Patient gamer asking for help with 1500 Budget

Approximate Purchase Date: Cyber Monday-XMAS (is there any items I should buy right now, and is there some I could wait till later for cheaper? I'm in no rush) I have a moderate desktop right now that I got from Costco and is still in the exchange time frame, but realized I wanted more power for gaming.

Budget Range: 1500 after rebates hopefully.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (LOL and WOW for now, in the future D3 and BF3), stream movies, blah blah

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mousem, and speakers. I have a monitor, (Samsung SyncMaster AS300, willing to accept recommendations), I could yank out the old HDD from and old desktop.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: i have no preference really, only been browsing around newegg and amazon

Country: USofA

Parts Preferences: I've read in many threads the 15-2500 is the popular choice. For GPU, I was thinking of getting of one 6950 right now, and the other later. Maybe both at the same time. suggestions?

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe - not right away, in the future yes.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. May I add, this will be my first time putting a computer together, again thanks in advance! I really don't have much knowledge about parts and such.
  2. CPU - Core i5-2500k: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1368
    CPU Cooling - Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    GPU - MSI GTX 580 Lightning: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127579
    Mobo - Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264
    RAM - 16gb Corsair DDR3-1600 Vengeance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197
    SSD - Vertex 3 120gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    PSU - PC P&C 950w: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
    Optical - Samsung 22x DVD/CD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233
    Case - Antec Lanboy Air: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129091

    Total: $1565.91 before rebates, $1470.91 after

    2500k is out of stock on newegg which is why I went with NCIX. This system would be ready to handle another GTX 580 in SLI whenever you want to. You could go with a 2600k for a little less than $100 more, which I would if you are going to be doing anything else heavy besides gaming.
  3. ^ lol at the 16 gigs of RAM. sick build btw.
  4. thanks for the quick reply gmcizzle. The heaviest use will probably be mainly gaming, maybe some editing here and there, but not too often. I play more MMO than FPS.

    would this system be overdoing it? or can I cut down somewhere?
  5. @ Zero I have gone through your blog, pretty nice! really helpful!
  6. On second thought, you might want to get a full tower case because I'm not 100% sure if those 580s will fit. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    If you want portability though then stick with the lanboy, it will probably fit if you remove a couple HDD bays.

    Heh yeah I know 8gb is enough, but why not :) I have a feeling he's not going to be upgrading for a long time (besides a second 580).
  7. rockbush said:
    thanks for the quick reply gmcizzle. The heaviest use will probably be mainly gaming, maybe some editing here and there, but not too often. I play more MMO than FPS.

    would this system be overdoing it? or can I cut down somewhere?

    Oh yeah of course it can be cut down some, eg. 8gb like zero pointed out, but this is an all-out beast mode $1500 build.

    Also, I should mention that for the same price as the 580 you can get 2x 560 Ti in SLI, which will be faster, however it's not upgradeable since you can't run them in 3x SLI (unless you sell the 560 Ti's of course and get another card).
  8. thanks a lot of gmcizzle, maybe i'll start with off the with 8gb of and the 2x 560 Ti then build up from there. your build is beast, can't wait to put it together!
  9. With 2x 560 Ti's you don't need quite as high wattage of a PSU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011 if you care about it being modular, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011 otherwise.

    A popular 8gb kit is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311 but any similar memory will work, just make sure it's dual-channel and 1.5v (you can use up to 1.65v but it's not recommended).

    Good luck :)
  10. which 560 Ti would you suggest? or what about cf 6950's? or should I wait for the new releases? thanks for being so helpful!
  11. 560 Ti: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594
    6950 1gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385
    6950 2gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102929

    The 560 Ti and the first 6950 both have 1gb of VRAM. 1gb is probably enough for a while longer still at 1080p, but obviously 2gb is ideal for future-proofing. The 560 Ti refresh card is coming out in a few days I believe, and it will probably be priced between a 560 Ti and a 570, and between them in performance, although it still will have 1gb of VRAM. Mid-range models of the next-gen cards might be out before this year is over, with the higher end models following a bit later.
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