$1500 Gaming PC Setup

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: Around $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly for gaming and occasionally browsing the web such as youtube, etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Hawaii

Parts Preferences: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I am planning on building my own gaming PC from scratch. I definitely want that pantom case just cause it looks sick. I've looked up some tutorials on youtube and it seems pretty easy and fun. The problem is I really dont know much about what products are the good ones or the bad ones. So I need a build setup for me that will satisfy my needs which is gaming. I dont know everything about computers but I know some of what the components do but not all. I heard of overclocking but what does it really do? I also would like a quite PC with some cool lights in the computer.
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  1. On that budget, an i5-2500K and a Radeon HD 69(50/70) are easily available. 4GB of RAM would be minimum for it (Corsair makes some of the best RAM in my opinion), but 8, 12, or 16GB would all work (to an overkill extreme). RAM is cheap, fortunately.

    Overclocking is the process of making you CPU, RAM, and graphics card's clock speed (rated in hertz, typically megahertz (MHz) or gigahertz (GHz)) faster, usually through the BIOS. With the K series processors (i5 2500K and i7 2600K), overclocking is simple, but will require adequate cooling so you don't turn your processor into crunchy toast. Making the component faster can provide a pretty extreme performance increase (but not always).
  2. Could you give me a full build of everything I would need to make my gaming PC with my budget, like what are all the parts I should get? Also so I can leave my computer on clocked for as long as I want only if I have a nice cooling system? If thats the case I would definitely would like the feature of overclocking.
  3. So far this is what I have got

    NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel:$124.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI:$129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-
    006&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

    3. Mother board???

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz:$219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB):$43.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB:$129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-148-697&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

    LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R:$69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=27-106-369&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580:$499.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

    Tell me what you guys think about my current build, any changes you suggest? I also dont know what to get for my motherboard. My build totals to $1245 not including my motherboard. Help is greatly appreciated.
  4. Here's a full build. As with everything, you could swap some parts around depending on preference, e.g. drop the SSD and pick up a GTX 580 instead (you'd need to beef up your PSU)... I think you would love this build for years to come, and it should slay all the games you'd want to play at 1920x1080.

    EDIT: Forgot to add a @$20.00 optical drive....

    Subtotal: $1,501.90 before $40.00 Mail in Rebates

    NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811146067
    -$15.00 Instant
    $124.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157264
    -$10.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $384.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.777804

    CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820233202
    -$5.00 Instant
    $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233202

    ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
    Item #: N82E16814121432
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $349.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432

    CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC ...
    Item #: N82E16817139011
    -$20.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116986
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103099
    $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820148442
    -$53.00 Instant
    $196.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136769
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
  5. So far this is what I have got...

    Looks good. The PSU you've chosen won't handle 2x 580 in SLI, but will handle your single card! There are a lot of choices and opinions on motherboards. Here's my two cents (You'll need a CPU cooler to OC) so I included one as well:


    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    $214.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103099
    $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  6. How does my build stand against the one you've posted in the long run? If I've added the things you suggested? I am thinking of buying the parts tomorrow so I need the best results to think about.
  7. SawpYouFaka said:
    How does my build stand against the one you've posted in the long run? If I've added the things you suggested? I am thinking of buying the parts tomorrow so I need the best results to think about.



    I think the build you put together looks great! I personally am a lot more comfortable with the Asus Z68 Pro compared to the ASRock. It has better power mamagement with Digi+VRM and a really nice UEFI Bios. The only other real difference is the SSD, which if you decide you'd like one down the line, you can pick one up. This time next year the $/GB should hopefully be even better, so waiting shouldn't be a problem.

    You're building a beast of a machine that should really tear through games for at the very least 2-3 years! I think you'll love it.
  8. Case - $ 115 - Corsaie Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 50 - CM Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 47 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - $ 230 - Same
    HD - $ 110 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $ 209 - 120 GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    Total = $1574

    Why those picks ?

    -Case is extremely well reviewed at a great price, but if ya really like the Phantom, it's an ez sub at same price.
    -PSU can do SLI, your's was lie on those 570's, it gets 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating
    -MoBo does SLI, has full 3 year warranty (Asrock don't) and all the features ya want
    -Cooler will get ya 5-7C better cooling than the 612's little brother (hyper 212)
    -TIM - ties for highest recorded thermal transfer rate but no curing issues like AS5
    -GFX cards get 40% more fps than a single 580, an still costs less....can be overclocked to 30% above reference speeds
    -HD is faster than anything posted so far and has $40 off w/ promo code EMCJHJE29, ends 12/21
    -SSD is two tiers above M4 921 % faster) and 5 tiers above Force 3 (61% faster)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070-6.html
    -DVD adds Blue Ray
  9. Oh wow nice. Although I said my budget was $1500 can you beef of the specs alittle?


    EDIT: Oh I wasn't reading it very well I thought it said $1000 my bad.
  10. JackNaylorPE said:
    Case - $ 115 - Corsaie Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 50 - CM Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 47 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - $ 230 - Same
    HD - $ 110 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $ 209 - 120 GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    Total = $1574

    Why those picks ?

    -Case is extremely well reviewed at a great price, but if ya really like the Phantom, it's an ez sub at same price.
    -PSU can do SLI, your's was lie on those 570's, it gets 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating
    -MoBo does SLI, has full 3 year warranty (Asrock don't) and all the features ya want
    -Cooler will get ya 5-7C better cooling than the 612's little brother (hyper 212)
    -TIM - ties for highest recorded thermal transfer rate but no curing issues like AS5
    -GFX cards get 40% more fps than a single 580, an still costs less....can be overclocked to 30% above reference speeds
    -HD is faster than anything posted so far and has $40 off w/ promo code EMCJHJE29, ends 12/21
    -SSD is two tiers above M4 921 % faster) and 5 tiers above Force 3 (61% faster)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070-6.html
    -DVD adds Blue Ray


    I've added everything to my cart and the sub total is $1,699.88, the only thing I've changed was the case? Why doesn't it total out to $1574? Does it already include the shipping payment on the items, really don't know how it came out so much. I am a first buyer from newegg so I dont know much either.
  11. shipping probably- make sure you select the cheapest one, i know for me it runs about 40 bucks for shipping if i go with my current build- which will equal 5 boxes and cost me 3500 bucks. But if i kick it up a tier- it turns into 150 bucks.
  12. i have the same phantom case(its awesome). The only issue is that it doesnt have a side window. but nzxt has a new mid-tower case that has a window... http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom_410
  13. I just figured out he added the mail and rebate prices together not the original prices. Can anyone explain to me what mail and rebate does and how do I use it? Also is it worth using?
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