Is this a good build and is it worth it? GAMING/CAD

Hi I am wondering if this is a good build and is it worth the money? Any flaws in the build? It will be used mainly for gaming(SC2, BFBC2 and when they come out BF3, Diablo 3 etc..) and for school (CAD software.) ATM I do not know how to build a PC by myself so a Pre-built PC with a 3 year warranty would work best for me. Any opinions would be great, I'm looking to buy in the next few days. Thanks


Also, should I get the extra case fans or do you think the stock ones will do?

PRICE - $1448

CARE1:Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

CARE2:CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]

CARE3:Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

CAS:Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Gaming Case W/ Side Panel Window [+35]

CASUPGRADE:12in Meter Light - 8 speed [+15] (Blue Color)

CD:Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [-47] (BLACK COLOR)


CPU:Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-106]

CS_FAN:Default case fans


FAN:Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system w/ 240MM Radiator and Dual Fans (Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [-20]

FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)




HDD:1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-41] (Single Hard Drive)



IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

KEYBOARD:Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard


MEMORY:8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)




MOTHERBOARD:* [CrossFireX/SLI] GigaByte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX MB w/ Lucid Virtu + Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+23]

MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

MULTIVIEW:Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors


NETWORK:Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK:Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+30]

POWERSUPPLY:* 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+76]



SOFT1:Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising) [+0]

SOUND:Creative Labs SB X-FI Titanium PCI Express Sound Card [+103]









VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+97] (EVGA Superclocked)



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  1. Looks like a massive ripoff to me, they are charging you extra for things like packaging it properly and wiring it properly. Also that power supply is just so far beyond overkill. 450W would probably cover it, maybe 500W because of the overclocks. Even if you added another GPU it would still only need around 650-700W. I think you could build a better system for $1000 if you learned it yourself, i really would recommend it because it's not as hard as it may seem.
  2. Best answer
    Just as an example of what you can get for that price:

    Intel Core i7-2600k - $314.99
    2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600Mhz - $57.99
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
    MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 570 (Fermi) - $349.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $184.99
    Seasonic SS-850HT 850W - $119.99
    Cooler Master HAF X - $169.99
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - $99.99
    Corsair HS-1 Headset - $94.99
    DVD Burner - $20

    Total Before Rebates and Shipping - $1472.91

    It is missing the sound card and water cooling but there is a reason for that. USB headsets don't use sound cards, they have built in ones. So just buy a decent USB headset and youre set. With the water cooling there are 2 reasons. You don't really need it unless youre overclocking and youre not going to need to do that for a couple of years, i would just buy the cooling then. Also, i hear bad things about Cyberpower Water Cooling.
  3. Ok I took some of your suggestions and modified my build. Ive been watching some videos on how to build a rig myself and I think Im gonna give it a try. It doesn't look to difficult. What do you think?


    2 x 4gb ripjaw x 1600 (will these fit with heatsink?)

    ASUS GTX 570

    ASUS p8z68 v pro

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

    Cooler Master HAF X

    Thermaltake FRIO OCK (plan to overclock to 4.5ghz and eventually 5ghz)



    Windows 7 home premium

    price = $1418 before shipping and rebates
  4. I don't know for sure but i would say that RAM probably wouldn't fit under that heatsink. Possibly think of a Corsair H50 or something instead, water cooling may seem scary but the Corsair units are ready made kits, you just plug and play. This way your RAM can be as tall as you want. Alternatively you could get different RAM, Corsair XMS3 or Vengeance LP perhaps. Or any other low profile RAM, don't worry i don't work for Corsair lol.

    Something else i will say is, if you do a lot of CAD and stuff i would get the i7 over a CPU cooler. This is because youre not going to need to overclock yet anyway, get the cooler when you actually need to overclock in my opinion. If you don't do much CAD though the i5 is fine.
  5. I had a feeling It wouldn't fit with my fan by some other reviews. You say the corsairs are plug and play? Do I have to add water to it regularly? Oh and as far as the i7 goes..I don't do a whole lot of CAD right now(just what im doin for school) so its MAINLY for gaming with CAD on the side(i have an i7 toshiba laptop as well that i could use for CAD if the i7 is better suited for it).
    This is probably a dumb question but, in SLI with 2 video cards, do you need to run 2 monitors or can you run dual video cards on 1 monitor?
  6. Yeah with the Corsair Hydro series you just fit it and that's it. It's prefilled and never has to be refilled. SLI works on one monitor yes.

    Dont worry about the i7 then, the i5 will be fine it will just take slightly longer. Only really worth it if you do it a lot.
  7. Alright cool that corsair sounds nice. Will save me room in my case, probably be quieter, and still get me what I need. I think I am going to upgrade the PSU so later on down the line Ill get another 570 in SLI. With overclocking and dual 570s in SLI, would a 750 or 850 watt PSU be better?
  8. Think a decent quality 750W would be fine but personally i'd go 850. That Seasonic 850W drive i mentioned earlier looks like great value, Seasonic are widely accepted as one of the very best PSU brands and its 80 plus silver.
  9. Ya I would rather have a little extra power than not enough so I agree with the 850. Im liking what im seeing from corsair, I think im gonna go with this one

    Thanks for all the help, appreciate it
  10. That PSU looks excellent. No problem.
  11. Best answer selected by irishbronco5.
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