1500 gaming computer.

Im getting a new computer after Christmas and since it will be first time i will build one what do you think of these parts?

Approximate Purchase Date: around 3 weeks

Budget Range: 1000 -1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: monitor keyboard mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: dabs.ie

Country: Ireland

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: None



MSI GeForce GTX 580 800MHz 1536MB PCI-E HDMI Twin Frozr II/OC


Samsung S222AL 22x DVD+/-RW Lightscribe SATA Black (OEM)


Corsair Memory TX850 V2 850W ATX Enthusiast Series


Microsoft Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk OEI OEM DVD


Asus P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX


Corsair 800D - Obsidian Case (No PSU)


Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB


Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL8 XMP


Hitachi 1TB Deskstar SATA 3GB/s 7200RPM 3.5" Hard Drive
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  1. Where's your hard drive? You're going to need one of those :p
  2. Forgot to put it in thread. :sleep:
  3. the whole thing is overkill for ur resolution
    consider getting better monitor
    mobo go for Asus p8z68-v pro/gen 3
    cheaper case maybe ??
    also u'll need heatsink for ur cpu
    for GPU go for HD6970
  4. i will get that.
  5. your psu is too big (unless you have upgrading plans), and a 1500 machine should have an ssd imo.
  6. I would suggest...
    getting a new monitor...ASUS LED monitors are great, got 2 myself and love them.
    850 watt PSU is overkill, save some money and get the Corsair TX750.
    if you are going to overclock your CPU, get an aftermarket heatsink, Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is a good and inexpensive one.
    try finding a cheaper case, the 800D is HUGE and great if you are going to watercool your system, but other than that it is not really worth it for the price. I would check out the Fractal Design Arc Midi http://www.dabs.ie/products/fractal-design-arc-midi-tower-black-mini-itx-case-7FHL.html?q=arc&src=16 or the Define R3. I would look for something less than 100.
    with those savings looking into an SSD...Crucial m4 and OCZ Vertex 3 are good SSDs. You only need 60/64GB as your windows boot drive but if you can get 120/128GB

    everything else looks good
  7. fractal define r3 is the best .. get it :)
  8. madchemist83 said:
    fractal define r3 is the best .. get it :)


    LOL12345 check out http://www.anandtech.com/tag/casecoolingpsus for reviews of cases, they got the Define R3 and Arc Midi and lots of others reviewed and compared
  9. Huh? Whatcha mean sorta?
  10. I'd replace the TX850 with XFX Core Edition....over here same price as the XFX 750, same jonnyguru rating of 9.5 as the TX850 but 25 GBP cheaper.


    For the price of the 580, ya can get two 900 Mhz 560 Ti's and have $40 left over....the two 560's will give ya 40% more fps (862 in guru3d's game test suite) than the 580 (616)....two 580s do 953 fps


    Sure, ya can spend another $500 later and get a 2nd 580 .... but that just gives ya 10% more fps than the two 560's .... and the 560's can be OC'd to 30% over their reference speed.....of course every card has different limits


    Drop the tall, toothy heat sinks on the RAM....The only cooling effect of these big coolers is that they "look cool". While they served a purpose (when they were effective) w/ DDR2, they are absolutely useless on DDR3.

    At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.

    The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.


    Save $60 on the MoBo unless ya need a 2nd LAN port

    And maybe gran a BR player so ya can watch movies

    Consider these case:

    Consider a hybrid SSD / HD if ya dont have budget for both .... the review is pretty impressive

    Boots to windows in 17 seconds compares with 16 for an SSD

    NOTE: At your present resolution a 580 or a 2nd 560 Ti is useless.....suggest maybe ya consider a new monitor and add the 2nd 560 when budget allows:

  11. Quote:
    No its not worth getting 3D, you would be bottlenecked by your graphics cards anyways.

    I suggest waiting till after January 9th and go pick up a new 79xx series radeon card ^_^

    I said two gtx 560s.
  12. Quote:
    and I said "by your graphics cards"

    Your 560s will be bottlenecking your 3D gaming experience so it would be a waste of money to buy those for that purpose is what I meant.

    How bad will it be bottlenecking. :sarcastic:
  13. @ pothead
    crap also comes from inside :)
  14. Does anyone have a useful opinion on nvidia 3d.
  15. You'll neeed more ram on ur gpu as it is more bandwith when u play 3d. Why 3d is even a question ? Not worth it
  16. i can save bit getting this monitor Asus VS238H 23" Full HD LED Monitor is it worth it?
  17. yeah that's good monitor
  18. I have a turtle beach Z6A would it be worth buying a sound card?
  19. nah
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