$1500 Build Help

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month or maybe X-mas

Budget Range: $1500 tops, cannot be over

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, homework

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular

Overclocking: Yes (only if using a unlocked processor) (Probably around 4.0-4.5 GHZ)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 for games. Watching movies on a 60in Sony 1080p TV.

Additional Comments: Like the rig to cool somewhat eye-catching. Not to much bing please. Like a SSD to be in there


Hey Guys, I'm going to build a rig soon, a month or two, and I want to see what good rigs you guys can suggest for me. Speed is a big thing for me, and so is video. I do not use my computer 24/7 if that means anything. I use it about 2 hours on weekdays and 5 hours on weekends. (Yes unforunalty I still have school. I'm getting Battlefield 3 and Assassin's Creed 4 so the Video card has to be good too. So think you can help a guy like me? :pt1cable:

Any suggestions are very well! :bounce:
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  1. CPU - $220 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K

    GPU - $480->$440 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133395
    PNY SuperClocked VCGGTX580XPB-OC GeForce GTX 580

    Mobo - $160->$150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67

    PSU - $130->$115 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W

    RAM - $52 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    SSD - $198 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III

    HDD - $60 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

    Optical - $70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226
    LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache

    Total (w/o case): $1370 before rebate, $1305 after

    I didn't include the case because you should pick out something you like the look of, as long as it's a proven case.

    That mobo and PSU will support 580s in SLI if you plan on getting another in the future.
  2. gmcizzle said:
    CPU - $220 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K

    GPU - $480->$440 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133395
    PNY SuperClocked VCGGTX580XPB-OC GeForce GTX 580

    Mobo - $160->$150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67

    PSU - $130->$115 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W

    RAM - $52 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    SSD - $198 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III

    HDD - $60 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

    Optical - $70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226
    LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache

    Total (w/o case): $1370 before rebate, $1305 after

    I didn't include the case because you should pick out something you like the look of, as long as it's a proven case.

    That mobo and PSU will support 580s in SLI if you plan on getting another in the future.



    Thanks for the reply! Just one question. How is the Asrock P67 EXTREME4 Gen3 different from the B3? Do they have the same functions?
  3. The only thing I would add to cizzle's opinion is that NCIX has i5 2500ks for 189.99 I just bought one last week the price is good until the 19th so jump on it here's the link-

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1339

    other than that you can save yourself some money if you just get a 570, overclocked you can get it past a stock 580, not a super clocked 580 but its also 100$ cheaper

    Also be ready for massive taxes, you may want to try amazon to avoid um :D
  4. I'm not sure what B3 is to be honest heh. Also, I forgot to include a heatsink which you will need if you plan on OCing.

    HS - $25 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    If you go over budget, you can save $20 with another 120/128gb SSD. Also, the optical drive I suggested can burn blu-rays if you ever want to. You could probably save $20 if you only care about reading blu-rays.
  5. JeffDGF said:
    The only thing I would add to cizzle's opinion is that NCIX has i5 2500ks for 189.99 I just bought one last week the price is good until the 19th so jump on it here's the link-

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1339

    other than that you can save yourself some money if you just get a 570, overclocked you can get it past a stock 580, not a super clocked 580 but its also 100$ cheaper

    Also be ready for massive taxes, you may want to try amazon to avoid um :D


    lol... That's why I might use amazon, but some of the price are way too overpriced. So the price of the product makes up for the taxes. -_-
  6. It depends on your state. Newegg only taxes certain states.
  7. gmcizzle said:
    It depends on your state. Newegg only taxes certain states.


    I live in California. T_T But Amazon doesn't have taxes for California last time I checked.
  8. JeffDGF said:
    The only thing I would add to cizzle's opinion is that NCIX has i5 2500ks for 189.99 I just bought one last week the price is good until the 19th so jump on it here's the link-

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1339

    other than that you can save yourself some money if you just get a 570, overclocked you can get it past a stock 580, not a super clocked 580 but its also 100$ cheaper

    Also be ready for massive taxes, you may want to try amazon to avoid um :D

    gtx 580 is terrible price/performance, 570 is much better
  9. morgoth780 said:
    gtx 580 is terrible price/performance, 570 is much better



