Gaming/CAD/GIS $1700 System

Approximate Purchase Date: Couple days

Budget Range: ~$1700 total /w monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, GIS, CAD

Parts Not Required: N/A, giving my old machine to the kids.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, and Micro Center store. I'm open to other reputable sites.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: N/A - I'm a free agent.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - Next year.

Monitor Resolution: Depends on new/suggested monitor.

Additional Comments: Looking for a solid, future proof (within a reasonable budget) work horse. If there is something off with my build, incompatibility issues or I could do better with price or parts please let me know. Thanks in advance.

Case: ($100 - 10 Rebate)
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MB: ($160)
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: ($280)
Intel -Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

CPU Cooler: ($40)
Cooler Master - GeminII S Universal CPU Cooler

RAM: ($75)
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

GPU: ($300 - 20 Rebate)
Unlockable - Gigabyte -AMD Radeon HD 6950 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card

PSU/HDD: ($210 - 10 Rebate)
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
bundled with:
1x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA

DVD: ($19)
LG - GH22NS50 22X Internal SATA Super Multi DVD Drive OEM

SSD: ($215 - 30 Rebate)
OCZ Technology - Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE12 120GB 2.5" SATA 3.0GB/s Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OS: ($100)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Monitor: Unsure, need recommendations. (~$150-250)

Price with rebates: $1430
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  1. try and squeeze another SSD in there and raid them ;) and you will have a very good PC check my sig
  2. Haha, nice! I'll be sure to consider that upgrade when the prices of them come down.
  3. Any suggestions on the build or monitor?
  4. Help this rookie out. Still looking to validate that the build/parts are solid... in particular the MB and SSD.

    Also need opinion on this monitor:
    Asus VE248H Black 24" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1
  5. I'd get a vertex 3 instead, more expensive but fastest around and more future proof cause its the latest and no need to raid it
  6. Good call, but the price jump is pretty significant (around $100 - ouch). Never used an SSD, would it increase the processes enough to justify the cost?
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