Under $1200 New Build Gaming Rig

I've been researching like a madman for the past 2 weeks to create a solid gaming system that can also be used for architectural rendering. I wanted to build something with a good amount of future expansion and here is what I came up with.

Intel Core i5 2500k LGA1155 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------MicroCenter $179.99
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard---NewE $184.99 PSU-
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE---------NewE $89.99
Certified Active PFC Power Supply
EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB---------------------------------NewE $279.99
320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)---------------------NewE $46.99
Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) --------------------------MicroCenter $159.99
with SandForce 2281 Controller
Liquid Cool-
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System--------------------------------------------------------------------NewE $64.99
NZXT Classic Series Source 210 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case--------------------------------------MicroCenter $37.99

Total $ 1,044.92

So this is where I stand at the moment and I think it appears to be a good gaming build with a good amount of room for future upgrades. The case is just simple black I am not into fancy cases, just one with decent air flow.

If anyone has any suggestions of parts to change to make for a better machine without raising the price above the $1200 mark it would be greatly appreciated. I only need a tower and have a 23" Asus LED monitor.

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  1. SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $189.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $159,99

    I would go with the Corsair SSD it's the same price after rebate and the read/write speeds are just a little better as is the feedback.
    The power supply is what I would spend a little more on and you will have a good quality , relieable psu.
    Everything else is ok.
  2. I took your advice on the PS and SSD, and to be honest this system screams. I've been playing SWtOR and Diablo 3 at max everything which aren't particularly resource heavy games but Im happy. Not sure wha tmy next upgrade to the system will be as the video card I got will be difficult to find now for SLI but I have heard mixed reviews on the benefits of SLI with this card.

    Im looking into building a personal render node now at a budget price but I will start a new thread on that bad boy

    Thanks again inzone

  3. heres my take on the build. ivy bridge is slightly better than sandy bridge


    if you want to spend a little more, id get a 7870 from xfx.
  4. I have actually already built the system approximately 6 months ago but this answers my question of what would be the next best upgrade for me which as i suspected would land on the CPU and video card.

  5. you wont need it just yet. everything can still run at ultra. id wait until 2014 where nvidia releases Maxwell (14nm) and intel releases Broadwell (14nm) chips and GPus
  6. that would work too. its probably going to be 2016 since intel is kinda behind iin their tick-tock thing
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