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$1200-$1500 High-End Gaming Rig

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September 16, 2011 9:57:54 PM

Hello fellow PC builders, I am new to this site, but have been building computers several times back in my day. I'm looking for a build that will play current and upcoming games like : Rage, Elder Scrolls V, Diablo III, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Starcraft II, Batman AC, Crysis 2, and many others on Very High Settings. And also a PC that is very future proof. PCI-E Gen 3, and an Ivy Bridge Compatible Board is a must. Thank you for taking your time at looking at my build. Any insights or suggestions is welcomed.


Approximate Purchase Date: 2-8 Weeks


Budget Range: $1200-$1500


System Usage: Gaming, Multimedia, Web Surfing


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS etc.


Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect etc.


Country of Origin: USA, CA


Parts Preferences: Intel based motherboard that is compatible with Ivy Bridge.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Later On


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Game it now, and upgrade later. I know AMD Bulldozer is set to release soon, but I'm going with Intel on this Rig.


Parts Decided/Deciding On :


CPU - Intel i2500k 3.3 Ghz, will upgrade to Ivy Bridge when it releases around 1H 2012 $220.

MOBO - Asrock Fatal1ty Professional Gen 3 Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX with UEFI BIOS(G3), Ivy Bridge and PCI-e 3.0 Supported $235

GPU - EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5, will upgrade to new line of GPU as soon as they're available. $200

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $55

SSD - Still Deciding, will get one in the near future. Any suggestions on a value SSD?

HDD - Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Black SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache $110

PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified, $110.

CASE - Cooler Master HAF 922 $90

DVD - LG 24x SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black) $30

HSF - Cooler Master Hyper 212 120mm $30

DISPLAY - Viewsonic LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor Full HD 1080p and Speakers $180


Total before TAX and Shipping : $1260

New Ivy-Bridge and AMD Video Cards are going to support PCI-e 3.0, so I must have that feature. Is there anything I can do to boost performance or save a little more? Do I need more wattage, even though I don't plan on SLI till years later? Any suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks again for looking at my final build!!
September 16, 2011 10:12:02 PM

Bluex610 said:
Hello fellow PC builders, I am new to this site, but have been building computers several times back in my day. I'm looking for a build that will play current and upcoming games like : Rage, Elder Scrolls V, Diablo III, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Starcraft II, Batman AC, Crysis 2, and many others on Very High Settings. And also a PC that is very future proof. PCI-E Gen 3, and an Ivy Bridge Compatible Board is a must. Thank you for taking your time at looking at my build. Any insights or suggestions is welcomed.


Approximate Purchase Date: 2-8 Weeks


Budget Range: $1200-$1500


System Usage: Gaming, Multimedia, Web Surfing


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS etc.


Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect etc.


Country of Origin: USA, CA


Parts Preferences: Intel based motherboard that is compatible with Ivy Bridge.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Later On


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Game it now, and upgrade later. I know AMD Bulldozer is set to release soon, but I'm going with Intel on this Rig.


Parts Decided/Deciding On :


CPU - Intel i2500k 3.3 Ghz, will upgrade to Ivy Bridge when it releases around 1H 2012 $220.

MOBO - Asrock Fatal1ty Professional Gen 3 Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX with UEFI BIOS(G3), Ivy Bridge and PCI-e 3.0 Supported $235

GPU - EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5, will upgrade to new line of GPU as soon as they're available. $200

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $55

SSD - Still Deciding, will get one in the near future. Any suggestions on a value SSD?

HDD - Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Black SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache $110

PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified, $110.

CASE - Cooler Master HAF 922 $90

DVD - LG 24x SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black) $30

HSF - Cooler Master Hyper 212 120mm $30

DISPLAY - Viewsonic LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor Full HD 1080p and Speakers $180


Total before TAX and Shipping : $1260

New Ivy-Bridge and AMD Video Cards are going to support PCI-e 3.0, so I must have that feature. Is there anything I can do to boost performance or save a little more? Do I need more wattage, even though I don't plan on SLI till years later? Any suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks again for looking at my final build!!

you can get a lot of that stuff from amazon and you will save on tax fyi
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September 17, 2011 1:45:22 AM

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if you don't plan on sli but want bf3 maxed... gonna need one powerful single card lol

ill see what i can do


Well some games are not going to be completely maxed out with the 560 GTX TI, but I'm looking forward to the new lines of GPU's , until then the GTX 560 TI will have to do. =) Thanks for your reply!
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September 17, 2011 1:49:46 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
you can get a lot of that stuff from amazon and you will save on tax fyi


Yeah I'm ordering most parts from Amazon, but some components I'm going to order from Newegg. Hopefully Asus releases a Gen 3 Mobo soon. But if they're not, I'm satisfied by Asrock's Mobo features. Thanks for the reply!
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