Need Help- Optimizing My Gaming Build!

Hello all!! I need some help putting the finishing touches on my build. I put together a build a month or so ago, but was not able to purchase at that time. Now I'm ready and have a little more cash to spend!

Approximate Purchase Date: End of this month/ Beginning of July

Budget Range: I would like to keep it as close to $1000.00 as possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Browsing, School

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, Frys, Microcenter.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes, anything and everything that I can.

SLI or Crossfire: I'm actually stuck here. I cannot decide if using dual gpu's is the best route to go as far as future proofing and upgrades are concerned.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm looking for a computer that is somewhat future proof. I want it to be capable of running for a couple of years, then when it starts to lose it's shine, I'd like to be able to update it's GPU and get rolling again. And if there is any way to make this build more COST EFFECTIVE please let me know :)

Games I'm looking to play (not necessarily on highest settings): The Old Republic, Skyrim, BF3, The Witcher 2, etc.


CPU: i5 2500k

MOBO: ASRock P67 Pro3

MEMORY: G. Skills Ripjaw 8g

GPU: MSI 560ti Twin Frozr II

STORAGE Samsung F3


PSU: Antec 550

CASE: Antec Illusion

COOLING: Hyper 212+

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

MONITOR: ASUS 1080p 5ms 23.6"

Thanks in advance guys!!!

Without Rebates: $1,186.74

With Rebates: $1,141.74
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  1. Oops! I think I linked the wrong memory. I actually meant to link the exact kit that you had in mind mj :P
    Good find on the card man, I like it a lot!
  2. Any other recommendations or suggestions?
  3. A build for $1000 you should check out.

    Pretty similar to yours, but with a better PSU. Add your monitor and it will come in under your original budget.
  4. Crossfire/SLI leave a nice option so I would recommend getting a board that supports it.
    For instance either one of the below:
    MSI P67 ($130, $110AR shipped):
    Gigabyte Z68 ($138 shipped)

    Then a better set of RAM thats cheaper:

    PSU on sale:

    Perhaps the HAF912 as a case also:

    The stock 560Ti has a great cooler already, so I think Twin Frozr isnt necesary, save the money so you can do dual cards:

    You could also consider a 6870 really, save you ~$35-55AR while only being a tad slower. There 2 XFX models with free game vouchers for $165AR
  5. Nice suggestions guys!

    I'm looking to make the following changes:

    Memory: [...] -_-Product (Thanks mj)
    Mobo: [...] 6813130583 (Thanks malmental)
    PSU: [...] -_-Product (Thanks Timop)
    Case: [...] =haf%20912 (Thanks Timop)

    I'm split on the GPU.

    I'm not sure if I should go with a 560 ti [...] -_-Product

    or a 6870

    Like I said, I'm not looking to go with dual cards until I need an upgrade later on.
    Also will a 650w psu power this system with 2 cards?
  6. Which 560Ti would you personally recommend Mal? [...] -_-Product

    and [...] 587&sr=1-2

    have both already been suggested.

    All other recommendations are, of course, also welcome.
  7. Would the 650w psu be enough to run two of the 650 ti's?
  8. minimum is 700 id say. any ower and you'll probably have some shutdowns
  9. Gotcha. So I went ahead and updated my psu to a 750w:
    Of all the things to be cheap about, the psu is the worst candidate.

    Another question...considering the cost of a 560 ti Hawk, wouldn't it be best just to get a 6950? Like so:
  10. Best answer selected by mc354.
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