Hows My Build? $1700 Gaming PC

Hey there! Haven't built a new PC in quite awhile. And my current build needs a massive upgrade. So I wanted to build something fresh and ready to take on new games like BF3, Skyrim and GW2. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: Mid-Late November. Might try to wait till Black Friday and see if I can score any good deals.

Budget Range: $1700 or lower

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Surfing, Movie Streaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS (Windows 7 64bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: I would like to once I learn more about it

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future when prices go down a bit

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Here's my monitor http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=-8579962678571388362&id=pcat17071&type=page&st=e2241&sc=Global&cp=1&nrp=15&sp=&qp=&list=n&iht=y&usc=All+Categories&ks=960

Case - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139006

Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Mobo - MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130611

GPU - MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127589

PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

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

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

HDD - Corsair 120GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

Optical Drive - Liteon Blu-Ray
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106346

=$1702 before rebates and shipping

I was also curious how important is it to get a different CPU cooler than the stock? I was reading up on it and the stock had good reviews. Also, is the mobo Ivy Bridge compatible?

Thanks a lot for the help I really appreciate it.
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  1. You do know you don't have an HDD.

    I'd get this 600w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    You won't be able to SLI with that 750. I would just go single setup since the new cards that will be out next year are supposed to be twice as fast.

    I'd get this EVGA card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125364

    Cheaper by $100. You don't need 3gb video ram. You only need that when you have a tri monitor setup. The difference in performance in a single setup is nada.

    You might want to get this board. It's cheaper but it's one of the most recommended motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
  2. go with the Crucial M4 SSD
  3. cutebeans said:
    You do know you don't have an HDD.

    I'd get this 600w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    You won't be able to SLI with that 750. I would just go single setup since the new cards that will be out next year are supposed to be twice as fast.

    I'd get this EVGA card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125364

    Cheaper by $100. You don't need 3gb video ram. You only need that when you have a tri monitor setup. The difference in performance in a single setup is nada.

    You might want to get this board. It's cheaper but it's one of the most recommended motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271



    I dont really need an internal HDD since I have a large external HDD and dont really put much onto my PC other than games. Everything else I save to the external.

    Are you sure 600w PSU is enough? It seems quite low but I do like the price!

    I would also like to stick with MSI because I like their products and the color scheme is a plus :)
  4. I like it, but having an internal HDD would be an advantage unless your external storage is USB3. Just throw in a 40 dollar 500GB drive.
  5. xAnimosity said:
    Hey there! Haven't built a new PC in quite awhile. And my current build needs a massive upgrade. So I wanted to build something fresh and ready to take on new games like BF3, Skyrim and GW2. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.


    Approximate Purchase Date: Mid-Late November. Might try to wait till Black Friday and see if I can score any good deals.

    Budget Range: $1700 or lower

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Surfing, Movie Streaming

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS (Windows 7 64bit)

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com

    Country of Origin: USA

    Parts Preferences: Intel

    Overclocking: I would like to once I learn more about it

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future when prices go down a bit

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Here's my monitor http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=-8579962678571388362&id=pcat17071&type=page&st=e2241&sc=Global&cp=1&nrp=15&sp=&qp=&list=n&iht=y&usc=All+Categories&ks=960

    Case - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139006

    Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Mobo - MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130611

    GPU - MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127589

    PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

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

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    HDD - Corsair 120GB SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

    Optical Drive - Liteon Blu-Ray
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106346

    =$1702 before rebates and shipping

    I was also curious how important is it to get a different CPU cooler than the stock? I was reading up on it and the stock had good reviews. Also, is the mobo Ivy Bridge compatible?

    Thanks a lot for the help I really appreciate it.

    Unless you plan on running a triple monitor set up, that 3GB 580 is going to hurt you in FPS due to latency. Google the reviews on that card. That card is meant for a tri monitor set up.

    Here's a slightly different take on your build that keeps you in your budget but also allows you to run two of those 580's in the future.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1319393822&sr=1-5 $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009 <----- that same case on newegg

    http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-MB-P67E4G3-Intel-P67-Motherboard/dp/B005FGMQAQ/ref=sr_1_18?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1319393960&sr=1-18 $154.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 <---- that same board on newegg

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4%20Gen3 <----- a better look at that board

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0 for Ivy Bridge and the new generation video cards

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341045 $199.99 - $169.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127567 $499.99 - $474.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
  6. Thanks Why_Me I like the feedback.

    Just curious if you have any input on the Twin Frozr II vs the Lighting series? I cant find much info.

    Basically this card vs the card you linked.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-579&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=3&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29#scrollFullInfo
  7. xAnimosity said:
    Thanks Why_Me I like the feedback.

    Just curious if you have any input on the Twin Frozr II vs the Lighting series? I cant find much info.

    Basically this card vs the card you linked.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-579&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=3&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29#scrollFullInfo

    One has blue fans, the other one has black fans. The Lighting is o/c a little bit higher but seeing how MSI has that free Afterburner proggy, you can o/c the Frzr in all of about 5 minutes and save yourself $30.
  8. Here's an update to my build. Just a few tweaks. Also gonna stick with the MSI Mobo for the color scheme and since I like their stuff.


    Case - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139006

    Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Evo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Mobo - MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130611

    GPU -MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580
    [urpl]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127579

    PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

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

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    HDD - Corsair 120GB SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

    Optical Drive - LG CD/DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136228

    Also not getting an internal HDD since I put everything else on my external.
  9. Here's an update to my build. Just a few tweaks. Also gonna stick with the MSI Mobo for the color scheme and since I like their stuff.


    Case - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139006

    Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Evo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Mobo - MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130611

    GPU -MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580
    [urpl]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127579

    PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

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

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    HDD - Corsair 120GB SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

    Optical Drive - LG CD/DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136228

    Also not getting an internal HDD since I put everything else on my external.
    That $145 dollar 750w psu is over kill for a single 580, and total under powered for two of those cards. A 650w psu will easily push one of those cards. If you plan on only running a single card I would look at another board and maybe size down on the case while saving some money.
  10. I would like to SLI in the future just not sure when. I think I will down grade the PSU for now to save so money. And SLI later next year and upgrade the PSU once the new cards come out and old cards drop in price.

    Thanks for all your input, much appreciated.
  11. Looks good to me now
  12. Think I am going to go with this PSU. Its getting good reviews. Most of the Corsair ones in the $80-$100 area are getting bad reviews.

    Rosewill HIVE -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182132
  13. Wait no twin frozer and the lightning have different voltage regulators.
    Unless you are going to have an amazing overclock I wouldn't waste the 30 bucks
    but if you are pushing to 900hmz or so (from what I see on other forums) I would get te TF2
  14. spentshells said:
    Wait no twin frozer and the lightning have different voltage regulators.
    Unless you are going to have an amazing overclock I wouldn't waste the 30 bucks
    but if you are pushing to 900hmz or so (from what I see on other forums) I would get te TF2


    good point, i havent overclocked before and would like to start. sounds like a good starting point. did some research and everyone is saying its easy to hit 850 with the TF2. sounds like a better change to me. save so money and achieve equal or higher oc for free.
  15. If you havent overlcoked then I wouldn't worry about it and save the money for next time when you know more.
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