Aug 16, 2011
MIRs on most occasions take weeks to get.

Try a HAF X case instead. For a few dollars more you get a Case that is just about one of the few available cases that have very much room for upgrades and space.
Looks good to me.

At your budget, the GTX580 is appropriate.

I suspect you mean 8gb(2 x 4gb), not 16gb. 8gb is good.

Can you walk in to a microcenter? They will sell you a 2500K for $180.. Instore pickup only.

Perhaps it is best to not chase combo's.
A GTX580 needs 600w with 42a on the 12v rails plus one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI-E power lead.
The Antec high current gamer has 48a and will do the job for only $50.

Can you find the budget for a 80gb-120gb SSD for the os and apps? It will make everything feel so much faster. It should cost about $2 per gb. Intel 320 or 510 is probably the safest today.

Cases are a personal thing. If you love the haf922, get it.
But, there are other equally functional cases out there for less. The Antec 300 illusion model comes to mind. $65 with free shipping:


Jul 26, 2009
Drop that 580 in favor of a 570. The 580 doesn't give you increased performance comparible to the increased price. That will allow for a HAF X, 932 Advanced, or Silverstone Raven RV03. You can always add a 570 later down the line. Or even better yet, two 560 Tis in SLI....better performance than a 580 for about the same cost. Either way, that's a well-thought gaming build.


Aug 23, 2011
If it were my own build I'd step down the 580 to a 570 ( preferably one with a nice factory overclock ) like this:
I can't see paying 50% more for only 10% more performance ( 570's are $330-350, 580's are upwards of $480-500 )
12/2010 3dMark including 570 & 580:,2806-7.html
I wouldnt pay $100+ to close that teeny tiny gap. With a factory overclocked 570 that gap is even smaller.

I might also save $50 on getting a HAF 912 rather than a 922.
Can fit long GPUs by removing upper HDD cage. Still got room for like 8 HDDs. Can add 200mm fans if you want. I like getting these boxes of 4 x 120 fans that are quiet, reliable, and move lots of air. Get 4 fans for $16

The 850w PSU is probably slightly overkill, I'd back down to the 750w Corsair and go modular.

yes everything should work together fine, hope I saved you a few bucks. you might consider taking the savings and getting a small SSD boot drive for OS and some day-to-day apps like your browser, small games, etc


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