1000-1200 Gaming Rig

Hey folks,
I'm looking to upgrade before the new slew of games are released this fall. Will mainly be playing SWTOR and Oblivion. I'm looking to operate in a 1000-1200 budget range. I just recently lost my gaming laptop to a graphics card failure, so I think its time to move back to the desktop. I've been out of the desktop market for almost a decade though and would love your opinion and what would work best in the given budget range.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 1000-1200 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Work

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheapest (amazon//newegg)

Country of Origin: United States, California

Parts Preferences: Open to the experts opinions

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Looking forward to your advice!


Thanks folks,
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  1. CPU/Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.654383

    Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

    HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Spinpoint%20f3

    Graphics Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523&cm_re=6950-_-14-150-523-_-Product

    PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020&Tpk=Corsair%20TX%20650

    Optical - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238

    Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129098

    $1100 without rebates, ~$1030 with rebates considered. A nice little set up. Upgrade the PSU to something more powerful if you're after an SLI/Crossfire setup. The PSU as is will handle a single card AND overclocking. SSD for booting the OS, 1TB hard drive for everything else. I7 2600K will overclock incredibly high on air (haven't included an aftermarket cooler, you'll need one for OC'ing). However with it's stock cooler it will go up to 3.8GHz with turbo boost. Memory is Corsair (some of the best) at 8GB, which will be more than enough for games.
  2. I think the i7-2600K is a waste of money over an i5-2500K, put the 100$ difference toward a better SSD like the Vertex 3 or a better GPU.
  3. Rad! Thanks for the info guys. I've heard good things about the Vertex 3, is it really leaps and bounds over the 2? Also, will the graphics card be running games at max or will it be necessary to SLI or crossfire them in order to do that?
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