    Then how is two AMD 6950 Crossfire?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945

    or two GTX 560ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    Would those be better chooses than 1 GTX 580?
    (My friends say I should just get a GTX 580 better SLI=microstudding...is it true?)
  10. jackyalvin said:
    Then how is two AMD 6950 Crossfire?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945

    or two GTX 560ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    Would those be better chooses than 1 GTX 580?
    (My friends say I should just get a GTX 580 better SLI=microstudding...is it true?)

    sli/cfx can cause microstuttering, but it isn't noticeable by everyone.
    I'd suggest getting a gtx 570, cause it can sometimes be oc'ed to be slightly better than the 580
    still, it's like ~$100 for +5 fps...not really worth it.
  11. 2x 560 ti SLI or 2x 6950 CF would give you the best performance now, but you won't be able to add another later to upgrade. GTX 580 will give you very good performance now, and you can add another later. The GTX 580 does carry a premium price, but it is a much better OCer than the 570, which cannot safely run voltage beyond 1100mv, unlike the 580.
  12. Case - $ 155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    Case Fan - $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209013
    PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    MoBo - $ 220 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 25 - Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    TIM - inc - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 205 - Gigabyte GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    GFX - $ 205 - Same
    HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $ 198 - 128GB Crucual M4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
    DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    Game Free Batman incl w/ GFX Card

    Total $1512

    yeah, I know ya said I can't go over $1500 but $12 ....sheesh ..... if ya watch newegg, ya can get below that on the 1st combo special

    If ya still sticky about the $12, drop to a non - Blue Ray optical and ya drop $41 ... for a new total of $1,471. Though I'd spend $25 of that upgrading to the Scythe Mugen 3 cooler.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Huge case w/ massive air flow / PSI is 1st tier (10.0 jonnyguru performance rating) / MoBo is GEN3 with full 3 year warranty, twin GFX cards top the single 580 by 40% and easily OC to 1000MHz, RAM is low profile.

    Microstuttering isn't really an issue in the above $200 segment and much less pronounced on nVidia cards (see THG article). Have 120Hz monitor w/ twin 560's at home (as well as a single 580 box) and nobody's noticed anything yet .... and yes, the twin 560's provides the better image and gameplay.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995-5.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995-15.html

    I didn't mention the 570 cause it just doesn't have a lot of OC headroom. It also was a weaker VRM which a search on "fried 570's" will highlight. Compare the 570 overclocked to the max stable setting and the 560 overclocked to the max stable setting in the links below. You will be quite surprised what card ekes out a narrow win.

    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx560ti/4.htm
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx570_review/
  13. JackNaylorPE said:
    Case - $ 155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    Case Fan - $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209013
    PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    MoBo - $ 220 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 25 - Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    TIM - inc - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 205 - Gigabyte GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    GFX - $ 205 - Same
    HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $ 198 - 128GB Crucual M4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
    DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    Game Free Batman incl w/ GFX Card

    Total $1512

    yeah, I know ya said I can't go over $1500 but $12 ....sheesh ..... if ya watch newegg, ya can get below that on the 1st combo special

    If ya still sticky about the $12, drop to a non - Blue Ray optical and ya drop $41 ... for a new total of $1,471. Though I'd spend $25 of that upgrading to the Scythe Mugen 3 cooler.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Huge case w/ massive air flow / PSI is 1st tier (10.0 jonnyguru performance rating) / MoBo is GEN3 with full 3 year warranty, twin GFX cards top the single 580 by 40% and easily OC to 1000MHz, RAM is low profile.

    Microstuttering isn't really an issue in the above $200 segment and much less pronounced on nVidia cards (see THG article). Have 120Hz monitor w/ twin 560's at home (as well as a single 580 box) and nobody's noticed anything yet .... and yes, the twin 560's provides the better image and gameplay.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995-5.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995-15.html

    I didn't mention the 570 cause it just doesn't have a lot of OC headroom. It also was a weaker VRM which a search on "fried 570's" will highlight. Compare the 570 overclocked to the max stable setting and the 560 overclocked to the max stable setting in the links below. You will be quite surprised what card ekes out a narrow win.

    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx560ti/4.htm
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx570_review/



    SO MUCH INFORMATION! But thanks, it gave me 2nd thoughts about the products. By the way, how is the Antec 1200? It looks, to me, a bit better than the DF-85. DF-85, to me, looks plain ugly. But which is better in performence?

    Again THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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