$1500 - $1800 gaming rig at AVA Direct

Hi guys, looking to upgrade my off the shelf DELL and get a gaming focused rig for upcoming games I'm looking forward to playing. I have never built from the ground up myself so I'd rather not roll the dice on this gaming rig... looking to select components and have it built for me at AVA direct. Goals are an i7, 8gigs ram, single high end vid card, good cooling, maybe a SSD for fast loads and some headroom to grow in the future if games push SLI to be the norm. Build advice would be greatly appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $1500-$1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: AVA Direct (selecting parts and having them build)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Processor, yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, but able to in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: great game performance now, with headroom to upgrade in the future if need be
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  1. Here's my attempt at a build.

    Please let me know if there's fat to trim, better options etc.

    Using: http://www.avadirect.com/desktop-pc-configurator.asp?PRID=20821

    DESKTOP PC Core™ i5 / i7 Performance Custom Computer System
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 (RC-922M-KKN1-GP) Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Steel
    CORSAIR HX1050 Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 1050W, 80 PLUS® Silver, 24-pin ATX12V 2.2 EPS12V 2.91, 6x 8/6-pin PCIe, Retail
    ASUS P8P67 PRO Rev 3.0, LGA1155, Intel® P67, DDR3-2200 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /2, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6 Gb/s /4, USB 3.0 /4, HDA, GbLAN, BT, FW /2, ATX, Retail
    INTEL Core™ i7-2600K Quad-Core 3.4 - 3.8GHz TB, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST HT VT-x XD, Retail
    CORSAIR CAFA70 CPU Cooler, Socket 1155/1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum
    CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance™ PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
    MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC, GeForce® GTX 570 750MHz, 1280MB GDDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI+mini-HDMI, Retail
    CRUCIAL 128GB M4 SSD, MLC Marvell 88SS9174, 415/175 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail
    WESTERN DIGITAL 1TB WD Caviar® Blue™ (WD10EALX), SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB cache, OEM
    RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
    SONY AD-7261S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
    MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
    WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

    I noticed that a build from the "Desktop PC" base is about $150 cheaper than from the "Gaming PC" base. Although the gaming PC base includes "Free Mild Overclocking 10-20%", "Custom Wiring - standard wiring with round cables", an all in 1 card reader and options to add a fan controler to one of the bays.
  2. What you need is an i5-2500k not the i7-2600k. No dif in gaming.

    G.skill ripjaws 8gb 1600
    asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
    GTX 580
    At least a quality power supply 900w.
  4. but hyperthreading might be used in the future, no?
    trying to build with headroom so I can upgrade when need be
  5. Hyperthreading has been with us for 10years and I don't think it will be.
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