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2500k gaming pc build ($1500 budget)

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January 9, 2011 9:09:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within a week or two

Budget Range: $1000-$1500, the closer to 1000 the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming + movies

Parts Not Required: everything but keyboard/mouse/speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably going to use NCIX with price match

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: If not now, then in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Probably SLI in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 most likely

What I have so far:

ASUS VH242H 23.6IN Widecreen LCD Black 1920X1080 5ms 20000:1 HDMI DVI-D Speaker SPDIF Out Monitor

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW External Exhaust Fermi 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card

LG 16X DVD-ROM Optical Drive SATA Black OEM

NCIX Bundle Deal Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3 P67 Motherboard & Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Processor

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio

This totals out to about $1220 for me.

Additional Comments: Would the PSU be enough for future overclocking + SLI? Also, any suggestions/advice/opinions is welcomed. Thanks.

More about : 2500k gaming build 1500 budget

January 9, 2011 10:50:54 PM

This build should be able to get darn close if not pass a 5 GHz OC, PSU can handle adding a 2nd 570 in SLI, has low CAS RAM and a large SSD.

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm
PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $70 - (2 x 2GB) Mushkin CAS 7
GFX - $360 - GTX 570
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home OEM

Total $1456

Newegg Canada (NCIX is kinda high) prices add

$5 MoBo / CPU
$10 more for the case
$0 PSU change
-$2 for the cooler
$1 fore the TIm
$0 for RAM
$0 for the GFX
$5 for the HD
$20 for the SSD
$0 for the DVD
$10 for the OS

So up north, looks like ya gotta pay $49 more or $1505

If ya need a monitor, that's $190 for an Asus LED 23.6"

To offset the cost of the monitor, and meet ya $1500 limit, ya would either have to lose the SSD or get this 460

Personally, I'd drop the SSD if that was the only choice....but if it was me, I'd put the SSD in now if there was any way I could avoid an OS reinstall.

If ya wanna get close to that $1,000 bottom end of the range, the 460 and skipping the SSD totals out to $1249