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May 11, 2011 7:59:41 PM



Approximate Purchase Date: This week


Budget Range: Around $1700


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the net, watching movies


Parts Not Required: I have a cheap wireless mouse if my budget requires I omit a more expensive one.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or Amazon.com


Country of Origin: The United States of America


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Maybe, not anytime soon.


SLI or Crossfire: Yes, if budget permits.


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Thanks in advance.

More about : 1700 gaming build

May 11, 2011 8:07:42 PM

Wireless peripherals (keyboard, mouse) are not recommended for gaming, so I would include a wired Logitech MX518 gaming mouse. It'll definitely be doable with your budget. One question before I start....do you need a monitor and/or OS?
May 11, 2011 8:10:11 PM

Alright thanks for the information on the mouse. I do need a monitor and an OS since the computer I have been using is a laptop.
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May 11, 2011 8:18:31 PM

Look at my sig, that build was roughly 1700 with speakers monitor mouse and keyboard. The mouse is a Logitech G500, the keyboard is a G110, and the speakers altec lansing expressionist FX3022's. I can run almost any game at max, except for Metro 2033, and if you decide to SLI it'll run even those above 60 fps.
May 11, 2011 8:29:46 PM

Here I go again as a broke record: I am against a new build featuring SLI or Crossfire right off the bat. Buy the most powerful single GPU you can afford at the time, unless you are buying two of the most powerful GPUs available (2x 6970 or 580). I say this so that 6 - 12 months from now you can buy a second card if you want, or get a more powerful one to replace your current card. If you go SLI/Crossfire right away, you will be forced to sell the two less powerful cards and then buy the more powerful card.
a b 4 Gaming
May 11, 2011 8:30:08 PM

Dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $224.98 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $464.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $444.98 FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) OEM System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $169.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING Save $15 w/ promo code EMCKEJK94, ends 5/11
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Performance-Optical-Gami... $37.54 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming Mouse (Metal)

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002232-Gaming-Keyboa... $61.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard

Total: $1,603.94 *not including mail in rebates

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that Cooler Master Storm Enforcer case

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... <------ more info, specs, and pics of that Gigabyte board

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-froze... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm <----- MSI Afterburner proggy
a b 4 Gaming
May 11, 2011 8:30:26 PM

Right now, the Intel® Core™ I5-2500K is about as good as it gets for gaming. Now you are looking to do some video/audio or some other heavily multi-threaded application then you might want to look into the Intel Core I7-2600K. Also if you might be doing some video work then you might take a look at the just released Z68 chipset based boards and make sure that the one that you pick has the Lucidlogix Virtu software on it. Otherwise raptorjesus's build is very nice.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
May 11, 2011 8:37:09 PM

jfby said:
Here I go again as a broke record: I am against a new build featuring SLI or Crossfire right off the bat. Buy the most powerful single GPU you can afford at the time, unless you are buying two of the most powerful GPUs available (2x 6970 or 580). I say this so that 6 - 12 months from now you can buy a second card if you want, or get a more powerful one to replace your current card. If you go SLI/Crossfire right away, you will be forced to sell the two less powerful cards and then buy the more powerful card.

True, I just suggested the 570 as I can't plop down on a 580 at the moment, but in a few months will be adding another 570 after some bonus money comes in. Twin 580s eventually would have been nice, but to be honest I paid 310 for my 570 so in SLI $620 for two 570's is easier to stomach than $1000 for two 580s. The benchs don't show that much improvement either, for 400 bucks worth of extra card between SLI 570s and SLI 580s. I really think the 570 and the 6970 are in that sweetspot of budget and performance.
May 11, 2011 8:42:00 PM

Why_Me said:
Dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $224.98 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $464.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $444.98 FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) OEM System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $169.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING Save $15 w/ promo code EMCKEJK94, ends 5/11
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Performance-Optical-Gami... $37.54 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming Mouse (Metal)

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002232-Gaming-Keyboa... $61.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard

Total: $1,603.94 *not including mail in rebates

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that Cooler Master Storm Enforcer case

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... <------ more info, specs, and pics of that Gigabyte board

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-froze... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm <----- MSI Afterburner proggy

Is this build , without the two video cards, good then?
May 11, 2011 8:45:53 PM

I can also go up to 1800 on my budget if it is needed.
May 11, 2011 10:38:22 PM

I got caught up in work, but Why_Me's build is very similar to what I was going to suggest. However, I would recommend an SSD and a single HD 6950 for now. That 6950 would max nearly any game out there at 1080p and if you add another down the road they will be unstoppable. You know you need a monitor so I would jump on that Asus today...you won't find one as good for anywhere near that price.
May 11, 2011 11:11:48 PM

Alright, how large of an ssd should I get?
May 11, 2011 11:57:17 PM

The 120GB Intel 510 is $285 on Amazon right now.
May 12, 2011 12:32:03 AM

Alright, here is my final list. Please advise if I should go ahead.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
$89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139021
$104.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.637592
$224.98 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
$29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spin [...] 892&sr=1-1
$59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204
$19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Asus Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Prem [...] 935&sr=8-2
$99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) OEM System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236117
$179.99 - $169.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING Save $15 w/ promo code EMCKEJK94, ends 5/11
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Per [...] B0007Z1M50
$37.54 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming Mouse (Metal)

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920 [...] 258&sr=1-1
$61.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OR0GRC/ref=ox_sc_a...
$284.95 Intel 120 GB 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive 510 Series SATA Version 3 at 6 GB per Second SSDSC2MH120A2K5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$289.99 MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$224.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$11.98 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$6.98 Nippon Labs Premium High Performance HDMI Cable 6 ft. HDMI TO HDMI Cable A/V Gold Plated for 1080P cable HDTV Cable PS3 Cable and Xbox 360 Cable

Total $1727.76
May 12, 2011 12:54:15 AM

Looks good, but you can drop the last two items. The thermal paste that comes with the 212+ is adequate. Plus Arctic Silver seems a bit aged with its burn-in time and all. There are better ones out there for less if you feel you must. The DVI cable that comes with the monitor will do just fine. Do you have speakers and/or a headset?
May 12, 2011 12:57:55 AM

Ok, I dropped the paste. Yes, I already have speakers. Thank you for all the guidance. I'll go ahead and place the order.
May 12, 2011 1:53:58 AM

waaaaiiiiiittt!! a gtx 570 is 10$ more an tiger direct it is the gtx 570 zotac it is 299 w/ rebate!!!
May 13, 2011 9:13:24 PM

You don't really need an SSD if you're just gaming.
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