$1000 Gaming Build (Intel)

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon as I get the feedback needed!

Budget Range: $900-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 21 inch TV 1080p

Additional Comments: I would like to know if the psu I have selected will be enough to run and overclock the system. Also please recommend
a better case if you know of one that is the same price or cheaper


Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


AZZA Solano 1000R Black / Red Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case

I really wanted to use the HAF 922 for the build but I hear that there is a problem with the front I/O panel that causes shortages when people plug things in to it causing damages to their systems. Can anyone confirm that case still has the problem?

Mobo-ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

GPU-PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-M2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

RAM-Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

HDD-Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD-LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

PSU-Please let me know if this is good enough. I plan to overclock.
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC
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  1. That PSU is plenty for your build, you could overclock all of that to the max with a 500w PSU. Since you're not doing a hardcore enthusiast build with huge graphics card(s), I'd recommend this case:

    It's a great mid-tower and you could put the extra cash towards a CPU cooler. (I don't see one listed, hope I'm not blind)
  2. I have not chosen CPU cooler due to the fact I didnt know what case I was going to get and what width it would be to fit certain coolers. The graphics card chosen is just to get me started. Once I save enough I will end up going for the top Radeon or Nvidia card at that time.
  3. Also that case you recommended only supports mATX motherboards as I want to you an ATX. Like it though.
  4. Oops, meant to link this one fwiw:

    My friend has it, I just knew it was an In-win, but this one actually is a midtower, not a micro.
  5. TBH get this and save yourself some money, you'll get great airflow, it looks pretty nice and the cable management as well as tool less design is really sweet. It's a huge case BTW.

    Get this ram instead, faster and costs $15 less.

    Don't need modular? Pick up this PSU and save $60.
    Want modular, save $30 with this PSU (Save $50 AR)

    As for everything, it looks good. Drop the WD Black is overpriced, pickup the F3 1TB, it costs the same you get more space but performs the same, put that towards a Hyper 212+. It'll give you way better temps for overclocking.

    With the money saved ($50 for case, $15 ram, $30-$60 power supply)

    Hyper 212+ $28

    Samsung F3 1TB

    560 Ti Twin Frozr OC $230 AR ($250 BR)
  6. @AznShinobi.... I want a CM case but hear that alot of people are having trouble with the I/O panels on them. When people go to plug things in like head phones it discharges a slight electrical charge and damages the system. I can't find anything on their web site and talks about this issue and if it was fixed.
  7. Could you link me the page? I wouldn't trust it unless it was a major reviewer. For all you know you could get a good one.
  8. Haha your right. I could be a lucky one and get a new one..but also dont wanna risk damaging other pieces. It's actially the front i/o panel that they put on all their models. If you look at the coolermaster reviews at newegg you can see that alot of poeple are experiencing this on diff case models. Let me dig around my history a little more and I'll find the site that was blowing up about it. This has been the case i have been looking at from the begining as it seems friendly for a first time build but just a little worried about the issue.

    here is a post on cooler master forums

    and there is more...1 sec
  9. Case - $120 - Antec 902 V3
    PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU
    MoBo - $385 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K Inc in above
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
    RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS


    The only thing I'd worry about with the 922 is its lack of a USB 3 port
  10. Best answer
    ^ You should include that your pricing is after rebates Jack.
    As for the issue, The 902 is a good substitute, but uhh... This is also a great sub.

    Storm Scout

    or the

    Storm Enforcer
  11. Lol...those are cooler master as well...except the 902. If i go with CM ill just take the risk and get the HAF 922. Cable managment just seems so much better with it. Also i see alot of people that use the hyper 212 in that case so thats a plus for me since I will be getting it.
  12. Best answer selected by jeremy1183.
  13. JackNaylorPE said:

    The only thing I'd worry about with the 922 is its lack of a USB 3 port

    It is really that big of a deal? You just plug it into the back rather than the front....
  14. The last question I have about this before I stick with the Antec 902 case is the power supply mounting. It does not have ventilation holes in the case. Do I really need to worry about this and having my PSU blow hot air back on to the components because I have been told its better to have the holes and mount the PSU with the fan down.
  15. Your build looks good. I did not see an aftermarket CPU cooler, you said that you wanted to over clock and the stock Intel fan does not do the job well. I would recommend the Coolermaster v8 or v6, they both work well, but their thermal paste is not all that great. Arctic Sliver thermal paste works well.
    The Radeon 6870 is a great card, I have two in crossfire at the moment and I cannot complain, but if you can look into the Radeon 6950 2 gigabyte edition. It has more bandwidth and memory, again only of you can afford it. Congrats on the new build.
  16. ^ Hyper 212+ is good enough for a solid OC. The V6 is just loud and the V8 isn't worth it anymore.
  17. will the hyper 212+ fit in that case....and I'm thinking of changing the 6870 to a GTX560 (non ti). I saw some benchmarks here on this site and the 560 out performed it and its the same price. Any thoughts on that? Also I have been looking alot at power supplies...alot of them say SLI ready but only have 2 2x6 pins. Dont you need 4 2x6 pins for SLI or Crossfire?
  18. Yes you do need 4 2x6 if you want CF or SLI, however 2x6 and 2x8 is usually the standard. 2 8 pins usually equals 4 6 pins.

    As for the Hyper 212+ yes it'll fit in most cases.
  19. Ok....why the @#%^ do power supplies come with a 4+4 pin and a 8 pin cpu cables? Why not just a 4+4 pin cable. Why not leave out the 8 pin cable? Isnt that the purpose of the 4+4? Are they thinking in case you change motherboards? I'm lost.
  20. ^ OK OK, 4 pin is different. 4 pin or 4+4 would be for the motherboard, and 8-pin is the 8 pin PCI-Express power. It's different.
  21. Ok so would a 4+4 pin and 8 pin that comes with PSU work with 8 cpu mobo?

    the mobo that im getting here has the 8 pin cpu connector...i know an 8 pin can go to a video card.

    Im asking about these
    1 x 4+4-Pin ATX 12V
    1 x EPS 12V Connector (8Pin) (why have another 8 pin if you have a 4+4?
  22. Ohhh.... I have no clue ermm... different usage?

    The 4+4 should be the one that goes into the mobo, usually that is the one since some mobos only need a 4pin.
  23. Hmmm...can you take a look at this thread and try and make sense of it....cause im not smart enough in the computer world yet to make any sense of

    one more thing...if i have a 4 pin cpu connector on the mobo can i just plug one of the 4+4 pin in and work fine?

    nevermind...i think you just answered that in your above post.

    Im asking this because I am getting an 8 pin cpu mobo and a power supply that only comes with a 1 x 8-Pin EPS/ATX12V
    and I'm just making sure it will work because I see power supplies that have both 8 pin and 4+4pin and just wanna make sure that i dont need that 4+4 pin
  24. I think it is safe to say that the EPS will be compliant with your mobo.
  25. ok....well i guess i can place my order now...only ordered the case earlier because i got confused. Ill pvt msg ya Shinobi if i need help with assembly when I get home (in iraq right now) pretty much just count on me getting ahold of you. Appreciate the help.
  26. Alrighty, good luck. Hope you make it home soon!
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