First Gaming Build, Would Appreciate Some Input

My poor old laptop has been struggling to play the recent game releases, even on the lowest settings. I was okay with playing Starcraft 2 on low settings, but it really is time for an upgrade.

I've been doing some research on Tom's Hardware and keeping an eye on for a while now, and I'm pretty happy with what I have picked out, but would like some second opinions.


Approximate purchase date: within the next two weeks, probably.

Budget range: 1200$ - 1400$

Parts not required: keyboard, monitor, mouse, headphones, speakers, OS

Preferred website for parts:

I keep saying .ca/com because, while my permanent residence is in Newfoundland, I'm working in Texas until the end of April. If I buy it off .ca I'll just have it shipped to NL, otherwise I'll have it shipped to TX and bring it back with me. Somehow.

Overclocking: not a big deal

SLI/Crossover: hopefully

Monitor resolution: I'd like to play games in 1920x1200 comfortably, on highish settings.

Additional comments: this is going to be a gaming rig, primarily, but might also be used for some modelling software (Rhino, Solidworks, Flexcom). I doubt I will have any dual-monitor stuff.


Now, on to the rig.

Case - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard - ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU - 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

GPU - 2 x GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP

Power Supply - Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92

Harddrive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

A-DATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal SSD

I know the SSD is not necessary, at all, but I would like to have one.

RAM - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

RAM is one area where I fell behind when I was researching, so I'm just pasting what happened to be in my Newegg wishlist.

CD/DVD drive - LITE-ON Black 24X

Cooling - COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

Not sure how much cooling is necessary either.

Anyway, this all comes to $1,349.88, which is really the maximum I would like to spend. Any input would be appreciated.
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    1. No need for a 2500k its meant for overclocking save cash, get the reg version of that card.

    2. Never give up your ability to upgrade by buying two GPU's at once. espically lower-end cards. One High end card is ALWAYS better it leaves you the option to upgrade, and some games don't scale very well on two cards.

    3. 1155 Socket MoBo's are Dual Kit, not Triple kit. the Triple Kit RAM sockets are the 1366 Released last year, and the Socket 2011 coming out this summer.

    4.You don't need an aftermarket cooler if youre not OCing, thats what the stock one is for.

    5. 98% Sure OCZ, and all the other major SSD makers are coming out with SSDs that have read and write times of 350mbs+ some time around summer. This means two things Prices on current SSD go down a lot saving you cash, or prices go down a little saving you cash. Wait till summer.

    What i would buy in your situation.

    Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

    GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Comes with Free Just Cause 2 & Mafia 2

    PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM (CAS 7)

    Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    Total w/ shipping to TX: $1,112.19

    EDIT: If you really want an SSD though, get this one
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