$1600 gaming build advice

Approximate Purchase Date: 12-8-11

Budget Range: $1500 - $1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, win7 64 bit
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: usa

Parts Preferences: my build so far $1505.90 + shipping

cooler master haf 922 = $99.99

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS = $209.99

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity = $269.99 x2 = $539.98

Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.91 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply = $129.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K = $214.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL = $44.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive = $149.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM = $20.99

Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling System = $94.99

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: My goal is to run any game at the highest possible settings. Not worried about load times but will probably add a second hard drive in raid 0 when prices are not insane. I have been reading every build article and forum post I can. I really like the great feedback I see. Any help, comments, or alternate ideas would be great.
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  1. does that icon to the left on the forum page mean no one can post a reply?
  2. Do you really want to do watercooling?

    Everything else looks good I would go with an Antec, XFX, or Corsair.

    I would go with a Z68 motherboard over P67 (personal preference)
  3. was just going to use a cooler master hyper 212 or something, but the water cooling is not very expensive. the the antec 620 is only $72. would there be much of an overclocking difference? I picked the p67 because it was a toms hardware approved award on newegg and i dont need onboard video or a SSD. but the z68 motherboards seem to be less expensive. do you think the z68 would give me any frame rate difference?
  4. Case was one of my favorites....till USB3 came along .... still no front USB3 port so it's off my buy list. Suggest Antec 902 V3.


    The card you picked is 10Mhz slower than the Frozr

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
    $ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
    $ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
    $ 215.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.43 - $ 0.50

    So two the HIS IceQ X Turbo's will get ya a bit less than Frozr's 759 fps outta the box. The 560 ti (900 Mhz) will get ya 862 fps for $110 less


    Great MoBo .... many peeps will suggest Z68 and if ya go that way recommend the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

    Decide which way to go here:

    Skip that PSU......The XFX Core Edition's 9.5 performance rating at jonnyguru and the $90 price to hard to pass.

    RAM - Corsair Vengeance low profile

    Cooler - The 920 is a bit loud but the 620 is nice......hit the top SLI card however in my son's build so I traded it in for a Silver Arrow

  5. thanks jack! that is exactly the kind of advice i was looking for. i think i will stay with the p67 mobo after reading that article. im still researching the rest of your ideas. no silver arrow on newegg or amazon : )
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