$1500 Gaming Rig

Sorry about other Post. It got messed up.


Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month or maybe X-mas

Budget Range: $1550 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 (live in California)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular

Overclocking: Yes, probably to around 4GHZ (a noob to overclocking :ouch: )

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Probably since 2 gtx 560 beats 1 gtx 580)

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 building a rig that should be around $1500, but for the parts I chosen, it was about $1750 :ouch: So I like to see if you guys can give me some suggestions on what I can skimp on so it can drop to around $1500. Thanks

Parts so far:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157263

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

GPU: 2x GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

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

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099&Tpk=cooler%20master%20evo

Additional fan for CPU Cooler: Antec 761345-75120-9 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209005

A Good Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007


All Comments are very welcome! :bounce:
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  1. Save yourself 100 on the motherboard and get this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512

    You won't even notice any difference in performance.
  2. abekl said:
    Save yourself 100 on the motherboard and get this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512

    You won't even notice any difference in performance.


    Thanks for t he reply, but I don't like the color scheme of the board...
  3. jackyalvin said:
    Thanks for t he reply, but I don't like the color scheme of the board...

    Not liking the color scheme of a motherboard could be the worst reason I've ever heard for spending 100 dollars unnecessarily;ly.

    Seriously, who cares what it looks like? It's going to be installed in a case. No one will see it.
  4. He has a case that has a side panel, and prolly going to go lighting inside his case, and if he is going to go red it will just look off. Same reason why I am going to be going with a black gigabyte board. I dont care for a blue colored board it will mess with color scheme. With i side panel. Everyone who look inside will see it
  5. I know it's stupid of my to say that, but really for me, the board looks like the cheap ones manufacters put in retail computers. And yes, I do like to look at my rig sometimes, -_-, but the board seems so.....cheap.

    By anyways, can anyone give me some advice for my original question?
  6. Suggestions please?
  7. Drop either the SSD or one of the graphics cards
  8. I wouldn't bother with SLI if you aren't gaming on multiple screens. might save you some cash getting a better single card instead.
  9. G6ET1987 said:
    I wouldn't bother with SLI if you aren't gaming on multiple screens. might save you some cash getting a better single card instead.


    Then what should I get? two gtx 560 beats one gtx 580. And a GTX 570 is... in-between. And most people say GTX 580 is a bad bang for buck. What do you think?
  10. are you definately going for nvidia or are you open to both options?

    You could always go with a single 560 or 570 and get a second down the track when you have a little more cash.
  11. G6ET1987 said:
    are you definately going for nvidia or are you open to both options?

    You could always go with a single 560 or 570 and get a second down the track when you have a little more cash.



    I don't care about the companies, just it seems that nvidia is more popular. I don't want to get another card. I'll be building another rig in a few years. That's why I want to load up with the cards right now.
  12. save some more money by getting HAF 932.no lack of performance in this case.some people even consider 932 better than 942.
  13. hellfire24 said:
    save some more money by getting HAF 932.no lack of performance in this case.some people even consider 932 better than 942.


    I might but the reason I chose the Haf 932 is because of the extra expansion slot. And the dust filters alone make up for the cost.

    By the way, has anyone tried the Antec Df-85? Is it good for cooling and cable management? If it is, then I can get that and a CPX PSU and save $100
  14. Might be worth looking at the 6950 as an option too.

    however, I would think a single 69xx card or a 560/70ti would get you by for quite some time if your only gaming at that res.

    Not sure what you exactly want to use the SSD for but you could always go smaller and just use it to boot Windows and a few apps, just another option to save.
  15. take a look at this mobo, you probably will like the color.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
  16. i have tried antec 1200 V3 and it is a really awesome case.and of course Darkfleets
    are good cases.better than 1200 i guess!!!!@@@@!!.i am havung a thermaltake armour+ full tower.it is a pretty good case IMO.
  17. if you want to shave some cost... firstly... do you really need that huge case? if not... you can go for smaller, cheaper, yet a very good quality case...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

    as for motherboard... there is one model that might suit you...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    for psu... you can downgrade it to something cheaper... maybe not as good or as popular choice as the corsair... but it definitely good for your need... you can't find it anywhere else with that price after MIR...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194093

    $23 for a cpu cooler comes with dual fan? where you want to find it?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011

    for sli i'm not too sure about it... there is pros and cons when going for sli... for instance... two gtx 560ti really does beat one gtx 580... but with a few problems... sli relies heavily on driver profile update... without that... using two cards will perform no better than one... also... the issue of micro-stuttering will bothering your gameplay as well... i think hd 6950 2gb is a good card at 1080p resolution... ecspecially this model... there is a chance that this model is unlockable to hd 6970... while being cheaper...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951

    if you still keen on sli... i found one that is cheaper after MIR... take a look... $380 after MIR...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134131

    well... that should bring your total price closer to $1500
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