Gaming system under $1500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month.

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 usd final cost.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web surfing, dvds, some graphic design (not a ton though)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard/mouse/monitors (i have 2 already)



PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/asus/gigabyte/nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe later.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've helped on different builds before but I'm trying to minimize my build as I'm going to be moving a lot in the next few months and I go to a lotta lan parties as is. My biggest question at the moment is am I maximizing my monies worth in terms of mobo/graphics card and is the ram decent enough (or would you recommend others). I've had good luck buying parts thus far and generally I'm getting good quality but my friend who checks me isn't in the states and I can't get ahold of him. Any help is greatly appreciated =)


Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
(On a side note any recommendations for a fan/heatsink for this cpu/case? Or would I have to settle for stock?)

MSI H55M-ED55 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

Crucial CT128M225 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
(The mounts going to be a rosewill

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply:
Rosewill 850w
(I know its not needed though I like having a little more power in case i need to upgrade or something)

Just a DVD-RW don't need blue-ray at this point.

With all of this I'm under my $1500 goal so things can be upgraded if necessary. Thanks for any and all help.
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  1. If you want a mid tower and a full ATX system, the CM Storm Scout is a good case with handles for easy transport to lan parties and such.

    It i7 860 is not going to get you any better gaming performance than an i5 760. Actually if you are only going to run a 460 GPU, an AMD Phenom IIx4 will probably perform the same.

    You wont use onboard video so a P55 motherboard makes more sense than an H55.

    That 128GB SSD wont be enough on its own, you will need an HDD also.
  2. Personally I'd drop the SSD. It'll only double or so loading performance. I'd much rather spend on a a decent mobo and a better GPU.

    I'd add in another 460 get this mobo

    put it all in an NZXT vulcan

    with a spinpoint F3

    or a caviar black

    and you've got yourself a hell of a gaming system.
  3. Please, do yourself a favor... don't get a Rosewill PSU. It says 850 watts, but I would bet my left nut that it only hits 850 watts output in a lab that's kept just above freezing temps. Spend the 100 bucks on a quality PSU from Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, OCZ etc. Sure they might not say 850 watts (for 100 bucks) but it's clean, true power.
  4. it's actually a pretty good psu it's not as reliable or efficient as a corsair probably but still quite a deal.

    however it's epic overkill so a 650w xfx will serve you better
  5. Thats the biggest problem with Rosewill. They sell so much at such varying quality. They have a few good PSUs (that model is one of them), many mediocre PSUs and a few that are fire hazards.
  6. Damn you guys have been busy, sorry had to do some work. So stay away from Rosewill. I like those cases I'll probably jump to the NZXT vulcan, ASUS Maximus III, and the Cavier Black while taking out the SSD. Think the GPU is good enough or would you make any recommendations on that?
  7. I'd get either one or two of those 460s so no harm in just starting up with a single 460 and adding another one if needed.
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