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$1300 Gaming Rig Final build suggestions

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July 1, 2011 6:57:49 PM

So I have parted out what I think is a fairly good gaming rig. Just wanted some opinions on if there are any parts that maybe there could be a better choice on.

In other word is there anything I may be missing in regards to better performance for the same price. Is the graphics card a good value?

Here is the build:

Case - XCLIO Nighthawk Color Black 0.6mm SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $79.99

MB - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $159.99

Graphics - EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $359.99

PSU - 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 $99.99

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $219.99

SSD - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive $124.99

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL $69.99

Optical - LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM $19.99

CPU Cooler - XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible $24.99

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $94.99
July 1, 2011 7:03:26 PM

Hard to measure value if you dont list prices.
July 1, 2011 7:05:09 PM

I feel it's kinda expensive for the i5 2500k, I feel anything over 1000, you should get the i7 2600k
and also,
if you can, get an OCZ SSD, they are better
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July 1, 2011 7:11:24 PM

Updated with prices.

r0ar - where do feel I am going to exp for the i5 ? What should/could I cut back on to get under the $1000.

I thought the i5 was the best pure gaming cpu there was for the price and performance.
July 1, 2011 7:22:16 PM

For gaming right now very few games will take advantage of more than 3 threads so the value of the 4 extra threads that hyper-threading gives the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K is very minimal. So unless you are looking to do some video/audio work or some other heavily multi-threaded work or multi-tasking then the processor you want to focus on is going to be the Intel Core i5-2500K.

Overall your build looks good.

Christain Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

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July 1, 2011 7:40:54 PM

That is a very nice build. My nitpicks:

- For $10 more you can get the CORSAIR TX750 V2, which is a preference of mine because it is a single rail instead of 4. I prefer those because then I don't have to worry about balancing my wires between each rail. If that doesn't bother you, though, save yourself the $10.

- That sataIII ssd is super cheap but beware. There are a ton of DOA complaints on newegg and zero manufacturer responses. My own advice with SSDs is, sadly, to hold off. They are going through major growing pains right now with new architecture and yields and controllers and it's a bit of a mess. Maybe gift one to yourself for christmas.

- Nothing uses 8gb DDR3. Money is better spent on a 2x2gb DDR3 CAS 7 kit.

- If you're looking to save money, consider a 6950. Yeah, not as good as the 570, but $100 is $100. Can always crossfire them in a year for an easy upgrade.

- If you're gonna drop that much on a mobo, consider getting a z68, since the p67s are already discontinued (and will receeve little to no bios and driver updates). Here is a z68 at that same price point, as well as the z68 version of the board you listed.

- 2500k is pefect.
July 2, 2011 3:16:22 AM

Best answer selected by dusty77.
July 2, 2011 3:29:56 AM

Thanks for the responses. I ended up going with the MB & PSU that was suggested as well as the lower latency RAM. I also dropped the SSD for now and will revisit that again in the future ( I had been on the fence regarding the ssd anyway)

Order placed crossing fingers for a good build upon arrival. :D 

July 2, 2011 3:31:09 AM