$1000 - $1200 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: December (around Christmas)

Budget Range: $1000 - $1200 Before Rebates

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

Parts Not Required: keyboard, monitor, speakers, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Mayber

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I'm looking to build a new desktop that will primarily be used for gaming (SWTOR) and will be replacing my 6 year old system. I'm open to any suggestions but the only part I'm definitely sure on is the i5-2500k.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply

GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower*

*Note: I'm also looking at the Antec Three Hundred Illusion

Total: $1,075.91 USD

Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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  1. Looks really good for the most part, but I'd ditch the OCZ PSU for this (More reliable and more juice if you decide to SLI/CF later) :

    If you can lean more towards a $1200 budget I would throw in a decent SSD for caching or OS/ important programs.
  2. Get a CPU cooler, even though you said maybe to OCing it would be pointless not to get one now and install rather wait down the line have to take everything out and put it in then

    Besides that everything else looks good, but if you plan to SLI in the future I would up the PSU to an 850W
  3. Dont forget to get the OS
  4. Wow, thanks for the quick replies.

    lobstaman: thanks for the suggestion of the psu and ssd, i was looking into going with an SSD but it still seems like they are still extremely high priced and are liable to go down in the near future.

    Emelth: I am planning to get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 for cooling, maybe you overlooked it? (it's under HSF). And OS is on my list, just wanted to double check on my components! Also, would there be any noticeable difference in performance between the two cases? (that is, is the Antec worth the extra $20 price tag?)
  5. typically you won't be buying new cases every year or two unless it really outdated... otherwise i suggest you take a look a better cases.... such as this one....


    this case has more room... but not too big... and more cooling options...

    since you maybe running sli in the future... i suggest you take card that exhaust heat outside the case rather than inside the case...


    for now it is sold out... but should be restock again soon...
  6. i saw jz nw at newegg this is a damn good deal... take a look...

  7. God what is with me and over looking crap today lol
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