$1500 (or less) gaming computer

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $1500 max after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, maybe some photoshop

Parts Not Required: Only need everything in the case, keyboard/monitor/mouse is already purchased

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.. or anything cheaper

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel, but will use AMD if it plays MMO's better

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (if 2 cheaper video cards benchmark better than 1 more expensive one)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want to be able to play games like WoW and SW:ToR on MAX settings with no lag. I don't plan on playing anything in 3D.

Looking for something that will play SW:ToR and whatever else comes out for the next couple years.


Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL

Graphics Card: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Note: Open to any suggestions on this one... not sure which graphics card will be the best bang for my buck.

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

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

1) Should I get 1 more expensive video card, or 2 cheaper ones and run in SLI?

2) Should I spend more and get the i7, or will the i5 be plenty of power for me?

Thanks to everyone in advance for the advice :D
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  1. i5 2500K + Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 $241
    Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $122
    Raidmax 850w 80+ Gold $102 ($20 MIR)
    Diamond 7970 3GB $550
    Crucial M4 64GB $110
    Corsair 400R + Seagate 500GB $165 ($10 MIR)
    Asus DVD Drive $19
    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $27
    Total: $1336 before rebates

    You'll get a PSU that can handle CF 7970 (Mainly because the 7970's TDP is about the same as the 6970, only increased a little bit) The Motherboard can overclock pretty well, plus it has Gen3 so when you use an Ivy Bridge chip you'll have PCI 3.0 to use.

    1) Personal preference, one good card allows for future SLI/CF
    2) The i5 is plenty of power for even the best of gamers.
    ETC: You don't need 16GB of ram, 8GB is good enough, even for photoshop, I'm currently doing large Photostitching (30000px+ pictures) with only 8GB of ram and it manages fine.
  2. 1)The only two card setup that competes at that price is 2x460GTX but I'd go for one card, less hassle less heat. Depending on the games you play, the 6970 will outperform the 570 and vice versa so check that out.
    2)No, the 2500k (especially once OC'ed) can hold it self up against the i7 (2600k/2700k) in gaming performance no problem.
    I)I would suggest getting an SSD, just overall better experience on your computer.
    II)For the case I would recommend Antec 300 Illusion, very good build quality (strong materials, good air flow)
    III)That is a lot of RAM, just saying, you only need 8GB tops for gaming.
    IV)For your motherboard I would get one with NVIDIA NF200 as this one ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION does.
    V)Seriously include an SSD
  3. Above +1
  4. Ment the other guy above me
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