720 Dollar gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: Some time in the next couple of months.

Budget Range: about 720

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, using the internet

Parts Not Required: HDD, SSD, Monitor, keyboard, mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Microcenter, and there is a microcenter store near me

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: my ideas are basically a 2500k, 180 from microcenter, and a 560ti. I realyl don't know too much about brands for most parts

Overclocking: I'd like to push my 2500k a little, but nothing insane

SLI or Crossfire: In the future I may SLI, but its a most likely not

Monitor Resolution: Probably 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I plan on playing arkham city (one reason to get a nvidia card, they come with it), and battlefield three.
One other large concern, and the thing that makes more flexible with price, is that I would like to to be easily upgradable. By this I mean I won't have to buy a new motherboard or PSU or case anytime soon. Mobo compatible with the ivy bridge chips etc etc.
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  1. anybody got any ideas?
  2. Did I do something wrong? I'm looking to see if these are good parts and if they'll work together, just to clarify. Does anyone have some input on it or what.
  3. i5-2500k $180 ??? Get a i5-2500k + mobo combo at mcrocenter.
    560ti $220

    8gb Ram + 500w PSU $95

    Haf 912 + DVD drive $68
  4. I'm thinking a higher watt psu, but thanks for that case and drive combo, I'll use it. Thanks for your help, I think I will go ahead and start buying some parts.

    Edit: sorry, can't use it, my case and PSU deal is too nice to sacrifice.
  5. Get the AC5 for $7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

    and you need the Fan & Heatsink with free card reader for OC 2500K, get the 120mm one.

  6. ok, with 2500K for $180 and mobo for $40 off at Microcenter, you're already on your way to a good start.

    I'd suggest a 1 TB HDD (though they are getting frighteningly expnsive due to the flooding in Thailand), and a 90 GB SSD for boot drive

    560ti should be fine.

    look into the Xigmatek Asgard II B/B case at Newegg, $30 with free shipping

    Get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, which comes with its own thermal paste
  7. Heres my case and psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.743057

    not getting an hdd until prices go down, and I already have a samsung 64 gig boot ssd. Also SvrewySqril, which motherboard are you referring to, as I have not mentioned one. I was thinking the asrock Extreme 4 gen 3. I do think I will get that coolermaster though, so I can overclock. How much do you think I could overclock and still be stable with that.
  8. If you plan to future SLI I recommend a 750w PSU. I like this one:

    RAM is very cheap so this is defenitly what you need:
  9. That Power supply will put me way out of budget, and my RAM is already picked out. I was thinking about the ripjaws, and then i realized two things. First, ram doesn't get hot do I don't need big heatsinks, and second, many people say that ripjaws get in the way of CPU coolers, one of which I plan to get, so i decided to go with the g.skill sniper ram, which is more low profile. Do I really need a 750 Watt psu for two GTX 560 ti's in SLI? Because I am getting a good deal on a 650 watt PSU and my case. So good that I will jsut ditch the SLI and instead just upgrade my video card to one of the GTX 6XX's coming out in a year or so. well I guess i will do that anyway. Thanks for your input but i guess SLI is a no now that I have thought about it.
  10. Yep. SLI is a no no for low budget builds. Good luck.
  11. the $40 off at microcenter is on almost ever motherboard.
  12. for Motherboard,Go with ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3:
    And think once more about not getting Ripjaws(not X series),they're awesome for Overclocking :)
  13. That motherboard looks good, do you know if it will support ivy bridge? also, I know that ripjaws is very good, and is very highly rated, but I have also heard that its large heatsisnks can get in the way of cpu coolers, so I have decided to with g.skill sniper ram, which is more low profile. If I can get 40 off for that motherboard at microcenter it would be great. Thanks a lot for your help guys, I think I might order some stuff from newegg. This stuff:
    Rosewill Destroyer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144 It seems to have good cooling and good reviews

    GTX 560 ti: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401
    Cheap and well reviewed

    Rosewill 650 watt: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182132
    cheap, great reviews, and more power than i need, so upgrades are possible

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417 cheap good reviews

    I think I will order those parts,and then the other things I will probably get at microcenter within the month. I may however wait until Christmas and then change my build around, because Illl have more money then, and parts will be better. Hmmm I can't decide.
  14. all current 1155 motherboards will support Ivy Bridge with a bios upgrade.
  15. And extreme3 gen3 supports PCIe 3.0 :)
    If you're somehow short on money,you can also get pro3 gen3 which is cheaper and light...
    And i can recommend you get and gtx560(not ti) with 2 coolers and more stable brand/configuration and OC it for your use
  16. I think I will go with the extreme 3 gen3, it looks very good, and is significantly cheaper than the extreme 4. I addition, Instead of dealing with a 560 and overclocking, ive decided to buy an already overclocked gtx560ti at a great price from a good brand. This one:

    It looks pretty good to me, and very high frequencies. The only problem is I am leaning more and more towards building my rig after Christmas, so all this may be irrelevant. Some reasons for the postpone are: Thailand flooding means higher prices on hdds, ill have more money after Christmas, and prices will go down/ performance up by Christmas. Any reason not to wait, or should I just make a new topic when i am ready to build that one?
  17. generally (barring the Thai flooding and similar short term shortages), prices ALWAYS drop.
  18. I know that, the other reasons are bigger ones (money, thailand)
  19. Waiting is always a good idea...unless you sleep under rock and don't do any research :)
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