Gaming Rig for Tom's ppl to decide (1100-1400)

Alright, here we go Tom Hardware faithful. Getting ready for Battlefield 3 and decided it’s time to build a new baby, it's been a couple years. Hopefully I gave enough info. Let me know what ya’ll think and any suggestions are welcomed! Debating on SSD and the M.B. the most, but that’s what I’m leaning towards for now. Thank you all in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: (End of Sept, 2011)
Budget Range: (1000-1400)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, Internet, Audio and Video I'll be running 7-Pro)
Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, thermal paste and speakers)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg mainly, but can get tigerdirect and amazon)
Country of Origin: (USA)
Parts Preferences: (Intel and Nvidia most likely)
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: (Yes – But, down the road)
Monitor Resolution: (it’s 1440x900 now) don’t need a new one, will get one in later on)
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Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155
CPU
Intel Core i5-2500k
V.C.
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
RAM
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB
PSU
Corsair 850w PSU
HD main
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 120GB
HD backups
2x W.D. 500GB sata HD
Case
Cooler Master Storm Scout
Heatsink
Cooler Master V6 GT heatsink
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  1. looks good
  2. Buy it. I think it's awesome, although you may wanna upgrade to a GTX 570 or if that's too much, possibly a HD 6870?
  3. thank everyone, I'll look at your links here shortly.

    Any other suggestions are still welcomed.

    I've been reading on i7 2600k and maybe thinking about that BUT, the 2500k is still my #1 choice now unless I can be persuaded else!
  4. 2600K is useless, HT is unneeded.

    +1 to mjmjpfaff.
  5. Here is an updated list. *kept it all via newegg for ease. But, it's around $1300. Anyone recommend a different V.C. or will that be fine for now and in a year or so SLI with it? Thanks!

    Motherboard($160)
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155
    CPU($220)
    Intel Core i5-2500k
    V.C. ($250)
    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    RAM($65)
    G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB
    PSU($115)
    Corsair 750W
    HD main ($235)
    Crucial C300 SSD 128GB
    HD backup(2x$65)
    2x Samsung 1TB sata HD
    Case($89)
    Cooler Master Storm Scout
    Heatsink($40)
    Scythe SCMG-2100
  6. zerobeast said:
    Here is an updated list. *kept it all via newegg for ease. But, it's around $1300. Anyone recommend a different V.C. or will that be fine for now and in a year or so SLI with it? Thanks!

    Motherboard($160)
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155
    CPU($220)
    Intel Core i5-2500k
    V.C. ($250)
    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    RAM($65)
    G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB
    PSU($115)
    Corsair 750W
    HD main ($235)
    Crucial C300 SSD 128GB
    HD backup(2x$65)
    2x Samsung 1TB sata HD
    Case($89)
    Cooler Master Storm Scout
    Heatsink($40)
    Scythe SCMG-2100


    Everything looks great! If you can dish out an extra 15 bucks.. I would go for the Asus P8P67 for the reliability and UEFI in BIOS.
  7. Save some money on the PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026&cm_re=antec_750-_-17-371-026-_-Product

    Stick with the Extreme4 I prefer it over P8P67, the Extreme4 has UEFI and the same reliability.

    Save on the SSD, this is faster.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233181&cm_re=force_3_ssd-_-20-233-181-_-Product
  8. newbie1992 said:
    Everything looks great! If you can dish out an extra 15 bucks.. I would go for the Asus P8P67 for the reliability and UEFI in BIOS.

    asrock is reliable i switched to the extreme4 because i had a faulty p8p67 pro board and the asrocck has the uefi bios too
  9. aznshinobi said:
    Save some money on the PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026&cm_re=antec_750-_-17-371-026-_-Product

    Stick with the Extreme4 I prefer it over P8P67, the Extreme4 has UEFI and the same reliability.

    Save on the SSD, this is faster.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233181&cm_re=force_3_ssd-_-20-233-181-_-Product

    i think the OP didnt look at my post too closely :D
  10. ^ Yeah I caught that.
  11. My apologies, Asrock Extreme4 does have UEFI, maybe I just prefer ASUS motherboards cause of my loyalty issues.

