First build 1500$

Hi guys, I am in the market for a new comp and have been looking around the site for some ideas. I think it’s time to get some advice on what I have so far thanks!


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks


Budget Range: 1500 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming(rift/BF3,ect), watching movies(1080p), internet use

Parts Not Required: mouse (lol only thing I have its a Logitech g500)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or tiger direct

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type prefer Intel / corsair products and would like at least a 22" monitor

Over clocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later if needed


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 +


additional Comments: would like side window on case without a fan in the window


ok so here is what I have in mind:

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 - 220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

MOBO - ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703

Video Card - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - 190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130568

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - 85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

CASE/PSU combo - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 305
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.677139

Speakers - Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers - 40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836116048

Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - 180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052


Total = 1260 before tax/shipping/rebates

I don’t think I’m missing anything, but what do you guys think? I am hoping it will play rift/BF3 on max settings flawlessly. and help would be appreciated thanks.
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    be a better option?

    thanks for all the feedback!
  6. Get the 570. Although 2x460s OCed will most likely best it in performance, the 460s can't be upgraded any further than SLI and you'll be maxing out their usefulness by OCing them as well. Down the road, you can always drop in another 570.

    IMO I'd get a 6970, because you'll be getting better performance for the same price (6970 > 570 in most games).
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