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Gaming rig advice needed from an old gamer

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November 29, 2011 5:28:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within 5 days

Budget Range: $1000 or a little over.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming only

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg,
Country: US

Parts Preferences: intel CPU and Nvidia video card

Overclocking: I would like to have the option

SLI or Crossfire: I would like to in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 acer I only have 1 monitor
Additional Comments: I haven't built a new computer in about 4 years so I am out of the market lingo and new technology. I would like to be able to play Skyrim at the hightest setting and play crysis at a pretty high setting if at all possible. Looking to squeeze as much power out of this budget as possible.

thanks in advance
November 29, 2011 7:14:52 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-cpu-ssd,3... will give you the ideal for a 1000 gaming system. A few things have changed since then though. For one hard drives have gone up considerably so you probably want to skip on the SDD for now and instead of the p67 board I'd go with the asrock z68 extreme3 gen3 mobo (cheaper and is PCIe 3.0 compatible). Another option would be to get a gtx570 instead of 2x460s. You won't get the same performance but you don't really need 2x460s to play games at high settings and when you do you can just buy another 570 and SLI them.
November 29, 2011 7:33:55 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (out of stock when i checked)
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Intel-Core-i5-Quad-Core-i5-25...

Graphics: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: WD Green 500GB $90
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+Caviar+GP...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink+Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD-ROM: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $996
Explanation: I chose the i5 2500k because it is one of the best price for performance CPUs on the market, it is in the top 10, if not top 5 CPUs for gaming (only replaced by the new Intel Extreme CPUs costing around $500 and Intel's i7 2600k, which is $100 more than the i5 2500k). I chose the 570 because it is a great gfx card that gives great performance. The motherboard is from a reliable company, Gigabyte, and it is SLI possible, meaning you can add another gtx 570 to your computer later if you obtain the money. 750W should be enough for SLI, and Antec is a pretty good company. The Rosewill Challenger case already has like 3 fans, so you won't need to be purchasing any new ones. The Hard Disk Drive is a Western digital 500GB drive, it is a green drive, meaning it spins slower, which equates to slower boot times, but it is a great deal. The G.Skill ripjaws series of RAM is AMAZING (I have 8GB + 4GB, totaling 12GB of RAM), although 8GB is more than enough for gaming. ( I don't even use more than 2GB of RAM) The CM Hyper 212 EVO will allow you to Overclock your i5 to around 4.4GHz (maybe more) and run stable. DVD ROM is pretty self-explanatory
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November 29, 2011 9:59:55 PM

here is my changes....I am not sure about that mother board, can anyone suggest a better one....also not sure I like that case

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136795
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $149.99
1 EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130593
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy $339.99
1 Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371051
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$15.00 Instant
$114.99
$99.99
1 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231314
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $43.99
1 GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128495
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
$124.99
$114.99
1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $224.99
1 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+
Item #: N82E16835103099
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $34.99
1 LG Black Internal 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback Blu-ray Disc Rewriter SATA WH12LS38 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827136239
Return Policy: Iron Egg Standard Return Policy $64.99
1 OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
Item #: N82E16820227729
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$66.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$249.99
$183.99
November 29, 2011 10:16:40 PM

is there a better gaming mobo? I have had an abit and gigabyte before and I am not really sold on gigabyte. I been leaning towards an MSI. I have never heard of asrock
November 29, 2011 10:18:05 PM

I've always heard the big 3 was MSI, Gigabyte, and ASUS...then someone told me that ASRock is a great brand too...
November 29, 2011 10:56:56 PM

asrock is to asus as toyota is to lexus if that makes it better. They were the same company and quality wise are right up there.
November 29, 2011 11:05:43 PM

can anyone advise a good msi board. See I am trying to get as high endish as I can for my money so that my system is decent still in a year or so.
November 30, 2011 1:28:43 PM

I am pulling the SSD off. After reading up on everthing I am still not sold on them...I need to find a high performance HD now
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