$1700 Build Critique - Gaming/Programming/Linux Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: July 10, 2011 3:52 PM in Systems Share dotnettom July 10, 2011 12:57:51 PM Hi. I'm looking to see if some of you could ensure I didn't go retarded with anything listed below before I push the button. I'm planning to play upcoming games (BF3, Diablo3, Skyrim) and would like to max them out as much as possible. This includes overclocking. I will also dual boot the machine with Linux in order to work with GNS3 and programming (hence the 1920x1200 monitor). I would like to stay within $1700 (hopefully including shipping to FPO, AP) and am currently a bit high. The biggest problem is that I need everything Below is what I configured from NewEgg (which is where I would prefer to order. Amazon does not ship a lot of the components to military addresses). CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $219.99 Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $49.99 Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $109.99 RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $59.99 GPU: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB $269.99 PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W $89.99 SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $234.45 Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $54.99 Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99 Headset: Logitech G35 USB 2.0 Connector Surround Sound Headset $89.99 Mouse: Logitech G500 $57.99 Keyboard: Logitech G110 $59.99 Speakers: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System $28.99 Monitor: HP LA2405wg Black / Silver 24" $279.99 Total: $1641.32 w/shipping: $1835.63 The shipping is quite a bit, but if no one sees any issues with this build, and it will do what I need it to, then I'll happily pay the $1800. Thanks in advance. More about : 1700 build critique gaming programming linux nemoh July 10, 2011 3:12:03 PM I'd get a better mobo if you are investing in a cpu cooler and planning to OC, and maybe drop the ssd or something rvilkman July 10, 2011 3:14:05 PM Consider the Xigmatek Gaia instead for cooler instead of the overpriced hyper 212+ at newegg. Might need a thermal paste with the gaia though. Options for the SSD: Corsair Force 3, OCZ Agility 3, OCZ Vertex 3 or possibly Intel 510 for maximum reliability. If they fit your budget. Other than that looks like a solid build. ^+1 possibly yeah, could maybe go for Crucial M4 64Gb for boot drive and use the 'extra' for a better mobo. Related resources Critique my first build - 2560 x 1440 gaming, $ 1700 - Forum $ 1700 Gaming System Critique - Forum $ 1700 Conroe Build !!! - Forum Critique my first gaming build ? - Forum First time build revised. 2/10/09. Critique . - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer dotnettom July 10, 2011 3:39:53 PM Thanks for the replies. I switched out the SSD for the Crucial M4 64GB and also the cooler. How is this for a motherboard with OC ability? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... dotnettom July 10, 2011 3:44:30 PM Should the 6950 keep up with most of the upcoming games @ 1920x1200? nemoh July 10, 2011 3:52:06 PM Yeah, and you can always buy another one in the future and do some crossfire Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumUpgrade + Build Plan... Critique and advice encouraged Forum~$1400- 1700 gaming PC ForumNew Core i7 System Build . Critique . ForumBuild Advice: $ 1700 Gaming PC ($2200 Max) ForumPlease evaluate video editing build Forum$1500 Gaming build parts list critique ForumBuying this next week, have some questions and looking for critique . Forumplease critique my (almost) final choice for a gaming rig ForumG-HTPC build , requesting critique or additional advice Forumfirst build -- please critique ForumXfx 680 half price ForumCustom Gaming Computer help ForumI5 2500k gaming PC ~ $2500AUD ForumFirst Build, need constructive criticism on it ForumUpgrading Gaming PC, need help. More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !