$1600 Gaming Build...

Approximate Purchase Date: Week of June 26th.

Budget Range: ~$1600 +/- $100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > FRAPSing/Editing said FRAPs > Normal Internet Usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Headset, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel fanboy :x

Overclocking: Possible.

SLI or Crossfire: As of now, no. Will definitely plan to do so in the near future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Performance is definitely my top concern. Would like to be ready for games such as Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, Dungeon Siege 3, Skyrim, etc. If possible would like a system that could possibly run those games at max, or close to it. Would also like an SSD.

Here's what I have so far:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 ($155)

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) ($160)

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W ($225)

CPU Heatsink:
ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler ($45)

CPU Thermal Compound:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM ($12)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($100)

Video Card:
EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB ($490)

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($125)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb ($65)

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

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($165)

DVD Drive:
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R ($20)

Total right now is 1662 before taxes+shipping...
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  1. You might have better luck with a response if you come up with a build yourself, and ask advice on what to change instead of asking us to do the work for you.

    I can however, point you in the right directions.
    2500k and P67 are pretty much a must
    look at 6970-GTX 570 GPU's for this budget.
    Samsung makes the fastest HDD's out there, grab 2 Spinpoint F3 1TB drives for storage.

    Check out the new Agility 3-solid 3 SSD's, fast drives on the cheap.

    Hope that helps you out a bit :)
  2. Actually was working on a build myself now, as I started reading others' posts. Thanks for the quick feedback, though!
  3. Well then I apologize for my statement. I look forward to seeing what you're cooking up
  4. Best answer
    CPU i5-2500k $225 ($179.00 if you have microcenter near you to pick up)

    Mobo - ASRock Z68 Extreme4 $189.99

    Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600mhz

    GPU - EVGA GTX 580 $489.99 (AR)

    SSD - OCZ Vertex II 60gb $109.00 (AR)

    HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $59.99

    PSU - Corsair CMPSU-1000HX $229.99 (sale/pricedrop)

    Case - Cooler Master Haf 932 $154.99

    CPUFan - Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $39.99

    DVD - Asus Black $20.99

    Monitor - ASUS VW246H $194.99 (you have many choices & size ranges for 1920x1080 res)

    Comes out to $1693.93 before taxes/shipping

    Other options:

    GPU: GTX 570 ~$329.99 (save $160.00)


    GPU: Radeon 6970 ~$359.99 (save $130.00)


    GPU: Radeon 6950 2gb Ref board or MSI twinfrozr one if you want to go through with flashing it to 6970 ~$299.99 (Save $190.00)

    Monitor - you can easily find a major brand 1920x1080 res lcd monitor for ~$150 or if you want to go higher end & get 120hz monitor you will pay more than the one listed above. It's really your preference.

    Cases - Lots of full tower good airflow cases to choose from that cost about the same or you can spend more. Again, it's your preference & what case looks the best to you.

    SILVERSTONE RV02B-W example is one sexy looking case but non traditional layout. $159.99

    Hope this gets you some ideas & GL :)
  5. I like the setup you posted, cwu. I could definitely just deal with a 60GB SSD, didn't even look that long into them, honestly lol.

    How much of a performance difference is there between the graphics cards you listed?

    (MSI 6950 [Possible flash to 6970], GTX 570, and a flatout stock 6970)
  6. Current list of cards listed & how it performs on Metro 2033 which destroys computers atm. Can scroll to BFBC2 to see how they fair also. GTX 580 is the fastest single GPU out atm since you stated sli/cf in the future & it fits in your price range, so why not? Drop another gtx 580 if you want when BF3 comes out & you're golden :)
  7. True enough. Thanks for the help/confirmations on what I plan on doing :)
  8. Best answer selected by sinfonia.
  9. Oh, be sure to check out the MANY combo savings you can combine before you add it to the cart if you're going to purchase from Newegg (scroll to the bottom & click on Browse More Combo Deals). You will save ~$100+++ before you know it & GL on the build!
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