Gaming rig around $750 Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: January 24, 2012 12:52 AM in Systems Share bruceoite January 22, 2012 8:09:33 PM Hey guys, Looking to upgrade my current rig which is 4 years old. I look to use this for mainly gaming. I play mostly FPS's, but not really seriously any more due to work and other hobbies. Here are the parts I have picked out: Approximate Purchase Date: this week Budget Range: 750 Before Rebates System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case, PSU? OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJ 520 Watts ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com Country: US Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU, Nvidia for GPU Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: No Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 Additional Comments: Current parts picked out: CPU: ntel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 ($230) http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2500-Socket-LGA1155-Proc... Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($122) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1563-AR ($250) http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Superclocked-PCI-Exp... RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($50) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... That puts me at $652. I plan on reusing my old case that I got back around 2004. Besides wondering if there are any glaring issues with the selections I made above, I am curious if I can reuse my old PSU. It is from 2005 and has been used in 2 builds so far. It is an: OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJ 520 Watts ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... If it is unwise to continue using it, would either of these be a good choice? OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply ($63 + $6 S/H) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply ($75 + $6 S/H) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Even though one is 600W and the other is 55W, they seem to put out the same Amps over the same rails. Strange. I will also need a new DVD burner as my current optical drives are both PATA, and the new mobo does not support that. I will just pick up an $18 one in one of my orders. Thanks in advance for the assistance. Editted: Use the template as I should have before, changed the CPU and RAM as per suggested. More about : gaming rig 750 redeemer January 22, 2012 8:40:31 PM Good choices, however that ram will do nothing for you stick to 1600 instead of 2133 ram. For $20 more you can get the unlocked 2500K instead which would be wise. spentshells January 22, 2012 9:08:24 PM Unless you overclocking which requires a K series processor you might as well get an H67 motherboard. Just a thought. Related resources Planning to build a gaming rig costing around USD $1880 - Forum Gaming rig for around 1200 - Forum New Gaming Rig ( Around 1000 USD) - Forum Building a Gaming Rig Intel Around $1000-$1500.Will this rig assemble? - Forum Gaming Rig $600 - $ 750 , is this any good ? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer bruceoite January 23, 2012 3:11:24 AM Ahhhh... I missed the difference between the 2500 and the 2500K. Thanks for pointing that out. It looks like these might work for memory, which frees up funds to get the K series processor. G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I am still curious about the PSU however. Do Power supplies generally have an average life expectancy? I need to know if I need to buy a new one or not. bruceoite January 23, 2012 9:25:21 PM Any help on the Power Supply? spentshells January 23, 2012 9:47:08 PM Time for a new power supply get the 600watt model it was a better buy. bruceoite January 23, 2012 11:26:20 PM Thanks spentshells. I also editted my initial pos tot make it easier to read. One last question. With the RAM, will the low voltage help or hurt? spentshells January 24, 2012 12:52:14 AM Nothing to worry about actually. In most cases though the faster(better) stuff will take lower voltages. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! 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