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Gaming Rig $1200~$1400

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April 3, 2011 9:02:19 PM

Mostly for Gaming and Watching Movies

Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range:$1200-$1400 After Rebates and Discounts

Lifespan: 3-4 years (replacing things as needed)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. (WoW, Star Craft II, Crysis) Watching movies, Surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, Monitor(not really not Required) but would prefer a new LED monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel I-5 2500K, mid-tower case (with Side window), wanting a very Cold running system(weather through fans or liquid, but guess everyone does lol.) also a wireless network card/ethernet through power if possible (i'm in an apartment not so easy to run ethernet cables throughout), Blu ray drive for possible 3d Movies in the future.

Overclocking: YES

SLI or Crossfire: YES(eventually)

Monitor Resolution: Not sure. wanting to go 3d at some point (know i cant with this budget)

Additional Comments: I know adding the keyboard and monitor are pushing me over budget but thought i'd add them anyway. just making sure everything fits right and see if might be able to budget a bit better. i went with a midrange graphics card with SLI/Crossfire to stay with budget but im Not partial to Nvidia or ATI...but i am also Wanting to also go 3d eventually which is why i went with the Radeon 6870.

Processor:Intel I-5 2500K


Case:Cooler Master ATX 922
(like the design(except for no side window) but also looking for a cooler running system too)

Power Supply:Corsair CMPSU-750TX
Was not entirely sure about which power supply

Ram:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (dont know if i need this much for gaming)

HDD:Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARS (from amazon)
Really like the HD(unless there is something better out there)

GPU:Radeon HD 6870 1GB

Sound Card:Creative Labs SB0570L4 Sound Blaster Audigy SE Sound Card??

Monitor:Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch

Keyboard: Logitech g19

OS:Window's 7 system builder, may go ubuntu/linux to play around with it

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April 3, 2011 9:52:30 PM

You really dont need that much ram unless you are using programs like autocad. 4G is perfect for gaming specially if you are on a budget.

You dont really need the sound card but if you are happy with the build and it fits you budget why not. Just make sure you have decent speakers so the card dont go to waste
April 3, 2011 10:03:19 PM

You really don't need the sound card. The new boards all have very nice, built in, sound cards. Other than that, the build looks fine. I would stick with the 8GB of RAM. It's just another thing you won't have to upgrade in the future.
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April 3, 2011 10:11:35 PM

awesome. thanks for the RAM input...and yeah i wasnt sure about the sound card, but yeah im plannin on getting surround sound soon...
but im really wondering/more worried about casing/power/cooling more than anything at the moment. i just don't want anything to overheat or anything right after i install everything. i want a nice vented and cold running system but it'd be nice to have a quieter one. but can't exactly have both cool and quiet. so im at a loss for what to look for case wise. i like the 922 if they just had a side window instead of the metal mesh/holes
April 3, 2011 10:14:37 PM

thats good to know about the sound card. and i have done some photoshop/autocad work in the past so i'll probably stick with the 8gb

April 3, 2011 11:17:39 PM

awesome yeah the 212+ is what i was looking at anyway...and the side window would be nice for appearance but the 922 is an awesome design it just looks like metal mesh/holes on the side with nothing to block dust and crap from getting into the internals (at least that i know of/seen from pics) i could be wrong though...
April 4, 2011 12:29:42 AM

I agree, especially since the side vent is supposed to be an intake vent and it is very large (according to I have the HAF 912 with a 140cm intake fan on the side. This really doesn't seem to take in a lot of dust.
April 4, 2011 2:26:38 AM

thanks for recommendation for the 912. i've also been looking at the 932 cause i has the big fan but also the window at the top. it is full size but thats not a huge deal. im also wondering about blu ray drive recommendations. since i want to go 3d at some point is there a different drive i should get or is that all GPU and monitor based?
...was also wondering if the power supply is enough...or too much?
April 4, 2011 3:18:16 AM

If you have the money for the HAF 932, go for it. It is obviously the highest end case in the HAF series. As for the power supply, I actually have the same one on my system, but I have the HD 6950. So that PSU is a great brand and definitely enough power. As for the Bluray drive, I honestly don't know too much about. I know you will need a GPU and a monitor that support 3D. This Blu Ray drive says it has 3D so I'd trust that.
April 4, 2011 3:40:53 AM

yeah the HAF 932 is definitely what im looking for. thats good to know about the PSU and the blu ray far as the motherboard goes the P8P67 Pro is more reasonably priced but would going with the P8P67 Revolution be a better bang-for-my-buck price?

PS: just found this article about blu ray 3d,2636-3.html about halfway down it says "Blu-ray 3D discs are backward-compatible with standard Blu-ray players because they can read the base view as an ordinary 2D Blu-ray video stream." so thats really good to know
April 4, 2011 5:10:10 AM

The WS Revolution is about $70 more, but you should be able to fit that into your budget. You did mention that you want to use Crossfire in the future, in that case get the Revolution. That is because on the Revolution has 4 PCI Express 2.0 x16, while the Pro only has 3. If you can fit it in your budget, get the Revolution.
April 4, 2011 6:29:17 AM

im right at $1400 now with the BD drive, the HAF 932 and with wireless support which is what i was aiming for! thanks for the input. i'll be sure to post if i have more questions.