    EDIT: 750watt is good enough. =]
  12. Dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $59.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4-LUS-07AR-GP/dp/B002LE8BJA/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1308701175&sr=1-4 $14.76 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $99.99 - $84.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&title=ASRock-P67-EXTREME4-B3-LGA1155-Intel-P67-B3-DDR3-Quad-SLI-Quad-CrossFireX-SATA3-USB3-0-A-GbE-ATX-Motherboard $154.99 Free Shipping
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX&title=Intel-Core-i5-Processor-i5-2500K-3-3GHz-6MB-LGA1155-CPU-Retail $214.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1308689647&sr=1-1 $33.28 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&cm_sp=Cat_Memory-_-Daily_Deal-_-20-231-314 $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1308689606&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&cm_sp=Cat_CD_%26%2347%3b_DVD_Burners_%26%2338%3b_Media-_-Hot_Deals-_-27-106-289 $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MSI-560TWN&title=MSI-nVidia-GeForce-GTX560-Ti-Twin-Frozr-II-OC-1GB-DDR5-2DVI-Mini-HDMI-PCI-Express-Video-Card $241.99
    MSI nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MSI-560TWN&title=MSI-nVidia-GeForce-GTX560-Ti-Twin-Frozr-II-OC-1GB-DDR5-2DVI-Mini-HDMI-PCI-Express-Video-Card $241.99
    MSI nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $99.99 - FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

    Total: $1,305.94 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, etc...
  13. mjmjpfaff said:
    i think the OP didnt look at my post too closely :D


    Thanks guys on the SSD drive update. I'll have to make the changes to my "wish list". I agree with both of you about that.
    I'm not 100% sold on the Antec though. I still have some time, but Antec has been good to me in the past.

    why_me, thanks for finding some good deals.
  14. According to JGuru (one of the best online PSU reviewers) The EA750 is solid and great.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=163
  15. aznshinobi said:
    According to JGuru (one of the best online PSU reviewers) The EA750 is solid and great.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=163



    According to JGuru's summary he said unless this unit is on a big sale, don't bother with it. But, I'll have to check some more PSUs and do a little more research.
    thank you
  16. here is a review on the silver rated 750w psu for 85$ after mir i posted earlier- http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/PC-Power-and-Cooling-Silencer-Mk-II-750-W-Power-Supply-Review/1030/10
  17. Hmm.... Zero, do you notice that it is ON sale? Also, mjm I dunno bout MIRs, they don't mean money that you have instantly. There fishy ones and not all companies (even reputable ones) honor them.
  18. ya i know. ive gotten all my m.i.r. one took over 4 months though but it got here
  19. yeah, I know some of the items are on sale now and who knows what will happen in the near future when I get this. I need to contact the guy who bought my old one to see if he's interested in my current one like he said he would be

    I so wanna build it right now, def enjoying building them. we'll see maybe I won't wait a till September :D
  20. I have been seeing this PSU thrown around lately in these forums:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1uut24z9ak5xt

    has anyone had any experiences with this OR know of someone?

    I had a modular PSU YEARS back and it was crap. I'm not 100% worried about a few extra cables (I will be doing cable management), but would anyone go with modular for a good price or stay with this or a similar model?

    TY
  21. zerobeast said:
    I have been seeing this PSU thrown around lately in these forums:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1uut24z9ak5xt

    has anyone had any experiences with this OR know of someone?

    I had a modular PSU YEARS back and it was crap. I'm not 100% worried about a few extra cables (I will be doing cable management), but would anyone go with modular for a good price or stay with this or a similar model?

    TY

    That psu is fairly new on the market, yet when I googled it for professional reviews they call came up good. I don't think you can go wrong with that psu for that price.
  22. I have the same series PSU but the 900W version. It runs great right out of the box, no problems with it so far.
  23. why me and mrjellybean - Thanks guys.
    I noticed from some quick searching it was fairly new as well.
    good to hear you have the same model but more wattage and it works great! :)
  24. The Antec Gamer Series 750w PSU is on a crazy sale right now. I might just buy it now and hold onto it for another 45 days until I buy the rest of my components (unless better sales happen in the meantime) :D

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&cm_re=antec_gamer-_-17-371-049-_-Product
  25. Well everybody...I just ordered all the parts. I was able to find someone to buy my current PC and I couldn't pass up the deal. I reaaaaally appreciate all the advice/suggestions and wish ya'll the best. here is my soon to be new PC (~$1140) :bounce:

    Motherboard($160) ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155
    CPU($220) Intel Core i5-2500k
    V.C. ($245) (+$20MIR) MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II
    RAM($65)G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB
    PSU($95) (+$25MIR) Antec Gamer 750W
    HD main ($230) Crucial M4 SSD 128GB
    HD backup($65) (1 per order)2x Samsung 1TB sata HD
    Case($79)Cooler Master Storm Scout
    Heatsink($30) Cooler Master Hyper 212
    DVD Burner($20) ASUS 24x Burner
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