Gaming PC somewhere in the 1300-1700 Range

So I'm your average high school kid who loves gaming (mostly Starcraft II and WoW) and I'm looking to build myself a new rig.
While I am mostly looking for a new computer that performs well, the reason I've decided to build my own pc- other than the obvious reduction in price- is because it seems something interesting to do and to learn what parts of computers do what. However, that's a little background that has nothing to do with what I'm here for.

On to the fun part:

So as I mentioned above I'm hoping to aim in the 1300-1700 range.
I already have:


And I am lucky enough to have 4 hard drives due to the good fortune of knowing people who work in the hard drive business.

3x 160g 10,000 rpm
1x TB 7,200 rpm

Other than that I have nothing as everything else I have currently seems to be out of date now :??:

So now feel free to mix and match as you please, and I'll figure everything out as we go along.

P.S. I'm grateful in advance to those who take time out of their days to help me.
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  1. Gaming wise the i5 2500k Sandy Bridge CPU is the BEST solution right now. Since your budget was good, I through in a GTX 570 GPU, which is more than enough for the games you play @1920x1080 with all the bells and whistles turned on. I also added an SSD drive (Sandforce based) Since you wanted to learn with the build, you might as well have some high tech Bling. For additional Bling effect (that teenagers need) I went with the ASUS Sabertooth MB and a top down CPU cooler to take advantage of the MB's "TUF Thermal Armor - Total Airflow-Boosting Heat Dissipation" technology. All of this put in a bad @$$ looking CM Storm Scout case with Red LED fans.

    I put this together on If live near a Microcenter you might be able to find some deals on 'in store only' items and save some more money:

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...
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    -$20.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    Item #: N82E16820231445

    ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131702

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    Item #: N82E16819115072

    Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
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    G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-120GBSR 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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    $1,500.91 before shipping and MIR's

    I would put your three 10000rpm drives in RAID 5 on the Intel SATA controller and the SSD on the Marvell SATA controller (with the OS on it and set as you boot drive. I would put your 1TB drive on the other Marvell port.

    the i5 2500K overclocks to about 4.5Ghz on just air cooling. so you can learn about OCing after you get it built.
  2. MB - ASUS P8P67-M Pro - $150

    CPU - i5-2500k - $225

    CPU Cooler - CM Hyper 212+ - $35

    MEM - 8GB G.SKILL DDR3-1333 CL7 - $80

    GPU - XFX HD 6950 1GB - $225

    PSU - Antec 750w - $90

    DVD-RW - Any for $20

    CASE - Find something you like...

    HDD - Take those 160GB 10k RPM drives and set them up in a RAID 1 config for your OS / boot drive. You will get good read speeds and have some redundancy. Use the 1TB drive for applicaiton installs and / or storage.

    The above is roughly $905 (minus the case cost) and sets you up for a nice machine that is ready to be overclocked. If you don't have any intention of overclocking, then change the CPU to a non-K series processor and the motherboard to an H67 chipset instead of P67.
  3. I thought about the SSD, but the three 10k drives are free and, in RAID 1, would outperform the single SSD.
  4. sadams04 said:
    I thought about the SSD, but the three 10k drives are free and, in RAID 1, would outperform the single SSD.

    please show me the proof that Three 10k drives in ANY raid configuration will out perform a Sandforce SSD.

    I just figured the kid would like some new tech bling. his budget has enough room. Boot from Raid in my book is bad news. too many things to go wrong.
  5. So it seems my friend also has some SSD's he's willing to lend me so that gives me like an extra 200-300 $. I'm thinking about just upgrading my GPU because I can, or what else would be a wise investment for around 200-300

    oh and by lend I mean give
  6. I'd go for a 2600k if you have the extra money.
  7. laws to live by in gaming. get the best GPU you can afford, anf PSU to power it.
    The i5 2500k is the best CPU for game $ for $.

    So, bump up your GPU or just add another for SLI, Xfire.

    BTW you never said what build you liked.... Who's build are you going for?
  8. Havn't finalized any build yet, I'm in no rush but this is what I'm thinking putting the extra money into

    GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit

    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)


    Noctua NH-C12P 140mm

    Three of these:
    Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 10000 RPM

    And I havn't finalized what SSD I'm getting but I'm thinking something like this
    Corsair Force CSSD-F120GB2-BRKT 2.5" 120GB SATA II
  9. Why the 150GB VelociRaptor if you alread have 3 x 160GB 10000rpm drives?
    and Why the SSD, if you friend was going give you one?

    the Corsair Force series SSD is a fine choice.
    if anything get the 600GB VelociRaptor its a significant performance and storage boost , but not what a SSD is.
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