$1700 gaming build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Aug. 20th


Budget Range: $1700


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S


Parts Preferences: Whatever works out best

Overclocking: Mabey


SLI or Crossfire: Whatever works out best


Additional Comments: This is my first build and I want the best gaming computer for my money. If anyone has any recommended reading for building a pc or any videos to help me out, that would be greatly apreciated. Thanks.
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  1. CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Mobo: Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 $345
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004ZQ6F54/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

    RAM: 2x Kingston Hyperx 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ $98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104266&Tpk=N82E16820104266

    GPU: 2x EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570 $696 [$25 MIR available]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    CASE:NZXT Phantom Black $125 [15% off promo available until 8/14]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068

    PSU: Antec HCG Series 900W $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371050

    OPTICAL: Some $20 DVD Burner

    $1703 including shipping/ Around $1624 after MIR and promo.

    You're free to make changes. You will be able to crossfire/sli at dual x16 so you get the best out of everything. The i5-2500k is a complete beast in games and hyper-threading from the i7 won't matter because games don't use it. You may opt for a single GTX 590 instead and a slightly bigger power supply to handle overclocking and sli comfortably [preferably 1000w]. It's all up to you. I tried to avoid shipping costs so you'll get more for what you pay.

    Edit: Added aftermarket heatsink almost forgot :P
  2. Cool! Thanks a lot. Soo, are sli gtx 570 better than a single gtx 590?
  3. Yes gtx 570 sli will run better than the gtx 590 but you'll get less upgradeability since you'll already be using more slots than the 590. The motherboard has 4 pcie 2.0 slots though so you'll probably be fine. I also think the GTX 570 sli will handle anything you throw at it. I think you will be fine with Crysis 2 at directx 11 with high settings.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crysis-2-directx-11-performance,2983-6.html
  4. Do you think I need an additional fan if I go with a bigger power suppy or will the cooling be fine?
  5. The cooling in the NZXT Phantom is adequate.

    Also, I'd suggest splurging less on the Motherboard (keep it below $200... beyond $200 offers tragically diminishing returns) and instead going for a cheaper P67 board (I recommend the EVGA P67 SLI 130-SB-E675-KR) and, with the money you'd save, buy a 64 or 120gb SSD.
  6. Are you sure about the EVGA P67 SLI 130-SB-E675-KR? Would it be compatibale with my parts without bottleneck? What are the benefits of the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 compared to the EVGA P67 SLI 130-SB-E675-KR? Thanks.
  7. Go to slickdeals.net for newegg coupons.
  8. If I buy a 120gb SSD should I still get the HDD Samsung Spinpoint F3? Or is it meaningless to have both an hdd and ssd?
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