Solved New $1500 Gaming System Tags: New Build Systems Last response: May 1, 2011 9:53 PM in Systems Share MacBane April 20, 2011 9:17:05 PM Hi guys, The last system I built was a few years ago, so I'm pretty out of date. I've done my reading but if you check this build out for me it would be really appreciated. Heres the parts: CPU: Intel i5 2500 CPU Cooler needed ? Graphics Card: Sapphire 2GB HD6950 Motherboard: Asus P8P667-pro Memory: Gskill 8GB(4GX2)1600C9 Ripjaws Harddrive: OCZ 2.5" 120g Vertex 2 E Power Supply ? case ? I also have a few of questions. Is it worth waiting for the new AMD Fusion CPU's? What wattage of power supply would I need for this system? Should I stick with the stock cooler on the CPU? Thanks Approximate Purchase Date: the next couple of weeks Budget Range: around 1500, happy to spend a bit more for much better options System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Portal 2, Starcraft 2 and WoW at the moment) some photo editing Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm in Australia, but Im happy to hunt around to find the hardware you recommend Country of Origin: Australia Parts Preferences: none Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Additional Comments: I would like a quiet, small PC More about : 1500 gaming system | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove mdd1963 April 20, 2011 9:33:20 PM I would opt for an 800-850 watt PSU, simply so that Crossfire (adding a 2nd 6950) is an option in the future if you so wish.... I'd be very surprised if AMD's offerings next quarter come close to matching even the older i5/i7 cpus, much less the newest 2500k/2600k offerings. (I would buy a bigger cpu heat sink/heat pipe, opting for the 2500k if possible. Stock is fine if you are sure you won't be delving into overclocking. | Report abuse MacBane April 20, 2011 9:38:51 PM Thanks, Newby question: With all the other parts identical, does an 800W power supply use more power than say a 600W power supply? Or is the rating the limit of what a power supply can provide? | Report abuse Why_Me April 20, 2011 10:38:17 PM http://www.shopbot.com.au <----- I used that site for this build This build includes dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), etc... http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $115.00 CoolerMaster CM Storm Scout http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $145.00 Antec TruePower TP-750 750W http://www.theofficeshop.com.au/store.php?specs=33513&s... $198.08 inc gst B3 ASRock P67 EXTREME4, LGA 1155, Intel P67, DDR3 2133 (OC),PCIE, SATAIII, 7.1 Ch, Gb LAN, USB3.0, ATX http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/39853-bx80623i52500... $239.00 Intel Core i5 2500K (3.30Ghz / 6MB / LGA1155 / Quad Core, Overclocking Enabled) http://www.megabuy.com.au/coolermaster-cooler-master-hy... $32.97 Inc. GST CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler http://www.itdevice.com.au/live/product_info.php?produc... $54.16 G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL DDR3 4GB DDR3-1600 4GB (2x2GB) http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_3527_Samsung_1TB_Har... $60.50 GST Inc. Samsung 1TB Hard Drive 'HD103SJ" HDD, 32MB Cache, 3.5" 1000GB SATA II 7200rpm, Spinpoint F3, HD103UJ http://www.i-store.com.au/product/?productid=14803 $45 ASUS DRW-24B3LT SATA DVD+/-/RAM DUAL LAYER (RETAIL, 24x) BLACK http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42050905-Gigabyte_GeForce_G... $269.00 inc. GST Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Overclocked 1GB http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42050905-Gigabyte_GeForce_G... $269.00 inc. GST Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Overclocked 1GB Total: $1,427.71 AUD http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <---- Asrock two year warranty http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard | Report abuse Best solution JackNaylorPE April 21, 2011 2:45:15 AM Total $1456 using US web sites....had planned on looking up aussie sites but just got called out to do "Daddy Taxi" .... son needs ride home . Expect you'll pay a bit more down under. Case - $155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PSU - $110 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K Cooler - $40 - Scythe Mugen 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... TIM - $5 Shin Etsu 751 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GFX - $240 - Gigabte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GFX - $240 - Gigabte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Case / PSU - Huge roomy case w/ high airflow, great cable management, inlet air filters and ability to take CPX form factor PSU's. Why is CPX a good thing ? http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... Quote:[The CP-850] is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise. .... 10.0 performance rating http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html Next best alternate is the HAF-X w/ XFX Black Edition or to save some cash Antec 902 V3 w/ XFX Black 750 (twin 560 Ti's). The Black Edition also gets a 10.0 rating on jonnyguru. MoBo / CPU - Solid componentry results in full 3 year warranty. If ya not getting a 3 year warranty gotta ask why ???? Cooler / TIM - Beats Hyper 212 by 7C + ...... Megahalems tops 212 by 7.2 C here: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten... Mugen 2 tops Mega here: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten... Shin Etsu matches AS5 thermal properties but no curing issues that AS5 has (see bottom of page) http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten... | Report abuse MacBane May 1, 2011 9:53:17 PM Best answer selected by MacBane. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>New $1500 Gaming System> Related ressources: ForumLooking for a new gaming system for $1200 - $ 1500 Forum$ 1500 New Gaming System Advice ForumBrand New Builder, Want Cool Gaming System $ 1500 + ForumNew Gaming System under $ 1500 ForumNew Gaming System for ~ 1500 ... Forum[ New Build] $ 1500 ~ Gaming System - Feedback please! 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