[Help] $1000-$1200 Gaming PC Setup

Hey all, I'm new to the tomshardware forums, but I've been reading here for the last few days trying to get some ideas for my new build. I have some previous PC-building experience, having built my last 2 systems with parts from Newegg. However -- I have not paid any attention, whatsoever, to advances in computer hardware in the last 4 years since I built my current system. I'm completely out of the loop on what's actually out there and what's good/bad. I have some ideas for what I want in a new system, so I'd like to ask other forum-going enthusiasts for some ideas on builds. I saw the thread "BestConfigs Poll - Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC" in the "New Build" section, but some of these systems don't meet my requirements and I'm having trouble modifying them to get there.

So what I'm asking is this: if anyone wants to take a stab and help me out -- try to configure a gaming rig in the $1000-$1200 range (preferably all parts from Newegg.com) that meets the following requirements:

I do not need a keyboard, mouse, monitor, DVD-drive, HDD, or speakers. I'd rather not have to deal with an add-on heatsink/cpu fan and the accompanying thermal paste if I can help it. It seems like it's a headache to apply, and it scares me a little.

Intel-based
CPU:Intel-i5 2500k
Video: Dual GeForce GTX 560 (I've always wanted an SLI/Crossfire System)
Memory: 16 GB (4x4GB) or 8GB (2x4GB) minimum
PSU: 750+ W
Windows 7
Case - Mid-ATX Tower

My main game played currently is Starcraft2, with various other current titles as I see fit. This machine needs to be able to run SC2 at ULTRA graphics settings at a 1680x1050 resolution, while streaming over the internet. Also, I'd like it to run Mass Effect 3 and Diablo 3 at high graphics settings when they are released later this year/next year.
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  1. Here is what I would go for with GTX 560Ti in SLI

    GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti x2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594

    Mainboard:GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

    CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    RAM:Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104266

    PSU:Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

    Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer (This case is very nice to work with from experience and has internal USB 3.0 ports)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

    OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Total:$1052.93 all free shipping without rebates
  2. Aim for the GTX 560Ti SLI.
    New Gen3 ASRock boards have released with PCIe 3.0 slots. I'd grab them if I were you! They're Z68 based.
    The i5 2500K is probably the most popular high-end processor at the moment. It beats AMD's best one, the Phenom II X6 1100T in heavy multitasking! :D
    16GBs of RAM is overkill for any system. 8GB should be more than enough!
  3. This build looks pretty fantastic. I'm not a huge fan of the look of the case, but the functionality looks perfect. Free shipping is also a major plus. Thanks for the reply!
  4. Quote:
    GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti x2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127594


    I'm looking at this card, trying to figure out whether or not it actually comes with an SLI Bridge. I can't seem to find the info. Do you happen to know if it comes with a bridge or do I need to order one specially?
  5. SCPutz said:
    Quote:
    GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti x2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127594


    I'm looking at this card, trying to figure out whether or not it actually comes with an SLI Bridge. I can't seem to find the info. Do you happen to know if it comes with a bridge or do I need to order one specially?


    I own this card and it doesn't come with the bridge. Thank God my P8P67 Pro mobo had one bundled (however, no CF bridge... lol). It also doesn't have nVidia sticker bundled, which pissed me off :D Other contents of the box: DVI-to-VGA adaptor.
  6. Here's my advice: wait for AMD 7xxx series to release this year and nVIDIA Keplar next year. I would stick with a single 560 ti for now if you don't want to wait. Just overclock it [if not factory overclocked already] with MSI Afterburner. I would get no less than 700w to handle dual card setup [must be either from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and XFX; basically anything manufactured by Seasonic]. The i5-2500k, the motherboard, and RAM will last you for ages. I don't see any mention of a hard drive.. you should purchase the samsung spinpoint f3 from newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 Some windows installation have trouble with 2tb hard drive.. forgot why but the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is pretty much the fastest 1tb at the best price.
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