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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052


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.
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Parts:


CPU: i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

MOBO: ASRock P67 Pro3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157230

MEMORY: G. Skills Ripjaw 8g
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308

GPU: MSI 560ti Twin Frozr II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

STORAGE Samsung F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

OPTICAL: ASUS SATA 24x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3067296&SID=

PSU: Antec 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

CASE: Antec Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

COOLING: Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hyper+212&x=0&y=0

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

MONITOR: ASUS 1080p 5ms 23.6"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052


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.
    http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/1000-gaming-pc-june-2011.html

    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): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130572
    Gigabyte Z68 ($138 shipped) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

    Then a better set of RAM thats cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417&cm_sp=Cat_Memory-_-Daily_Deal-_-20-231-417

    PSU on sale: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044&cm_re=antec_ea-_-17-371-044-_-Product

    Perhaps the HAF912 as a case also: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912

    The stock 560Ti has a great cooler already, so I think Twin Frozr isnt necesary, save the money so you can do dual cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133377&cm_re=560_ti-_-14-133-377-_-Product

    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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506&cm_re=6870-_-14-150-506-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521&cm_re=6870-_-14-150-521-_-Product
  5. Nice suggestions guys!

    I'm looking to make the following changes:

    Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product (Thanks mj)
    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130583 (Thanks malmental)
    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product (Thanks Timop)
    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] =haf%20912 (Thanks Timop)

    I'm split on the GPU.

    I'm not sure if I should go with a 560 ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

    or a 6870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    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?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

    and

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Supercl [...] 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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    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:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127555&cm_re=6950-_-14-127-555-_-Product
  10. Best answer selected by mc354.
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