Need advice on $1k gaming rig

Greetings,

I'm looking to build a moderate gaming rig for approx $1000 (+- $100). Here are the things that are a MUST for me:

Intel core i5 2500k
Rosewill Challenger (Case)

Love the case, and the cpu is a personal preference. The rest of the stuff I'm not sure about. RAM is pretty straightforward, looking at some 2 X 2 GB G.Skill sticks for about $50. Possibly considering the MSI P67A for a mobo, not sure though.

The main thing is CPU Cooler (obv necessary since intel stock coolers suck) and a GPU. For GPU's, I'm just completely lost. Is 2GB really worth it? Would it be better to setup two 1GB's in a cross-fire?

If anyone has any suggested builds I can work off of, that would be awesome. Thanks!
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  1. Ati 5770 in crossfire would be a GREAT choice cheap and great just 1 single card MAXES bulletstorm and MW2 and those games need A lot of GPU and CPU.
  2. For the GPU, there is currently a ATI 5850 on newegg for $139.99. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102932&cm_re=5850-_-14-102-932-_-Product
    That is a steal, as the 5850 outperforms the gtx 460 768, and the current 6850.

    For the mobo, i would suggest the current favorite on tom's hardware, the ASUS P8 P67 PRO. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703&cm_re=p8p67_pro-_-13-131-703-_-Product

    The processor is an excellent choice, and I would build your necessary parts first, and then go back and revise your GPU choice.
  3. Those cards are MASSIVLEY long it's not even funny! He will need a full height case one power full PSU! Might be worth it but it will kill the eletric bill.
  4. Well as his budget is $1000, it would be a huge bottleneck to get a 5770. I have a Rosewill Challenger, and my GTX 460 fits just fine, and the 6pin connectors are on the side. I understand your loyalty, but a 5770 is just not a good idea in this case.
  5. I just got one and played the bullet storm demo maxed with no problem with just a single card.
  6. pick up a 6750 and use the firmware mod to clock it like a 6770, that should go nicely with your i5.
  7. addison said:
    Those cards are MASSIVLEY long it's not even funny! He will need a full height case one power full PSU! Might be worth it but it will kill the eletric bill.


    Is this going to be an issue with the Challenger case?
  8. No, that will not be an issue. Addison feels the need to tell people that the only card you should buy is the 5770. In reality, the 5850 is a tiny bit bigger, but has WAY more power. But you need to pay attention to which PSU you get as it uses 2 6pin PCI connectors.
  9. And As for your CPU cooler question, the CM 212+ is the prefered cooler it seems: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1304130847&sr=8-1
    The standard coolers aren't bad, but if you plan to overclock you should get an aftermarket solution.
  10. One more suggestion. If you are really worried about size, I would pony up $5 and get the HAF 912. It's a much nicer case, and has tons more room. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&cm_re=11-119-_-11-119-233-_-Product
  11. I can go along with the 2500k easily enough but I simply can not recommend anything with the Rosewill name on it. Build below is $1,009. Handles two cards in SLI easily with a 10.0 rated PSU from jonnyguru.com The cooler beats the Hyper 212 by 7C. To my mind, the factory OC's 560's are the best buy at 1920 x 1200. I just built my son a box w/ two of em OC'd to 1000 Mhz.

    Case - $105 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
    PSU - $110 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622007
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $230 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    GFX - Later - Same Card as a XMas 2012 present to yaself :)
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221

    Add $45 for a top notch cooler and TIM

    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
  12. JackNaylorPE said:
    I can go along with the 2500k easily enough but I simply can not recommend anything with the Rosewill name on it. Build below is $1,009. Handles two cards in SLI easily with a 10.0 rated PSU from jonnyguru.com The cooler beats the Hyper 212 by 7C. To my mind, the factory OC's 560's are the best buy at 1920 x 1200. I just built my son a box w/ two of em OC'd to 1000 Mhz.

    Case - $105 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
    PSU - $110 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622007
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $230 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    GFX - Later - Same Card as a XMas 2012 present to yaself :)
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221

    Add $45 for a top notch cooler and TIM

    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080


    I like the CPU/Mobo combo, but I'm not too informed on that specific mobo.

    I used the HAF 932 on my last build and I personally thought it was too big for my liking. Although I must admit the new updated version does look very nice (crazy price tag though).
  13. What would be a good motherboard for the 5850?
  14. For one, the 912 is smaller than the HAF 932. And the 5850 would fit on pretty much any board, as long as it's a p67 since you are going sandy bridge.
    The favorite seems to be the ASUS P8P67PRO, here in a bundle with the i5-2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622007

    It's been used in several TH benchmarks, and seems like a good value.
    As jackNaylor said, a GTX 560 ti would be a good choice for a graphics card, although 2 5850's in Xfire are no slouch.
  15. I like that combo a lot, but putting two of those in crossfire exceeds my budget fairly quickly. I suppose one should be fine?

    So here's what I'm looking at:

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Still debating this one with the Antec)
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
    ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    OR
    ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

    Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
    ASUS 24X Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3LT LightScribe Support - OEM
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    How much power am I going to need, and any suggestions in this area? Also anymore input on the GFX Cards would be appreciated :)
  16. Between the two of those cards, I would pick the GTX 560. I only suggested the 5850 because it was on sale on Newegg for $139. Here's a Tom's recommended 560: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425&cm_re=gtx_560-_-14-121-425-_-Product

    And for power, Newegg recommends a 550 watt psu (roughly), but i would give yourself a little leeway. You could get the Corsair 750TX, which seems to be one of the best rated PSU's: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    With these parts, you will have a solid machine, capable of overclocking through the roof and playing all the latest games for a couple years.
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