Need Review and Advice on Core i7 Gaming Computer


This is my first attempt to build a custom rig, so please forgive any rookie mistakes I’ve made. I’d appreciate feedback on the overall selection of parts in terms of price/performance and especially a review to ensure that what I have selected is compatible. I have tried to future proof very slightly where the additional cost was not prohibitive. And please, point out anything I may have forgotten in the way of necessary parts.

I play mainly MMOs, primarily EVE Online and wish to have dual clients for EVE running on separate monitors. I dabble in other MMOs as well, though on others only one instance at a time is necessary, with background apps on the second monitor. I play FPS games least often though occasionally will fire one up.

Also, I live in the south so it can get pretty warm during the summer months, so I want to ensure adequate cooling.

I appreciate any feedback and will gladly provide any additional information that I may have left out. Thanks in advance for your help!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 2 weeks

Budget Range: No hard range; like to stay at or below $2500 without peripherals

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet Surfing, Movies/Video

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is what I have been using for reference and pricing but I am open to other suggestions.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, full tower case, dual 24” monitors

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 / 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Want flexibility in terms of future upgrades or expansions; need to handle dual monitors; ability to add second GPU later if needed; overclocking if needed down the line

Here are my currently proposed components:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

SSD: Samsung 470 Series MZ-5PA128/US 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580

PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - OEM

CASE: Cooler Master HAF X RC-942-KKN1
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  1. For gaming the i7 2600k is not really needed, i5 2500k will do fine.

    Might want to consider other faster options for SSD as well while the samsung is not bad Corsair Force 3, OCZ Agility 3, OCZ Vertex 3 possibly.

    For HDD get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drives, they are just 49.99 with code this weekend at newegg. Faster than the one you have listed.

    That PSU is pretty sweet, but if you intend to SLI with the GTX580 it's very borderline to be able to run that SLI. I would recommend 900-1000W for that.

    But generally the build looks really good.
  2. Thanks for the feedback. I was uncertain about the PSU so I appreciate you pointing out the additional need if I end up going SLI. I'll definitely take a look at the SSD and HDD options you listed as well. Thanks again.
  3. If your max budget is $2500 I would go with an intel 510 series SSD, they are the best SATA3 SSDs available:
    about $60 more than the samsung one but definitely worth it if you can afford the extra $60.
    rvilkman is right about the i7, if you are only doing gaming on this machine you wont see any difference between the i5 and i7, altho if you use any applications such as video encoding that uses hyperthreading go with the i7 since you can afford it with a $2500 budget.
    If you will eventually do SLI gtx580s go with a 1000watt psu, i'd recommend this one:

    I would get 1600mhz memory since your motherboard and processor can utilize it:
    g.skill is a good brand though:

    The rest looks good.
  4. im surprised no one has commented on the mobo. thats a $260 mobo with x8/x8 lanes. Essentially, its jam packed with features that most users wont ever touch.

    Here are some of the MANY perfectly suitable options available (many might even argue that some of these boards are excessively featured)
  5. Thanks, jmills, genghis, I appreciate the feedback. Clearly I'm going to need to upgrade from my current listed PSU. I'm going to dig in and take a look at the additional recommendations on SSD/HDD, RAM and MOBOs. Thanks again guys, this is very helpful.
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