$1100 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: this week.

Budget Range: $ 1100.

System Usage: Gaming and C++ programming.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (just as a reference, I'll buy from a local dealer)

Parts Preferences: intel Core iX series CPU, ASUS motherboards and ASUS nVidia GPU(s).


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Max out any game on Full HD resolution lag-free and be able to run DX11. Maybe capable of 3D vision.

Here's what I have on mind right now:

CPU: intel Core i5 2500K

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68

Here comes the trouble:
RAM: I'll be buying G. SKILL or Corsair 4Gb or 8Gb, I am confused.
GPU: I'll be buying a GTX 560 Ti but can't decide which brand. I heard GIGABYTE's GTX 560 Ti SOC is amazing but unstable; I dunno if that's true. Maybe, an ASUS GTX 560 Ti Direct CU II is good.
PSU: The local dealer has Gigabyte PSU's, if someone can recommend a good one I'll be thankful. Any other recommendation would be great!
Case: This one depends mainly on the local dealer. I saw some GIGABYTE cases at the store so, if someone can recommend a good one, that'll be nice.
CPU cooler: is it really necessary? I might do some OC. If so please tell me a nice one.

If something's not fine with my build please tell me.
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  1. Motherboard: If you insist on Asus, don't rule out the Sabertooth P67 or Maximus V.

    RAM: Both G.Skill and Corsair are excellent choices, but you're likely to get a better success rate out of G.Skill than Corsair, depending on which type of Corsair memory you use (don't use XMS series, go for Vengeance)

    GPU; Gigabyte's pretty decent, but I'd recommend EVGA over all NVIDIA vendors, and if you're going the ATI/AMD route I'd recommend Sapphire and XFX over everything else.

    PSU: This is honestly one area where you don't want to skimp. Antec and Corsair both make excellent products. Also check out Silverstone for some higher-end PSUs.

    Case: It depends on your personal preference but check out some of these:

    Antec 300:
    Cooler Master HAF 912:
    Corsair Carbide 500:
    NZXT Phantom:

    CPU Cooler: If you don't plan to overclock it's not really necessary but the fans Intel tends to include are total junk, but one of the best and least expensive coolers you can get is the Cooler Master Hyper 212.

    The thing I'd advise though with going through a local dealer is that they could possibly stiff you on getting the parts you really want, like going to a bad car repair shop, but the key is to insist on getting what you want, rather than what they tell you what you should want.
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    Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220

    HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30

    Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $125

    RAM : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52

    Graphics : XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $320

    Power Supply : XFX Core Edition Pro 850W - $90

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

    SSD : OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive - $90

    Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M-KWN2-GP Black ATX Mid Tower - $100

    Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17

    Total : $1094 after rebates
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