Mid-High End Gaming Computer. ~$1000-$1500. Advice.

Mobo - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($150)

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W ($220)

GPU - EVGA 012-P3-1577-KR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD DoubleShot 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($335)

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory ($60)

PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Supply ($130)

HD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($60)

CD/DVD drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($20)

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($100)

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($90)

CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler ($30)

TOTAL w/ Tax and Shipping = $1,301.84
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    This hard drive instead:
    Crucial m4 ssd is the recommended ssd :
    This is the case I have and I love it :P :

    Your 570 won't max bf3, but it will be able to play at reasonably high settings

    don't forget os:

    aftermarket cooler for ocing your cpu:

    sorry for the weird ip thing, but that's how newegg is showing up in my browser right now for some reason O.o

    Also get 1600 ram instead of 1333 :
  2. you should get a diffrent psu if youre going to use sli in future such as this
    and for the case ive storys about plastic cases breaking on delivery so i recommend this . if i were you i wouldnt get a ssd because you could use the money to get a better gpu all it does is load windows about 10seconds faster and load your programs storedon it a little faster but thats just my opinion.
  3. +1 to werbo links.

    This is a newer model for that RAM... but it's basically the same and same $ so what eva :)

    +1 to 9_Breaker comments

    On a build of this budget I agree with maximising your GPU setup and adding an SSD down the track.

    Cases I like that are suitable for a build of this budget:

    HAF 922

    CM690 II Advanced

    Storm Enforcer

    Antec 300 Illusion
  4. Thanks for the responses so far.

    So, I've upgraded the PSU to the 750W. I upgraded the RAM to the newer version. I added a Coolmaster case, and decided to remove the SSD and upgrade that later. oh and I added a DVD/CD drive.

    Some question I still have:

    Is the aftermarket CPU cooler or OCing really needed? I watched a demo on installation, and it looked like a pain in the butt.

    You guys said I should improve my GPU, but what card would you recommend? Maybe something I can crossfire or SLI later? Or should I just focus on one GPU, because honestly, I'm not sure I'll ever take this system to that level. I just want it to be fast and reliable... it doesn't have to break records.

    Thanks again for your time.
  5. After looking more at PSU's, I think I've decided to spend a little extra for a Modular PSU.

    Any suggestions on Modular PSU's?

    I'm also considering upgrading to the GeForce 580GTX... is it worth it with this build?
  6. Here is another Corsair power supply that is mudular that should work well you.

    While the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) that will work fine at stock speeds; you are going to want to add a good 3rd party HSF before you start to overclock the processor.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  7. Update:

    Added a Modular 750W PSU.

    Upgraded the GPU to the ASUS 580GTX.

    Switched to the Samsung 1TB HD.

    Added an aftermarket CPU cooler.

    TOTAL with Tax and Shipping = $1,502.24
  8. That's a serious looking build :) Keep in mind for the same $ 2 x gtx 560 Ti in SLI will beat a single gtx 580


    But if you're looking at a single GPU setup the gtx580 won't disappoint (just not exactly best bang for buck.)

    "Is the aftermarket CPU cooler or OCing really needed? I watched a demo on installation, and it looked like a pain in the butt."

    TBH I find it easier to put on a Hyper 212+ than the stock intel cooler:) It might take a little more time, but I hate those plastic push pins... keeping it all levelled and bringing it down evenly to ensure a good mount seems easier when you're screwing into the base plate one opposing corner at a time, rather than trying to keep the intel cooler steady while you're trying to evenly push through those spring loaded pins. Guess it depends how fussy you are with it too.
  9. So I've decided to start ordering the parts. I'm going to stick with the GeForce 570 for now, with the option to SLI later.

    I also found a friend of a friend who works in computers to assemble it for me for $50. I know it's kind of a bail out on my part, but it's so worth it for my peace of mind.

    Thanks for all the advice. I'll let you know how it goes.
  10. Best answer selected by bdreason.
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