New $1000 Gaming Rig - Final Build Check


Special thanks out to MJMJPFAFF and Why_Me for helping me out with the final tweaking of the build. Here are the final components:

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

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

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

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler

CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

2 - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Windows 7 64bit home premium

Any last thoughts?
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  1. Best answer
    Everything looks pretty good, I personally would make 2 changes.
    -Grab 2 Samsung Spinpoint F3's as HDD's, same price and double the capacity. Also, they are faster than the WD's so there's another plus.
    -Do you REALLY need that sound card? Nowadays, onboard sound is very good. Unless you have a very good speaker system or $200 headphones, you most likely won't hear any difference.

    Other than that, nice build! Gonna be a super system.
  2. ^ answered right before me lol. Everything looks solid!

    Only thing is for the same price you can get 2 - samsung spinpoint f3 1TB drives which are very popular/recommended drives for the price.

    GL on the build!
  3. Striker,

    Thanks for the advice. I will look into the sammy Spinpoints. I already own that card and figure it would be put to a better use in my gaming system than my kids surfing the web system.. :)


  4. Striker and CWU,

    Am I missing something with those Spinpoints? They are sata 3 drives and the WD blacks are sata 6 drives. I am running in a raid0 config so I should have 1tb of space. Is it just hype or is sata6 not faster than sata3?


  5. Sata III (6.0 GB/s) is indeed faster than Sata II (3.0 GB/s) but even the 3.0 GB/s will never be fully saturated by mechanical hard drives. Sata III really only has one use: SSD's. An SSD is many times faster than a mechanical hard drive, and many times they operate plenty fast on Sata II.

    So, don't worry about that. It's a gimmick. It's like putting 12GB of ram in a mainstream laptop, they try to draw you in with big numbers.
  6. Best answer selected by chiptouz.
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