1500$ gaming rig opinions

hi im looking to build myself a really nice gaming computer and want to hear what you guys think about this layout and if all parts are compatable and any inputs you have would be much appreciated

Approximate Purchase Date:within 30 days

Budget Range:1500-1800$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,downloading,movies,homework

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: none really

Overclocking: within near future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: if know of any good places to find decent price LCS systems that would be awesome as well, and if possible get as many parts red as possible ( not a deal breraker however)


ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z68 Extreme4
Item #:N82E16813157250

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-942-KKN1
Item #:N82E16811119225

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Model #:012-P3-1572-AR
Item #:N82E16814130595

Thermaltake TPG-650M Toughpower Grand GOLD 650W ATX 12V V2.3 / EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD ...
Model #:TPG-650M
Item #:N82E16817153131

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
Model #:BX80623I52500
Item #:N82E16819115073

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:AGT3-25SAT3-120G
Item #:N82E16820227726

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Model #:F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Item #:N82E16820231428


ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI
Model #:VH232H
Item #:N82E16824236079

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM
Model #:UH12LS28 OEM
Item #:N82E16827136232
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  1. You have a good start, but I would make a few additions / changes to your list.

    1.) 120GB of total disk space is pretty small. You may want to add a traditional hard drive to use as a data warehouse / backup drive.

    2.) You selected the 2500 CPU, and mentioned you wanted to overclock. You should look into a K series CPU for overclocking as they are specifically made for overclocking, and only cost about $10 more. If you purchase a K series CPU make sure you buy an aftermarket CPU cooler as well. Toms has many wonderful CPU cooler articles if you want to do the homework yourself, or just ask for suggestions and the community would be happy to help you with some of their favorites.
  2. Pretty much every thing dale said, but I would suggest using a different RAM such as the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
    Because It has a lower latency of 7 while you is 9 (lower the faster) and also because Sandy Bridge CPUs only support 1066 and 1333 MHz RAMs, so if you get the 1600 MHz, and a defective CPU, your warranty would void and you might have to buy a new one. though the RAM might cost 10$ more, it's faster and just might save you $200+ for a new CPU.

    also 2TB might be a bit overated if you are short on budget. get the 1.5TB for 20$ less (also balances out the RAM, AWESOME) besides, you already have the 120GB SSD so that helps out on the difference between .5TB alittle bit ( no, not really)

    and last, I would suggest getting a 750w PSU because of overclocking and room for future updates on hardware. (the reason why Tony Stark has arc reactor in his back yard even though the only thing in his house is a bunch of light and some robots)
  3. yea dale i already have a few backup hard drives i will be using and thanks for CPU advice. as well as fover for cooler :) im just trying to do as good as i can for first build lol
  4. Good list, yeah go for the 2500k instead. I was looking for a monitor in that price range, decided on this one:
    23" -> 34"
    5ms response -> 2ms response

    Also the HAF X is a great case, but maybe you should get something a bit cheaper and spend a bit more on other components (The RAM Foverosiv suggested, another HDD etc.)
    The HAF 932 is great, as is the Silverstone RV03, and the CM 690 II is very highly recommended + great price.
    Good luck!

    EDIT: Actually just thought I'd say that for what you want to do, it's probably not worth spending any more on RAM. In fact, you probably wouldn't notice a difference when using the PC or a drop in framerate when gaming if you switched to 4GB. And, the RAM you selected is currently $10 off with code EMCKCJH23 so you should probably just go for that. Maybe spend a bit of extra $$$ for a 750w PSU.
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